East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Any Latvian speakers in the house?

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Site — Erwin @ 3:55 pm

On my original homepage at harte.is-here.com I had an image of a little music player, just to poke a little fun at technology. Apparently this also got indexed by search engines, as you can see using this search. Not sure what keywords it got indexed under, though.

Anyway… when I retired that homepage and started redirecting all traffic to this blog I occasionally checked the stats to see if there were any dead links that I might want to fix because there’s a webpage out there that points to a now obsolete location.

To my surprise I started to see a few (failed) hits per day to the original location of that image! Looks like someone found the link appropriate for their news or blog site and linked to the original location, instead of downloading it and serving it from their own site, using their own bandwidth.

Under normal circumstances I might’ve done something mean like put a Don’t Steal My Bandwidth sign in its place, just for that referrer (easy enough to do with mod_rewrite), but this one amused me so I uploaded the image to the site and put in a redirect from the original to the new location.

I still have absolutely no clue what it’s used for unfortunately as the referring domain is in Latvia and it looks like the webpage is in the local language, one that I do not speak or even remotely recognise. Any help will be appreciated! 😉


  1. well, i’ve BEEN to Latvia, but can’t croak a word of it. Definitely not common, nor do most online translators even acknowledge its existance.

    lovely country, btw 🙂

    Comment by Leah — 2005/11/6 @ 9:36 pm

  2. Didn’t realise you’d traveled around that much that summer, or did you visit Europe more often than I remember?

    Comment by Erwin — 2005/11/7 @ 2:36 am

  3. was many years ago 🙂 as in, at that time the Russian troops were setting up for their final withdrawal from the countries.

    (1993 I think?)

    I’d LOVE to go back, but it’s hard going to a country where you don’t speak the language on your own, and I’m not a big one for organized group thingies 😛

    Comment by Leah — 2005/11/9 @ 1:23 pm

  4. You were (relatively) young, then? To put it in perspective (for myself), 1989 is when the Iron Curtain came down, 1993 is the year I started playing on IgorMUD. A quick check on Google confirms that the last troops left Latvia in August 1994 (CIA factbook), so you were definitely close. 🙂

    Comment by Erwin — 2005/11/9 @ 2:53 pm

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