Archive for April, 2013

The most loving tribute to George Jones you will see

April 29, 2013

Just watch it.

Then find someone you have grown apart from in your life and try to close the gap a little.

Just do it.

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All about my fake Facebook Page: Joe BlowtheMidget

April 27, 2013

This disclaimer is from my shameless faked Facebook page called Joe BlowtheMidget:

This is a fake Facebook page. This is a fake name (old Blondie reference). The birthday is false. Everything about it is fake, other than the statement that Timeline Sucks. That is true. The rest is as false as the latest Obama campaign ad (any of them).

If you want to alert the Facebook Police, feel free to do so. I am shamelessly violating their TOS. But, I am also not hiding it. Indeed, they can read all about it on Facebook.

Oh, and they can also read that Timeline Sucks.

This page exists for the sole purpose of viewing other Facebook pages without being deluged with “friend” requests, tagged photos, inane posts, ads, and general crap that comes with Facebook. I don’t care what you had for lunch or just listened to on the radio. You likely don’t care what I ate for breakfast or the story I thought was cool on Drudge. The latest blurry pics from a mobile phone of your cute cat also mean nothing to me. Ditto (in hindsight) for the junk I also used to post. Yes, I was also guilty of excessive “Facebook Crap” until I realized nobody read it (not even me).

This is a Facebook page for people who simply want to be left alone. it is “Unsocial Media” at its finest.

If you stumble across it, don’t bother trying to “friend” me. I won’t approve it. If you simply must do something, I can accept “likes”. Though, anyone who honestly LIKES this page must be a misanthrope.

NOTE: I got tired of this fake page and did a couple of more since. The latest is for Zark Muckerberg..  I also have a fake LinkedIn account, a fake Google?YouTube account, etc. All of them contain enough obvious red-flags to “fakiness” that any screen should catch them. None do.

Answer to spammer question in their fake comment to the blog

April 22, 2013

Fake question from spammer:

“First of all I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Thank you!”

Honest answer:

“I go to my spam filter and delete all of the poorly worded fake comments before writing each new spam post. That “centers” me. And, it amuses me. Now, please FOAD.”

Four years of blogging and 13,707 spammer “comments. Scary, huh.

April 17, 2013

I thought this little stat from the spam protection that runs in the background on this blog might be of interest. I have had this blog for four years this month. In that time spammers have tried to post 13,707 fake comments to it.

Thinks about that for a second and try to imagine what this blog would be like if it didn’t operate with both automatic spam filtering and active moderation of comments. The comments section would be wholly useless, with any legitimate feedback buried under a mountain of ‘bot-generated spam.

Now think about this monstrous load of evaded spam and how every other blog is facing a similar bombardment.

There is a cost to all of this unwanted junk and it is shared by every legitimate user of the Internet.

The irony is that this post will draw multiple fake comments from spammers, as my posts on spam seem to be one of their favorite targets.

YouTube buffering issues have about killed it for me

April 2, 2013

I have basically given up on YouTube for anything but the lowest quality playback in a small window lately. Streaming video has become big piles of steaming lag video. I have tried various fixes offered by others posting about the same issues (and there are LOTS of complaints). However, none of them work. It may be a Time-Warner problem or it may be a YouTube problem or it may be both of them.

So, we appear to have a video site where you can’t actually play videos…