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Monday, November 29, 2004

The Power of the Blacklist

The MT-Blacklist plugin is the coolest thing since parachutes.

But I'd underestimated its power. More specifically, I'd gotten so used to it working so perfectly, I'd stopped paying attention to the details.

For example, I'd get spammed, I'd update my blacklist and hit "despam" and it searches through the comments looking for matches. It displays a summary of the matching spam comments and you have the option to delete them.

Awesome. Hardly any work required and spammers get jammed before they spam.

Last night, I was hit by online-generics-store. It had a trailing file name so I wrote code to catch anything online-generics-store instead of just the main page. (online-generics-store)?*([\w\-_.]+\.)

I clicked despam, it displayed the results and I clicked delete. While clicking delete, I realized that it had caught not only the online-generics-store, but also actual comments from you guys, my friends, my pals. It was too late. And I lost all of the comments since July of this year. Apparently, the parenthesis around the domain name and/or the * made it a wildcard of some sort so every comment matched it.

I'm so sad as I base my self-worth soley on the number of comments to this, my self-serving weblog. I'm down to 167 points now. I'm going to eat worms.

But seriously. For other blacklist users... the correct code to catch online-generics-store with any trailing directories/filenames is:


For those of you who care about me, please leave a comment. Then maybe I can stop eating worms.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Bits & Bytes

THE TAILGATING PARTY was wildly delicious. Lots of guys from the fantasy football league came and everyone enjoyed the fire, food, & beer. We tried out the Rapid Park. It has potential, but the camaraderie and festive atmosphere of old was missing. And once everyone headed to the dome, homeless people began scouring the area. Security did their best to keep them away, but my guess is that they left with more than they came with. That just didn't happen on Washington. Part of me wants to help, but part of me sees the rest of the group feeling uncomfortable because a smelly man has staggered over and stood by our fire asking strange questions and talking too close. Regardless, it was a great time and you should definitely come next time!

  • 2 turkeys and 3 lbs of cheesy potatoes disappeared.
  • Hyser's rice krispie bars and toffee bars kept people coming back.
  • Her Dad's sausage/vegetable/jalapeno medley had everyone breathing through their mouths.
  • Everything was delectable!!!!
  • Thanks to the neighbors who shared their TV, food & humor with us.

RYAN'S BIRTHDAY was the 17th! I'm sorry I didn't post a "Happy Birthday" for you babe - but we were too busy celebrating! ...which started on Monday...

  • Monday, we bowled and had 3 or 4 a-hoy-hoy's afterwards. Scooby snacks, Liquid Cocaine, you know, the usual. I think we did avoid the Jägermeister, but then again, I could be wrong. Sherry, Randy and Mike are definitely the coolest of the cool.
  • Wednesday, we met up at Buffalo Wild Wings for a work happy hour. Ryan & I arrived early, I gave him his present and we enjoyed a few beers with friends. We headed to Zelo's at about 7:30. Zelo's is incredible. The food was fantastic and the service was unprecedented.
  • Friday, we had reservations at the Capital Grille. Their steak put Manny's to shame. Seriously. And Manny's is my old time favorite. Amazing.
  • Saturday, we bowled with Heather & Mike, took 5 points and settled into the bar with Les. Heather, Mike, Bev, Rick, Diane, Duane, Tim, Josh, Nicole, Jason, Jill, Andy, Jim, Tony, Stockman, Curt, Shelly, Brent, Jennell, John.... I'm sure I'm forgetting a few... we karaoke'ed laughed and karaoke'ed some more. Thanks everyone for coming out to Crystal!!
  • I need a vacation and a second mortgage to get over Ryan's birthday! :)

Last but not least, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I hope you all have a great time with friends and family. I hope you find time to relax and feel comforted.

Much love, turkey and lots and lots of buns,

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Football Follies

I'm hopelessly behind and I've been working on a post for weeks it seems.

I'm just afraid I may never finish it because the days keep going by faster than I can type.

In the meantime, it's noteworthy that I won my fantasy football game this week. It's noteworthy because I won my first 5 and none since. And I won because my QB threw an interception that my Defense returned for a 101 yard touchdown. Go Vinny!

I lost my 3rd in a row in my other league. I'm still in 2nd place but I definitely need to turn it around. I won 1 by 1 point, lost the next 2 games by 1 point and then Donovan McNabb seals my loser fate by throwing for about a million yards and 19 touchdowns. That's OK, my boys are saving themselves for the playoffs.

Hope you're all well!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Please go out and do your patriotic duty today.

And if you got Chipotle on Halloween, you get a free burrito today!

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