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Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole? To visit a surreal world, where black is white and white is carrots?

A friend, Metacognician in Shanghai, describes the situation as follows: “Life is more absurd than movies. I've gone down the rabbit hole too, when it just becomes more and more strange and you wonder how that all is sup­posed to make sense.” I asked him if I should just embrace it. He answered, “Why should you ... change the universe?”

It start­ed with a psychotic named Jim Kiraly who resides, we think, at 6329 Twinberry Circle, Avila Beach, Cal­i­for­nia.

Jim Kiraly is a re­spect­ed citizen. A churchgoer. A Vice President of Transamerica Corporation. And a violent abuser who tried to use an emergency anti-violence measure, one intended to protect battered women, to stop his victim in a wheel­chair from wri­ting a book.

Concise enough? :)

For attorneys: Jim Kiraly filed for CLETS against his son and victim, who lived 200 miles away, did not own a car, and was in a wheel­chair. His son and victim was not asked to end communications. Jim had no (zero) specific and rele­vant allegations that were not perjury. But he turned down repeated offers of no-contact and a sign­ed stipulation that gave him every­thing but CLETS. He insisted on CLETS if his victim ever once “discussed” him with third parties.

In the end, Jim Kiraly sign­ed an agree­ment far weaker than the ones he'd been offer­ed.

A review of Court paper­work and other materials will tend to confirm that Jim and other parties, including attorneys on all sides, com­mit­ted multiple felonies, crimes, and faux pas. :P

The word “abuser” is stated here publicly and with­out equivocation. A formal offer is hereby made to reaffirm the word in wri­ting and under oath. Attorneys will under­stand the significance of the point. In short, there is little terror of a threat­en­ed defamation suit on this side. Actually, we feel that such a suit will fit nicely up Jim Kiraly's abuser ass.

Jim has one son, Ken Kiraly, who invented the Amazon Kindle and is one of the leads at Amazon's secret Lab126. Another son, Tom Kiraly is one of the leads, a Vice President-CFO type, at medical insurance firms, including one of the largest, Humana Corporation.

These peo­ple and some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley legal circles have com­mit­ted or are in­volved in mul­ti­ple crimes.

For the next decade or two, we're going to explore the crimes that these peo­ple committed, the motivations and the denial in­volved, the back­ground and histories that led each per­son to make the choices that they did, and ways to build upon what hap­pen­ed and move towards posi­tive societal goals.

There's plenty to go over. These peo­ple committed or were in­volved in: Spousal abuse, child abuse, DDOS (a highly prosecutable violation of CFAA), extortion, perjury, conspiracy to commit perjury (a pos­si­ble felony), false police reports, conspiracy to file false police reports (a pos­si­ble felony), unlawful threats, barratry, defamation, malpractice, civil harass­ment, criminal harass­ment, abuse of pro­cess, and violations of SCCBA Professional Standards.

The point was to force Jim's oldest son and victim, me, to sign a gag order. I was in a wheel­chair. I'd never made a single inappropriate threat against my abuser. I wasn't even asked to not to call anybody. But Jim threat­en­ed to put me in a violence database unless I agreed never to write about him.

I won the right to write, but I lost my home of 25 years, most of my possessions, my chances for retirement, every­thing. Everything but a realization.

I can make a dif­fer­ence. I can conduct research for le­gi­ti­mate and reason­able purposes, docu­ment what hap­pen­ed, and analyze the choices of the peo­ple involved:

Maggie told me that she didn't know what she could say to me about what hap­pen­ed. However, we have decades to work it out. It will be productive. I'd like to direct the attention of attorneys and other parties to the:

Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List

Questions or comments are wel­come. For tech­ni­cal notes and disclaimers, click here.

Free Downloads

The current free ebook is located at this link:

For details about the ebook, click here.

170417. Finland Farewell.

Phenek, one of my Finland Friends, and I have been talking for 5 years this year. He was one of those who helped me to keep going in 2012.

But it isn't Phenek of Finland any longer. He's left his native land. Here are two photos that explain:

The 1st photo was taken about 300 meters from the Helsinki shore. The 2nd photo was taken on Malvarossa Beach in Valencia, Spain. The temperatures in the two scenes are freezing in Helsinki and +26C or +79F in Valencia.

To underscore the point, here's a photo of a joyous Finland Spring followed by a photo of Spring in Spain:

Phenek says that the beer was the best of his life. When I asked him, how so, he said:

“weather, envir­on­ment, peo­ple :) was there with wife & daughter. beer was just normal coolish beer.”

But it was the best of his life.

Phenek adds:

“when I ask my daughter if she wants to go back to finland, she answers usually in under 50 milliseconds: NO!”

It's the same daughter that I made a sim­ple birthday card for shortly be­fore she was born. This was circa Christ­mas of 2012.

The creatures that share my surname were hunting me. I was a stranger to others. But, at times, I was able to pre­tend that I was real.

<Phenek> man burgers and meat and vegetables and every­thing tastes so much bet­ter here than in soviet finland
<OldCoder> Really?
<Phenek> yeah

<OldCoder> Finland is “Soviet” ? In what way?
<Phenek> feels like every­thing is somehow very standardized and equalized and averaged out
<Phenek> I bet you there's some rules that burger meat has to be equally not tasty in each restaurant otherwise it's a competitive edge to other restaurant

<OldCoder> But who enforces this?
<Phenek> government and its bodies

<Phenek> and you can't add enough salt to french fries to make them tasty because they will be unhealthy (as if they weren't otherwise)
<Phenek> or maybe the cows don't get any­thing tasty to eat because there's only snow and dirt so the meat will not be tasty either

A friend of Phenek's, still in Finland, jumped from a 2nd story floor balcony the other day. The rea­son isn't clear. He may survive, but he isn't in good shape.

<Phenek> turns out he had fell/jumped out of his balcony from 2nd floor and spent about 9 hours with broken legs and skull fracture etc. on the ground be­fore someone bothered to help him
<Phenek> then he was 4 days at the intensive care unit....

<Phenek> sorry, maybe it was 8 hours that he waited for help, freezing...
<Phenek> finns are helpful? :D
<Phenek> I feel really sad for the guy, I don't get him, really

<OldCoder> There isn't much more to say, other than that we're an accident, life is short, we should do what is pos­si­ble
<OldCoder> Communication, even by IRC or email, is good, re­mem­ber that
<OldCoder> If you were in posi­tive communication, you were helpful

<Phenek> yeah, I'm not saying there's much to do. just really sad to hear.
<Phenek> and I saw a pic of him, looks pretty bad

<OldCoder> Sad, perhaps. But you'll be able to talk and thereby to help.
<OldCoder> If he'd chosen one floor higher, that might not have been the case

<Phenek> I think he must have been really out of his mind, who would jump on pur­pose from 2nd floor in a suicide attempt?
<OldCoder> Somebody who was aiming for 50-50 odds
<OldCoder> Conflicted and work­ing things out

<Phenek> sorry for the topic. we can change to some­thing more cheery.
<OldCoder> I'm not downbeat-ed by this
<OldCoder> Not if it's use­ful for you to com­ment
<Phenek> well but it's not your prob­lem really :)

<OldCoder> My own situation is woven out of dif­fer­ent threads
<OldCoder> Yes, it is my prob­lem
<OldCoder> If I can be use­ful

170416. Structure of Site Takes Flight.

This page will be for weblog posts and announcements. Posts will move from here to topic-re­la­ted pages. For example, some Kiraly posts will go to the Kiraly page at:


To move around, use the navigation links at the top of the page. Note: Old pages are still available through the Old Weblog link.

The RSS feed will be suspended or behind while major work is in progress.

170416. To Virginia Chang Kiraly and Son Paul.

This is pair of Easter messages, one for Virginia Chang Kiraly and one for her son Paul Kiraly.

The message for Paul is first.

Virginia is my sister-in-law and a politician in the S.F. Bay Area. She was con­sid­er­ed a rising star a few years back, but her momentum has slowed a bit.

Paul is my nephew, a talented young man. I think that he's attending Indiana University, as some­body who seems to be him shows up in a bus­i­ness course there. But I haven't con­firm­ed the facts yet.

The con­nec­tion is by way of my brother Ken Kiraly, appar­ent­ly Vice President of Amazon Lab126.

I have another nephew on Ken's side, Paul's younger brother James, no direct con­nec­tion to the Jim men­tion­ed in the message for Paul. I'll write a separate message for Ken's James in due course.

A message for Paul Kiraly, son of Virginia Chang Kiraly:

Paul, I'd planned to address you on the occas­ion of your High School graduation. I decided not to do so because I wasn't ready. I need­ed to be sure of what to say.

I'm sure, now.

The murder of the truth is the greatest crime that is pos­si­ble. There are no crimes com­mit­ted on an individual basis that are more sig­ni­fi­cant.

How then, does one judge an individual, perhaps some­body such as your grand­father or father, who is re­spect­ed or even loved, who is be­lieved to be right, to be just, to be a hero, and who has murdered the truth?

The answer, in the real world as opposed to the pre­tend world that children are taught about, is that the truth is treated as inconvenient at best, and more typically as some­thing that missed the toilet.

I refer you, as part of your education, to a Harlan Ellison story named “Hitler Painted Roses”. It makes the point bet­ter than I'm able to.

“Heaven began to run at the edges.” Learn what makes Heaven melt.

I've stopped being a convenient per­son. Being convenient didn't work out. See the poem titled FERAL CODER in the 1970s Berkeley story. It sums things up pretty well.

As I'm not a convenient per­son, I don't hide any longer.

The things that hap­pen­ed, hap­pen­ed. I hap­pen­ed. My life hap­pen­ed. 2012 hap­pen­ed. And, you know, what? It wasn't a “choice” on my part.

It was a “choice” that, starting when I was just six years old, your wife-beater grand­father made. When your father was old enough, he made the same “choice”.

To be clear, I'm fond of your father. In a sense. I feel towards him the way one might feel towards a pet reptile.

Nobody knows Ken Kiraly bet­ter than I do. There's some­thing under the mask, the Halloween costume of a human, that you've never seen. Something cold and dan­ger­ous.

By the way, ask your grandmother Grace Kiraly about the “dark mask”. It's her own words, her own phrase, for what your uncle Tom did to him­self and became. Ken, guarding his secrets, makes Tom look positively Pollyanna.

But I taught Ken to walk as a baby and to drive a car as a boy. Out of curiosity, does he still pre­tend that the car, the first job, the free rent, and the rest of it didn't happen?

The rest of it would include the part where I'd do what­ever was neces­sary to protect Ken from his father when Jim Kiraly flew into rages, fists clenched, eyes bulging. Literally bulging.

Is it inconvenient of me to mention this? If so, I'm suitably abashed.

If your grand­father Jim is still alive, he's like­ly to pass away soon. This is regrettable. I think that I'll bring him back from Hell to dis­cuss things.

Your father Ken is good for decades. In his case, the latter step won't be neces­sary.

The context for you, yourself, is the ques­tion of what you are. Are you sentient? The skills and accomplishments are irrel­e­vant. The answer lies in one thing, and one thing only.

Are you able to reflect upon your own thoughts, to perceive the barriers to perception, and to under­stand, acknowledge, and accept that which is?

A message for Virginia Chang Kiraly:

Virginia, I re­ceived the PDF at the link be­low recently from a fan of yours. Actually, he isn't a fan. He says that he views Ken Kiraly and you with “revulsion” and that Ken has been “harming” his family.

Link to PDF: Virginia_Chang_Kiraly_170208.pdf

I thought, initially, that this was a draft which you hadn't seen. But it ap­pears that it's been served on you. I'm not certain, but I gather that the docu­ment is old news.

So, what­ever.

I should add that the per­son involved isn't John Ullom, but appar­ent­ly somebody operating behind the scenes. He thought I'd leap at the chance to help him with the legal actions that he hopes will unseat you.

What I know of your interactions with John Woodell, the new per­son, and others suggests that you're a less than ethical politician who makes an effort to come across as noble. As Ken used to say, “Yeah, right”. :)

To be honest, I'm not highly inter­est­ed in that side of things. Not right now, anyway. But you need to explain your be­ha­vior in 2012. Ken's debts to me far exceed that.

Rest assured that I'll look at this sort of docu­ment, when it crosses my desk. And I'm good at details. Ask Ken about that part.

Of course, I don't have a desk. Not since the end of 2013, when I became homeless for the first time. I have a little Walmart mat on the floor instead. Shrug.

Well, Happy Easter :D

170416. nginx Tip for the Hip.

These sites have visitors who'd prefer to hide their iden­ti­ties. Some of them are good friends :)

These peo­ple use proxies, VPSes, Tor, or other identity-concealing mechanisms. Of course, disinterested visitors do this as well.

Anonymity isn't necessarily a bad thing. I use such mechanisms myself, though I try to be less clumsy about it than my friends.

For example, some­times I'll start with an Internet con­nec­tion that's anonymous to begin with — re­mem­ber, kids, don't use residential connections — boot a temporary copy of Who*nix, ssh through Tor to a temporary VPS at a ran­dom host, and proxy from *there*.

Heh. No solution is perfect. The NSA, surely, knows all. But *that* series of steps should do for basic security pur­poses.

On the other side of things, as a webmaster, do I need to block anonymous access? Not necessarily.

But, a few of my anonymous visitors are peo­ple that I know or agents operating on their behalf. Suppose that I'd like them to see dif­fer­ent pages than non-anonymous visitors do.

Suppose that I'd also like to sim­ply block referrer spam and poorly-designed bots while I'm at it.

nginx makes all of this pretty easy. I'll explain an approach that I've used with an nginx setup. Your mileage may vary.

Note: This tutorial is for Linux hosts using nginx. Windows isn't sup­port­ed. Apache is a subject for another day.

1. Become superuser.

2. Back up your nginx.conf file. If you don't know to back-up the file, restore it, and/or restart nginx, stop here.

3. Run the script shown be­low, using bash, in the dir­ec­tory that con­tains your nginx.conf file. Typically, though not always, this is: /etc/nginx/

IPADDR=`curl -s https://check.torproject.org/exit-addresses | \
grep ExitAddress | \
awk '{print "    " $2 " 1;"}' | sort | uniq`
echo -e "geo \$torusers {
    default 0;
}" > torgeo.conf

4. Edit nginx.conf.

Add the code shown be­low to the nginx.conf http block be­fore first server sub-block or the first include of such a sub- block.

# List  regexes for referrer spammers in this block us-
# ing  the  format shown for the sample spammer domain.
# Note the ~ at the start of the string.

map $http_referer $bad_referer {
    default 0;
    "~top10-way.com" 1;

# If you'd like to simply block problem bots by IPV4 or
# subnet, add  lines similar to the following here. Use
# the 1st format to block an IPV4 address, the 2nd for-
# mat  to  block  a Class C (24+ 8) subnet, and the 3rd
# format to block a Class B (16+16) subnet.


# Add  the  following line exactly as shown.  Note: You
# generated the  file that it names previously  in step
# 3.

include torgeo.conf;

# Use log-file analysis to identify proxy people. Don't
# bother with Tor users. In most cases, they'll be han-
# dled by "torgeo.conf".

# Add  IPV4 addresses  or /24 or /16 subnets  for proxy
# people to the following table  using the formats used
# by the sample entries.

geo $friends {
    default 0; 1;   1;    1;

5. Edit nginx.conf again.

Edit the server block for each domain of inter­est. Add the fol­low­ing code be­fore the parts that work with dir­ec­tor­ies. Remove existing lines in the block that define root.

Replace /data in the first line with an abso­lute path for the dir­ec­tory tree that you'd like normal users to see.

Replace /data/torusers in the first line with an abso­lute path for the dir­ec­tory tree that Tor users should see.

Replace /data/friends in the $friends line with an abso­lute path for the dir­ec­tory tree that you'd like proxy peo­ple to see.

set $docdir /data;
if ($bad_referer) { return 444; }
if ($torusers ) { set $docdir /data/torusers ; }
if ($friends  ) { set $docdir /data/friends  ; }
root $docdir;

6. Restart nginx. If things don't work as expect­ed, restore the old nginx.conf and restart the pro­gram again.

Your phone or window is too narrow to see the code. If it's a phone, try rotating the phone or switching to a PC.

170329. Advice to a China IT mana­ger.

A few days ago, I re­ceived a nice let­ter from an IT mana­ger in China, probably in his 20s. He'd read a Chinese translation of an arti­cle that I wrote in 2014 and contacted me to ask for advice.

I've sent him a PDF that answers his ques­tions and includes some advice. If you're curious, click on the link be­low to get the PDF:


170321. New Perrott Site Shines Bright.

It's time to start breaking the main site up into sub-sites.

There may be glitches as pages are moved around. However, in the end, we should end up with a nice col­lec­tion of separate but re­la­ted sites.

We'll start with John Perrott. So, today, we're announcing two new domains, both of which go to a John Perrott sub-site:



170217. Moono Mother Shard.

Moono is a college-age per­son seeking a path. He might be slightly learning disabled, but I'm not sure; it's more like­ly that he's sim­ply different, as so many of those who are real, those who exist, are dif­fer­ent.

I fell asleep two hours ago. I'd eaten some food, a few bites of Walmart chicken. It was enough to put me under.

I shook off the fog, afterward, and return­ed to my laptop on the little Walmart mat that serves as my post gag-order cases office.

I found a short message from Moono. He'd writ­ten to say good-night. Later, he'd added the fol­low­ing fragment. I don't know if it's a shard of a dream or of the past.

<Moono> I had sworn I wouldn't write another poem about my mom but in the museum there is a room filled with centuries-old pottery shards and it is dif­fi­cult not to start seeing symbols every­where. We walk through the frigid air toward a reconstructed temple, like­ly stolen, I say, and she looks at me. A rope keeps us from going further. Who are you texting? she asks.


170110. CodeLicker Wolf Thoughts.

CodeLicker offers thoughts inspired by his pet dog. It should be noted that many peo­ple don't measure up to the stand­ard for being real that he proposes.


OldCoder, I have a wolf.

I figured out what they are. They aren't as irrational as peo­ple suppose.

They're conscious entities who have content enough, enough in their heads, to develop strategies. Hunting strategies. Complex enough to involve a group.

In fact, they under­stand the notions of groups and roles. So, they have messages to pass.

Their vocal chords are lim­it­ed to fewer expressions, so they don't use language. Not our language. It doesn't mean they don't have one of their own.

The house wolf, mockingly known as dog, believes his collective is made by humans.

That is to say, they still live in packs like wild wolves. But their packs contain human iden­ti­ties, as well as iden­ti­ties of other animals who might be nearby.

This is, indirectly, why they have night­mares, unlike worms and other truly unreasoning creatures.

On the human scale, they're located somewhere between a disturbed individual and a child growing up who doesn't dominate language yet.

But they still share fertility with wild wolves, which makes them house wolves.

So, this is what they are:

Consciousnesses. Individuals. Awake, rational and, depending on the individual, self-aware.

This not only confirms the genuineness of their likes and dislikes, but the fact they can plot and plan things. Like vengeance.

So, this being, the house wolf, believes that we're part of its pack.

This consciousness is sleeping right by my side. Chances are that, when it has a nightmare, the bad dream is about being left behind or having its pack dissolved. Disbanded.

This is why I always make sure to wake it from night­mares. I won't let it be alone.

They're real. As real as we are. They don't just answer randomly to stimuli like a sim­ple system. They exist beyond their body systems.

They're real, OldCoder, dogs, wolves, they're real. They think, there­fore they exist.

<CodeLicker> OldCoder, can you help me with SQL? Apparently, I am rusty.
<CodeLicker> Or they changed SQL standards and forgot to warn me. :D

<CodeLicker> I am trying some WITH statements. But no matter what I do, it fails.
<CodeLicker> This is the error given: Unrecognized state­ment type. (near "with" at pos­i­tion 0)
<OldCoder> Paste the SQL code

<CodeLicker> with t as (select *from `table 1` where `1\252 Dezena`='1') select * from t where 1=1;

<OldCoder> CodeLicker, you are not using ASCII text
<OldCoder> Redo that but no space in the table name and no weird character in the WHERE state­ment

<CodeLicker> WHAT?!?
<OldCoder> Redo that but no space in the table name and no weird character in the WHERE state­ment
<CodeLicker> So, like, the fact my table is named `table 1` is an issue?
<OldCoder> I'm not sure, but the weird character in the WHERE state­ment probably is
<OldCoder> Make both changes and retest

<CodeLicker> In the name of Satan, what did MARIADB done? It has be in the name of Satan for God forbids it.
<OldCoder> Um?
<CodeLicker> And my darschund wolf is itchy by my side. \o/
<CodeLicker> woof

<OldCoder> Make both changes and retest. Woof back. Send photo of dog.
<CodeLicker> I'll have to change DB name.
<CodeLicker> I'll wait until I find that being in an uncomfortable situation and then photo it.

<CodeLicker> Have I ever convinced you that wolves are individuals?
<CodeLicker> Thinking indi­vid­uals and stuff?
<OldCoder> CodeLicker, I already knew that
<OldCoder> Many animals are worth more than many peo­ple. Even rats.
<OldCoder> Squeek

<OldCoder> Retest SQL
<CodeLicker> I did. Same stuff.
<CodeLicker> Here it is: with t as (select * from `megasena` where `1\252 Dezena`='1') select * from t where 1=1;

<OldCoder> That is not ASCII. I see a weird character,
<OldCoder> What is 1 [something] Dezena?
<OldCoder> Change the name of 1 [something] Dezena

<CodeLicker> You know... I took the suspicion - that already escape common sense - that they are thinking and proceeded to call them rational beings.
<OldCoder> Change the name of 1 [something] Dezena

<CodeLicker> with t as (select * from `megasena`) select * from t where 1=1;
<CodeLicker> I took off the where clause. Still same error.

<OldCoder> Wait
<OldCoder> CodeLicker, it was sup­posed to be added, but it was not. I think that SQLite3 supports it and so does PostgreSQL but not MySQL or MariaDB.

<CodeLicker> Grrrrrr...
<CodeLicker> So the page lied to me!
<OldCoder> You can still use subqueries
<CodeLicker> They are liars! Liars everywhere!!!

<OldCoder> SELECT sb1,sb2,sb3
<OldCoder> FROM (SELECT s1 AS sb1, s2 AS sb2, s3*2 AS sb3 FROM t1) AS sb
<OldCoder> WHERE sb1 > 1;
<OldCoder> Things like that should work

<OldCoder> I tested using MySQL. Let me try using MariaDB.
<CodeLicker> WITH table_reference as (SELECT ...)
<CodeLicker> SELECT ... <----------- LIES

<CodeLicker> [Obscenity] are liars: https://mariadb.com/kb/en/mariadb/with/
<OldCoder> Reviewing
<OldCoder> It *is* sup­posed to be sup­port­ed

<OldCoder> What release of MariaDB are you using?
<CodeLicker> Server version: 10.1.14-MariaDB - Source distribution
<CodeLicker> From phpmyadmin.
<OldCoder> There you go. You need release 10.2.2.
<OldCoder> Mystery solved

<CodeLicker> It's evil.
<CodeLicker> Very evil.
<CodeLicker> Those peo­ple are wicked, you know?
<CodeLicker> Evil. Ruthless.
<OldCoder> It is not unusual
<OldCoder> Evil walks the Earth, yes

161030. OldCoder Android Review: The Bouletmaton.

The image be­low was produced by The Bouletmaton, an Android app that makes self-portraits for social media use. It seems accurate enough.

To access the image for down­load or zooming, click here. Or, in Android, click on the image and hold.

This is the Old Coder unveiled
All mysteries are derailed
Android apps are to be hailed
I'd rate The Bouletmaton as P.G. for Pretty Good

The app's Play Store page is at this link. To install, run an Android browser, click on the preceding link, then click on Install.


The de­vel­op­er, ZANORG, has an English-language page at:


ZANORG's philosophy is “Genuinely Stupid Games Since 2002. The studio has a sim­ple agenda: bring stupid to every mobile in the world. There is no one here to force you playing these games, but yet, you will do it.”

It's a thoughtful and reflective philosophy that shows promise.

The name Bouletmaton comes from Boulet, the name of the artist behind the fol­low­ing French webcomic:

To access the 1st web­comic page for down­load or zooming, click here. To access the 2nd web­comic page, click here. Or, in Android, click on an image and hold.

161016. Prayer for a Snail.

In 2013, Phenek videoed an intrepid snail and posted the video on YouTube. The YouTube copy may be viewed at this link.

The YouTube copy went down for a while, for tech­ni­cal reasons, so here's a mirror copy in case it happens again. To play the video, click on the link or image.

The orig­in­al snail discussions from 2013 are pasted be­low the video.

<Phenek> snail I copypasted to you while I was enjoying a tasty croissant and espresso
<Phenek> I don't know how I found the snail... I just saw some­thing on the ground few milliseconds be­fore I stepped on it and re-directed my feet to keep the poor animal alive...
<Phenek> then I took some photos and nice HD video of him

<OldCoder> video? you videoed the snail?
<Phenek> yes
<OldCoder> What motivated this?
<Phenek> it looked cool
<OldCoder> Fair enough

<Phenek> I can upload to youtube if you want to see
<OldCoder> Yes! We must see the snail!
<OldCoder> Racing here and there
<OldCoder> As snails do

<Phenek> uploading...
* OldCoder can't wait
<Phenek> uploading at a snails pace
<OldCoder> of course

<Phenek> I have some cute photos already on new camera of baby
<Phenek> no snails there though
<Phenek> or department stores
<OldCoder> Very well

* OldCoder hopes the snail found a home
<Phenek> let's hope so. he was not a bad snail
<OldCoder> Indeed
<OldCoder> Lively as they go
* OldCoder offers a prayer for the snail

160903. Short-Tail SEO We Hail.

People who are experimenting with SEO may find these notes use­ful.

I noticed an odd Google issue last night. Check out the screenshots in the fol­low­ing discussion. Folks on smartphones may need to zoom in to read the text.

To read the PDF that this is about, click here.

U.S. Google results for John Perrott:

Google tailors search results differently for dif­fer­ent people. But I checked the fol­low­ing last night using mul­ti­ple identities in mul­ti­ple countries.

In English-speaking counries, the sim­ple two-word search John Perrott (without quotes) brought up, and is still bringing up, a Kiraly Cases PDF on the first page.

For reasons that I'll come back to, this is unexpec­ted. It may not last long, but I've re­ceived a bump, temporary or not, in Google rankings.

The screen­shot below shows the results that are appearing, pre­sent­ly, in English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia.

In some of the countries, the PDF is farther down. However, it's appear­ed on the first page in every English-speaking country that I've tried so far.

To try the two-word search for yourself, click here.

If the two-word search doesn't work, the three-word search John Perrott Attorney (without quotes) may work instead. To try this search, click here.

The results may be thrown off if Google knows who you are. However, if you're not ac­quaint­ed with John Perrott, the Family Law Attorney in San Jose, Google's familiarity with you may not make a dif­fer­ence.

John Perrott search results
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Romania Google results for John Perrott Attorney:

In non-English speaking countries, the two-word search isn't work­ing, but the three-word version, John Perrott Attorney, is.

The screen­shot below shows the results for the three-word search in Romania. To try the three-word Romania search for yourself, click here.

John Perrott Attorney search results in Romania
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Factoring out Google personalization:

If I'done these searches using my own identity, I wouldn't be surprised. Google probably knows that I created the PDF in ques­tion.

So, when the search engine recognizes me, it might increase the ranking of the PDF spec­i­fic­al­ly for me.

But, to rule this out last night, I ssh'd to mul­ti­ple cloud servers in dif­fer­ent countries and used lynx to do the searches.

lynx from cloud servers means no JavaScript, no cookies, nothing for Google to latch onto except for the user agent and what­ever Google knows about the cloud servers. So, it's not bad as a starting point for this type of test.

The results were as I've stated. To confirm them, I went back to Google using Tor with cookies cleared and rotating user agent.

There was even less for Google to latch onto, this time; primarily the fact that I was behind Tor plus tracking keys that can be constructed based on browser characteristics. For tech­ni­cal reasons, I don't think that the tracking keys were a factor for the second set of tests.

The results were con­sis­tent again.

Negative factors:

The PDF shouldn't be ranked as highly as it is. The reasons are as follows:

* John Perrott, the Family Law Attorney that the PDF discusses, has roughly the same name as sever­al historical and modern figures.

Entries for these figures ought to crowd non-essential links re­la­ted to my John Perrott off of the first page.

* There are no public and independent links on the Web, that I'm aware of, which point dir­ect­ly to the PDF. This is usually negative for Google rankings.

* However Google decides things, traffic is a factor. And traffic to the PDF is moderate. People read it, but it isn't a top destination.

* As of August 3, 2016, I've done no intentional SEO yet for the PDF.

Positive factors:

Here's what I know, or can guess, regarding posi­tive factors:

* Google does read PDFs, as long as they're text-based, and ranks them along with web pages.

As a re­la­ted note, Google even tries to read PDFs that are text stored as images. To do this, it uses OCR.

* My Twitter feed has a link to the weblog post which con­tains the PDF.

The Tweet in ques­tion is two years old. Very few readers are going to go that far back in the feed. However, peo­ple appar­ent­ly bookmarked the link two years ago, and may be sharing it, as I see it used on a reg­u­lar basis.

The sim­ple existence of the link shouldn't make a dif­fer­ence. Google must know that it's my link, pointing to one of my sites. The value of the link must be decreased accordingly.

* Google is be­lieved to like content that is orig­in­al, well-structured, detailed, high reading level, and focused on the subject. The PDF is all of these.

However, many of my posts and doc­u­ments meet these criteria and haven't been promoted to first page for short-tail.

* There aren't many arti­cles by indi­vid­uals regarding John Perrott, the Family Law Attorney, on the Web other than those writ­ten by me.

Google probably puts me in a dif­fer­ent category than it does Yelp or Attorney web­sites. I have relatively little competition in this context.

Again, though, this would apply to many of my posts and doc­u­ments and relatively few are promoted to first page for short-tail.

I think that promotion of the PDF, temporary or not, occurred because of all of these factors combined with ran­dom chance.

httpd-level traffic review:

If you're curious about httpd forensics, this part might be of inter­est.

httpd activity doesn't pro­vide a clear explana­tion of the Google ranking change.

One recent visitor stands out.

IPV4 read the PDF on August 21, 2016. He or she seems to have read the as­soc­i­a­ted weblog page two days earlier, on August 19, 2016, but not to have clicked on the PDF link at the time. geolocates to 37.339390, -121.894960. The coordinates indicate a POP near North Market Street and West Julian in San Jose; 0.4 miles from Hoge Fenton and 1.7 miles from John Perrott's law office.

The proximity to Hoge Fenton doesn't mean that the visitor is Hoge Fenton. For bet­ter or worse, the area is bulging with attorneys. Shake a stick, call “Here, Attorney, Attorney,” and you'll find one.

A brief check shows one other Intel Mac OS X IPV4,, at exactly the same coordinates. That IPV4 read the PDF on October 22, 2015.

The two IPV4s, both using the same POP and both run­ning Intel Mac OS X, read the John Perrott PDF, nearly a year apart, and not much else. On one visit, one of the IPV4s read a summary page; that was about it.

Conclusion: The two IPV4s are the same per­son, probably an attorney or paralegal, and he or she is inter­est­ed in John Perrott, the Family Law attorney.

Proximity to Hoge Fenton suggests that this might be Michael Bonetto or one of his peo­ple, but there is no strong evi­dence of this.

Other attorneys may be reading the PDF, but I don't see evi­dence that it's men­tion­ed in any attorney forum or venue that would boost its Google rankings.

SEO humor
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