Monthly Archives: August 2004

Home For Bubble Tea

Thumbnail: Bubble tea shop

Went home for the weekend, spent it with Darren. It was a gloomy few days; cloudy, humid, and generally uncomfortable.

At one point, Darren asked me if it felt like home, or whether my apartment here has taken the role. I couldn’t really answer him at the time. I just knew that they feel different. We lit up in a park that I used to play in while I was still in elementary school, and it felt odd to be stoned in a beautifully empty playground in the middle of Saturday, surrounded by all these upper-middle class houses with their pools and patios. Places that aren’t comfortable, but familiar.

Fighting The Bob Comment Spam

I’ve been getting tons of spam comments from the “bob@y####o.com” address, and I’m sure that I’m not the only Movable Type user suffering from the same problem. At one point I was getting a dozen a day, which is much more annoying than spam e-mail because deleting comments from MT is a little more involved than deleting an e-mail. Even though I use MT-Blacklist (which has been a great help), the spam URLs, and even the IP addresses keep changing. The only thing that stays the same is parts of the e-mail address, so I wrote a very simple regular expression to catch the offensive comments, because no one else seems to have posted one on the net:

bob@y\d*o.com

I know that it’s rather basic, but I figure that I’ll adapt it whenever the spammer starts using more complicated e-mail generators. So far, the only adjustment has been a change from catching four digits to catching any number of digits. It’s satisfying to check the activity log and see that the blacklist has caught over 500 spam comments over the weekend, not letting a single one go through.

The Political Olympics

I don’t enjoy watching the Olympics. The coverage we get (exclusively from the CBC), is shoddy. There’s no pre-planned time schedule for matches or events, so I never know what’s going to be on when I have time to watch. There was also absolutely no coverage of table tennis, which has already ended, most of the medals going to China. Why is this? I suspect because Canada basically had no chance of placing in the top three, so why would the CBC want to show them? Well, more likely not even in the top five. Even Google gave table tennis props with one of their daily banners, and with 28 Olympic sports but only 16 days, 12 of those sports aren’t going to have banners.

There are also so many politics involved, with disqualifications, doping, judging, etc., that everything just seems tainted. There’s also all the frustrating media coverage in the mix, such as Perdita Felicien’s hurdle dissapointment splattered on the front page of most papers while Ann Muenzer’s golden achievement gets a sports section blurb. And with sports that don’t need to be in the Olympics (why have synchronized diving AND diving AND synchronized swimming?), there’s not much to keep my interest.

Concert: Death From Above ’04

Thumbnail: Zaphods
Thumbnail: Lighting at Zaphods
Thumbnail: Jesse Fucking Keeler

Went to a Death From Above show at Zaphod’s. I actually recognized Jesse F. Keeler (the F stands for Fucking) outside when Aaron, Trolley, Jesse, and I were waiting for Jen. Both Keeler (the bassist) and Sebastien Grainger (the vocalist/drummer) have similarly lithe bodies and unkempt facial hair so they aren’t hard to spot, but are easy to mix up. The set went just like the last time I saw them: they start off with an intro song as a warm-up, then Grainger takes off his shirt for the real show. They also ended with Do It!, when Grainger kicks down his mic stand and goes crazy on his set.

The word is energy.