January 1, 2015

Nederlog 2015: Updates for the new year

In every human society, at any time, and any place, there have been rational and reasonable men and women. Alas, in every human society, at any time, and any place, they so far have were a small minority, that was often persecuted, and nearly always in danger.

MM - Comments on Chamfort's Maximes-1.29

If men in majority were good or intelligent, history would be completely different from what it is.

MM - Comments on Chamfort's Maximes-1.31


1. Nederlog 2014: Updates for the new year

2. The numbers


It is the first day of the year 2015 A.D.

I provide the usual updates and starts for a new year. There are also some numbers about the usage of my site. And I should add that I am copying most of the text from January 1, 2014, to make things easier for me, but I did make the relevant changes.

Nederlog 2014: Updates for the new year

2015 is the twelfth year of my logging, for I started to do so in the summer of 2004, when I got the new site in Denmark. And it is the nineteenth year of my site(s), for I started in November 1996 at xs4all which at that time was an excellent provider. In any case, I have two sites since 2004, one in Holland, and one in Denmark. These are intended to be just the same.

The log I started in 2004 was called "Nedernieuws" because it was about Holland and in Dutch. In 2006, it became Nederlog, because I wanted to write about more subjects than just Dutch events, but I kept writing in Dutch (with some exceptions) until 2010, when it turned to English, mostly because of the report about XMRV. This continued since 2010, simply to enable more people to read my files.

Next to Nederlog, which at present extends over 11 years and totals 248 MB (on my hard disk: it'll be rather less on my sites, but still will be around 200 MB), there are the following sections on my site, where you should also realize nearly everything is in html, with a few but not many images, and only a goodly amount of pdf files, none of which were written by me, in the ME-section:
Nederlog ..........248 MB of mostly daily files, extending 10 years
Philosophy.........195 MB of classics with my comments
Logic................. 13 MB of papers on logic
Computing.,........ 73 MB of materials on computing
ME....................108 MB of materials on my disease ME
MEinAmsterdam...100 MB of files on my discrimination in Holland

All of the above is written by me except for two classes of items: In Philosophy over half of the material consists of philosophical classics, in html, with the rest consisting of my comments, also in html, and in ME most of the material is by
doctors of medicine and in pdf. Also, the above numbers are a bit larger than
they are on the site.

Also, the above links are to the main directories: There is about 500 MB of material on my site, and there are over 30,000 items on it, mostly html-files.

The above lists the main sections, but there are some more:

          Help.................. 4 MB of help
          Images...............3 MB of images
          Zip....................70 Kb

I should say that these days I save images in the directories of the files in which they are used, and that the Zip on the moment is mostly empty. It did contain, in 2009, a zip of the then complete site. I may make one again, but make no promises, and the site got a lot larger since 2009.

Next, as usual in the beginning of the year, I have an index of files and an analytical index for 2014:

Meanwhile, summing the eleven years of Nederlog as they appear on my hard disk, probably with a little more than there is on the internet, the total for these years is 248 MB (on my hard disk) and that is mostly html and some but not many images. There are some 3400 html-files there, that (nearly) all were written on the day they are dated.

Just the Nederlogs - apart from the rest of the site - is rather a lot of text, and I do not know anything like it. There are bound to be some other blogs or personal records that were maintained on a more or less regular basis for a long time, but they are probably much less outspoken, and also about far fewer things.

Why do I write these Nederlogs? To keep a record of things; to state my opinions; and to have something that I can use to defend myself, if needed. Also, by now they are my means to list all main changes on the site.

I do not have any further end in view, and the main reason for that is the same reason as Nederlogs are written, rather than something else: I do not have enough health to write the things I really want, at least most of the time.

In fact, I probably would not have written anything like Nederlog if I had been healthy, but since I am not, and since I still find it easy to write, and have written very much since I was 20, and since I never take the trouble to make second etc. versions, it turns out that in 11 years I can pile up over 200 Mb of texts in Nederlog by writing a few hours a day. [1]

And while I do not take most that I wrote in Nederlog very serious - they were  usually written in haste, while I had little energy and nearly always was in some pain - there are quite a few things in it that I like, and I also like it that there is a record of my perspectives on various things, that now comprises some ten years
over 200 Mb of html.

Therefore one of the things I am trying to do is to straighten Nederlog out, and also to straighten my site out, since that also has been compiled bit by bit over the course of 16 years now, and comprises quite a lot of good original thinking, especially in the philosophy-section, in my comments on classic philosophical texts. (Notably: On Leibniz, Hume, Mill, Russell and Aristotle. And on Multatuli, in Dutch. [2])

This project of straightening out Nederlog and my sites exists for a while, and got stopped because of the problems with my eyes. But my eyes are less bad than they were, and the project continues, bit by bit - and I have straightened out the Nederlog sections in 2013.

I also must soon reload the whole site again, which I will try to do in January 2015.

2. The numbers

The site in Denmark did considerably better in 2014 than in 2013. The numbers for 2013 plus an analytical index are here, and I repeat the numbers and a bit of text and add the numbers for 2014. The text I repeat about 2013 is blue; the text I insert about 2014 is black:

First only Nederlog:

          Nederlog 2013:
                    more than 380 html files and more than
                    38 MB

          Nederlog 2014:
                    more than 400 html files and more than
                    20 MB

In brief: I did not write as much in 2014 in Nederlog as I did in 2013 in terms of text, though a little more in terms of files. Part of the reason is that most Nederlogs were crisis logs in 2014.

Then there is the whole site:

Site 2013:


- over 1,500,000 hits
- over 1,250,000 pages
- more than 177,000 visitors
- more than 38 Gb downloaded (38788777 Kb)

Day (average over the year)

- over 4100 hits each day
- 487 visitors each day
- over 100 MB mostly text download each day

Site 2014:


- over 1,700,000 hits
- over 1,500,000 pages
- more than 225,000 visitors
- more than 23 Gb downloaded (
23216973 Kb)

Day (average over the year)

- over 4600 hits each day
- 618 visitors each day
- over 60 MB mostly text download each day

Overall, there is a 25% increase in visitor numbers, and about 20% increase in hits and files. (But yes: this is probably mostly due to the crisis reporting I did.)

Also, since 2010 I have not been a member of any patients-forum, which very probably cost me in visitors and hits, but - nevertheless - I got more visitors, more hits, and more downloads.

I wrote in 2011:

Also, my Site in Nederland certainly does a lot better, but it is difficult to say by how much, because ever since Dutch Telecom KPN bought what was once a fine provider called "xs4all" there is hardly any decent access there for me, and many things that are a matter of course for other providers do not exist at all for the hardly human idiots - I learned from the KPN "xs4all" staff - who are their clients with home sites.

This is just the same as it was in 2012, 2013 and 2014. I have no numbers for the Dutch site, because "" (in fact: KPN) does not give any. Since I am Dutch, and started the site at when that still was a good provider, before it was taken over by KPN, I take it that the Dutch site pulls at least twice as many visitors as the Danish site - but this is a guess. 

Here is another repeat of 2011:

Anyway.... for one man with one site - with a mirror - and that man ill, poor and with no real help, that is not bad, especially if you also reckon with the facts that my ideas and subjects are neither easy nor popular, nor is my language, and that I do not try to please anyone but myself.

Just the same for 2012, 2013 and 2014 - and I can add that my Danish site has been read over 180 hours every 24 hours in 2014. (Again, this is probably due to my following the crisis closely.)

Even if at most half of that is serious reading, I find that pretty amazing, indeed especially because I do not try to please anyone other than myself, and do not court popularity or seek internet traffic in any way: I write what I think and I upload it, and that's it. I never cared for popularity, and I lack both the health and the desire to live up to anyone's expectations.

Meanwhile, I am pleased that I am being read.


[1] Some clarifications: I've always found it very easy to write, and am a good typist. What makes writing Nederlogs doable for me is that they are not intellectually demanding to write; they are short; and I generally can write them in one go, after which it's done, except for corrections, that usually are made later. Also, I am someone who very probably has an easy access to flow states.

And there are three reasons for me not to write books: It is much more demanding, especially if I were to write the books I want to write, about philosophy or logic; such books would not make me any money, in all probability; and in any case any money I might make would be taken from me by the Amsterdam municipal authorities, with an additional financial and legal punishment.

Being really ill, I cannot afford that, and indeed I did not even try: I simply do not have the energy to do it well, and the likelihood is that I would ruin more of my health, as in fact did happen in 2000, when I tried to work out original ideas about logic, mathematics and physics, and collapsed after trying too hard for about half a year.

[2] The perceptive reader may ask: How come you could write these comments? The answer is twofold: First, normally I could not - the work was done in good periods, and was usually followed by a collapse, and second, and probably most important: I had done most of the work already, namely by having read the books and having written most of my notes at a time when I was healthy or at least less ill than I am since 1991.

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