Spam Comment of the Week: July 16 2014

Although I’ve been away from the blog for a few months, the spam comments have not subsided. Below are recent spam comments sitting in my pending queue for approval.

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Let me take a moment to discuss each comment.

1. Good post. I’m facing some of these issues as well…

The spam comment above was in response to my blog post How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding. I’m intrigued that someone may have faced some of the issues outlined in that particular blog post.

2. certainly like your web site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to inform the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come back again.

I find it bothersome to follow sentences without capitalization and lack of proper punctuation. Zing! Take that Mr. car quote insurances.

3. I’m not typing out the whole quote on this one. I just wanted to point out one piece of the comment.

You managed to hit the nail upon the top…

Love it. This had to be a translation because most of us know this phrase as “hit the nail on the head.”

That’s all for this week. Tune in next time for Fun with Spammers!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

My entry for this week’s theme of fleeting is an out of focus shot of a hallway at work I took back in January.

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To me this signifies fleeting for several reasons.

  • I took this when the sun was setting, which is why there is a blue tint coming through the windows.  The short days of winter always remind me how fleeting time can be.
  • The out of focus nature of the photo gives a sense of movement, such as if one were traveling – perhaps quickly – down this hallway. Add in the abandoned cart and there is a sense of urgency, as though someone vacated the hallway in a hurry.
  • This particular hallway sees its share of fleeting moments all day everyday. At any given moment in the daylight, you would most likely catch at least one person pacing or standing stationary by the window while conducting personal calls on their cell phones. Collectively we all know that it isn’t a completely private spot, yet it gives us the illusion of privacy. Just beyond the lime colored entry way is the entrance to the restrooms and the lunch room on the other end where I’m standing and taking this shot.  Therefore, it is a well traveled pathway yet somehow it feels peaceful and private to stop and chat with loved ones for a few moments or arrange personal business.

Spam Comment of the Week: June 10

Apparently my blog inspires people to goof off at work.

Greetings from Ohio

Greetings from Ohio!  I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break.  I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.  I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone…I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G…Anyways, superb blog!

Well hey there whoever you are!  Thanks for checking out the blog on your iPhone. I get bored at work sometimes as well, but instead of browsing the web on a mobile device I just take a walk.   Do continue to increase page views on my blog when you get home.

Ciao,

Nicole

NMNPHX – Solving the problems of spammers since 2012. 

Photo Friday: From A Different Perspective REVEALED

Thanks to bloggers ideflex, Ingrid and A Regular Cup of Joe for playing along.  To recap, I posted the picture below and asked for guesses as to what the main object in the photo was. I know these aren’t the best photos I could have taken of the area, but I was breaking in my digital camera I received as a Christmas gift and am still learning how to use the thing.

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It didn’t take long for these astute bloggers to figure out this was a light rail car. Below is the picture, oriented the way one would see the object normally.

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I snapped this light rail train passing in front of Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Admittedly, I probably went too heavy on the zoom feature.  However, I never really took notice of the bike symbol on the side of the light rail car until I reviewed some of these photos.

Below is a close up of the entrance to Chase Field seconds before the light rail car passed by.

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Here is the start of the light rail train.

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Photo Friday: From A Different Perspective

I finally got around to uploading some recent photos I took around the downtown area.  When I came across this shot, I started to adjust it.  Before I could edit the photo, I took another look at it and really liked observing the scene from another perspective.

I know what this is, but without me describing the photo any further, can you guess what the main object in the photo?  I’ll reveal in a few days, but I’d love to receive some guesses in the meantime.

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Spam Comment of the Week: May 20

I’ve been hanging on to this gem for a few months. It is a lengthy comment that made it past the spam queue and into my comment moderation queue. Sneaky spammers!  Normally I will type out the message of the spam comment, but this one was so long I just did not have the desire to retype the message. Click on the image below and you will be able to read the contents of the comment.

Where do I even begin with this one? Anita Jolly – it almost sounds like a name Bart Simpson would use to call and prank Moe the Bartender.

Midway through this mess of a drama, Anita Jolly switches to Laura Johnson, who has some other mess of problems. Both stories are advertising some “love spell” from a charlatan by the name of Dr. Ozanga.

February Spotlight Awards

Happy New Year!  I never did get around to posting a January Spotlight award, so I’ve just decided to skip ahead and start fresh with February.

For those of you new to the party, I spotlight 3-5 blogs at the beginning of each month that I think are deserving of some recognition.  I’ve created a page on my blog that contains the award logo and purpose of the award.  Check it out, especially if you’ve been spotlighted.

Below are the guidelines about the award.

1.  If I pass on the Spotlight Award to you, congratulations!  It means I thought your blog was awesome enough to mention on my blog complete with a short description to my readers about why your blog is awesome.

2. Unlike other blog awards floating around the internet, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO ACCEPT THE AWARD.

3. If you want to paste the logo on your blog and let your readers know you’ve been spotlighted, that’s cool. If you think my award is bunk and you don’t want to mention it to anyone, well that is your choice.  But just know that you have been recognized and you don’t need to do anything else besides bask in the glory of your victory.

Before I head into a new list of awards, don’t forget to visit the blogs of December’s winners:

1. Live Laugh RV

2. A Small Press Life

3. Beyond Print

Without further ado, here are my picks for February 2013:

1. Across the Bored

Tagline: Presumptions and postulations with a twist

Blog Summary: Blogger Ideflex provides almost daily posts which range from amazing photos to contemplation on specific topics.  Forget the Daily Post challenges – Across the Bored finds the more interesting writing and photo challenges that bloggers come up with and participates in these challenges. Across the Bored features a weekly “this year in history” post every Thursday which summarizes the highlights and low-lights of selected years, starting with 1960 and moving in chronological order with each subsequent post.

Excerpt: While 1962 continued the trend in global politics towards civil war, skirmishes and upheaval, it also marked a time where vassal nations were achieving their independence. America felt the world getting just a little bit smaller with the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis yet still managed to look to the stars with their nascent space programme and the launch of the first commercial communications satellite able to transmit a Trans-Atlantic television signal.  

Youth were also starting to expand their horizons with Andy Warhol exhibiting the now infamous Campbell’s Soup Can, 007 getting a hit film with Dr. No and the Beatles recording Love Me Do –  3 convicts figured they could ride the tide of firsts and successfully escaped from Alcatraz.  Many of the ideas and trends put forward in that year have become embedded in our reservoir of cultural consciousness – 50 years later, Booker T. & the M.G.’s crossover hit single shows us exactly how relevant they still are…

One more thing: Tuesdays are reserved for an original Across the Bored challenge – Two Cents Tuesday.  This challenge gives bloggers a chance to interpret a topic however they wish and share it on their blog.

2. Jillian Levi

Tagline: Hello Greece! You ready for adventures?

Blog Summary: The tagline describes Jillian’s year teaching in Greece.  She shares some of those experiences on her blog, but continues to forge new adventures for herself now that she is back home in the U.S. Jillian’s posts on life are always packed with humor and authenticity.

Excerpt: 

Driving a stick, Day 2
My dad drove us out to a little town nearby. (And when I say ‘little’ I mean population 1,000.)

Lots of back roads, no people. The perfect place to practice.

Needless to say as I got behind the wheel I was petrified.

“There might actually be someone else on the road! What do I do if someone else is driving on the road too?!”

My dad just patiently looked at me.

Oh right. I know how to drive, just not the mechanics of the stick shift yet…

I pushed in the clutch, and started the car.

And everything about day 2 went better!

One more thing: Jillian proudly features a Not Featured on Freshly Pressed badge, but with her wit and humor, I would not be surprised if she has to remove that badge one day.

3. Darla Writes

Tagline: A Blog for New Writers

Blog Summary: Blogger Darla McDavid put together Darla Writes to grow as a writer as well as provide guidance and resources for writers.  In Darla’s own words, her posts can be categorized as follows:

  • to inspire writers to follow their dreams of being published
  • to present resources that will help them write better
  • to explain technology that can promote their work

Excerpt: 

The weather today was perfect for gardening. Warm rays through patchy fog offered a setting of beauty and a good temperature for sprucing up my neglected vegetable patch.

Especially at noon: Straight-up sunshine over a soggy lawn.

I went outside to the garden that kept me in tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and peppers throughout the summer. I turned to other things once fall arrived. And so I came upon a sad sight of yellows and browns that had once been spring green. Two of the three tomato plants survived, but a family of crabgrass moved up and in through the newspaper layer of the raised bed.

The soil was moist, so it was an easy win as I wrestled with the weeds. Except for one rogue clump. It refused me. I yanked and dug through most of the bed, but the weed was strong.

I scratched through the dirt and touched the worms.

I disturbed ant homes and admired their scurry.

I stepped in spoiled fruit and fresh cat litter.

I noticed the rose and remembered the thorns.

And when I found the root, I worked at it until a tug ended the war.

After, I sat in the soil and thought about how those few minutes in the garden characterized this past year.

It took a while, but I managed to make room in my life — and my soul — for my writing desires. There was a lot to dig up, put aside, rearrange, sacrifice, before I could move along. And entwined through it all was that stubborn weed called Fear.

I pulled it up and out. And tossed it away.

One More Thing: Livehacked.com included Darla Writes on the list of 100 Best Blogs for the Modern Writer.