February 01, 2007

Heading Out To The Pasture...

Gary Llama.JPGAnd so it ends. Two years to the day (and to the minute) from when it began.

For those who didn't get the memo about the conclusion of the Ex-Donkey Blog, I refer you here.

In the first post I ever wrote, I said, "I plan on keeping it simple. Only two topics: Politics and everything else that I like." The politics angle was interesting enough. I had a lot to say. And I think I've pretty much said most of what I care to on that particular topic. Two years ago, in the wake of the 2004 Presidential election, politics in this country was in an ugly state. I had hoped we had hit the high-water mark of the ugliness. But to my dismay it's gotten even more distasteful and toxic. And it couldn't be happening at a worse time in our nation's history. I've gotten weary of it. At this point I'd much rather focus on the "everything else I like" sort of stuff - while still having some occasional fun at the expense of the moonbat brigade.

So the Ex-Donkey is off to join the Llamas, where I can have that fun on a more flexible schedule. Because of other personal commitments I probably won't be posting as often as I did here, but there are plenty of other excellent "tasty bits" to mix it up with over there. Anyone still interested in reading what I have to contribute can follow me to the "pasture" (a/k/a Orgle Manor). Even if you're not, I still encourage you to visit.

As I have already mentioned, the comment function will be shut down soon (if it hasn't been already) as a firewall against comment spam. A warm thanks to all who frequented the place and helped keep it humming. I plan on keeping the site up for as long as the administrator at MuNu will let me.

One other housekeeping note: the current poll about the lefty blogs will stay active for the foreseeable future so feel free to vote as often as it will allow.

Adieu :-)

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September 30, 2006

MuNu Moving Day

Today is the day the the land of Mu Nu migrates to new servers. Actually Sunday is the day, but since the administrator resides on the other side of the world, it's already Sunday. Whatever.

Anyway, expect some down time in the next 24-36 hours. It may be only disabled comments but it could very well mean a complete outage.

Go enjoy your weekend. We'll be back soon.

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September 16, 2006

Mu Nu Kerflooey

The server crashed at Munuviana. Sorry for the outage.

:-(

The Diane Lane Photo of the Week will be up early this evening!

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August 01, 2006

Comments Temporarily Disabled

For some time now, I've been getting quite a bit of comment spam. It started out small - a handful here, maybe a dozen or so there - and it was just something that I dealt with as a minor inconvenience.

But lately, the spambots have become intolerable. For those of you not familiar with comment spam (you're lucky), this is when advertisers send spambots out to post hyperlinks onto websites, usually through commenting systems and sometimes through trackbacks. The object is to generate a higher google rank by increasing the number of links back to their site.

The big ones these days are for online gaming and mail-order boner pills. I refuse to let this site be used by these freaking parasites. This past weekend I got nearly four hundred of them and I had to go and delete them all (a frustratingly tedious process).

Movable Type seems to be particularly vulnerable to comment spam, though trackbacks have not really been a problem. The administrator of the MuNu community server is close to a fix but in the meantime I have made the decision to turn off the comments function until I have at least an ETA for that to become reality.

To those who have left comments in the past - particularly the frequent flyers - I apologize but I have too little time on my hands to deal with this crap.

I'll post updates as to the status of the fix, but in the meantime I ask you to bear with me. I encourage you to share your thoughts via e-mail (replace **AT** with @) in the alternative. Thanks.

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July 31, 2006

380

That's the number of comment spams I come home to after a weekend away. This is beyond ridiculous. I've made the decision to shut off comments for the time being. I just can't deal with this shit anymore.

I need sleep.

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July 18, 2006

Major Mu Nu Meltdown Today

Site was unavailable for most of the day. Probably had something to do with F&*#%$# comment spammers. Texas Hold Poker, indeed. Assholes.

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July 17, 2006

Spucking Famers!!!

Came home from the lake last night to find I'd been comment spammed to the tune of over 100 bullshit texas poker website spam comments. It seems lately this has gotten worse and worse. MuNu is usually pretty good about keeping this crap out, but it's getting to the point where I may have to shut down comments for a while.

Now you have to deal with a cranky Ex-Donkey.

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June 05, 2006

Mu Nu Ker-FLOOEY!

Well looks like Pixy has been pretty busy fending off this weekend's Denial-Of-Service attack. I noticed that the site was up and down since Friday (mostly down) but everything looks OK now (fingers crossed).

The only adverse effect I noticed was the elimination of some votes cast in this week's poll (which I admit is a lame one).

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March 20, 2006

I'm Back

Had a little...ahem...bandwidth issue there. But all is well now! Thanks, Pixy!

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February 12, 2006

Comment Spam Blizzard

To go along with the real blizzard. Stupid ones, too. Got about a dozen and they all say things like: "Great site you have! Beautiful website very good work and nice design!" and "Good work, webmaster! Have just found your website great!". And nothing else. Just a bunch of embedded links. Lucky for me, with Mu Nu I get to load 'em up on the Movable Type Blacklist.

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December 09, 2005

Blogroll Reconfiguration

Did some fixing on the sidebar and added a link to the U.S. Central Command Website (CentCom).

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Go there for the latest news about operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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November 12, 2005

Mu Nu Fixeroo

Looks like the mighty powers of Munuviana were upgrading the server. So posting, trackbacks and comments were down for a while.

But we're back!!!!

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August 28, 2005

Almost there...

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I've still got some tweaking to do on the new site but overall I'm satisfied with the layout. For now, that is.

Official Launch: September 1. It's not too early to update those links!

In the meantime, fresh content still going up at the old Blogger site.

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August 26, 2005

Makin' Some Progress On The New Site...

OK, so I've burst a few blood vessels in my right eye.

Got a lot of linky stuff set up and the most important junk moved over. The sidebar fattens up where there are no posts yet. That will go away over time.

Still some tinkering to do.

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A Little Housekeeping...

A MAJOR change is in store for the Ex-Donkey Blog in about a week.

No, I'm not joining Kos in his sooper seekret plan to eradicate the DLC. But before long I will have a new site, construction of which will take quite a bit of my time from now until September 1. So I ask for patience if it seems that the posts are becoming fewer and farther between.

Add to that the fact that I'm preparing to ramp up my Tolkien Geek site for the big book blogging of The Lord of the Rings and you can imagine that I'm going to be stretched a little thin.

On a side note, I recently switch browsers at home to Mozilla's Firefox browser and I have to say it's pretty damn good. I was able to download it for free and convert all my favorites, cookies and other settings from IE in about three minutes - it was really easy. I highly recommend making the switch if you haven't already done so.

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August 25, 2005

The New Site is officially "Under Construction"

Patience please...

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...while I figure this thing out.

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