Spammers now commenting?

A fairly recent phenomena, for my blog anyway, is spammers who post comments en masse as replies to my posts.  That is a truly awful way of spamming and I wish there was a way that I could block them before they do it but, unfortunately, the only way is to not allow commenting on my posts.  That is what I’ve resorted to and for the time being only my most recent post will allow commenting.  My e-mail was filing up with requests to moderate those silly comments and I just got sick and tired of it.

What was especially disappointing is when they post something frivolous, commercial, or pornographic to the posts I have regarding my friend who passed away or the the one about the passing of my dog, Riley.  That is crossing a line and going too far.  One of the last ones I got said something like “I really like %%blogposttitle%% and think you’d really enjoy my site at www.getlostandstopspammingmyblog.now”  The person didn’t even know how to do it properly since I’m sure %%blogposttitle%% wasn’t supposed to appear. 

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The Mighty Moira and Other Short Stories

A few months ago, I started work on an editing project for Wm. Manley Nobles, a gentleman who lives near Kingston, Ontario.  He published his first anthology of short stories in 2008 with the assistance of Canadian Stories magazine.  It was titled Canadian Stories:  Miracle at Midnight and Other Short Stories.

After submitting a story to Canadian Stories, I became involved in the production of Mr. Nobles second book as editor and today I received a copy of the finished book.  The latest anthology is titled Canadian Stories:  The Mighty Moira and Other Short Stories and, like his first book, this one is full of great stories related by the author as if he were seated around a campfire with his audience sitting spellbound around him. 

His stories are from the heart and are great examples of Canadian folk stories.  He is a man from the the old days when stories were retold from memory and the characters are brought to life by the words of the storyteller.  Moments in Southern Ontario history are recounted in his words and an astute reader can learn much about the history of the area through his work. 

This was a great project to be involved in and I am very proud of the finished product.

Upgrading as it should be!

This morning I undertook the task of updating my WordPress version from 2.6 to 2.8.6.  It was with much trepidation I deleted various folders, downloaded the install files, and uploaded to my web host the latest and greatest.  I also made the first backup of my SQL database….ever…..which of course is something I should do a bit more often!

I’m happy to report that the upgrade was seamless and my new (old) site is up and operating better than ever.  The administration of the site is much easier than it was before and I should have upgraded long ago but the thought of upgrading remotely to my host was making me nervous.  No need though, it was easy…..

The new site has randomly changing colours on the Mandigo theme, allows for automatic updates of many widgets and the WordPress app itself.  The Admin screens are cleaner and easy to navigate and I am very happy!

Now to complete step 3. from the upgrade instructions which is to “Do something nice for yourself.”  Think I’ll go grab a book and grab a drink.

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Morocco 2010…..a calendar

My sister seems to have inherited my father’s eye for photography.  She travels around the world snapping photos as she goes and she takes some really fabulous pictures.  Since I don’t seem to have that photographer’s eye, I thought I’d borrow some of her images and put them into a calendar or a photo book. I’ve started with a calendar of images she took while in Morocco and it’s currently available at lulu.com  Take a look at the calendar here.  I’ll never get rich hawking calendars but hey, maybe I’ll be able to get a nice bottle of wine someday….!  I’ll be working on a nice coffee table photobook of pictures she took in Central America over the next month or so and hope to post it for the new year.