Changes

You might have noticed a slight change to the appearance of this blog, or will have found out through the rude mechanism of the xml feed disappearing on you (pardon me while I snicker!). There are links to RSS2 feeds for the Posts and Comments in the sidebar.

Anyhow, like Tyler at Codex, I’ve changed the blog from running on Blogger to WordPress. This will entail some more tweaking to get things entirely as I like them, but it’s already clear that this is a much better blogging engine than Blogger, even if it’s not quite as easy to use. Overall, though, I’m quite happy with the results!

So, if anyone runs across some part of the blog that’s not working correctly, please let me know. I’ll (try to) fix it.

UPDATE 26 Feb 4:00 PM:
The multiply talented and ever-helpful Tyler sent me the incantation bowl spell that will forward the folks using my old feed to the new one. Nifty! So, I hope you can all see this, or I’ll have to break another bowl….

Disappearing post!

I just noticed that a post of mine which I put up last night has disappeared. How odd. How unacceptable. The html file for that page is still where it should be, but it’s not showing up in the archive, on the feed, or in the list of editable posts on blogger. Has anyone had that happen before?

I’ll probably just repost it, but I don’t want it to happen again.

New email address

I’ve changed my email address in order to get away from all the spam I was getting on that one. The new one is kevin <at> bombaxo <dot> com. I’ve changed the reminder in the right column, as well.

If some little mini-hippy wannabe environmentalist comes begging at the door for money and asks you to contribute or at least sign up for an email list, do one of the following: 1.) pay him money and don’t give him your email, or 2.) slam the door in his face.

Pardon me while I geek out for a bit.

There is one sure way to remain spam-free, according to a recent study (which of course I can’t find now!) by someone here at Berkeley. The trick is to have at least two email accounts and the ability to enable/disable them. When the spam comes often to your address A, switch temporarily to address B for a period of six months for best results. When the spammers have their mails bouncing back to them, they’ll start taking your email address A off of their lists, so the longer you’re using address B, the better. After a time, you can switch back to using address A, and then disable address B, which will probably have begun receiving spam by that point, unfortunately. This way, you’ll never end up in a position of having most of your mail traffic on any given email address consisting of spam. And as long as you have other ways of notifying people of your address (like posting it on your blog or website), then you won’t really need to worry about losing touch with anyone.

Another trick that I realized was necessary to counteract the ability of some fairly common software to do “screen scraping.” You’ll have noticed on this blog and others that there’s a verification feature with a kind of all twisty word you have to type before leaving a comment. This is to avoid a screen-scraping robot from spamming you with comment mail. So, what I’ve done on my contact page on my website is designed to also defeat a screen-scraper, using a colored gif image of the address instead of straight text. The variety of colors and tones will make the text which comprises my email address appear to be a graphic of some sort to the screen-scraper, not text. It won’t be able to read it as text. I formerly had a plain black-text-on-white-background image there, but that might not have been enough, as I’ve heard that such is now ineffective. Anyhow, that’s the theory. We’ll see if it works. In the meantime, it’s just groovy anyway! Far out!

Probably the best thing to keep in mind to avoid spam is to never give your email address to anyone who doesn’t have a need for it: bands you see while out drinking who have a mailing list, the bars you were drinking at who have a mailing list, acquaintances you make at those bars, email petitions, your congressman or senator (because their staff may be evil!), mini-hippy wannabe environmentalists at your door, and anything else with a high “sketch factor” as I call it. You’ll find you never get any email from them, but you sure are suddenly getting a whole lot more spam after you gave your email address to them.

So, this, my anti-spam experiment begins now with a change of address. I’ll let everyone know how it goes.

2005 biblicalia subject index

I’ve created a subject index for all the 2005 biblicalia blog postings. I’ll be keeping a subject index and regularly updating it throughout the year, probably just at the end of every month.

It would be nice if blogger enabled some kind of automatic indexing system, or categories or something. Additionally, it would’ve been nice if I’d noticed that it didn’t have such a feature and shopped around a bit more before picking it as my blog engine.

Live and learn.

New biblicalia email list

To shamelessly extend my brand and further advance my plans for world domination:

Designed to work in rather free interaction with this biblicalia blog, I have finally, belatedly, created the biblicalia email list, which you may join here. To join this moderated email list, you’ll need to set up a Yahoo! account here, if you don’t have one already. (It may take a day or two for me to work out the kinks, so please bear with me initially.)

If you’re enjoying this blog’s presentation of materials, please consider this my personal invitation to you to join the email list. I don’t intend to double-post (i.e., post my blog entries to the list and vice versa) but would like the email list to provide a more comfortable and less awkward format for commenting on posts at biblicalia and at other blogs. It is especially, however, intended for folks to bring up and discuss new issues and topics perhaps not touched on by any blogs.

The biblicalia list answers a certain need. One of the most immediate and apparent benefits of this email list is that it is also intended as somewhat of a port of safe haven for those who some call, perhaps for lack of a better term, maximalists, a term which has become somewhat of a dirty word in some circles and on some mailing lists. The focus of the biblicalia list is intended to be academic, with a distinct and explicit favor for the maximalist positions, as we believe these to be better representative of reality than the minimalist positions. However, faith-based and traditional input will decidedly not be derided. All are welcome. If people are interested in learning more about various subjects related to the Bible, no matter how well-schooled they may be, or even if they’re not academically trained at all, then this will be a good place for all of us to discuss things and learn more together.

Hopefully the biblicalia list will be fun, helpful, illuminating, and instructive for everyone all around.

Comments

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