The Big Think

August 29, 2004

Comment Spam

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:09 pm

I’m about thiiiis close to closing all comments in my blog off to everyone. Just yesterday I checked the logs and got no fewer than ninety-six spam comments in a single day. And they’re not all on one post or set of posts, but rather scattered all about everywhere, so it would take me hours of work to undo what an automated bot did in a few minutes. #$%# spammers.

And for some reason turning off the html and auto-link options in MT doesn’t stop html from auto linking. Either it’s not working right or I don’t understand it completely (wouldn’t surprise me).

I tried to put a box in where commenters would be required to enter some kind of number hidden in a graphic, but MT isn’t advanced enough to allow me to do that.

The links aren’t doing anything more than using up space and taking a tiny bit of bandwidth. I just hate the fact that someone is using Giles’ computer, and MY blog, to increase their google pagerank. Enough with the tramad0l and gluc0phage already! aargh.

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:39 pm

The Olympic closing ceremonies concluded tonight, and thanks to Tivo, we caught them all. Nothing has the same wonderful feeling of global solidarity and peace as this incredible event, and we were able to see most of the nights (including the unusual thrill of watching a friend win silver). Greece was special because of all the historical locations, and the inclusion of the real-leaf laurel was inspired. 4 years until Beijing.

I’ll leave off with one of my favorite poems of all time. Read and memorized in 7th grade, it’s wistful longing is somehow appropriate today.

To An Athlete Dying Young

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.
 
To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.
 
Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.
 
And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.
 
A. E. Housman

Heroic

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 3:12 pm

via reuters: Asked if he believed that he and Kerry “served on the same level of heroism,” Bush replied, “No, I don’t. I think him going to Vietnam was more heroic than my flying fighter jets. He was in harm’s way and I wasn’t. On the other hand, I served my country. Had my unit been called up, I would have gone.”

Mousing

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 2:27 am

After upgrading my Mac about a year ago, I finally broke down and upgraded my old Kensington Turbo Mouse to a Kensington Expert Mouse Pro. Trust me, if you ever get used to a serious pro mouse, you’ll never go back. Ahh… it’s nice to have a good tool again.

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