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Thursday, October 20, 2021

Blogger recently rolled out Backlinks, a trackback-like utility.

Actually, it’s pretty much a cross between traditional trackback/pingback, which is a standard feature on just about every other blogging platform, and Technorati “who links here” feature. It combines the best features of both: It can display the URLs that are linking back to that specific post, and it works proactively (without any action required by the person linking to). It seems to rely on Google (specifically, its new beta Blogsearch component) sniffing out the links.

I kinda like it. Trackback is fine, but it’s increasingly becoming another avenue for spamming; so I can understand why Blogger wouldn’t want to implement that (aside from it being fairly hard for lay users to figure out). I know this alternative isn’t foolproof — splogs and the like can scrape permalinks and post them, thus gaming the system — but it’s a thoughtful step.

Blogger certainly takes its sweet time with these things. It took forever to include native commenting (and a while after that to make it really useful, i.e. not requiring a Blogger ID to use it). Now a decent, low-hassle substitute for trackback-like workings. Maybe Google is finally doing something substantial with its blogging service.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/20/2005 07:23:32 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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Looking for a new religion? I daresay you could do worse than accepting Michael Landon into your heart as the father, the son, and the (or “a”) holy spirit — all as seen on TV!

“Think about it,” Clay explained to me one night after downing a six-pack of Hamms. “Michael Landon has played the father, son and the Holy Ghost.”

Indeed, Clay was correct. Landon, who died in 1991 at age 54, earned his television fame by portraying son Little Joe in the 1960s on Bonanza, father Charles Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie in the 1970s, and the angel Jonathan Smith in the 1980s on Highway to Heaven.

Bang-bang-bang — all hail the Landon-God. It makes perfect sense: A modern-day gospel, delivered and deciphered through television programs! The mind, and soul, boggles.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/20/2005 06:45:48 PM
Category: Comedy, TV
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the forecast
Hurricane Wilma is coming at us, and it’s a big ‘un?

Ho-hum. Been there, done that, and whatever happens, it happens. I’m not even interested enough to dig up the specific hurricane-related posts I’ve written over the past two years; dig through the archives yourself if you care to.

But. Toss a gambling element into the mix, and I perk up.

So it is that a few folks in my proximity have started up a Hurricane Wilma Landfall Pool. Simple rules: Name the spot you think Wilma will hit when/if it reaches Florida. Two bucks a guess. A gallows-humor response to what otherwise would be a frantic situation. (And yes, comparisons to a dead pool have already been noted.)

It’s funny how quickly this thing caught fire; people got more enthusiastic the more they talked about it. It’s one way to laugh at danger, I guess.

I’ve already tossed my entry into the pot: I say the storm nails Gasparilla Island, a little spit of land down the coast from Tampa Bay, near Port Charlotte. The only thing on the island is a state park, and the little village of Boca Grande (which is a rather South Florida-sounding name to me). I say they’re meat by the weekend.

Why that spot? No real reason; I just looked on a map, figured southwest Florida was where all the experts say it’ll go down, and found a name that I liked. And of course, Gasparilla is a highly recognizable name where I am. Hopefully it’ll somehow miss Florida altogether, but if not…

I’m not accepting money, but if you want to join in the “fun”, go ahead and leave your Wilma landfall predictions in the Feedback section, below. You can brag about being right later, and have permalinked proof!

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 10/20/2005 11:56:45 AM
Category: Weather
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