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As is pretty easy to see, Sperari has undergone a migration. I switched over from Wordpress to Movable Type Open Source, and I don't really see looking back. This is being posted from the iPhone interface, which is basically sex. (Apologies to anyone who winds up with repeats of posts in feed readers.)

Since I always understood MT's templating system better than WP's, I should theoretically be able to get this thing looking reasonable and Erica-ish soon, too.


Pardon My Mess

| | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0) least, pardon the very very bare style for a handful of days. I'm restructuring, because I'm putting content on the web in no less than SIXTEEN BILLION PLACES, and I need to have one place. For my sanity, you see.

Mail foo?

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I'm having trouble with my gmail account - 'Lockdown in Sector 4' message - so if you're trying to get in touch with me, try tesla_uncoiled at that other popular free webmail service that starts with a 'y' dot com. Yes, I'm a nerd.

Fan Mail

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So, I got this comment from a guy named Dean Berry on my previous post. Or more appropriately, DEAN BERRY -- REAL AMERICAN, since he not only felt the the need to type his name in all caps, but also to give himself a title distinguishing himself from the rest of my readership, who desperately need to be informed of their station in life. I'm sorry, dear readers - you're not REAL AMERICANS. Dean says so. ... right. So, the meat of the comment was this:
...followed by a link to some religious song online, and an exhortation not to remove the comment. I don't listen very well. I told my spam filter it was spam, and I left this for Dean in the comments of that post:
Dear Dean Berry, I have no idea why you left a comment shouting about ‘confusatives’ and Jesus removing blessings. It is completely irrelevant, with regards to this post. It contains a link which has no relevance to this post. You ended the comment with “Don’t be a censoring commie; be man enough to keep this post up.” First of all, removing an irrelevant comment with an irrelevant link is not censoring, it’s simply not providing you with your own little forum. You’re being deleted as spam, which is what your comment is, as it lacks relevance. A ‘commie’ would not take this approach. A communist would not draw a distinction between private property (such as this blog) and public property (such as a public forum, where concerns over censorship would be valid). I do, therefore I am not a communist. Furthermore, and quite material to the post you left your idiotic comment on, I am not a man. I am a woman. If you’d even read the post, you would know that. I don’t want to be ‘man enough’ for anything, thanks. Oh, and by the way? Typing in ALL CAPS is considered REALLY FUCKING RUDE. It’s the online equivalent of shouting. Go away, and don’t come back. Sincerely, Erica
Let this be a warning to the rest of the blithering idiots who think my blog is public property: spam is not just commercial email or comments where they're not wanted. It's unsolicited communications online, particularly unsolicited communications without regard for the target's interest. If you post a comment without reading the entry to which you post it, or if the comment has no relevance, if your comment is you shilling for something I don't have a need for - be it Christian songs or renter's insurance, I don't care - or if your comment is in ALL CAPS - I will delete it. You will be marked as spam. This will, incidentally, make it very difficult for you to post comments on my blog in the future, in case that's a concern for you. I have a very good spam filter, and posting a comment with any of the same information (including IP address) as a comment that has been marked as spam will give you such a negative score that even a sparkling, witty dissertation relevant to the post on which you're commenting will likely not get through. Caveat orator.

Comments, Redux

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The reason everything looks so darned pretty around here is I upgraded WordPress. This lovely design came packaged with the 1.5-beta-1 nightly build I'm using. I upgraded because I really hate not having comments turned on. Soooooo... Comments are back on, but are time-limited: after two weeks, the comments on a post will automagically close. Hopefully, this will limit the amount of spam I get (experience would tend to support this working - most of the spam was on older posts.) Have at it.

Comments P.S.A.

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I've turned off comments. After getting a ratio of 80+ spam comments to 1 read comment, I decided that it just wasn't worth it. I'm going to change the format of this site after I get done with some design projects, anyway, and if I come up with a satisfactory way to reenable the comments, I might. Trackbacks and pingbacks remain enabled.


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I had some random issues with my blog--blame it on Sam. If you catch any other bizarre errors when you're trying to view my site, just drop me a line. It's easy. Take an Erica, put an at sign after it, then the domain, So intuitive. :mrgreen:


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I know I haven't been writing here enough for this to matter to most folks, but I wanted to mention it quick. I've had a minor but consistent problem with comment spam over the last couple weeks, and as such, I've switched to moderated comments. I will approve comments quickly, if they're legitimate, so please don't let that discourage you from leaving your thoughts and responses. Thanks!


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Subtle shift

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Given the greater community involvement with wordpress, I've switched. Archives from Textpattern will be back shortly.
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