Archive for date: December 21, 2004

The Border Brass do Christmas Carols

December 21, 2004 | Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

Imagine Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass playing Christmas Carols. They might sound like this. Try especially

Sandbag shelter wins architecture prize

December 21, 2004 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I must admit to a certain fascination with low-tech housing solutions, so it was interesting to read this article on Boing Boing and the associated links. Architects Nader Khalili and Iliona Outram won the Aga Khan award for their method of using sandbags and barbwire to construct buildings based upon circular courses which are corbelled […]

How bad is referer spam?

December 21, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Blogging, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

While exploring the depth of my ridiculous referer spam issue, I ran the following simple query: mysql> select count(*) as cnt , baseDomain from referer_visitlog where to_days(now()) – to_days(visitTime) = 0 group by baseDomain order by cnt desc limit 10 ; +—–+————————–+ | cnt | baseDomain | +—–+————————–+ | 682 | | | 682 […]

Fighting Referer Spam

December 21, 2004 | Blogging, General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

In the last couple of days, I’ve been targetted by referer spam bots. These dorks access pages on a weblog repeatedly in an attempt to get their referer tag listed on your home page. I’ve been trying to figure out how to combat this behavior, and can see two different ways of dealing with it: […]

Slashdot | Following up on Torrent Shutdowns

December 21, 2004 | Intellectual Property, Peer To Peer | By: Mark VandeWettering

Slashdot has some followup on the weekend’s BitTorrent shutdowns. Apparently there were some arrests over the weekend, and many threats of arrest. Haven’t had time to go over them in any detail (off to Christmas shop) but check ’em out.