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     I suppose it’s time to do a new post. I’ve been away for a while. Apparently my last legit post was in October. Whoops. I’ve been busy, uninspired, lazy. I was gonna post something about a month ago. It was a long guide for Maryland drivers unfamiliar on how to drive in the snow. I put a lot of work into it (about twenty minutes, don’t judge me), but then my computer caught a death virus and I started losing functionality. I had to frantically transfer files to a borrowed flash drive and I foolishly went for my lab data that I had spent hundreds of hours on. By the time it came to getting my personal files, the computer had shut itself down and refused to start back up. I ended up losing all my personal files, including several ideas I had for posts.

     I know what you’re saying, “you could have just wrote your posts on WordPress and then you’d still have them regardless of what your stupid computer does.” That’s probably a good idea. Now allow me to promptly ignore your advice and keep writing in Word and transferring things over. I’ve got a very specific process that I like to follow.

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     As you may or may not know, Ranty McRanterson was recently riding a tidal wave of popularity. In March 2010, our hit count was 1,133. That number marked a steady increase since Ranty’s founding in roughly 10,000 BC. Yes, it was a pretty flat line there for a while. In April 2010, I noticed a sharp spike in our monthly hit count, up to 1,873. Nice, but nothing to write home about. I figured it would drop back down the next month. But then May rolled along. Ranty’s hit count skyrocketed to 3,864. We saw it as a sign. We were now gods among mortals. We started buying houses and cars well beyond our means, gave ourselves huge bonuses and chartered a private spaceship ride to Mars.

Artist's rendition of our private spaceship.

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Dear Reader,

     Congratulations!! You have been randomly selected from our readership to hear about this one-time exclusive offer! Ranty McRanterson is expanding and upgrading. We will soon be offering more, both in terms of content and gloriosity. Coming soon, we will have increased guest writers providing rants on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, MLB news, music, politics and kittens.

KITTEN!!!!!!!

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     Well, it’s 2010 and I guess it’s time for the first post of the New Year. If you’ve been checking in the last few days you might have noticed that two posts were added to December 31st. Yeah, I posted a couple things in January but changed the date to December. But seriously, who am I kidding, no one noticed that. I know you bastards don’t check this site that often. Unless you do. Then thanks. Anyway, I thought I would address something that has been giving me large amounts of amusement. That’s right, the top searches that lead most of you to this site. WordPress allows us to track not only how many of you check the site per day, but also the avenues that bring you here. Most come through web searches, and we can find the keywords in the search that somehow bring you to our mostly overlooked blog. I took a harder look at the keyword searches for the past 365 days (they tell me that that’s a full year). I would be disappointed in the keywords if it weren’t so damn funny. Let’s get into it.

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     Today I Googled Ranty McRanterson to check up on things and I was shocked to find other results than our blog. It used to be that when I would Google Ranty McRanterson, there would just be a link to our website and another asking if I meant Randy McRanterson (I almost never did). But now there seem to be several new pretenders to the throne. We’re not even the first link anymore, its someone’s Twitter account whose name is Ranty McRanterson. Considering we started this blog before Twitter existed, I think we have some sort of trademark on the name. Specifically Pete, cause I’m pretty sure he came up with the name.

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Not to be outdone by Clint’s recent claim in a comment/demonstrated posting dominance, I decided to post for the first time in quite a while with a little public service announcement for those who have been following the Ranty McRanterson.

Google Reader is a tool that I have been using in conjunction with Gmail and Google Calendar for some time now to keep up with what is going on in the world. For those of you who aren’t aware, Google Reader is an RSS reader that allows you to track a number of websites that you normally read. I think of it as bookmarks on steroids.  Prior to Google Reader, I would have my favorite websites organized in the bookmarks toolbar of my browser, and click each one individually to check on what’s new.

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State of the Ranty

     Alright, so I have no clue what’s going on with this website. Shit is gettin’ real. Allow me to explain.

     I was going through all of my old posts in order to update formatting (and maybe change things that could be embarrassing to me personally. You’ll never know, the originals are gone. SUCKERS!). Anywho, I noticed two strange things.

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