Archive for May, 2008

Akismet spam filtering is brilliant (testing scheduled posting)

May 31, 2008 4:45 pm

To date I’ve had about 8500 spam comments on this blog. Installing Akismet from the first day was a really good move in hindsight. I can only hope that one day I get as many real comments as spam comments. That’ll be the day!

Anyway, this is really just a post to test whether my hosting company has the right stuff in place to allow scheduled posting, so I can queue up posts and have them show up when I mean to (and not a minute sooner). Sorry to bore you with this one. Move along, nothing to see here, move along.

Maker Faire drowning in success

May 3, 2008 4:07 pm

I’m happy that Maker Faire in San Mateo is having great success, judging from today’s experience. Our family attempted to go today to take part in the clothing swap, mostly. But when we got there, all the parking lots were overflowing/closed and they had people walking around with bullhorns asking cars to turn around and park elsewhere.

It would have been nice if they had updated the website with this information. That could have saved us burning all that gas, just to turn around and go back home.

If you’re going, my guess is you should arrive right when the doors open in order to get a spot.

Or even better: take public transportation.

One side benefit for the local economy from this somewhat “wasted” trip: we spent some money at a local German butcher on the way home. Mmm. Delicious German sausages!