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OBL video perspectives

Two perspectives on the OBL videotape: Belmont Club : It’s a surrender proposal, a calling for a time out. Volokh Conspiracy: Bin Laden accepts resonsibility for 9/11, so what will that do for the Arab/Palestinian conspiracy theorists who blame the attacks on Israel?

WP upgrade notes

Shoulda looked for this list of what changed (in the Word Press support forum) between 1.2 and 1.2.1 before I re-created it myself. Oh well, at least my list matches the other one. wp-comments-post.php wp-login.php wp-admin: admin-header.php bookmarklet.php categories.php edit.php options.php post.php wp-admin.css wp-includes: functions-formatting.php version.php

Instructions that make me laugh

Okay, before I go about doing funky changes to my WordPress to try to get rid of those evil comment spammers, I figured that it’d be a good idea to finally upgrade from WordPress 1.2 to WordPress 1.2.1. After all, if I’m going to change file names or something, might as well be sure that […]

That, well, flower-parade thing

I’ve posted pix of Rose Parade float decorations before. (heh, my site comes up on the first page of google searches for fiesta floats and rose parade float.) Those pix were from visiting the local float decoration pavilion that a friend of mine helps run the week between Christmas and New Year’s. But I’ve never […]

I guess that I gotta do some more messing around in WP

Sigh. razzum frazzum. All this spammercode stuff. Razzum. I guess that, once the comment spam rate got to be over 150 per day, my previous plans for today just weren’t as important. one WP comment thread re hacks. Something something mumble mumble re: referers and a certain comment page. disable. wot’s it all mean? Can […]

The terrorists have won

I’m shutting down comments for a while. Those damn comment spammers are getting to me. Sure, I’ve managed to filter things so that they’re all caught and not displayed, but each one results in an email (which I could, I suppose, stop myself from getting). That means that I’ve gotten around 150 today. And this […]

From the IT Kitchen: ICANN, privacy and common sense

A post at the IT Kitchen by Shelley Powers of Burningbird: ICANN: Enabling the Stalker. As a blogger, you post a bit about yourself here and there, and with a registered domain name that ICANN insists—insists I tell you! — includes your address and phone number, if a stalker wants to go after you, the […]

Total lunar eclipse tonight (if it’s clear)

Was just reminded of this: Total Lunar Eclipse tonight. [via Transterrestrial]. Local forecast: rain/partly cloudy. Hope it’s clearer wherever you are. update: raining. yep, there’s an eclipse all right. Can’t see the sky above those clouds.

Titan fly by

The news out of JPL today is that Cassini flew close to Titan (one of Saturn’s moons) and took pictures (this thumbnail is a false-color of the images captured and beamed back to earth from the spacecraft last night/early this morning. There was a NASA TV event/press briefing and all this morning at 9am. JPL’s […]

Turnin’ into a pumpkin

In the last day and a half, I’ve been blissing out on Pumpkin soup, thanks to an adaptation of a butternut squash soup recipe from Cook’s Illustrated (In a stock pot, sauté shallots in butter, then add pumpkin seeds n string and sauté. Add water and bring to boil, then turn heat down, insert steamer […]