One PBaser ( http://www.pbase.com/paulwalt/profile ) states on his profile page the number of hits
his images have received (it's in the millions!). What is truly amazing is not that he has so many
hits, which he deserves, but that he is able to quote that number with confidence. He can make such
a bold statement because he relies on PBase's state-of-the-art hit-counting facility, which is
pictured here. This technoplant, located on the Columbia River in Washington State, provides all
sorts of statistical data ("numbers") to PBase subscribers. The official name of the facility is
Abba Cuss Memorial Hit Counter and Delicatessen, but most people call it "Big Calc."
Every time a page or gallery is accessed by a surfer, it is logged here. At the same
time, sophisticated calculations are done to determine how to order a subscriber's
images by the number of hits each image generates. This higher-order math is performed
with a K. E. Picket Slide Rule Delineator, the most sophisticated device of its kind.
The latest upgrade, installed recently at great expense, performs reverse-order
calculations for those subscribers who wish to list their images in ascending order of
hits (the least-viewed image first). It's all included in a PBase subscription.
As you might have guessed, all this tallying and calculating requires a lot of energy.
That's why this facility is located close to a hydro-electric generating facility (dam).
Want to know more? Call ahead for a tour, during which you can see calculations
being made in real time. Ear protection and hard hats are issued to all visitors.
Don't forget to buy a snack at the deli.