September 19, 2002

From the traffic reports I receive for this site and The Rittenhouse Review it is abundantly clear that the number of visitors, and the length of their time at the site, suddenly picks up at or after 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Off the top of my head I can think of two possible explanations for this.

First, readers are starting to return home from work, settling in for some time at the computer before dinner and what not, and stopping by to see what’s new.

Or second, with an hour or so left to go at the office, readers are killing the final, often painful, sixty minutes cruising around the web, visiting their favorite (or least favorite) sites, an activity we all know can be done while still appearing to look very, very busy.

I’ll leave the decision in your hands.

All of this is a roundabout way of getting to my real point: that the proliferation of PCs has exponentially increased the ways office workers, or anyone with access to the web at their desk, can waste time.

Visiting a mildly humorous web site such as |||trr||| is one way, of course. Reading a purportedly serious weblog like The Rittenhouse Review is another.

In an entirely different league, however, are such sites as The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide, a diversion that would have been impossible to propagate without the Internet.

So, enjoy. Just don’t tell your boss I sent you there.

Oh, and if you have favorite sites along the same vein, drop a line to |||trr|||.


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