Blogger bug fixed

So it seems that Blogger have a solution for their recently introduced layout problems. Log in to Blogger. On the dashboard, select your blog. Select the Settings tab. Select the Formatting option. Scroll down and set Enable float alignment to No. This will stop Blogger adding those nasty <div clear:both> tags. Everything is explained in this post although I think they might have been better advised broadcasting it a bit further.

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Snippets

Well done Canada and Spain. ~ That other site I run has just hit a landmark, 300 members. Wow. It’s been a fun couple of years and I’m hoping the next couple will be even better (irons in fire, etc etc). ~ Now, I have to admit I feel slightly guilty* when I go on holiday as I would hate to deprive my dear reader of my nonsense carefully considered posts, so I’ve scheduled a few posts to be published whilst I’m away. (Awww c’mon, you didn’t think I’d give you the post titles, did ya?) ~ Not got time to fix the miniblog (after Blogger started adding in extra code without being asked!) so Keep an eye on my …

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Handling Referrer Spam

Thankfully this is not an area I’ve had much experience in, so I’ve done a little Googling and come up with some interesting ideas and ways to handle referrer spam. Firstly it helps to know if you are being hit hard by it, and for that you’ll need access to server logs or a basic statistics package for your website. If you start seeing odd names in your referrer logs and your bandwidth usage starts to skyrocket then read on. Rather than waffle on at length I’ll quickly point you to a couple of articles, one short one “why are they doing it and what should we do about them?” and a more indepth article that also includes some proposals …

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Yen Rotunda

Off to dinner at Yen Rotunda, a yen oriental & teppanyaki restaurant, where 20 or so of us will be dining in the teppanyaki section. It’s my first time in that restaurant and my first time experiencing teppanyaki and I’m quite looking forward to it. The fact that the company is stumping up the lion share of the bill may also have something to do with it. Only problem is that it feels like my holiday begins tonight, meaning dragging myself out of bed tomorrow morning will be quite a challenge. We went, we saw, we ate God damn that was a great meal! The food was superb, the staff were efficient if a little bossy at times (but then …

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Torquay

So on Friday we head for sunny Torquay, the place where the world’s most famous mystery writer, Agatha Christie, was born in 1890. Torquay as we know it dates back to the end of the 18th Century, with the source of the name still offering some confusion. It’s either the “little harbour” (Torre Quay) or roughly signifies “Thor’s Harbor” (cognate to Tórshavn, Faroe Islands and þórshöfn, Iceland), but a more likely root is the Devonian word “Tor”, a hill or outcrop, especially common in placenames on nearby Dartmoor (thanks Wikipedia). So what to do, what to do. There are a few well known tourist attractions which we’ll try and squeeze in alongside trips to the Quay West water park, the …

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Referrer Spam

Well it looks like the buggers are at it again. Anyone else getting huge numbers of referrer links from the likes of: potassium-rich-foods DOT ipupdater DOT com topamax-side-effects DOT ipupdater DOT com ambien-side-effects DOT ipupdater DOT us And will someone PLEASE tell me what they are trying to achieve with this? Is someone actually paying people to do this?? Don’t we understand the internet yet people!!

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Snippets

Remember to download Beethoven’s 6th Symphony (Pastoral) from the Beeb today. Thankfully I’ll be able to get them all before we go on holiday. Symphonies 7, 8, 9 are released over the coming days. ~ Blogger have admitted, as suspected, that they added some code to support their new offering of “Blogger Images”. They do offer a fix but it presumes you are using one of their templates, which frankly isn’t good enough. I know that it’s impossible for them to cope with all the differing layouts and uses but in my opinion their code changes are far too invasive and spanks of being a quick hack rather than something they’ve thought out properly. ~ In further blog related information, …

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Planning

Dragged the suitcases down from the loft last night and started compiling lists of things to be taken on holiday. Clothes, towels, toiletries, books, shoes, camera, various electrical chargers, and… well that’s the thing. I keep thinking we’ve forgotten something, I’ve got travel directions, booking confirmation codes, AA membership (which I thought had lapsed but doesn’t expire until 1st August, bonus!), sunglasses, hat, suntan lotion (ever hopeful), travel sweeties (the ones in the tin all coated in white magic dust)… what the hell are we forgetting about? Friends are going to pop in and water our plants, my Dad has offered to cut the grass, there is nothing I need to get done at work, nor any other “projects”… yet …

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Summer Burn 2005

Yeah I signed up again, my third year (I missed 2004 because Louise was in hospital I think) and this is my playlist: 01 The B52’s : Love Shack 02 The Beach Boys : Sloop John B 03 Bran Van 3000. : Drinking in L.A. 04 Chungking : Come With Me 05 The Kinks : Sunny Afternoon 06 Luke Vibert : Slipped Disc 07 Jill Scott : Spring Summer Feeling 08 Go Home Productions : Shannon Stone 09 James Brown : I Got You (I Feel Good) 10 The Zutons : Confusion 11 Ian Dury & the Blockheads : Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick 12 Bebel Gilberto : So Nice (Summer Samba) 13 The Polyphonic Spree : Hangin’ Around …

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This and that

Blogger is being an arse. As zoe recently found out they’ve started adding extra code to each post, thereby screwing up her site and (for a short while last night) my miniblog. So until they sort it out the miniblog is on hiatus. UPDATE: Fixed zoe’s site thanks to this forum post. Will look at my miniblog later. ~ Not sure if it’s an extension of this story but having heard yet another report along these lines over the weekend, I have to take issue with the current reporting of these “Happy Slapping” incidents. There is a world of difference between assault and rape and the news agencies reporting the story should really be calling it what it is. Ditch …

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