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I have decided that, like a dog, I think I need a collar.  And not just any collar, but an electronic collar.  One in which someone could activate to give me a short, quick zap any time I started getting close to a site with spoilers on it.

I seriously don’t know what entices me to go to them, but they usually are to my detriment, since I know what’s going to happen, and it doesn’t come as big a surprise.  I ruined Star Wars Episode III for myself by reading too many spoilers.  I knew Jack and Claire were half-siblings before we were told.   And I just came close to possibly finding out who the Final Five Cylons are going to be.  Luckily, I was able to restrain myself from looking to closely, but not before seeing a sentence discussing the possibility of a character being one.  It’s ridiculous, and I only have myself to blame.

So, to recap, an electric dog collar may stop me from reading TV and movie spoilers.  The end.


Spam spam, go away, come again…actually, don’t come again.

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Unfortunately, one of the darker sides of having a blog is spam.  My blog, which actually isn’t visited a lot by legitimate readers (says Google Analytics) is visited a lot by spammers.  People who like to comment with links to the most…exotic of sites (you’ve seen the type in your emails, I’m sure).  No, I don’t want Viagra or Cialis, or any of those.  Just stay away, please.

However, in this day in age, it is impossible to get them to leave you alone.  You can only counter the spam with technology.  That’s why I love Akismet, which, for the sake of time, is a big blacklist of known spammer IP addresses.  I employed it when I was using Movable Type.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to do as well with trackbacks as it did with comments, so that I kept having to deny those bad trackbacks.  I haven’t yet had any trackback trouble with WordPress, but the spammers have come back to haunt my comments.  So far, Akismet is capturing most of them, though one or two have slipped by.

I’m not sure what else can be done to combat these warriors of comment degradation.  I hope that technology will improve to the point where spammers have nowhere to go.  In addition to technological means, spammers could be hit with steeper fines, and tougher laws, although current attempts to do just this seem to have gone nowhere.  The battle will be difficult and will probably continue on as long as the Internet exists.  We will just have to site back and see what happens.


Film Meme

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I’m actually not much into these, but this one looks kind of fun.  So, supposedly if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life.  However, I’ll add to it.  There are obviously degrees of having no life.  Let me do this, and then I’ll decide how much of no life I have.

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Hazy With a Chance of Rain

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Haven’t updated for a while, but I finally have something worthy of posting about. Get ready for another edition of “What’s Bugging Mike.”

Today, it’s hazy memories. Specifically those of the current administration down there in Washington. Whether its Lewis Libby not recalling his name-dropping conversations with reporters, or Karl Rove not recalling discussion of the (probably politically motivated) removal of U.S. Attorneys (interesting how Rove’s name is related to both these issues), the most powerful people in Washington have a convenient and strange case of memory loss.

I think every politician should start using this excuse. It seems to be working for Rove. Imagine if Bill Clinton’s excuse was that he forgot about the White House romp. Well, I suppose he might have…he did retract his original statement later, so he must have done seem deep searching and found the memory. Also, imagine if former Connecticut Governor John Rowland simply had some unclear memories of his dealings with the Tomasso family. It might have saved him a lot of jail time, or perhaps not. It might also work for other high profile personalities. If Martha Stewart didn’t remember getting insider information on that Imclone stock. If Saddam had a hazy memory of the atrocities he committed (actually, I think this was the angle for which his lawyers were going). It’d be great if people just forgot about all the bad things they did, wouldn’t it?

In all seriousness, though, I think it’d just be better if they started telling the truth. Libby has already been canned and skewered over Plame because of his hazy memory. The AG’s deputy has stepped down because they’re losing their minds (no, I didn’t mean to word this any other way). If they keep not remembering things and inventing stories to explain these scandals that keep coming up, the Republicans don’t have a prayer in 2008. So, keep up the amnesia, guys. I’m sure the Democrats are loving it.


Script Update

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Done a little more work to the script, and I now have a completed preliminary product. I’m going to pass it around to a few people, and get their suggestions. I think it might be a little too wordy, but I’m trying to cut up the monologues with little skits, that I hope are funny.

I’ll keep you all informed.


All WordPress Users: Upgrade to 2.1.2

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I thought I’d do my part in getting the word out.  WordPress recently had a cracker gain access to their server and alter the download to include files with malicious code.  Now, while this appears to only affect people who’ve downloaded the software in the past 3-4 days, I’d recommend everybody upgrade, since we can never be too careful.  If you’ve downloaded before then, you’re probably safe, but do it for you.  Do it for your loved ones.  Most of all, do it for peace of mind.



Rain, Rain, Go Away!

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It’s been raining all day, and I’m not very happy about that. So, it’d be better if it just went away. On the other hand, it’s melted most of the snow, which I was sick of seeing, even though we haven’t had much this season.

So, I successfully directed my second live newcast of the semester last night, and it went fairly well, except that one of the anchors kept cracking up. I guess he wasn’t helped by another who was dancing around. They just really have to grow up when they’re out there. The second, live-to-tape show started off rocky since it wasn’t being recorded, but once that was fixed, it was damn near perfect.

Today dragged on, pretty much. I finally had a Friday is recent memory in which I attended my classes, or at least, my morning classes. Had to sludge through the slush to get to gym at 8am, and then the rain for the rest. Long pants and running water do not mix! I also finished the Expedition episode I was working on, aside from a little fine tuning.

That’s about it for now. Maybe an entry with some substance later today.