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Feed me, Seymour!

Well, the new comment enhancement plugin breaks the RSS feed. I’m going to look into the problem and I’ll probably be turning the plugin on and off while I do so. I’m not aware that anyone actually uses the feeds, but I’d like them to work regardless.

EDIT: And just like that, it’s fixed. The problem? Two extra carriage returns at the end of the comment quicktags file that were creating a blank line at the beginning of the RSS feeds. That’s a Bad Thing.

While I was putzing around, I changed the location of the feeds. The main feed is now at and the comment feed is at

So get yourself a feed reader (the one built into Mozilla Thunderbird will work, for starters) and subscribe!

Comment Approval

If you’ve noticed that your comments don’t show up right away after you post them, it’s most likely because they’re waiting for me to approve them. Automatic approval is linked to the e-mail address you enter on the comment form (which won’t be displayed anywhere on the site). If I’ve approved a comment with that e-mail address, all future comments from the same address will be auto-approved.

As I mentioned, the e-mail address will never be displayed on the site (to anyone but me), but it will be stored in the mySQL database. If the database or my WordPress account is ever hacked, your e-mail address will be visible to the hacker.

That said, I don’t care if you use a real e-mail address when you post here, so if you want to use a bogus one for commenting in my silly blog, go right ahead. Entering an e-mail address is beneficial in two ways: First, instant gratification for you. All future comments will be auto-approved. Second, less work for me. I get a dozen or so spam comments held for approval every day, and I’d hate to miss a valid comment when I’m running through and deleting ads for bondage gear or on-line poker.

Actually, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a captcha plugin (worst acronym ever) that would allow on-the-fly approval by requiring commentors to enter an alphanumeric string displayed as a graphic. That would probably make the whole e-mail business moot. What do you think?

Enhanced commenting.

I installed a WordPress plugin last night that adds several buttons to the comment form, allowing commentors to automatically drop in the appropriate HTML for bold, italics, blockquotes, etc.

Simply select the text you wish to modify and click the appropriate quicktag button. HTML tags will be added before and after the selected text.

If you click a quicktag without first selecting text, the opening tag will be inserted at the cursor. Simply add your text, then click the quicktag again to close the tag.

Happy commenting!


I’m not sure what the problem is, but the availability of over the past couple of days has been a bit flaky. I don’t remember my midPhase customer service credentials off the top of my head, so I can’t log a service ticket from work, but I’ll create one when I get home tonight. I can’t complain too much about midPhase as they are incredibly inexpensive, but it would be nice to get some notice when they’re going to be messing with the server on which resides.

Trading Spaces

Due to Laura and I switching offices, I’ve got some technical hurdles to overcome regarding Intarweb access. Our ability to check e-mail, forums, update blogs, etc. from home is likely to be a little on the spotty side over the next few days.

The photograph reflects…

I’ve added a few vacation pictures to the photo gallery. I’ve also updated the “Fotografix” link on this page to go directly to my galleries, as opposed to the main gallery page. Hopefully, this should make it a little easier for some people (*cough*Dad*cough*) to navigate.

The thing about being the photographer is that you rarely appear in the pictures.


If things have been flaky here for the past couple of days, it’s because I moved to a new hosting provider. The transition wasn’t exactly silky smooth, and then this morning the new web host moved from one of their servers to another. Things are slowly returning to normality now, and if all goes well over the next day or two there shouldn’t be any more major issues.

Coming soon: A real photo gallery. I promise.


I’ve upgraded from WordPress 1.2.2 to 1.5. There really shouldn’t be any visible differences on the site, but if anything seems out of the ordinary, please let me know.

Also, a couple of sites have been trying to spam my blog, so I’ve installed a spam-prevention plugin and activated some of WordPress’ anti-spam features. Comments are being automatically (and, in some cases, manually) moderated. If your comment doesn’t appear, e-mail me and I’ll look into it.