Spam spam spam spam

Getting a definite spike it trackback/pingback spam today. It’s mostly on older posts, so I’ve updated comment settings so comments are closed for posts older than 14 days. I’m not sure if that affects trackbacks, but we’ll give it a try. You real people will understand, I think.

Updating Appearance…

And apparently I’m updating the look of the blog…

Spammers, and more (possibly) interesting stuff

I haven’t noticed an up-tick in e-mail spam since that whole Epsilon e-mail address theft.  Comment spam both here and on LJ seems to be up, though.  Could be coincidence, of course, but it is annoying.  Since about that time I’m getting about one per day slipping through the automated filters.  I just shut down comments on one older entry here that several of the comments that got through the filter were to.  OTOH, compared to what the spam filters catch, only a tiny fraction is making it through, so I probably shouldn’t grumble.

In other news, we have a Robin nesting in the dwarf apple tree out front.  At least that’s what Ron, human-Robin, and the UPS guy say.  I couldn’t see the nest this morning, but I wasn’t getting too close, either.

Returned my overly large tote bag last night.  Clerk confirmed that it was, indeed, a large bag, not a medium.  I couldn’t decide between an medium or a small bag, so I got both.  Open-top, they didn’t have any zip-top in the store.  Today I used the small one for Ron’s kilt hose and the iPad (it’s a bit bigger than the bag I’ve been using), and used the medium for my lunch.  The medium is a bit big for lunch.  I may have to get another small one for a lunch bag, the kilt hose seem happy in the small one, and I’ve got at least two more pairs to go…  No, not an excuse for more bag shopping, no, NO!  I deny it!

Started drawing the lot, house, porches, etc. in CAD last night.  Rough start, but I’m getting quicker.  It would help if the (expletive) house was square to the (expletive) lot.  Then I wouldn’t have to draw each thing then (expletive) rotate it.  (which is easier than drawing it (expletive) cattywampus to start with).  No, it isn’t very far out of (expletive) square, but I’m too much of an (expletive) perfectionist/engineer to ignore it.  At least the house is square to itself.  Layers are turning out, not surprisingly, to be A Good Thing.  I forsee having very many of them by the time I finish.

Both of Ron’s kilt hose are at least halfway through the calf increases.  I’m beginning to worry that I won’t see the off-white yarn before I need it.  Then again, mid-week knitting tends to be less productive than during the weekend.

Oops

Sorry about the post back from the end of October and the one that just said something like “tap here to begin writing”.  I was trying to get drafts off my phone, and didn’t realize they’d re-posted.

Robin survived election day.  He got up at 4 am so that he could be to his polling place by 5, and didn’t get home until about 10 pm – they got done about an hour later than the other three precincts at the Township Center because of a recalcitrant paper ballot counting machine.  I offered to let him stay home Wednesday and take a nap, but he declined, as he can’t sleep when it’s light out. None of the chili made it home.

The truck is fixed.  Oh hoo-rah.  Can’t you hear the excitement in my voice?

We decided in view of partial economy that we’d cancel the dog boarding reservation (3 nights, since picking them up in time Sunday is not guaranteed) and one of us will sleep at home.  Probably me, Ron understands the setup and running of soundboards and lighting better than I do.  Sleeping at home does have the advantage of sleeping in one’s own bed, so it’s a tradeoff for the drive. That cuts the WindyCon budget at least in half.

Ron took Robin and 4 shopping bags of paperbacks for the book collection to school, and I really should going to work now.

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We Can Haz Mobile Site!

Ron found a plugin and associated theme to make the blog mobile device-friendly, and it’s installed and running.

Very cool techie magic. Of you don’t understand why, ask someone to show you on their smartphone or other small-screen device. Yeah, a lot of cool stuff is stripped out, but it’s more eyeball-friendly, especially for us Olde Phartes and Dinosaurs (she says, ducking in anticipation of parental reading…).

I suspect mobile versions would also be nice for some netbooks and users.

We Have Blogs

Ron has successfully installed WordPress on our website.

My blog can be found here. (unless you’re already here reading it here…because I’m going to copy this over to LJ).

Given the simplicity of using WordPress, and having my data under my control, I’m probably going to stop using my LJ and Blogger accounts. I won’t shut down my LJ account completely, since Google Reader won’t, AFAIK, pick up friends-locked entries.

Ron’s already pulled our picture blog posts into
his new WP blog.

In all likelihood we’ll also be shifting the Otter Necessities blog over to WP on our own hosting, too.

Not sure if I’m going to import my LJ. Probably, and I’ll probably also leave them up at LJ.

I think I mentioned this before, but I consider FaceBook to be mainly for reading what others post, with occasional fluffy comments of my own. Given FB’s apparent attitude toward giving out user’s information (which I’ve minimized in my own case), that’s unlikely to change.

I think there’s a way to limit access to entries here along the lines of the LJ friends-lock. I’ll update when I figure it out.

Probable Move to WordPress

Both Blogger and LiveJournal are unwieldy to post to from my iPhone, worse with posting pictures, and neither offer mobile views or offer a mobile posting app that dosen’t use text-messaging. Therefore, I’m giving WordPress a try.

That said, on with the post that started this odyssey:

I’m very good at killing house plants, especially at home. But I do have one little succulent at work that’s surviving. It’s been in need of more space for an emberassingly long while, but I finally took care of that this morning.

Although I couldn’t find a pot I liked in stores, it turned out we had a perfectly servicable one at home. We were out of cactus/succulent potting mix (Robin has several,although IIRC the ridiculously-tall Lithops died), so I faked it with sand, mushroom compost, and top-dressing gravel. I even gave it a good layer of top dressing with said gravel.

(good, copy & paste work, now how about posting pictures…cool! Would probably have been even simpler if I’d read directions!)