Saturday, August 21, 2010

Finally, Comment Freedom

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Blogger has finally introduced some spam filtering in the comments section of blogs.  I can now turn off the comment moderation on my blogs, with reasonable faith that those damn spammers won’t splatter their link filled erroneous comments on my sites.  It was a source of some bitterness that I had to start moderating my comments. 

I got so tired of seeing those comments with the links to questionable dating sites in the orient popping up on my blog.   The worst part was they never seemed to learn, I would remove them, and boom they were right back the next day.   I can’t tell you how frustrating it was that it became more of a chore to monitor the comments, than it was to keep the blogs going. 

After Blogger started the new filtering system, I waited for a little while to see how well it did.  I’m pretty impressed so far, it has caught all but one, trapping nearly 50 spam comments in the filtering system.  So from now on those two blogs, Chihuatude and Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy, will no longer have moderated comments.

Now if Blogger can just come up with a reply to individual comments like so many other systems available, I’ll be a happy camper.  That’s why I liked Echo so much, but then I started getting duplicated comments on some of my blogs.  It became a annoying to have an inbox full of comments from months back, almost two months worth every day.   So I decided to remove that system, and stick with Bloggers, hoping that eventually they would catch up with everyone else.

Quote of the Day:
If you’re looking for friends when you need them…it’s too late.
--Mark Twain

Friday, August 20, 2010

Morning Dawns, Bright and Promising

A sunrise in the Texas hill country (Ingram, T...

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The morning dawns so slow and purposeful.  Why is it that I must wake in the same manner? Giggle, smirk, laugh out loud. I’m simply not a very good morning person.  I suppose that comes from the many years of working a night shift.  The residual effects, still blatantly visible even after a decade plus. 

Not that it mattered much today, the only job I had was a simple and very fast repair.  So it leaves me with time on my hands, to do things I enjoy.  I figured I would start moving forward with the posts for all my blogs.  See if I can cure my laziness of the previous few months.  It’s all in the focus of the mind right? 

I’ll be having some fun with Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy, and then focus hard on getting some of my recent Mountain Dreams transcribed to a blog post or two.   Then we’ll work a few Chihuatude stories up, I’m sure with nine of those little critters running around I can come up with something fun to write.  Footprints In Time is a constant source of inspiration, or more correctly my search for family history is.  I will have no lack of material there for quite some time. 

All things considered, the prospects of creativity are looking very bright indeed.  Lets hope the below quote speaks not for my own frame of mind, LOL.

Quote of the Day:
The easiest person to deceive is one’s own self.
--Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Waterfall Fun

Edwards Gardens Water Falls

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I had an interesting day today.  I visited a future job site, where I will be making a water fall!  Yes, you read that correctly, a waterfall.  This home owner has a stock pond on his property, fairly large one.  He had six semi truck loads of boulders brought in, and stacked them carefully with a very large excavator.  They stand close to 30 feet tall when finished.  He wants me to create a waterfall off those boulders, using water from the stock tank.

This is going to be  a new one for me.  I’m going to have to get a series of pumps, and pipe the water around behind the boulders, and up.  Then set them up so the water cascades over and down the stack of boulders, looking something like the picture above.  All the pipes will have to be hidden from view, and the effect has to appear natural.  So needless to say, this will be a challenge.

Quote of the Day:
God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
--Publilius Syrus

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cool Front Came Through, Ha!

A frozen waterfall on the Wappinger Creek, Dut...

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Well, we actually had a cool front come through today.  The weather man has been saying all week how it was going to be this day or that day.  It finally arrived today.  We may have only hit 100 degrees today, instead of 105, 106, 107, or 108.  Some cool front huh!

I can’t tell you how much I wish it would really cool off.  My poor old Colorado bloodlines, just don’t agree with this Texas Heat.  Not to mention the electric bill because the need for constant air conditioning.  OUCH!  Come on winter, I’m waiting for ya!

Quote of the Day:
To cease smoking is the easiest thing. I ought to know. I've done it a thousand times.
--Mark Twain

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

To Post or Not To Post.

Sunset may 2006 panorama

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I will be getting a little more active with posting on my blogs.  I have recently discovered that Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy has been losing Technorati authority.  I guess I should have expected that, what with me not posting anything there for some time.  I’ll also be posting a little more frequently here. 

The ones I really need to work on are Chihuatude and Mountain Dreamer.  Sad to say, but there has not been a post on them in a coons age.   I’ll work on that, and see what I can do, but Footprints In Time is going to be taking the majority of my attention.

I started an Amazon E-Store for Footprints In Time.  You can get all kinds of genealogy related things there.  If you get a chance, check it out and see what’s available.  

If nothing else, this family history research has sparked another spurt of energy toward blogging.

Quote of the Day:
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
--Albert Szent–Gyorgyi de Nagyraolt

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Went And Did It, Started Yet Another Blog!

Ahnentafel von Herzog Ludwig (1568-1593) Holzs...

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Many of you already know, but I went ahead and started a new blog for genealogy and family  history research.  I call it Footprints In Time, because I feel like I’m trailing my ancestors through time.  I hope it will become a resource for people who, like me, are just starting out in this fascinating journey of genealogical research.

I have already made a number of posts, trying to get the blog fairly active.  I’m adding link pages for genealogy blogs, research tools and resources.  The more I get involved with it, the more fascinated I become.  I’m learning new things every day, and sharing what I learn.  I’ll also be doing a genealogy blog round-up, similar to what I used to do on Ruminations of a Small Town Mountain Boy.  It will be a regular series, every Wednesday, just like the Monday’s Writers of The Web

I’ve also created a Facebook page for Footprints In Time, and have started getting a few fans.  I have to admit though most of them are family right now.  Be sure to check it out and click on the like button to become a fan, I can use all the fans I can get.

I may even write a book for beginning or weekend genealogists.  Actually I’ve already started it.  It’s in PDF format so it can be downloaded easily.  I have the preface, introduction, and first chapter done already.  After I get a few the genealogy blog round-ups compiled, I’ll do another book, as a collection of resource, search engine, and blog links, kind of a companion set.

Quote of the Day:
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
--Robert Louis Stevenson


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