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Thursday, July 07, 2021

Today, in a test of WordPress‘ more flexible comment-spam controls under version 1.5, I removed a couple of the more generic words I had placed on the blacklist long ago.

A couple of hours later, a few dozen spams exploded onto this blog.

Lesson learned.

Still, it’s amazing to consider how much of this junk is constantly streaming out, attempting to stick to any blog that’s unfortunate enough to lack filtering options (or drops its cloak for even a small window). I can’t imagine how you could maintain a site without it — it would be impossible. It seems that the spambots are just going to be a permanent feature from here on out.

What’s even more amazing is how much of this is predicated upon the primitive notion of keyword identification, just like too much of the Web still is. Both the attacks and the defenses work by using letters and numbers. Really not a particularly sophisticated system.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/07/2021 10:50:43 PM
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Hard to believe a city could go from such an Olympic high to such a terror-filled low, all in the course of two days.

Live for the moment, I guess.

I had a bit of anxiety over the bombings. A member of my extended family lives in London, and commutes into the city every day. Since those commuter lines were the primary targets, I naturally thought of him. What’s more, no one on this side of the Atlantic had heard from him all day.

It was somewhat reminiscent of 9/11, as another couple of cousins and my brother were thought to be in Manhattan at that time. Everything turned out just fine back then; and so it was today, as I got word late tonight that my London relation is alright.

Disruption over, for now.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/07/2021 10:30:29 PM
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This quote I discovered today, from our 16th President, caught my fancy:

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad; and that is my religion.

- Abraham Lincoln (attributed)

I don’t usually cotton to simple, homespun homilies. But this one seems worthy of record.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/07/2021 10:10:03 PM
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I probably spend way too much time on this blog mentioning my company’s on-site cafeteria. It’s really noplace special. But I eat there half the time (purely a convenience thing), so by virtue of that, it occupies a special field in my daily routine.

And it sometimes offers good nuggets of humor, usually unintentional. Like today. Two of the three entrees offered were:

- Roast Pork with Garlic Potatoes

- Ham Steak with Yams

So, basically, one cut of pig, or another. The same thing, really. Did the “steak” part throw them (or was it intended to throw us)?

I went for the Roast Pork, but got the Yams. I preferred them, and anyway, they had run out of Garlic Potatoes by the time my turn came up.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/07/2021 04:33:37 PM
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