Which lead to a site called IsXDead?, purportedly a site to find out if "celebrities" and "public figures" are dead or not. An important part of their "research" is apparently from a public poll on the webpage, asking visitors to state whether they think I'm still alive or dead.
The good news: Four out of five people think I'm still alive. 1782 voted for "Alive", 442 for "Dead".
Or did they? Because I frankly have a great deal of trouble believing over 2,000 people 1) Googled my name, 2) went 3 or 4 pages deep into the results to find the IsXDead? link, 3) actually followed the link, and 4) would actually cast a vote. Particularly because to get to the IsXDead? link, you'd have to skip merrily past dozens of other links that would give evidence I was still alive and occasionally functioning, including numerous links here to UF.
(The most popular post on UF, regarding a 2006 book tour appearance by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, has had less than 400 pageviews.)
The site also gives my year of birth as 1906. Well, I do feel that way, sometimes....
So where do those numbers come from? Who knows? I suspect that if I went on to register to post a comment that I'm still alive, I'd end up being asked for personal information, or to join Facebook (same difference). So I didn't go past that first page.
That's also why I'm not providing a link to IsXDead? Because, putting it into technical and computer-savvy terms, that website is fucked-up-in-the-head.