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10May/100

The Silence Is Deafening

I know my update schedule has become erratic, and I haven't been posting on a regular basis, as I would like.

Some upheaval and turmoil at my job has led much of my free time to be consumed by job search related activity, updating my resume and the like, and I haven't been able to devote much time to the blog in recent weeks.

Rest assured that once things settle down a little, I plan to remedy this situation, and I do have a number of half-finished posts ready to go, as soon as I have the time to polish them up to standards.

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23Mar/100

Spam In My Soups

It's depressing how efficient spambots are. Even though this blog is nowhere near popular, they are exceptionally good at clogging the tubes with literally dozens of garbage comments a day, especially on the posts that show up fairly high under specific Google searches.

I wonder if anyone else here has a WordPress blog and has found good solutions for this problem? I have looked at several possible plugins, but I'm a little reticent to put one into use without knowing the pros and cons or different solutions. I suppose the simplest solution would be some sort of captcha test on comments, but I'm not crazy about adding a layer of extra work for anyone wanting to post a comment, ideally I'd like something effective but non-intrusive.

Is that a fantasy? Does anyone know a good plugin that they could recommend?

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16Mar/100

Regularly Scheduled Programming

As you may have noticed, there was no new post last night, I just didn’t have anything compelling to talk about yesterday, and decided not to force the issue. I have a number of half-formed post ideas in mind, but none of them are at a point where I think they are worth writing yet.

Part of the problem, I think, is an overabundance of games this month! I don’t want to have every post just be a mini-review of a new game, a trend I’ve fallen into in recent weeks, but with so many new games that I am trying out, it’s hard not to focus on that.

Just in the past two weeks, I picked up and played Heavy Rain, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Final Fantasy XIII. Now, this week, the first proper expansion to Dragon Age is out, and next week Just Cause 2 will make a splash.

I don’t really want to write about each of these unless there’s something compelling to say, and I have at least one other project in the works that takes much of my focus these days; so I will try to have a proper post Thursday, and to continue my usual update schedule, but bear with me if I’m a bit overwhelmed this month to keep to it!

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15Feb/100

An Update Mandate

I have come to realize that I need more structure in my life, specifically as far as this blog and other projects are concerned. In the interest of keeping this blog going, so that it does not fall by the wayside like it so easily could, I've decided that I'm going enforce an update mandate upon myself.

From this point on, I'm going to attempt to have a new post ready at least twice a week, tentatively every Monday and Thursday.

The days may change once in a while, and I certainly reserve the right to write more than two posts in any given week, but I will strive to keep up at least this minimum for the foreseeable future.

With that said, expect another post this Thursday, probably covering the changes I would make to Mass Effect 2 to make it a bit more RPGish.

I'm going to try to be my best, wish me luck!

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