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  • My first "comments spam"!

    Posted on May 29th, 2007 ben 2 comments

    Last night, some bot spammed my website! I have this WordPress blog set to check with me before allowing a user to post their first comment. I didn’t really believe that this blog would attract much attention from spammers, but then I get lots of e-mailed spam to admin-at-badmotivator-daught-net. (It’s like spelling things out when in the company of non-spelling children or dogs, except in this case we’re trying to keep secrets from the information-harvesting robots.)

    Anyway, this spammer hit me with seven identical comments to seven different posts, which (strange to me) were not the current front-page posts. The comment itself was:


    Google is the best search engine Google…

    Here is the whois from the spammer:

    OrgName: RIPE Network Coordination Centre
    OrgID: RIPE
    Address: P.O. Box 10096
    City: Amsterdam
    PostalCode: 1001EB
    Country: NL

  • My new Space Navigator

    Posted on May 21st, 2007 ben No comments

    May I recommend a new toy? On my blog, yes, I may.

    I use Google Earth nearly every day, for one reason or the other, and I just saw a notice that the latest version of the Mac client supports 3D input devices. So I bought one. For around $50, the 3Dconnexion Space Navigator is a ton of fun. Here are a couple of pictures of the device: SpaceNavigatorSpaceNavigator2

    I’ve had it for a few days, and I am really enjoying it. It makes getting around the earth fun and intuitive. It allows you to fly through landscapes more fluidly. The Space Navigator has three dimensions of push/pull and three dimensions of tilt. Here is a video (no audio) made using Google Earth and the Space Navigator which will make this more clear:

    Click on the picture to play the video
    Quicktime 7 Required 11.4 MB 02’40”

    You will notice some jagged moments, and buildings popping in and out of the picture strangely, and some flashes, too. The version of Google Earth I have also crashes a bit now, too. These things will likely be ironed out in time.

    A couple of other observations: the device has a nice weight to it, but it is still likely to be lifted up or slid by the operator when he gets really into it. The operator took a while to find sensitivity settings which felt right to him. The operator is pleased to see that the device also works with Sketchup, but wishes he had known that earlier while he was modeling his damned house.

    I fully, totally, highly recommend this device.

  • Ellliot's laughing jag

    Posted on May 21st, 2007 ben No comments

    Click on the picture to play the video
    Quicktime 7 Required3.3 MB 00’49

  • Mid-May Elliot Photos

    Posted on May 18th, 2007 ben No comments
  • Recent Elliot photos!

    Posted on May 1st, 2007 ben No comments

    Here are four new pictures of Elliot: 1) airborne (please note that this is totally fake)… 2) on his belly holding his little bobble head up… 3) at the top of Skinner’s Butte on a long walk with Dad… and 4) asleep sweetly in Cheryl’s arms on the couch.