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Spam in the place where I live (ARCHIVE POST)

Spam?  On my little homemade blog that exists, unlinked, on a subdomain of my band's website?  Since I'd designed this blog mostly from scratch, seeing spam comments on my last post threw me for a loop.  I don't get a lot of comments here as it is, so I didn't want to go the obvious route and implement a captcha image.  You guys probably get enough of those everywhere else.  So that left the lingering question of what to do about the spam that is effective, yet user friendly.  I found a nice little tutorial about how to tell the difference between a spam bot and a human, and followed it carefully.  If you go to add a comment, you won't even notice the change.

Meanwhile, I'm working on improving the site, and will likely change the "PROJECTS" section into a "PORTFOLIO" section.  I'm also considering breaking off ThinkSoJoE's Thoughts from it's parent and getting myself a domain name, seeing as I've been calling this my "official website" for quite a while.  If (and when) I do that, I'll likely give the site another visual refresh.  I like the way it looks now, though, and I'll probably be adding more to it very soon (twitter, anybody?).

Sorry for only giving you guys sporadic updates.  I'm without internet (well, my own internet, anyway) at home until Wednesday morning, so hopefully when I'm back up and running on my desktop I'll be able to keep you guys more up to date on the everyday life of yours truly.

Take care, everybody - except the spammers, of course!

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 2:53 am
in the category Web Design |


You're kidding, right? (ARCHIVE POST)

So I'm sure I've mentioned here on ThinkSoJoE's Thoughts that I'm a Linux user (at least, I am on my laptop), and a FireFox user (on any computer anywhere), but if I haven't, I'm a Linux user (Xubuntu is my distribution of choice, for what it's worth), and a FireFox user.  I'm also stuck in a deadend job doing something I hate for less money than I'm worth.  I'm looking to get out of here and into something more fun, like, oh, I don't know, maybe a toy store.  So I hit up Toys Я Us's website, then clicked on Careers, hoping to be able to apply online for the nearest location (which, for the record, is a few towns away - my hometown is devoid of toy stores), when I reached this screen (click for full):




Alright, I can understand no Linux support.  I'm used to that by now, but the only Operating Systems it supports are Win98, Win2K, and WinXP?  No love for MacOS?  What about Vista?  The browser support is no better - IE5, IE6, and Netscape 7??  Netscape 7?!?  Netscape 8 was released in November of 2004 - that's four and a half years ago, kids.  Not to mention that IE6 is the bane of my existence and IE7 was released in October of 2006.


Come on, TRU, it's about time to update your website, five years is a little too long.

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm
in the category Miscellaneous |


I was going to complain (ARCHIVE POST)

I intended to come on here and bitch about the new "diggbar" feature that rolled out earlier this week, how it's overrated and people are giving it too much credit for whatever.  Then when I was writing, I realized it makes no sense for me to complain, because that means that when people grab the BWF Network feeds off of Twitter, once the plugin is updated they'll be able to digg without leaving the site!  Problem, of course, is how will that effect my site's numbers?  Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 6:14 am
in the category Miscellaneous |


A letter (to Internet Explorer 6) (ARCHIVE POST)

Dear Internet Explorer 6,


Please just fucking die already.  Nobody likes you.  The people who do can't see things clearly - mostly because you're not rendering them properly.  We've tried telling people that there are plenty of other fish in the sea, but they just can't seem to get over you.  We've tried to introduce them to a real Fox.  We've tried taking them to the Opera.  We tried to take them on Safari.  Hell, we tried distracting them with something shiny.  We've even tried to introduce them to your younger, much better looking cousins.  Yet they still won't let you go.


For the last eight years, experts have tried to make you look pretty.  Some have succeeded at times, while others have failed miserably.  You've become the bane of designers everywhere.  While some still try, others flat out refuse to work with you, while those who are just crazy enough have even tried to kill you.  Personally, I wish you'd just go away so that I wouldn't have to work harder to satisfy you and your flock.


On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.  Hopefully we're seeing the end of yours soon.

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 5:03 am
in the category Miscellaneous |


Ressurected with construction (ARCHIVE POST)

Well, normally that title line follows the line "Suffer from the world's destruction," but I suppose it applies here.  The question I'd asked a couple of entries prior was certainly given a few answers, and I picked the latest one, which suggested I contact the person in question to see how they'd feel about me attending their graduation instead of just showing up.  Well, the graduation was this past Wednesday night.  Finally, for the first time in over two years, ThinkSoJoE and former thinksobrain bass player Dan were voluntarily in the same place at the same time.

Sure, we'd run into each other over those two years, but pretty much ignored one another.  That first phone conversation after the initial MySpace messages felt like two years of weight off of my shouders.  We both finally were able to give each other our own sides to the story.  I went to the graduation and hung out with him for a few hours afterward.  Maybe it's time to re-add his pictures to the "Former Members" album on thinksobrain's MySpace page.

Dan graduating has made me sit back and think about it though - I'm 27 years old with no direction in mind for my life.  I'm all over the place with what I want to do.  I've thought about accounting, going to a recording school, and now I'm leaning towards Information Technology.  IT jobs pay big money, and quite frankly, I'm tired of barely scraping by going paycheck-to-paycheck.  While my ultimate goal is to play my music for a living, that's unfortunately on hold for the moment.  Mostly because I don't have the money to invest in anything I need to make it happen.  i was trying to do web design, but it's hard to establish yourself and find clients.  I'm thinking of doing some acoustic stuff, but that's probably not going to net me much money - although that decision was influenced by the fact that it's what Aaron Lewis did for money before breaking out with Staind.  I don't know, maybe I should go for the IT thing.  I'm into computers, networking, and all kinds of stuff like that, so why not?

Actually, I requested some more information on ITT Tech, I'm thinking maybe it's a good idea.  Dan graduated with honors - and this is a guy who didn't make it past 10th grade.  Problem with that, of course, is that I don't have a car and Getzville is pretty far away on the bus.  Then again, I'm a guy who sent away for more information on a recording school in Los Angeles when I live in Western New York.

I don't know, I suppose I'll figure shit out and post here when I do.  That's what I've been doing here lately anyway, isn't it?  Ranting about whatever's on my mind and then figuring it out.  I guess that's the whole point of a blog anyway, right?

Posted by ThinkSoJoE on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 1:09 am
in the category Miscellaneous |

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