Monday, March 25, 2013

ZOMG SNOWMAGEDDON! Life after white death.

They're saying 6.2" of snow down at the airport, but it's more like 8" here at Roseholme Cottage. It's still snowing, but looking at the radar, I doubt it's got more than an inch or so left in it, so it'll be time to go shovel the walks and dig out the roomie's car here before too long.

Maybe I'll see if I can break trail down the alley with the Subie.

Sorry about turning the Turing test back on in comments, but Blogger's spam comments filter has just completely collapsed under the onslaught recently. I woke up this morning to find twelve digital turds plopped in the latest comment threads since 0100, and that's not counting the sixty more in the spam traps.

Google jiggled their search algorithms back some time last year to more heavily weight backlinks in "social media" and news article comments sections, and even-less-scrupulous-than-usual SEO types responded by unleashed hordes of gibberish-'n'-backlink-spouting 'bots on the Blogosphere. Comment spam had been a desultory sort of thing before that, sort of the universal background noise of blogs, but by the end of the year I was scooping as many as 300 spam comments out of the trap first thing every morning. It wasn't so bad as long as they were getting caught in the trap, but now they're getting past the filter and I won't stand for that.

Anyhow, sorry about turning the CAPTCHA back on. I've got to go shovel now, but I'll be back.

In the meantime, courtesy of email, check out this link about a Nat Geo photographer who got "adopted" by a 12-ft. female leopard seal who apparently thought he looked a little scrawny and needed help learning to hunt penguins... (It's the third slide show at the link.)

13 comments:

Paul said...

So much for Global Warming. Spring flowers should be popping out all over the midwest. Instead when get Mammoth Dandruff.

Where is Al Gore when you need a handy target holder.

perlhaqr said...

Heh. My Jewish Mother is a Leopard Seal.

"Eat! Eat! You're too skinny!"

Brigid said...

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Stuart the Viking said...

Funny that the NCOA recently released it's 2013 spring forecast and predicted a warmer than average spring.

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Aaron said...

I think the Leopard Seal's first clue that he was in need of help was that he was wearing a snorkel for under the ice dives.

Sport Pilot said...

Anyone foolish enough to get to close to a Leopard Seal almost deserve's to recieve what's going to come their way sooner or later...

Douglas2 said...

You need one of these rigs for your alley:
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/attachments/f104/34401d1325265086-subaru-snow-plow-dsc01481.jpg

sobriant74 said...

The captcha is a small price to pay for keeping you...er..um..sane?

KM said...

keeping you...er..um..sane?

Nice tip-toe on the keyboard. ;)

Jay Dee said...

We got a foot of the stuff here in Central Missouri. Al Gore! Where's my Spring weather?

J.R.Shirley said...

I've been increasingly unhappy with Google for the past few months.

Their Capcha sucks, too.

Hunter said...

Re: Stuart at 9:30,
NCOA...NonCommissioned Officers Association? My, times have changed.

PA State Cop said...

Send some my way. Haven't seen a goddamn snowflake all winter. :/