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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 910 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Theme Twenty Ten Dropped

The Twenty Ten theme looked very attractive (see pic, below), however the side-bars only contained Search, Archives and Meta.

All the Pages, Categories, BlogRoll and Links had vanished!

We will try Garland instead.

Akismet meaning

See the meaning of Akismet at


Akismet is derived from “Automattic Kismet”. The first word is the company that Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress started.

Kismet is a Turkish word that meant “fate”, “fortune” and “destiny”. It is a direct derivative from Arabic قسمة (Qismah, or Qismat) which literally means “share”. The same word is used in Urdu, Hindi, Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian.

In Islamic theology, everything is preordained. This concept was however taken to its fatalistic ends in recent centuries, making it an excuse for not acting on anything for some.

The word play here is that each comment get a kismet depending on its content.

Akismet learns about spam slowly

Apparently the WordPress anti-spam filter (Akismet*) works via heuristics.  That is, it learns by being told over many submitted comments which ones are in fact spam and which are not.

Much like email checkers.  But, but, but…

Surely there are some ground rules (apart from the weak “≤ 2 hyper-links per comment” rule) which will recognise rudimentary spam ?  Apparently not.

In a Google search on the subject the advice is if you, gentle reader, fail to see your pearls of wisdom either straight away or at least “soon”, there should be an email address displayed somewhere on the Blog so that you can inform the Admin.

What do you think ?

* Does Akismet mean Fate ?  As in the hands of the gods ?

Comments not showing up

Here’s an interesting comment from virgomonkey from over a year ago at

And comment submission is still broken 😦

May 26, 2008, 12:07 AM  Ok. I figured out the problem. These comments that aren’t going through are because they are being routed into the spam filters of those blogs we comment on. This is a recent issue. People are having problems commenting on my blog as well. I have to keep fetching them from my spam filter. They are innocuous comments. And it’s odd that the spam engine is calling these comments “spam” even though these comments don’t have any links or abusive text of any kind.I will forward this on to the support team in hopes that this issue will be resolved soon.

Regular comments tagged as spam

Here is a comment I submitted (as Bob) in response to an article:

One Response to “New great avatar”
Bob Says:
July 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm | Reply edit

Very nice looking young fellow.

Seems to be very familiar. Has he made guest appearances on Deutsche Welle TV ?

It was tagged as spam although it is patently innocuous.  Not a single Hyper-Link and no hint of any need for Admin Vetting.  And especially as the first comment from Bob was OK’ed.  Subsequent comments should be accepted.

Can anyone with WordPress experience explain this feature 🙂 ?

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I like the kitchen sink!

Heading 1

is red better ?


Custom characters – only 8bit ASCII, not  √ ∞ , but you can paste from word,  so maybe that will import more fonts.

The A only gives colours or colors, as the spell checker does not like the former.

ไทย ไก่ in Thai copy/paste from OO appears OK here, we’ll see how it appears later. Character encoding is copied. not the font.

Hover over the p in Path: p and the bottom line shows javascript:;  Clicking on the p highlights the current line (or paragraph) to save you swiping it. And when your paragraph is Heading 1 the p changes to h1.


Plaice knot yore trussed inn spilling chequers.

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