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Tumbleweed

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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So.

*brushes cobwebs out of her hair with her fingers*

Yes.

*doodles in the dust with the toe of her right foot* :shifty:

Hrrrrm.

Anyone remember me? :yoohoo:

I used to write this weird blog, and I think I was actually being entertaining at times.
Yeah.

Those were the days, hm?

There’s actually a huge backlog of stuff I have been meaning to post for ages (as some of you may know), the least of it being the rest of the story and photos from M.’s and my trip to the Externsteine.
(Talking of M., his car got stolen and then crashed a few days ago. He sent me a photo, and it’s quite an impressive sight. Looks like someone opened the right front side with a can opener and peeled back the metal. Sheesh!!!) :bigeyes:

And I know I’ve been saying this a few times before but now I hope I’ll really find the time and, uh, frame of mind to go on writing.

I did collect all the tumbleweed and made a start at clearing out the cobwebs (at least where it shows).

Soooo.

*raises glass of champagne*

To new beginnings!

*fishes spider out of glass*

*drinks*

Important announcement

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

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As it seems, I have been mistaken all those years about my political orientation.
Now that I have been informed of this error in (self) judgement, I am afraid I will have to stop talking to all of my Iraqi friends.

Sorry, guys, was a nice time with you.

Oh, in case you’re wondering what this is all about

Oh, and you Dutchies can piss off too.

And the Turks.

And that Libyan dude.

And…

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edit:

P.S.: Actually I have to thank Joan from Glastonbury for her quick temper.

I was wondering how she had come to my blog and checked the referrals on Site Meter. Apparently she had been googling for “hijab”, come across my crossed-out hijab pic from that ear pain post, seen the post title “Of Turks, Arabs, Muslims and ham” and decided to grace me with her opinion without reading another word.

So far, so insulting.

But.

For some reason that also made me google “hijab”.
And my pic didn’t only come up for my blog but also for another one.
Now, that one is full of anti-Obama stuff (including new “proof” for something being wrong with “the first Muslim US president”’s birth certificate after all) and anti-Muslim filth.

Well, at least the author knows copyright laws (if not much else), apologized and immediately removed the photo after receiving my email.

I can’t flag him cos Google in its wisdom only allows members to do that, but after reading what they’d do if they decided the flag was deserved, it doesn’t really matter either way.
They’d merely “unlist” him, and maybe include a warning message for people accessing the blog, but that’d be that.

Pf.

And a final disgusted “Yikes!!” at having seen my own self staring at me from a racist page.

Damascus - Interlude

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Okay, several things have been requested/pointed out to me.

I suppose it was mainly meant sarcastically, but maybe Lynnette does have a point and I should add the year to my post sub titles, considering how long it took me to finish my travel log.

Meanwhile Caesar is so in love with my style of writing that he imagines vast hordes of new readers to arrive on my blog and then mill around in confusion and suggested I include links to the previous Damascus posts.

It says “pt. 4″ and “pt. 5″ (and will say “Epilogue”), and I do have a search function on my blog, but to make things easier for any possible new readers (and to make my favourite travel guide happy), here goes:

prologue

part 1

part 2

part 3

10,000

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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Congrats, PH, your visit this (well, actually yesterday) morning to comment on the Eid post was the 10,000th visit to my blog since I installed Site Meter way back in my Blogspot times.
Spent a long time there reading as well, or did you just forget to close the window? ;)

Anyway, I need your name and address now to send you your prize. :D :whistle: :heehee: :rofl:

Nawww, joking, although there should be some price in some way. Ideas, ideas…. :think:

For Lynnette

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

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Ok, there are several plugins available for comment preview in Wordpress.
Three got mentioned more often than others. All three are easy to install, it says: download files, upload plugin, activate in dashboard, bingo!

The one I’d have liked to have the most may not function automatically if you do not use the default template (Yay, I use default! :) ) or edited the default template (I edited it cos the default colours sucked! ;( ).
Ok, no worries, the plugin author explains what to do to make it work. Er. Maybe it’s just me, but the way he omits what he apparently considers obvious, I think he might have saved himself the effort of writing anything at all because his help seems to be based on the maxim: “Aw, you already know what to do anyway, right?”.
I think I did what he said, but comment preview refused to appear.
On the other hand, I don’t seem to be the only person who doesn’t get it to work, so maybe the plugin sucks and not the code editing attempt?

Ok, second choice. Hm, didn’t appear either. And no explanation what to do if that happens, cos you just download, upload, activate and use. Er. No?

That left me with plugin number 3.
I downloaded, uploaded, activated…. and voilà: comment preview.

Hope you’ll all have fun with it, and not just Lynnette. ;)

The true meaning of spam

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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This little treasure turned up way back on my “Happy Easter” post.
The domain name comes back as “Never Registered Before” on a database that claims to know all “current/deleted/expired” domains.

This is so…… pointless. Spam in its purest form… Enjoy.

tbrpcjkxl jxahvpq | gjtr@mail.com | cfjsvbpxm.qcukx.com | IP: 71.11.132.134

yqfut lugwskq quga sigozwcj jhgxtkez hbfmkqon fsgq

Not Spam — Dec 5, 2:10 PM — [ View Post ]

.

.

And as an encore:

Free Download Of Spyware Removal Programer | info@removespywareandadware.com | removespywareandadware.com | IP: 72.3.240.20

Whatz up Guru, what made you want to write on Please, hold the line…? I was wondering, because I have been thinking about this since last Tuesday.

Not Spam — Dec 5, 12:47 AM — [ View Post ]

Excuse me, is there anyone with an IQ higher than that of a loaf of white bread who’d trust in finding some honest program for spyware removal under that address?????

Insolent spam

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

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Two days ago Akismet caught this comment spam:

Real Hot Mom | link censored | IP: 69.59.__.__

Real Hot Mom…

Have you done a good research on Google before you post this?…

Excuse me?
Excuse me?!
Excuse me?!?
Excuse me?!?!

This person/thing asks me if my research for my post was thorough, while trying to advertise real hot moms on my blog?!

:wait:

Please, hold the line…

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

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Friends, I’m suffering pc trouble at the moment. Don’t know when I will be back. Can’t stay online for more than a few minutes at a time. Wish me luck in locating the damaged software that a friend thinks must be the reason.
But….. I will be back!!!!!! *defiant stance*

Polite spam?

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

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:think: :-??

spam

:rofl:

A new dawn

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

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dawn

Ok, just in case I am attracting new readers here (*giggles* Well, a girl can dream, eh?) I’ll recap what I’ve been mentioning in my last post over at Blogger.

Well, actually, I’ll make this a longer story, I guess.

For quite some time now, people have been trying to invite me to get a Gmail account. I’ve always declined for the simple reason that people way more geeky than me said that these people do have a very valid point.

Well, yes, in a way, you’re selling most of your privacy rights the moment you go online, and the more you use the net, the more this is true. But I think this is the very reason why we should try to preserve what privacy and rights we have. I simply object to Google’s nosiness. I regularly delete my Google search cookies. And I will continue to decline Gmail invites.

And then Blogger gets eaten by Google. At first I was even willing to bow to the inevitable with time. I didn’t really read the detailed information on the “upgrade” then, so I wasn’t even aware that a Gmail account would be part of the “upgrade”. Anyway, the new Blogger was suffering major flaws, so I figured I’d better wait until they fixed that before upgrading. The test version became the real thing, and still Google Blogger blogs had downtimes at least twice a week. Sometimes it was impossible to comment on some of those blogs for several days, and not only for old Blogger users but at least in one case I am aware of for the blog owner himself!

Then came the day when I wanted to log in to my blog and was redirected to a page that required me to update to Google Blogger and create a Gmail account before proceeding. After some time I figured out that deleting all of my Blogger, Google Blogger and Google cookies enabled me to log in to old Blogger again. As I had been helping someone out with his Google Blogger blog, I thought Blogger might have become confused by the cookies set at that time, and that the problem was now solved.

But it turned out that it hadn’t. More and more often I had to go through the tedious “delete all Google/Blogger related cookies” with an added “clear history” routine to get access to my blog without upgrading. Also, I very often was unable to comment on Google Blogger blogs. The above mentioned routine works for that problem as well….. Most of the time.

I don’t like getting forced to do things, so I very quickly grew sick of this and decided to move my blog. WordPress seemed the obvious solution. I decided to move my blog to wordpress.com before realizing that this was not quite the right thing for me either, but to that later.

I was very relieved that I was still using old Blogger when working my way through WordPress’ “import” function. I see that has changed by now (although you have to get authorization from Google first…), but at the time WP could only import old Blogger blogs. OK:

  • Step 1: Log in to your Blogger account and make safety copies. Am I allowed to laugh?
  • Step 2: Log out of your Blogger account. Well, I didn’t even manage to log in this time, so that’s ok, yes?
  • Step 3: Log in here with your Blogger name and password. “Sorry, you cannot be logged in, please try again.” :shock: Oh, bugger…

Eventually I found out that clearing my history, deleting all Google/Blogger cookies and disabling cookies before embarking on step 3 did the trick.

Unfortunately wordpress.com only offers very limited space for its blogs and has this weird aversion to javascript. So here I am, using wordpress.org software on my very own rented server space! :D

Now I only needed to change the link to the new blog that I had left over at my Blogger blog. Right. Last Wednesday and Thursday I repeatedly deleted the evil cookies, cleared my history, even including restarting my computer…. to no avail. I kept getting redirected to the “upgrade or die” page.

Still, Google Google Blogger makes it sound as if the “upgrade” is just an option that Blogger users have, and not mandatory at all.

On Friday morning I was very surprised when I was able to log in and edit my post and the link. Well, some of you have already found it. :)

After this lengthy - and likely rather boring - explanation I officially bid you welcome to Melantrys’ new playground! :mrgreen: I hope you’ll have fun.

P.S.: It would be really cool if some of my faithful “fans” here who only allow registered Google/Blogger users to comment on their blogs might consider trying to allow “others” as well. For one thing, this would allow me to bid my Blogger account a final good-bye, and secondly, I am rather sure that sooner or later I will not be able to comment using my old Blogger account anymore. :(