Month: July 2004

Comment and spam problems

The comments are back. I must thank Jag, who noticed there was an extra ‘e’ that had got blacklisted in line 602! That was what was causing problems with leaving comments on the blog. Though I am sorely tempted to remove the comments box, I feel it’s an integral part of the blog and am not really keen to take that extreme step yet. The comments spam seems to be snowballing everyday. Jay Allen’s list is great and he updates it almost everyday. But it’s really becoming quite a pain updating the list and de-spamming the blog everyday. (UPDATE: Madhu’s been working hard to make my blog spam free and I’m hoping that whatever he’s done to it, works! Thanks Madhu, I do owe you a dinner now 🙂 Please follow and like us:

The three minute test

The ‘getting locked out’ of my own house was the bad thing that happened on Saturday. The good thing that happened was passing my driving test. The wait for the RTO inspector stretched on for 3 hours. I nearly played hop-scotch on the pavement outside the RTO. To make matters doubly difficult, the driving school brought along its oldest Maruti – the one where you have to use all your force to step on the clutch to change a gear! ‘Drive’, said the inspector. Then, ‘take right’. ‘Now reverse’. ‘Now stop the car’. That’s it! 3 minutes and it’s all over. The system never ceases to amaze me 🙂 Please follow and like us:

Getting locked out…

…of your own house, can be a frustrating experience. I’ve been meaning to get duplicates made of my house key, but was procrastinating. Finally, what I was dreading happened. I locked myself out of the house. Getting ready to join Deki and Jil for Saturday lunch, I went downstairs to find out something from the watchman. When I returned, I realised I had left my keys inside. Then followed a 3-hour drama. First, trying to find a keymaker in the afternoon (you can’t imagine how tough it is!). Managed to locate one after about 2 hours and bring him back home. He did all kinds of permutation and combinations, but couldn’t manage to open the stubborn lock. Finally, the watchman pounded on the knob with a large hammer and pried it loose. By the time, the drama was over it was 4.00 pm. Cursed everyone and everything, especially myself for being such an idiot. Missed my lunch date, of course, and rushed to Alliance Francaise, for my first class (already half-way through). Of course, I …

The art of putting one’s hand in too many pies!

A pile of study material has arrived for a course I am completing via distance education (I started it years ago and could not finish it because I ran out of money. I am hoping to finish it now). I had kept in touch with one of my professors from the university and he told me I could finish my remaining credit points by doing the course, long distance. I was thrilled, since the possibility of going there to complete it, is pretty remote. So, wish me luck as I pore over tomes of media laws, ethics, communication methods and practice for the next few months. French classes started this weekend and goes on for 3 months, thus effectively meaning I can’t travel anywhere for a while. Depressing thought as the trek gang is making plans to visit Honnemardu and I probably won’t be able to make it. But on the brighter side, it has taken me two years to make time to learn a language and I figure it’s better now than never. Am …

Some comments gone missing…

The latest deluge of MT comments spam is creating havoc. Though I am using Jay Allen’s blacklist, it has to be updated almost everyday. Today, while cleaning up, a lot of valid comments got wiped out as they were showing up in the blacklist and I didn’t really notice. So in case, you left a comment on the blog, which has since disappeared, my apologies. Not sure what to do with this menace now. I am tempted to remove the MT comment feature and use YACCS instead! Wonder if that is possible with MT… Please follow and like us: