Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Some Unfinished Blog Business . . .

I am feeling so guilty . . . way back on August 10th a charming and delightful southern cajun lady gave me an award that I didn't get around to picking up until now, over a month later. So I would like to thank Marguerite at Cajun Delights from the bottom of my guilty heart for this Honest Scrap award . . . and while I'm at it, I would also like to suggest that you get over there to see what some real joie de vivre cajun style looks like, because she has got it nailed ! Every time I drop by there I come away feeling like I could eat a horse ! (That's just an expression) It more like, coming away feeling like I could eat a huge plate of crawfish gumbo followed by some cajun spice cake with praline icing . . . yes indeed, that is one sweet blog. . . thank you Marguerite !
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And in the same vein, on September 8th, Saroj of Saroj's Panorama up in Norway passed on this Humane award to me, and I'm only getting back there tonight. . . She writes on a wide variety of subjects, and she writes well, from the heart. Many thanks Saroj for your kindness !
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Not too long ago, I noted that Fucoid at Permanent Transience had tagged me, and I went to look, but didn't have time at that point to deal with the fairly lengthy question and answer session it would entail, but it is a moot point now, as that tag post seems to have disappeared off the face of the blogosphere. But whatever, thanks Fucoid for the thought there, and keep on cooking up your wild and wonderful visions out there in the hinterlands of Eastern Europe. . .
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Finally, just continue to call me Mr Guilty, way back on July 31st, JoMo at Peace of Pi Studio passed on this International Blogger Community award to me, in which the rules request maintaining a link to the source of the award, which is here. . . http://bloggistame.blogspot.com/ . In any case, thanks JoMo, really appreciate the award ! And keep turning out your artwork. . .
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Well, that about clears up some unfinished blog business which I'd noted down on my ever transforming "To Do" list, but hadn't crossed off until now. I'm afraid I'm not very good at following rules, so these awards are dead-ending here. I wouldn't know where to begin as far as passing them on is concerned, I think you all deserve awards every day, just for keeping all your fabulous blogs going.
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There is one eeeny meeeny, tiny miny, itsy bitsy little thing I'd like to ask you to give a second or two's worth of thought to, and it is a subject I've seen elswhere, like on Jo's Majority of Two blog in Vancouver not too long ago, but if you can bring yourself to do it, could you please consider turning off the "word verification" process on your comment boxes ? For anyone like me, who loves to get out and about and leave comments all over the face of the map as often as possible, (like a demented incontinent dog confronted with an infinite array of fire hydrants), having to stop at the end on many blogs and type in some inane, hard-to-read series of letters in order to prove that I'm a flesh and blood human being and not some maniacal machine bred spammer, is well, to put it politely, very often a pain in the posterior. . . so please, it's easy to do, just go into the blog parameters for comments, and turn off the word verification. If you find yourself overwhelmed suddenly with spam ads for inflatable dolls from China, well, you can always turn it on again, or use the moderation option. But I turned my word verification off about six months ago, and have received no spam whatsoever . . .
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So, what else can I say ? Love and hugs to all of you . . .
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20 comments:

Janie said...

I turned my word verification off recently. I haven't had a spam problem, so I'm glad I did. I agree, all the word verifying gets to be a pain at time.

Owen said...

Hi Janie, you get the early bird award today... how about all the fresh air you can breathe in breath-taking scenery... ahhh, you already have that ??? Well what can one give to someone who has everything then... well, a big smile then, and thanks for turning off the WV, I really see that as just another of the small and insidious ways we waste time while trying to do good things on our computers...

Loulou said...

Bonjour Owen ! A little headache, too much champagne yesterday at The Magic Lantern Show I guess! ;-)
I just turned off "word verif" on Indiaphragme. Should I receive any spam, I'll just send them to you! Just kidding.

Have a wonderful day
Loulou

The Sagittarian said...

Never mind the inflatable dolls, what about the inflatable vibrating butt plug ads?
Never mind who would buy those things, who would even think them up in the first place?
OK, I think thats given you and Lynne something to go on with....

French Fancy said...

Isn't it hard sometimes to deal with the tags, awards, memes and the like that so regularly crop up. Like you I don't tag any more - I just urge anybody who would like the pretty pictures in their sidebar to take them with abandon.

As for word veri - I can't remember if I have it on or off atm. I didn't bother with it for about three years and then got loads and loads of spam one particular week. I'll go and check if it is selected - if it is I will remove it - just because you asked.

Lydia said...

I'm really really scared to remove my word verification. But I'll give it a go.
I also agree with the other comment about the awards and memes, where well-intentioned, being somewhat distracting and time-consuming to deal with. I'm thinking of putting a little note at my comments section saying thanks-but-no-thanks, and hoping folks won't be offended by it.

Owen said...

Hi Lydia, I've noticed a number of blogs that declare themselves as "Award-free Tag-free Zones", which I think is a good idea. Award are a nice thought, and I remember when I first saw them on various blogs, I was thinking, wow, how does one earn a blog award... but now I know, they are sort of like the chain letters of the blogosphere...

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Hi FF, thanks so much, I really haven't seen much spam out there... every once in a while I get a comment in oriental characters that I can't read, so I just delete, but apart those few, haven't seen much. Hope all is well in Brittany, and that your back will quiet down and do its job without complaining to you...

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Dear Saj ! Honestly ! I don't know what get's into you ! (No pun intended !) Ah, it's Tuesday... you've been tippling again??? Does such a thing exist ???

Lynne, whatever do you think she means ?!?!?

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Hi Loulou, take two aspirin and call me in the morning... and you can forward me all the spam you like... or just turn the word verif back on until they leave you alone. The only spam I remember getting was from a certain "Jennifer" out in Thailand who wanted a husband to massage regularly, but that's about it...

louciao said...

Word Verifications are the vibrating butt plugs of the deep dark hole of the Blogoverse. I'm sorry, Owen, but I prefer them to the creepy crawlers that thave been known to worm their way into and wriggle around, leaving slimy trails, in my virgin comment box.

In fact, I'm thinking of publishing a dictionary of Word Verifications! Illustrated, of course. I gather them up like the lovely pieces of rust I find out on my walks around the village backroads.

Some of this is true.

neilina said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Nalina
http://www.makemoney.webatu.com

TechnoBabe said...

I really feel the need to keep the word verification on my blog. In the past I had some comments that were spam and not so nice so the word verification helps eliminate that. I do understand that it is much faster to leave comments if you don't have to take time to figure out some of the weird numbers/letters in a word verification. I hope you will still visit my blog when you have time.

Alberto Oliver said...

So the word verification gadget can be disabled?? wow, I spent all this months wondering. . . how on earth did I. .? till know =)

jeff said...

Owen... il faudra que tu m'expliques un jour cette histoire de prix que vous vous remettez entre vous ! ! ! Je l'avoue... j'y comprend que dalle !
Moi, j'en ai un que je vais devoir créer... Le prix du meilleur "A la tienne" ! Pourquoi pas ?...;-)
Un tisan'blogger, ça c'est un titre ! ! !
Non mais, arrêtez vos trucs là ! Grave !...

Bye amigOwen !
Je te décerne chevalier du "Tchin tchin" !...:-)))
Ami... t'y es !

Jeff

Owen said...

Jeff, bonne idée... on pourrait créer tout un tas de nouveaux prix ! Mais bon, finalement le meilleur prix de tout, c'est simplement le présence amicale de qqn... tous ces "awards" et "tags" sont comme des lettres en chaine par la poste du passé... bref, je pense que Mr Dylan repris par Mr Hendrix l'ont bien dit :

"There must be some way outta here,
Said the joker to the thief,
There's too much confusion,
I can't get no relief..."

Ciao et Tchin !

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Hey Alberto Oliver, for sure, it can be turned off... :-D For which we are fortunate, that at least some people have turned them off... I prefer a comment that goes to moderation and appears after owner approval, than having to type all those silly words...

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Hi TechnoB, it's not a big deal, whatever works for you, I know spam is not fun... I wish there was a way to put word verification on e-mail senders, to cut down the spam e-mails... I am so sick of getting ads for Viagra and Cialis, ads for web design services in China, letters saying there are ten million dollars waiting for me to claim from the victim of a plane crash, ad infinitum, ad nauseum... but I'm really not seeing that here in the comment box, and I've had the WV off for months now...

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Hello Nalina, Thanks so much for your first visit. I went and looked at the blog that is attached to your blogger profile, and I have to admit the writing on it, to me, resembles some of the writing that comes in spam e-mails... If that is a mis-perception on my part, I am infinitely sorry and ask a thousand pardons. If you are indeed a real, live, breathing, caring, feeling person, please leave me another comment on this post confirming that you read this and that my doubts are unfounded... it would be too funny if your comment was a spam comment on a post which is asking my friends out there to turn off one form of their protection against such spam comments... Again, if I misunderstood, please accept my apologies, I'm sure you are a kind and forgiving person...

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Hello Louciao, well, whatever, you know, moderation is also a possibility ? Gosh, so you were getting the same advertisements as Amanda for these weird inflatable hygiene attachments that I've never heard of before ? We live in such a fascinating world, don't you think ? I wonder if inflatable, vibrating artwork might be a possibility... the critics could say : It's Vibrant...

Well, I'm really wondering now if the comment just after yours is spam or not ??? Take a look at the blog there, the writing seems, like, just a bit disjointed... If it isn't spam, I going be eating my shirt, I'll have to write a song for Nalina... Something along the lines of Dylan's "Angelina"...

Hope you had a fine time this Tuesday over at the tipple place (almost typed "palace" instead of "place"...) Anyway, will look forward to continuing to type WV's at your place, 'cause that is not going to keep me away... I know, I'll bet you were thinking you might get rid of me like that... !
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louciao said...

Damn! Foiled again. Just when I thought I'd discovered the perfect Owenwall!

As for "Neilina"...strange disjointed writing, indeed. Maybe he/she uses a handy-dandy non-inflatable translating program from the web.

And for the record, Amanda's mention of the personal-plug-craft inflatables was the first I'd heard of such things. Clearly a phenomenon belonging to the Land Down Under!

The Sagittarian said...

Yep, we're blaming the Aussies for it too.

louciao said...

Saj! Clever you to have unearthed that forgotten case of champagne under Owen's stairs. Why don't we try selling all the corks to the Aussies as non-inflatable b--t plugs! I wonder at what point the inflatable ones expand. Like, is it upon impact or a few hours later, quite unexpectedly, when one is sitting down to supper? I'd love to see the look on my dinner companion's face when his device expanded!

The Sagittarian said...

Pure evil genius, Lynne, I love it! Oh and what if it expanded too quickly or violently? Imagine explaining that one at A & E or while completing the insurance forms...

Owen said...

Oh dear me... you two are just a caution ! Imagine such things being said at this fine family oriented blog where my daughters regularly read the comments to see what people are saying to their cher Papa... now I'm going to have some explaining to do, and I still can't even figure out what it is you're going on about.
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So, no sign of Nalina...

Oh Nalina, Nalina, wherever have you gone ???

Dedene said...

I'm off to turn off the WV right now! Congrats on your awards.

Marguerite said...

My dear Owen, merci beaucoup for the lovely introduction and link to my blog. You are quite welcome and deserving! I love awards and consider it an honor to receive them. I hear ya on the word verification, especially for email!