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Metapost: I hate spam

I don’t know if the spammers are getting smarter of if the new version of WordPress is more vulnerable to spamming, but more and more comment spam is getting through my filters. I have thus been forced to take the irritating step of forcing you to enter a security code before you can post a comment. Not sure if this will cut down on spam or not; I’ll keep it in place if it does. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: OK, that didn’t really help matters, and I think I’ve found something else that does, so I turned it off. Go about your business.

34 responses to “Metapost: I hate spam”

  1. jamison
    September 27th, 2005 at 9:39 am [Reply]

    first! ( i think.)

    oh, it’s numbers instead of squiggly letters that a colourblind person can’t see. i can handle that.

    wb, wild man!

  2. Sassy_Rocks
    September 27th, 2005 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    Rita and Pusboy both have fairytale endings to their respective episodes, despite the numerous obstacles life threw at them. Pardon my cynicism but if comics were anything whatsoever like the real world, Rita would show up with dissheveled hair, sloppy drunk at the Santa Royale Women’s Shelter a month from now and Pusboy would be having a seamy homo-erotic affair with Rex Morgan, Md., unbeknownst to June. Realworldly people might do more than jostle batteries to sabotage a radio also…

  3. e
    September 27th, 2005 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    I’ve noticed the same problem since I updated to the new version of WordPress. So ANNOYING!!!

    Do you think they’re working on it?

  4. Nom du Jour
    September 27th, 2005 at 11:13 am [Reply]

    If this were the real world, we would all have jobs and lives that kept us away from here posting about mythical beings like Ritazilla and Pus-boy.

    What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

  5. rich
    September 27th, 2005 at 11:46 am [Reply]


  6. Nom du Jour
    September 27th, 2005 at 11:52 am [Reply]


    Ritazilla’s new number in Hart(less)ville.

    If anyone is interested.

  7. snapdragon
    September 27th, 2005 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    Well, today we learn how the Lu Ann – Scott wedding will be called off.


    Of course, even if he did, it would just be opportunity for him to admit, finally, of his love for burly men.

  8. Firegoat
    September 27th, 2005 at 12:21 pm [Reply]

    I don’t think pus boy would be doing Dr. Rex Morgan M.D….. but I think Abby should watch her back. Bark Bark Yeouch!

  9. yellojkt
    September 27th, 2005 at 12:54 pm [Reply]

    Rex is about to go all political and topical on us. The only problem is that we’ll be out of Iraq, getting all our energy from banana peels, and fighting those pesky Moon colony separatists by the time the storyline winds up.

  10. DCBirdblaster
    September 27th, 2005 at 12:59 pm [Reply]

    To read Apartment 3G is like reading a case study on how to do your job in the most half-assed way possible. The authors of this comic clearly have no story line thought out, do not consider normal human behavior normal, and have been cooped up alone in a hovel in Sheboygan waaaay too long.

    Either that or their writing inspiration comes from an old bottle of Yukon Jack.

  11. rich
    September 27th, 2005 at 1:20 pm [Reply]

    Rex seems oddly disoriented today.

    “Why are we looking at these pictures?”

    “They’re called x-rays. You study them and make a diagnosis. You’re a doctor, remember?”

    “Oh yeh.”

  12. comics
    September 27th, 2005 at 1:32 pm [Reply]

    yet another test. continue ignoring.


  13. Robert Canipe, PhD
    September 27th, 2005 at 1:37 pm [Reply]

    We need a test before we read FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE.

    Today’s is the, WORST.

  14. Nom du Jour
    September 27th, 2005 at 1:38 pm [Reply]

    “yet another test. continue ignoring.”

    Okie dokie.

    Here we go, ignoring the message.

  15. Firegoat
    September 27th, 2005 at 2:19 pm [Reply]

    Are we going to be graded on our curves?

  16. Adam-12
    September 27th, 2005 at 2:39 pm [Reply]

    That depends, Firegoat, what do your curves look like? ;)

  17. Adam-12
    September 27th, 2005 at 2:41 pm [Reply]

    [In retrospect, I hope you're a girl, Firegoat, or that's gonna seem really Rex Morgan-esque!]

  18. Bookworm
    September 27th, 2005 at 4:17 pm [Reply]

    Wasn’t it just a couple of days ago, Mary Worthless time, that Rita was moaning about not being able to go home again? Don’t I vaguely remember some gibberish about what a long road back (emotionally, I’m assuming, since Vic didn’t take long to get to Santa Royale)? And today she’s all excited about going back amongst the people she dumped x-number of years ago? Forget the Betty Ford Center, the Mary Worth Alcoholic Rehab Wonder Program is a miracle worker.

  19. Beasley
    September 27th, 2005 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    Much better without reading the “hidden message”.

  20. Islamorada Girl
    September 27th, 2005 at 5:12 pm [Reply]

    Ah, Mary Worth! The Betty Ford of the comics pages. I’d like to send a few people to her dry out. I bet it’s like the aversion program in A Clockwork Orange, only with platitudes instead of pix of sex and violence.

  21. cclark
    September 27th, 2005 at 5:38 pm [Reply]

    Has anyone noticed portrayal of the token minority in GT? First, during the game “Kenya” is depicted as very masculine cheeleader with cornrows. Then, in the next installment, apparently Kenya has donned pads and helmets as she is lecturing Brickhouse on the meaning of the acronym BROEs. And in today’s comic, Kenya is now decidedly male and without cornrows…Now we can’t even use the characters’ ridiculous haircuts to tell them apart!

    Also, where is her floating head coming from, as she’s obviously not setting at the booth with the rest of the gang. Does she have to sit in the back of the restaurant?

  22. Sheila
    September 27th, 2005 at 7:17 pm [Reply]

    Mibbetmaker said, back on the Blondie comments page,

    “Rex (Morgan, MD) and June should relive the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald for a few belly laughs. Hypocratic oath, their ass!”

    and I cracked up, because while it’s ordinarily spelled “Hippocratic” (after Hippocrates), it makes SO much more sense in this context to spell it “hypocratic” (like hypocrisy)! Heehee, Mibbet, you’re cracking clever puns in Greek. You rock!

  23. Sheila
    September 27th, 2005 at 7:20 pm [Reply]

    Huh, and then for some reason I read Zippy the Pinhead online. What’s so funny about declining a Latin demonstrative? Does anybody “get” it? I don’t.

  24. Firegoat
    September 27th, 2005 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    Yes, firegoat is a female. A doe, a deer.
    Although I like the Rex Morganesque spin…..

  25. Mibbitmaker
    September 27th, 2005 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    #22: I thought of the old “Hypocritic Oath” joke, but this was just an honest misspelling on my part. I rock less than I’d like to.

    BTW: It’s spelled m-i-b-b-i-t… though I originally spelled it “mibbet” when I came up with the word for some of my cartoon characters (too much like “Muppets”). So I even misspelled my own made-up word! I’ll stop making fun of Dan Quayle immediately.

    “What would Hippocrates say?” – Hawkeye Peirce (M*A*S*H)

  26. Mibbitmaker
    September 27th, 2005 at 10:37 pm [Reply]


    A3G: Omigod, our favorite subject-matter-ADD sufferer’s at it again! And by the end, she’s spread it to the Professor! Even Zippy the Pinhead’s saying, “Whoa, hold it! Come again?”. Give it up, Bolle and Trusiani; Bill Griffith does it much better!

    FBOFW: Maybe Lynn wants to write for South Park when she retires the strip. Yikes! Or maybe Mad, of which she’s a fan, with those rectangular “Narration” speech balloons today. And, Lynn, this flashback style narrative thing ain’t workin’. Dick Van Dyke did it much better!

    Spiderman: Well, for one thing, “Spidey” (tell me I didn’t just type “spidey”!!), you could stop showing everyone your superhero adventures in comic strips, comic books, and movies. We can see EVERYTHING, y’know. (which John Ashcroft did much better!)

    Lockhorns: Is she against your panel cartoon, too?

    Sally Forth: And Ted will never be allowed to have sex ever again! Join Mary Worth’s boyfriend, Ted!

  27. ikkt!
    September 28th, 2005 at 12:20 am [Reply]

    ok, in the comments a couple posts ago someone was getting gradually sucked in to the serials but still looking for one and trying to hold out on others… In the interest of speeding corruption, here’s a handy link to key serials, courtesy of’s build your own page (best online newspaper feature ever) and tiny url.

    My own list is much longer (thanks to years of exposure to the actual print chron comics, in their 4 pages of glory), but I’m continually tempted to drop the ever-irritating Spiderman. Perhaps someone should warn the wannabe mad doctor that Spidey healing comes with the nasty side effects of almost total loss of common sense and ability to reason.

  28. nameless one
    September 28th, 2005 at 12:46 am [Reply]

    …Don’t mind me, I just wanted to see the security thingy.

  29. Mibbitmaker
    September 28th, 2005 at 2:57 am [Reply]


    A3G: Looks like Luann and the Professor are finally having a lucid conversation. Dammit!

    Foxtrot: “Jason’s Horoscopes” STAYS in Vegas.

    FBOFW: Oh, no; this flashback’s turned into a boring travelogue of Mtigwackytollah! At least the speech balloons are normal again.

    Spiderman: I dunno, Spider, but if he has an assistant who calls himself “TV’s Frank”, RUN!!

    Adam @ Blondie: Omigod… The Blondie crossovermania is the Thing That Wouldn’t Leave! ((c)SNL, 1977)

    FW: In the crowd, they react surprised by Becky’s happy outburst. Note that one guy in the middle… imagine this line: “EVERYBODY DO ‘THE MARGO’!”, the next dance craze!

  30. comics
    September 28th, 2005 at 7:38 am [Reply]

    testing again, my friend…


  31. Anonymous
    September 28th, 2005 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    I’ve been meaning to ask: What’s a mibbit?

  32. Mibbitmaker
    September 29th, 2005 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    It’s a type of cartoon character I came up with, and it’s just the name I invented for it. I find myself using the word alot in my attempted creative works… ALL OF WHICH ARE KEPT FROM THE SNARKS OF THIS BLOG!! AAAAA-HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!

    …um… ’bout that Cathy, hmm?…….

  33. dalton
    September 30th, 2005 at 12:40 pm [Reply]

    For any of you techie wonks out there that are interested, there are two great ways to kill blog spam on WordPress.

    1. John C. Dvorak’s apache referrer trick. I just implemented it and it works.

    2. SpamKarma – excellent, excellent plugin that will suck up anything that gets through.

    Enjoy, curmudgeonly friends.

  34. Damion Schubert
    October 3rd, 2005 at 8:01 pm [Reply]

    I second the endorsement of Spam Karma. It really works well if you’re running wordpress.

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