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Search engine terms

Friday, March 8th, 2013


You, Sir, are a weirdo!

Every now and then I take a look at the stats for Yet Another Dance Addict. Among the data collected are the search engine terms that brought people to the site. “No underwear milonga” is not the most bizarre but it’s up there. I assume it was a guy doing the searching but maybe not. Anyway, whoever you were hunched over your laptop in Richmond, Virginia (yes, location is in the data too), I hope you enjoyed the page you ended up with.

I’m not sure which is more worrying; people searching for odd stuff, or Google thinking they can find it here.

Normal service resumed

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Apologies if you came by in the last few days and got a hacked or empty/unavailable page here.

Some horrible little toe-rag hacked my blog. I think I’ve straightened it out now. A curse on the toe-rag: I hope his bollocks swell to the size of melons causing excruciating pain, his eyes pop out of his head and burst, all his fingers drop off and his tongue swells up and chokes him. As a bonus I’d like to be there just before he dies and smack him about a bit with a baseball bat to cause additional pain.

Yes, I feel better for that.

Google update

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A week after they disabled my gmail account and deleted my blog, I got an email from Google at my main email account. Apparently there was a ticket/reference number for the incident, although they never felt the need for me to know that. Their message said

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. The issue you described should now be resolved.

and included a link to the password reset page. And this time it actually worked. When I logged in there was a message saying they had detected suspicious activity on the account and a distinctly spam looking bounced message in my inbox. So I guess my account was hacked. My blog had re-appeared too.

Too late! It already has a new home here. It’s nice to have Google reader back since I didn’t find an alternative I liked in the week I was cast out of the Google cloud. And it’s nice to have my maps back. I think Blogger is an easy platform to use for people who just want to blog about stuff. But I’m not going back. I trust them even less now than I did before events like these

You knew about those, right?

I spent some time at the weekend fiddling with the new blog page layout. I’ve got most of the things working I liked about the old blog. You can subscribe using RSS, or by email (which still uses Feedburner until I find an alternative), there’s a collapsing archives list, stats, and a Flickr widget. The blogroll is static only right now. I found a plugin which generated a dynamic blogroll but it recreated it on the fly every time the page was refreshed. That made it very slow – about 15 seconds which is way too long. And I got bored fighting the CSS to get the colours and font sizes I wanted and gave up.

One day I may revisit the dynamic blogroll and colours but for now things are good enough.

The old site is still there but won’t be getting any more updates and is closed for comments.