Blogging from phone

Just another way to use a smartphone. What will “they” think of next?

Testing adding a post from my email

I just discovered this WordPress feature. I can add a blog post from my email. I am not sure when I would do that. I suppose that I could from my phone since I can access my email account from there.

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Blogs and “Word Verification”

This feature when turned on in blogs kind of irritates me but I understand why many blogs activate this feature.

Here’s the technical scoop on what this feature does for bloggers.

If you choose “yes” for this setting, then people leaving comments on your blog will be required to complete a word verification step, similar to the one presented when you create a blog.

What this does is to prevent automated systems from adding comments to your blog, since it takes a human being to read the word and pass this step. If you’ve ever received a comment that looked like an advertisement or a random link to an unrelated site, then you’ve encountered comment spam. A lot of this is done automatically by software which can’t pass the word verification, so enabling this option is a good way to prevent many such unwanted comments.

Here are some of the goofy “words” I have had to enter today to add comments to blogs.

Gabogo, Pstal, Calizess, Chaddis,Strine, aperi

I turned off the word verification on my blog. WordPress does a pretty darn good job of catching the spam.

Speaking of spam… why is it that most spam I get is either in a foreign language that looks Arabic or something? Either that or it has to do with sex.

Now this spam was a comment on my “A clever use of duct tape and a plastic bench” post. Huh?

“I was just chatting with my friend about this last week at Outback steak house. Don’t remember how we landed on the topic really, they brought it up. I do recall eating a excellent fruit salad with cranberries on it. I digress”

What that “red neck” houseboat really was


I published this photo on my blog last month in a post titled Rolling on the river – part II. I had just got my new camera and took it down to the Willamette River boat launch to take some photos. My timing was perfect to see both the above houseboat and the Portland Spirit float by.

I heard that the story of the houseboat was covered by a local TV evening news but couldn’t find anything online about it. Yesterday my massage therapist said that she saw a story in the newspaper. So I did some more searching and found the story.

Two friends, a houseboat and a river: A final adventure before real life beckons. – James Mayer The Oregonian

“William Steele has been dreaming about floating down the river since he was 9 years old.

It wasn’t Huck Finn who inspired him, but a book at home on backyard bungalows that had a drawing of a houseboat. The design looked like it would fall over. Steele thought he could do better.”


It is a story of friendship, a dream and determination. Go read the story and watch the video interview.

Who is dropping in?

Everyone who has a blog probably checks occasionally to see who has hit their blog. The other day when I looked at stats I found this to be interesting.


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