Saturday, October 29, 2005


I only recently added comments to this blog (three or four months ago). I was an idiot to wait so long. Today, I chuckle when I see the first comment I ever got: I can imagine Acquarello throwing up his hands as he groaned, "About time!"

After reading Outer Life's post about comments, I realized my own take: I love 'em. I enjoy conversing in that little box. And posting linky dribbles in it during the course of the day. Like Jordan does.

So, anyway, just a word to say: Thanks for commenting. Thanks for reading. Now, off to work on a post that I've been pondering awhile — this one just might bring out your Inner Commenter on Monday morning.


Blogger Tuwa said...

I love comments too, but I understand your worry about spam. I've killed 20 of them (actual count) since I implemented Blogger comments just, oh, yesterday morning. The captchas obviously won't work in screen readers so I'm hesitant about implementing them....

(What about a Milgram experiment with the explanation that the "students" were also spammers? What a different paper that might be: less about coercion than about the inner sadist.)

Thanks for writing, oh great writerly writer-person. Love your work.

October 29, 2005 2:12 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey thanks, man.
You know, my comment spam fears have proved unfounded. All this time, I've had just one or two spam messages. And that's without ever turning word verification on. Tuwa--you should do that on your blog. I've heard it works well.

October 29, 2005 2:21 PM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Hey, are you projecting your gesticulatin' on me? ;) I must admit, I'm warming up to opening up comments as well (err, except for that spambot incident a couple of months ago, that is). Die spammers, die!

October 29, 2005 4:43 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Acquarello, are your comments closed? And what was the spambot incident? I'm not sure I know.

October 29, 2005 4:58 PM  
Anonymous acquarello said...

Oh, I guess I wasn't clear. They used to be moderated, so nothing posted immediately, so in that sense they're now "open" because it automatically posts. Yeah, the spambot thing seems to have been an MT-specific bot that was pretty insidious. Every 15 minutes, it sniffs out a random post, posts some quote that has a bunch of embedded gambling links to it. The IPs were also seemed to be randomly rotating, so even if you ban the IP, it would post on another zombie IP. I finally had to reinstall and rebuild the site after hoaking up the installation trying to find a way to obfuscate the comment form. I wasted four whole days working on that puppy.

October 29, 2005 5:12 PM  
Blogger girish said...

What a nightmare.
Zombie IP's: we're in William Gibson territory. Geez.

October 29, 2005 5:15 PM  
Blogger girish said...

This seven-year old kid has his own artblog.

October 29, 2005 5:32 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

That seven-year-old kid is a better artist than I am.

October 29, 2005 5:52 PM  
Blogger girish said...

So, here's girish en francais.
Via cinetrix.
The wonders of automatic translation.

I sent it to my mom, who replies with typical concern: "Girish, I bet you're all tired. You must've spent the whole week translating your blog into French. Go eat something please. Now."

October 29, 2005 8:40 PM  
Blogger girish said...

The translation is not, shall we say, perfect.
Bud Powell emerges as Embryon Powell.

October 29, 2005 8:42 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Embryon Powell would be a great name for a jazz-rock band. Embryo Power could be death-metal. I nominate Euler's Dowell for math-rock.

October 29, 2005 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

I sometimes learn interesting stuff from the comments of others. Right now, the comment that won't leave my brain is, "Atlantic Broadband" sucks!" I am using the Miami Beach library computer, and can't update my blog.
At least I have electricity so I am catching up on the DVDs I got from Netflix and Nicheflix that were waiting in the mail while I was out of town.

October 30, 2005 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Pacze Moj said...

Spam sucks; comments are cool. They're little reminders that someone reads and cares about what you write. Even little ones like this.

Write on!

October 30, 2005 2:29 PM  
Blogger girish said...

That I will endeavor to do.
Speaking of, tomorrow's post is getting completely out of hand. Off to hack, chop, then prune.

October 30, 2005 2:39 PM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

Just don't salt the earth when you're done.

October 30, 2005 6:02 PM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

Thanks Girish! now I finally figure out what you've been talking about on this blog. hehe.

The translation is actually more coherent than on other online translators I've seen before. Look, they add an alternate translation (between brackets) when the word has 2 possible meanings. It even translates the external links!
But since it tries to translate every word including brand names, slang and idiomatics it comes out really funny. Sometimes foreign movie subs sound just like that!

I bet I sound as funny when I write in English... ;)

October 30, 2005 7:26 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hey Harry, your English is excellent.
You put us all to shame.
The idea of my going to a French blog, understanding it, and then commenting on it in French is pretty much unthinkable. Never gonna happen.
So, you're way way ahead of us. :-)

October 30, 2005 7:35 PM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

Thank you for the compliment.
But I need subtitles to watch a Satyajit Ray film... You're underestimating yourself there ;)

October 31, 2005 12:29 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Okay, you may have a (very small) point there. :-)

October 31, 2005 7:08 AM  

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