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Tuesday, October 18, 2021

feeding time
So what do you get after being named Feedster’s Feed of the Day?

You get blacklisted as a splog!

At least, that’s what happened to me. When I checked my Feedster listing yesterday, I was surprised to see it devoid of the usual posts, and slapped with an “identified as spam” label.

Why? You got me. It’s actually not the first time. Apparently, the high rankings several of my posts get on Google and Yahoo! have drawn suspicion from others. I’ve never been directly accused, but I’ve run across forum chatter postulating that I’m somehow gaming the system. (If I am, it’s news to me; simple fact is that my volume of posting accounts for my search-engine mojo.)

Anyway, a couple of emails to Feedster fixed the problem (I pointed out the previous FOTD honors as proof of my innocence). They couldn’t tell me why I was tagged in the first place; an overly-aggressive spam filter is the likeliest culprit.

I present this experience as an object lesson. Site owners may want to make a quick check with Feedster and other indexers to make sure they haven’t been unjustly tattooed like this.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/18/2005 11:08:09 PM
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How frazzled was I at work today?

When I phoned one of my writers, and got caught off-guard upon getting a Spanish-only speaker on the line instead (yes, of course I was calling area code 305), I couldn’t even summon up my standard “no hable espanol”. Just several seconds of tongue-tiedness before blurting out, “Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish”, like a jackass.

And to think I made the National Spanish Honor Society in high school.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/18/2005 08:18:49 PM
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It’s been a mixed morning, all before I even left the house.

After getting dressed, I killed some time on the Xbox by playing Dragon Spirit (one of the oldschool games on the newly-acquired Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection). I managed to get farther on it than I’d been able to during the previous couple of days’ play. Happy-happy.

Then, just before walking out the door, I went to feed the fish. After dropping in the pinch of food (they’ll get more tonight), I made to screw the lid back on the tiny container, and the slick label caused me to drop the damned thing to the floor. The flakes burst out confetti-like, coating a sizable portion of the floor and carpet; it’s really amazing how much food was packed into that little plastic cylinder. Worse thing was I had absolutely no time to really clean it up. So I shook the portion that fell onto my shoes off onto the floor, scooped up a couple of fingerfuls back into the container, then left. I’m hoping the remainder doesn’t attract insects before I get back tonight to vaccuum it up.

Resolved: I’m leaving the house earlier tomorrow.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 10/18/2005 08:29:58 AM
Category: General, Videogames
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