As a result of this rather huge burst of traffic, I had to turn off the thingy that puts little user pictures in the comments. Smoke was coming out of Dreamhost's server. Hopefully I can turn it back on at some point, but it's clear to me now that it is rather inefficiently written, so I may have to think about other options. I miss seeing all your smiling faces.
Speaking of comments on old posts: I recently switched out the really crappy CAPTCHA spam protection thingy I was using for the much better reCAPTCHA system. I did this for two reasons: 1) half the time that I tried to use the old one it wouldn't work, and 2) reCAPTCHA is very, very cool. Those words it asks you to type in? Those are robot-scanned from actual books, but are words that the robot was unable to to read on its own. Since those words need to be read by humans, and because I need to make sure you're a human before you post comments (after a week or so, anyway) reCAPTCHA combines those two problems into one neat solution. When you have to type in the words it asks, you're actually helping to digitize books in addition to proving to my blog software that you're not shilling penis enlargement pills and barnyard pornography. It's win/win, really. So next time you find yourself typing in those words in that little red box (on posts older than a week old), you should feel at least partially as happy that you're helping robots read books as you are annoyed at having to type them. Bookless robots thank you.
The author lives in Vancouver, Washington, USA with his girlfriend and a menagerie of cats, rats, fish, birds, guinea pigs and robots.
Among other inanities, he strives to use investigative techniques to work young starlet breasts into every aspect of rational discourse -- focusing on the discourse, thus making it not perverted. Also, has recently begun a career as "Internet hairstylist."
He can be contacted via email and Jabber IM at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. He likes to be contacted.
(All press inquiries, however, ought be directed towards the author's agent, Alistair Hoel, via email to email@example.com.)