Apparently, I'm a Spammer

April 12, 2008

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I've been toying around with the idea of making a new blog. Last week, I finally started to set it up on blogger.com. I create the opening page and posted it along with several pages worth content all saved under a single draft. The idea to save all the draft content some place outside the blog as a backup occurred to me, but I decided that it wasn't worth the effort. Mind you, that "effort" would have taken about 45 seconds, but it was 2am and I thought, "surely this will be fine. It's not like it's going to disappear." I should have listened to my first instinct. Logging back into the blog I was greeted with a message saying that the blog had been identified as spam and it was locked. Here's a copy of the email that they sent as well:

Dear Blogger user, This is a message from the Blogger team. Your blog has been identified as a potential spam blog. For an explanation of what spam blogs are, please see Blogger Help: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42577 You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog. To request a review, please fill out the form found here: http://www.blogger.com/unlock-blog…. We will take a look at your blog and unlock it within four business days. Please note that if we do not hear from you within 20 days, we will remove your blog. If this blog does not belong to you, then you do not have to do anything. Any other blogs you may have will not be affected. Since you are an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not spam. We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this erroneous result. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to users like you instead of to spammers. Thank you for your understanding and for your help in our spam-fighting efforts. Sincerely, The Blogger Team

The trick with this is that while I could see the opening page that I published this lock prevented me from getting to the draft that had a few hours worth of unbacked-up work in it. I've requested the review and am guessing it'll go in my favor. I'm sure that when an actual person reviews it, they'll see it's not spam. I'm still a little anxious since I don't have any insight into the process. Upon requesting the unlock review I got the following message:

Blogger's spam-prevention robots have detected that your blog has characteristics of a spam blog. Since you're an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not a spam blog. Automated spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and we sincerely apologize for this false positive. We received your unlock request on April 12, 2008. On behalf of the robots, we apologize for locking your non-spam blog. Please be patient while we take a look at your blog and verify that it is not spam.

Favorite line has to be, "On behalf of the robots, we apologize for locking your non-spam blog." Makes ya think though. You really don't want to piss off the robots.


Crayon Sculptures

April 12, 2008

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image Sometime people use the tools designed to make art into art themselves. The results in this case are whimsical and neat. Check out some of these Crayon Sculptures by Diem Chau


Frog Portrait

April 09, 2008

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Found this little guy when I was leaving the office one night and decided to shoot a few portraits with my little point and shoot camera. Frog Portrait A couple times I got too close and he did this: Frog legs Note: in this shot he was facing the other direction from the portrait above. I probably couldn't get that shot again with a point and shoot if I tried 1,000 times. I think would fall into what Henri Cartier-Bresson calls The Decisive Moment. From the Wikipedia article:

"Photography is not like painting," Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."


200000

April 09, 2008

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Last Wednesday, April 2, 2008, just before I pulled into my neighborhood, my car turned 200,000 miles. 200,000 miles Speaks well for Toyota. I replaced the timing belt at 80,000 and 160,000 miles and had a few other moderate repairs, but other than that, all I really did was go through oil changes and tires. I knew I wanted to see if the little car could make it 200,000, but now I have to figure out if I want to have some work done of finally get a new car. We'll see….


Wedding Editing with Lightroom

April 09, 2008

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If you have to edit a wedding, having Lightroom with a pretty high end machine is a great way to go. I'd guess I spent 10 hours editing the roughly 1500 shots I took at the wedding. If I was more familiar with Lightroom, I probably could have done it in half the time. If I was also in the practice of editing a lot, I probably could have gotten it down to three or four hours. All in all, I'm really impressed with Lightroom. Before switching to it, I had been using Bridge and an app called BreezeBrowser that was pretty good, but I was running on older hardware and the overall experience was very, very slow. I'm not a fan of waiting on computers, so I tended not to do to much with the images. Worse than usual that is. A while back I rebuilt my computer with close to top of the line components in anticipation of doing more photo work. That was money well spent. I don't know if it was just the hardware upgrade or if the switch to Lightroom had an effect as well, but the difference is night and day. Might actually get me shooting some again. Especially since the workload at the office is lightening up a bit. In the mean time, here's one of my favorite images from the wedding. Wedding Shot Needless to say, it was a good time.


Pano Stuff

April 09, 2008

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Been looking into doing some digital panoramic/virtual-tour type stuff. The site panoguide.com has some good info and equipment stuff on it. Dropping the link here so I can find it later.


Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

April 06, 2008

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Was reading another blog post where the author mentioned his Myers-Briggs personality type. When I took the test a couple years ago at work it said I'm an INTJ. From the current wikipedia page:

INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings.

While I take things like the Myers-Briggs test with a grain of salt, that seems about right to me. If you are interested, take a look at the rest of the INTJ page and if you know me, judge for yourself.


More thouhgts on still/motion combo cameras

April 03, 2008

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Luminous Landscape just posted an article that also talks about the convergence of still and video cameras (link). A friend in the video industry showed me the Red website a while ago. I don't know anything about shooting video, but from a pure technolust point of view I would love to own one of those cameras.


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