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Comments? What Comments?

Hey, folks.

Just a quick note to apologize to any of you who’ve tried to leave — or even look at — comments in the past fourteen hours or so. I tinkered around with the comment script last night, trying to shore up the defenses against those damned filthy spamment bastards. So, I made some changes, and — because I’m a programmer by day and know just how to do this stuff — I didn’t test the script afterward.

(Some of us would call that ‘acceptable risk’. Most people would label it as ‘irresponsible douchebaggery’.

Well, okay, fine — so most people probably wouldn’t actually say ‘douchebaggery’. You know what I mean.)

Anyway, the typo screwed up the script, so it wouldn’t even run. And I went off to a comedy show, which is why you didn’t hear from me last night, either. So I had no idea that I’d thrown a monkey in the works.

(I mean, monkey wrench. Monkey wrench, of course. If you threw an actual monkey in the works, it’d be way messier. And I don’t wanna clean that up — have you ever tried getting monkey fuzz off a gearshaft?

Okay, fine. Point for you. But have you ever tried ‘getting monkey fur off a gearshaft’ when it wasn’t some sort of nasty euphemistic thing?

Aha. I thought not. Point for me, then. Touche.)

Anyway, I still didn’t know what a mess I’d made this morning, and might have gone on indefinitely, living in my magical, fantasy dream world where the sun always shines and the comments work and all the women wear whipped cream bikinis… but, um, I digress, apparently. Sorry. Easily distracted today. Focus, dammit, focus!

So, I might have never discovered my error, except that Chasmyn was kind enough to root around for my email address, and send me a note to tell me. So ‘THANKS!‘ go out to Chasmyn! I found my little typo — and you would think that a minus sign would work just as well as an equals sign in the code, but noooooooo — and now the comments are working again.

Hopefully, with my new spam comment-deflecting measures also active, but for the moment I’ll take what I can get. Baby steps, people. When you’ve got a brain the size of a vacuum-packed raisin, they’re all baby steps.

(And yeah, I don’t know whether vacuum packing makes raisins any smaller… it just sounded good, okay? Let it go. I’ve had a hard morning.)

So, feel free to check out the comments again, and leave comments, if you’re so inclined. And thanks again to Chasmyn for the heads-up. And sorry, everyone. I’m spanking myself right now, to make sure I’ve learned my lesson. Ouchie.

Ooh, and speaking of ‘so inclined’, I wanted to also mention that the 2005 Bloggies have also begun accepting nominations. So, if weblog awards types of things are your bag, then get over there and vote for your faves. There are new categories this year, and it’s ever so festive, so hop over and have a look.

That ought to keep you busy for a while. I’ll be back later with some real topic or other to blather about. Be cool.

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3 Responses to “Comments? What Comments?”

  1. dotbar says:

    What do you mean you are having trouble with spammers? In your email address…or in your comments…

  2. Lois Lane says:

    I’ll have you know that your little “typo” as you call it, ruined my chance at the very best comment in the whole wide world! It was good I tell ya! The best, really! The words were ready to roll out of my brain and into my fingertips and onto your comments section, but NOOOOO. And you know what? No one can read it now because of your typo! I sure hope you are happy with yourself mister!

    Lois Lane

    (sarcasm font off) Have a good night Charlie!

  3. #Debi says:

    …have you ever tried ‘getting monkey fur off a gearshaft’ when it wasn’t some sort of nasty euphemistic thing? No, but we once had to hose down a truck engine after the cat decided to take a nap in there just before we decided we needed to go to the store… Not a pretty sight, lemme tell you! But the comments box, now that’s a work of art. Or maybe it shoulda been a work of Art. You know, Art, the computer guy… OK, I’m going to bed now…

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