November 6th, 2006

Everyone needs to stop what they’re doing right now and go pester Legomancer to stop talking politics (or at least pause for breath, you know) and turn his energies to photoshopping Helo with flan as per my conversation with him yesterday:

me: so you basically turn off your brain about the “cylon plan” part?
11:42 AM Dave: yeah, i just don’t think about it
it’s not that huge a deal the further you go
me: hmmm, maybe i’ll have to try that
11:43 AM Dave: it’s not like “lost” or even “the x-files” where it’s a mystery that drives the show
and so if you don’t pay attention there’s no point in watching
11:44 AM me: gotcha
maybe i latched onto that a little too much
but hey they keep reminding me at the beginning of EVERY episode
11:45 AM Dave: heh i was just gonna say that
me: maybe the episode opening changes in season 3

Dave: no
they still “have a plan now”
me: hahahahaha
stupid show writers
well i haven’t given up yet
11:46 AM Dave: actually now it says “AND THEY HAVE A FLAN” and sci fi is claiming that they were ALWAYS referring to a custard-like dessert
11:47 AM me: rofl rofl rofl
so THAT’s why they’re keeping helo alive. he is the only one who can cook a good flan!
11:50 AM Dave: right
this is all a big misunderstanding
me: hahahahaha
11:51 AM see i just did your blog post for you. helo with a big flan
Dave: haha
11:52 AM me: it’s not like there’s no precedent about photoshopped galactica people with desserts
Dave: that would be my SECOND dessert-based BSG post
me: right!
11:53 AM ok now i’m hungry, afk

Folks, only you can make it happen. Go, now, request! Cast your vote for Helo, with flan. Or creme brulee.

Two posts in one day! Now, it’s almost like I did post on November 1, isn’t it?

ETA : See? Ask and ye shall receive. Isn’t the web wonderful?

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Before I tell you about this dream, I just want to celebrate how great my husband is (contrary to what my dreamself implies). I spent most of Friday trying to find a way to minimize comment spam. As I’ve mentioned, dealing with the spam takes up an increasing amount of my time, and I was a little intimidated about posting more frequently, because I feared more posts would mean even more spam to deal with. I’d have to take care of this before I could really commit to NaBloPoMo. So I spent most of Friday trying to get my blacklist plugin to drop any comments with more than four URLs on the floor. It’s an easy enough proposition, but I failed.

When my husband got home on Friday night, he hacked the php script for the blacklist and, while I was gone to yoga, made it work.

It’s beautiful to behold, folks. In the last 15 hours, I’ve blacklisted 170 spam comment messages: 45 with my old set of filters and 125 with Kurt’s modification targeting four or more URLs. That’s 125 messages that never sent me an email (I get email when comments make it to the moderation area or to the newer posts, which is how I know I’ve got to delete spam over here). 125 things I did not have to deal with in any way whatsoever. Just poof, gone, magic.

Most of you don’t use URLs in your comments, but if you do, keep it to less than four or your comment will be /dev/nulled. I’ll never see it. Isn’t life wonderful?

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