Besting the beastie

March 31, 2009 by barbara

barbara grumbles

Okey dokey. Spam. Spammer. Spammest. The gift that keeps on giving. I've spent a fair amount of time in the past week or two clearing spam out of comments at the Clothesline.

First, our technical guru tried the math problem thingie. No go. Now we're back to Captcha, illustrated above. Those of you who've been with us from the get-go (and I dunno about you, but I was amazed to note that we've been at this for more than three years!) may remember seeing it here. Totally inconvenient for the pure in heart, but it is what it is.

So today, please leave a comment. Tell us what you're thinking about, worrying about, celebrating. We're so out of touch, we've no idea how all y'all are. Today's the day! We be kickin' beastie butt. Booyah!

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barbara | March 31, 2009 - 1:38pm

Okay. I'll go first. It's a gruesomely gray day in my home town. Which beats the big dump o'snow the northern part of the Twin Cities and beyond are experiencing.

I used to spend a lot of time in Fargo because I had family living there in the day. Hoping they get past this mess with minimum damage.

Oh. Remember that the Captcha dealie below is case sensitive. Well. So am I!


barbara | March 31, 2009 - 1:39pm

It only took three tries, but I have conquered Captcha. Or not. Here goes again.


cbl (not verified) | March 31, 2009 - 3:38pm

Barbara -

thought of you when I saw this Kos diary

The Most Important Financial Crisis Article You Haven't Read -

it is written by thereisnospoon, a scary smart blogger

It contains links to the Taibbi/Rolling Stone article and the Simon Johnson piece - (firedog econ geeks love them some Simon Johnson!)

There is also a link to Jerome A' Paris' diary of a week or so ago.

It will take me some time to digest the diary And all it's links X~o, but am gonna try.

In addition, here is a piece written in July 08 - Ian Welsh strongly endorsed we all read it.

I know you are looking more for a 'For Dummies' format and to date I haven't really seen a good one. . .

However, I am including a decent Wiki link because it functions as a glossary for many of the terms now being thrown about ( Black Swan - wtf ?!?!?)

now let's see if I can get through captcha.

Cheers Darlin' !



barbara says (not verified) | March 31, 2009 - 8:17pm

(((cbl))) How nice to have you here. And thanks and thanks and thanks for the links. I'm going to run off every one of them and see if there's any chance whatsoever that I can make myself smart about this economy brouhaha.

Somewhere in the course of my long life, I learned (or maybe intuited) that the things that scare me the most are the things I don't understand and the things about which I can do nothing.

I reckon I will not be the solution to the global economic meltdown, but at least I can kinda/sorta understand what the hell is going on, eh?

You da bomb! Thanks again.


b (not verified) | March 31, 2009 - 10:23pm

Well, it's not beyond me to leave a comment.
Wish the spammers would leave such sites alone. There's enough to do in life, so leave those of us alone that want to be left alone.
Hope all is well!


barbara says (not verified) | April 1, 2009 - 8:50am

It's a bizarre pastime, isn't it -- the spamming thing? Well, maybe not pastime. Most of 'em are peddling products and it seems to me most of the products are, er, on the far fringe vs. Faith Popcorn trend setters.

Spammers, hackers. There must be something about beating the technology system that's addictive. I, on the other hand, am struggling to keep up with technology, never mind whacking it.

Doin' okay. Thanks for checking in.