August 31, 2002
Question: Can any of you te...
Question: Can any of you tell me, once and for all, why the International Atomic Energy Agency continues to be one of the biggest referrers to this website? (The IAEA ranks third in the month of August, for example.) I don't write about the nukes, I don't think I know anyone there, and searches on my name yield nothing. Barney, is this your doing?
Posted by at August 31, 2002 12:05 PM
I get some of those too, though not as many as you do. I have no idea why. Perhaps they are Angel fans...
Me too, dude. That domain is in my top 10 month after month, year after year. We must have some loyal readers there. Laura's site gets a lot of IAEA hits, as well, but it makes more sense in her case.
For some reason, iaea.org is frequently used by email suckers and other spiders as a fake referrer.
Because they are government employees, slacking off on the job by cruising blogs on company time! But, now you just spilled the beans, so their boss will have the IT department track them down. Good work, Welch!
I am a former IAEA nuclear inspector so I can confirm the inspectors did get a reasonable amount of "slack" time in the office that they could spend web surfing. When I worked there I spent 130 days per year "in the field" doing inspections - since they figure it takes two days to report one day's activities that was pretty well the maximum that could be spent in the field (and then some).
Since I did all of my reports on a laptop in the field I was basically free to do whatever took my fancy when I was back in the office. Considering that portions of my time in the field were real hell on earth stuff, recovery time was a strict necessity. The inspectors travel to interesting and exotic locations and do mind-numbingly boring but important work under difficult circumstances.
Food poisoning - in my case around a dozen bouts in four years (listeria, camphlobacter, salmonella etc). Occasional 18 hour days at 45 Celsius, 90 percent humidity in a containment where it is illegal (and extremely unwise) to eat or drink. Occasional "incidents" resulting in unpleasant decontamination procedures. Car crashes, muggings and other unpleasantness. If it is inspectors logging on in work time - they deserve a bit of slack.
On the other hand - a lot of the people that work in IAEA admin are just slack - they should get back to work.
I forgot to add - you talk - with great affection - of Prague in your blog. A lot of Czechs work at the VIC (Vienna International Centre) and the hop across the border is popular with most foreigners in Vienna. Maybe your Czechaphilia has something to do with it.
Russell -- Wow, thanks! Hope you didn't get too poisoned out there....