Spam is a strange thing

Spam is everywhere on the internet. I’m pretty sure I’ve read somewhere that the majority of email messages sent are spam. Blogs are also not immune to the aggravation of spam. My last blog got over 1000 nonsense comments posted in the blink of an eye. The messages came in faster than I could delete them.

I installed this spam blocker in this page when I updated the software. It’s designed to look for traits common to spam messages (like 30 links to porn sites or the word Viagra throughout). After I got it up and running, I was amazed how well it worked. It stopped over 750 messages within a 2 week period.

I looked at it today, and there was only 1 message left in my junk box. It appears I have held the line and made the spammers give up. Hooray!

Unfortunately, now I’m on my own if I’m looking for sources of non-brand name prescription drugs.

Try out the new comment system

The new page has comments (like the old page), but this time I have a spam filter. That means that anyone can post a comment (no registration required) but the nasty spammers that plagued my old page are kept out. In fact, I’ve blocked over 750 spam messages in the past 2 weeks alone.

Anyway, leave us a hello if you read this.

The new (again)

In the classic method that I have for just deciding to up and change things, I’ve decided to up and change things again. This is the new article engine for It’s a much better tool for writing posts to inform people about what’s going on. It’s not a very good site for displaying pictures or having a forum. But, I have a better piece of software for displaying pictures (gallery) and I dropped the forums a long time ago. Meanwhile, the new software also works with PHP5/FastCGI so pages should load faster.

Small tools that do their job well, not big tools that do many things poorly.

BTW, all of the old posts from the two previous versions of have been imported to the new The old ones will probably vanish very soon.

New Photo Gallery

I've updated the photo gallery software and finally moved all of the old photos over to it.

The new software (aptly called Gallery) is a nicer interface, has better upload options and even allows you to order prints right from the site.

You'll have to register with the new software. It's not smart enough to know all of the username/passwords for this site. However, once you do, you can create your own gallery and start uploading wonderful pictures.

Gina's wedding pictures are here now

I really wanted to get a better system to look at photos before I put Gina's photos online. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet. I've decided to put Gina's pictures up on this site for now, regardless of how much of a pain it was.

The gallery is available here.

Also, there's a new version of Shaw Photo Share available. To celebrate that, Shaw is holding a contest and our photos are used as a sample of a contest entry.

Well, I was used as a contest sample entry. 

You can find the Photo Share contest gallery here anyway