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8 years, 11 months, 6 days, 17 hours, 48 minutes ago...

In French, we say, “ridicule doesn’t kill”...
Print × Imprimerthe dissident frogman • Sunday, December 30, 2007 · 1604 zulu time.pdf

... And that explains why Tom Charity, stuffed a** movie critic snob "special to CNN" is still alive and babbling:
«[worst films of 2007]
"300" Frankly, it was a tossup for the third spot between this gung-ho Greek meatfest and Michael Bay's overblown toy commercial, "Transformers." A lot of people got off on both, I realize, and the computer-generated work was impressive in its way. But no matter how you spin it, war porn is war porn -- and we'd better off without it.»
Is it not rich? Is it not beautiful?

I mean seriously, the schmuck is on CNN's payroll. C.N.N. In other words, THE channel that made its worldwide name and reputation with good old juicy war porn circa 1991, out and about the Persian Gulf (that's right, "no matter how you spin it", pal.)

Oh and, about 300: it seems that the vast non stuffed a** movie critic snob special to CNN world quite frankly disagree:
'300' Smashes March Opening Record; Spartans Stampede To $70 Mil Weekend; 3rd Biggest R-Rated Movie Debut Ever
Charity, tonight...
300 Is the Fastest Selling HD Title on the Market
... You dine...
300 Breaks IMAX Theatres Opening Day/Weekend Records
... In Hell.
DVD Sales - 300 Does Double Duty at Number One
Emphasis mine. It the end, I guess it just shows that movie critic snob Tom Charity, like the rest of us, is a mere mortal with an asshole. I mean an opinion.

Of course it's the wrong one, and of course it misses the point — but that's precisely all you can expect from a movie critic.



8 years, 11 months, 1 week, 3 days, 22 hours, 27 minutes ago...

Christmas with an X
Print × Imprimerthe dissident frogman • Wednesday, December 26, 2007 · 1125 zulu time.pdf

J.C. (not affiliated with the Official Christmas Eve Celebration Person) :
“The Dissident Frogman with disturbing holiday imagery.’

Disturbing? Oh God, it's the beard right?

Yeah, I knew that was a bit too much.

Oh well. For the record, this...
“Any day a bulldog gets to sniff another dog’s pee is bulldog Christmas.”

... Is very incorrect.

To any dog, another dog's pee is not a gift but an open territorial dispute and a hierarchical challenge in the making. In short, not a gift but an outrage (and a smelly one with that).

A dog's Christmas is sniffing anything at all and finding it's either food, a pal or a bitch(1). As a result, a dog's Christmas happens more often than a human's one, which is possibly what makes dogs such a bunch of good-natured fellows we so enjoy having around — unlike, say, Mohamed the Islamic Fascist who never gets any Christmas at all but the promise of 70+ afterlife sex-slaves with absolutely no former humping expertise whatsoever. Talk about a raw deal.

I mean, the worse that can happen with Christmas presents, is that Auntie Jane forgot the friggin' batteries.

Apart from that little hiccup, a nice roundup of Christmas links J.C. Just spend less time with cats if you intend to lecture on dogs, okay?



Don't mess with Christmas.

You can count on this agnostic to (nevertheless) keep watch around the fireplace, and wish you all the merriest CHRISTmas ever.



... And thou(1) hath no excuse, save for perhaps, Epictetus, the once slave who won his freedom through philosophy:
Be silent; for there is great danger that you will immediatly vomit up what you have not digested.



Print × Imprimerthe dissident frogman • Thursday, December 06, 2007 · 1046 zulu time.pdf

In the past few hours, you may have hit an error page while trying to access the site, with an ominous message that read:
Error 403

We're sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /blog/(something -- Ed)/ on this server.

Your Internet Protocol address is listed on a blacklist of addresses involved in malicious or illegal activity. See the listing below for more details on specific blacklists and removal procedures.

Your technical support key is: (some mishmash of letters and numbers -- Ed)

You can use this key to fix this problem yourself.

If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, please contact (the dissident frogman at my gmail address -- Ed) and be sure to provide the technical support key shown above.
First things first: your Internet Protocol (IP) address is not blacklisted, and you have not been involved in malicious or illegal activity.

At least, none that I know of, which is not very nice of you. I thought we were friends, and then you go off and have a bit of illegal fun without inviting me. Tosser.

That error message is admittedly a bit over the top, but beyond my reach. I would have slipped in a couple of jokes, not just that creepy and slightly threatening message, as any expert in survival will tell you how important it is to maintain a sense of humor in every potentially stressful situation — but unfortunately most software developers fail to develop said sense of humor and are usually sad, anal people (Present company of software developers excepted) without girlfriends who think just because machines can follow instruction-sets without complaining, then people should too.

They don't know people very well. Heck, they can't even have a girlfriend.

So what happened? Smart question. You must be into software development.

To make a long and annoying story short — and hopefully keep it in layman's lingo — I've setup the site with several layers of antispam defenses, as both comments and trackbacks on any blog have been declared fair game by the hordes of a*holes making millions by posting unsolicited commercial offers anywhere they can. So far, these defenses work remarkably well, to the point where I can even keep the trackback system functioning — whereas spam practically killed trackbacks on the previous version of the site, that was running Movable Type.

One of the weapons in the arsenal is an extension to Expression Engine (the publishing software that advantageously replaces the much unsatisfactory Movable Type) called "Bad Behavior" that's quite popular among Wordpress bloggers, and for a reason: it's good at silently blocking most of the spammers' crap in the background, without requiring the user's attention and intervention, while allowing you to keep your blog's functionality fully working — as already stated, I'm still using trackbacks, and I don't need to disable comments on older posts, a cheap and quick workaround to limit spam that many blogs end up using. While a few goblins make it past that layer every now and then(1), it's nothing compared to the chore of removing manually hundreds of spamming comments and trackbacks every other day, a common exercise in the old Movable Type times.

Yesterday, BB's big daddy moved his sites to a new dedicated server, and decommissioned a blacklist he (wrongly) thought wasn't in use, resulting in BB tossing false positives — i.e. identifying addresses as "bad" even though they're not — and locking some good guys (Possibly you, despite the fact that you didn't invite me. Tosser.) out of any blog running BB. An update to Bad Behavior was quickly posted, and thank to our friend Mike H who alerted me that he was "banned" from the site, I looked into the issue, nailed the problem, grabbed a copy of the update and applied it.

Meaning that if you're still locked out of the site you are 1. Not possibly reading this, which means that I can 2. Call you a tosser in total impunity.


It's worse than I first thought: I just found that Bad Behavior now manages to block Google's web crawler, AKA Googlebot. The robot that indexes pages for the Google search engine. Brilliant. What a splendid way to make yourself vanish from the Intarweb.

Bad Behavior ironically lives up to its name although not in the expected meaning, and is definitely out of here, with my boot in its bottom. Tosser.

If you're running it, I suggest you check and make sure Googlebot doesn't get the kick from Bad Behavior. If it does, you'll see the 403 error message I posted here, rather than your site.
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