Archive for August, 2008

Belgian pope; bound solomon

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I get so much spam from this blog, I’m thinking of uninstalling wordpress. You remember back when I didn’t post for months and months? When I eventually tried to post again (because of emotional blackmail), WordPress was unable to add posts. I lost a couple of what I assume were brilliant posts because of that. Somehow there was a line of spam in the active_plugin database that was gumming up the works, which I discovered after hours of testing and searching of the WP forums. Thanks a lot, spam; I’d thought web applications had evolved past the point of having to manually delete tables with SQL, but that bullshit gets all over everything. I’m convinced that the first sentient machine will be the mutant offspring of spambot text generators. Kind of like the hybrids on Battlestar Galactica.

Anyway, I was thinking about this because I bought tickets online from TicketMaster and to find out if tickets are available you have to enter two random words, masked to be unreadable by OCR software. In an effort to avoid spam, we’ve gotten to the point where we have to type increasingly elaborate spam-like nonsense into a little box. Kind of like this blog!


Wednesday, August 6th, 2008