1 Proteus 4 weeks ago Blackrider's sidebar ad has a rocking G animated gif. It rocks 62 times a minute.How many times has it rocked since it went live? There's a myriad of questions built into that question, and I doubt we can have the answer. Presumably just one bit of code makes it rock, but there's a quantum issue: does it only rock when someone is watching it rock (or at least when Blackrider's ad is live on-screen), or is it considered always to be rocking, observed or not? And is each iteration of the rocking code, running in every browser on which the ad is "live" at any given time, considered another instance of the Rocking G?If so, the answer is surely incalculable. We'd have to know on how many screens it was active at every moment since it went up. That would involve determining, for each unit of time (down to the minute? second?) not only how many IP addresses were logged into the site, but which page each was viewing, and whether Blackrider's ad was active for that IP. (Which in turn would require knowing how the GDP decides which ad to activate on each screen load - whether it's random or a predictable rotation. If each ad has equal likelihood of loading, we'd at least have a factor to work with [but when the ad went up, there were fewer sponsors than today's 8, so we'd need an algorithm to average the appearance over time].)Just to get some number, I assumed the ad went live in 2006 (which is when I think this version of the site appeared), so 13 years ago. And I'm pretending I loaded a page showing the ad on that day, and have left it up since.In that case, the G has rocked 423,633,600 times. Which is a little disappointing. If you had traveled a mile for every time it rocked - which works out to 3,720 mph - you wouldn't even be to Jupiter yet. You'd have 60,166,400 miles to go.So keep on rockin'.