Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
"86 percent of the addresses posted to web pages received spam. It didn't matter where the addresses were posted on the page: if the address had the '@' sign in it, it drew spam. " - Email Address Harvesting: How Spammers Reap What You Sow
"Outdoing most analysts' worst predictions, spam accounted for 82 percent of all U.S. email last month." - May 5, 2004Wow that's a lot of spam.
So what do I do? Obviously I shouldn't post my email with an @ sign in it.
First off: don't post your email where you don't have to. It is recommended that you post your email on your blog for people to contact you privately though. So here's several solutions.
- You can write you email like this: GodsMoon [at] gmail [dot] com This takes a lot of space but it works.
- you can Make an Email Image like this one This is my preferred way of doing it at the moment. The Email Image Maker lets you choose from all the most popular email domains.
- If your email address is @yourwebsite.com or something like that then you can use this image creator.
- I'm not sure if this one would work or not but its worth mentioning. It simply encodes your email. The site has a page rank of 7 and is listed in dmoz.org so it probably works but I'm not sure its full proof.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
If you cannot read, please visit this little piggy... go on... click on him.
I hope you are entertained.
Friday, June 24, 2005
In conclusion to Blogging Riverbend Festival I must say that I had a good time, even though I got behind a little there at the end. I would have to say the best act that I the 9 days was Gaelic Storm followed closely by Phat Phunktion. Both of which were on the UnumProvident Stage. I hope you enjoyed reading the reports about Riverbend. If I feel like it, I'll probably blog Riverbend again next year. But for now I'm back to the exciting life of a college student that occasionally has something exciting happen to him. :)
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Day 7 was somewhat disappointing with nobody noteworthy at all. They only moderately exciting thing that happen is my interview with the classy miss Rue.
Riverbend Day 8 was much better with the highlight being Colin Hay from Men at Work. He was surprisingly good. I especially liked his new stuff. He brought his somewhat English speaking wife along with him and she danced crazy like on the stage the whole time. Motor City Josh played before Colin Hay. I only caught they tail end of their act but it was quite good with a lot of variety. Afterward I when to go see the old folks of the Cumberland Trio. The Trio had about 8 members... so I guess that makes sense. Anyway they played some good folk music and even had somebody dress up in a very huggable lion suit and sit down front with the little ones. After that it was off to the bluegrass sounds of the Biscuit Burners. They were a young group with a female lead singer. I enjoyed listening to them, but it was not enough to keep me awake so I had to go before the end of the set. I took lots of picture. Go check them out.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tonight's recommendations will be few...
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
I did manage to hear some of the groups before I left though. The Black Diamond Heavies were very good. However, they don't have a bass guitarist, and since I play bass guitar, and happen to really like blues bass guitar I found there music missing... bass. The lead singer/guitarist of the Black Diamond Heavies is a large man and can be rather scary at times too. So that was a little creepy. The Rockin' Jake Band was not so much Rockin' as I thought they'd be. Disappointing really :( They sounded like zydeco, but they too were missing something. Tinsley Ellis, on the other hand, was very good, but after listening to him only a little while I ran into the lounge dilemma mentioned above and left to find refreshment. Over all, it was a hot day at Riverbend.
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Monday, June 13, 2005
I didn't get to play my day out completely because the riverbend website was down and it takes me a while to compile all those audio links. It turns out that there really wasn't anybody that I wanted to hear until Michael McDonald with the CSO. We set up our chairs early on the front row of the non-VIP section. We had pretty good seat, but the way they have things arranged I still felt like I was half a mile away from the stage. I guess that's why they have the projection screens every where. The CSO opened with some music from Phantom of the Opera (I love that music). Michael McDonald was pretty good. He had a female drummer that could sing and play the drums very well. She was awesome. Michael McDonald played several Motown songs along with some Doobie Brothers songs. I was getting a little tired tired from signing my name to so many entry forms to win stuff and figured I should go check out Coalition for Peace before I left. Coalition was decent even though I was tired. Its just too bad they were on the Budweiser stage. It has the worst sound quality of any of the stages at Riverbend. On the way back to the cars I interviewed my good friend Anne.
I almost forgot. They're is a nice group of photographers at riverbend called JoePix. They'll take your picture for free and then you can go to their website and send the picture to friends or do whatever you want to do with it. Its cool, free, and today is their last day at Riverbend so if you haven't have you picture taken yet, look for the guys in the purple hats.
More Pictures from the day
Tonight it the BESSIE SMITH Strut down on MLK. Its free and always has great blues music. Even if you don't have a pin come on down.
- Black Diamond Heavies - 5:45-7:00 PM They return for another great show. MP3 play whole song, hi-fi (broadband)
- The Rockin' Jake Band - 7:15-8:30 PM They have a great sound Baby What You Want Me To Do
- OR Tinsley Ellis - 7:30-8:30 PM listen in flash
black diamond heavies and The Rockin' Jake Band are both playing at the Miller Plaza. That's where I'll be hanging out all night, so come join me. On a side note I would strongly recommend that you leave then its over. Its been known to be not a great place to be after its over, but don't worry about anything while its going on there are police every where.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Well on to the music. I met a friend to see Sean Smith shortly after she had been attacked by a drunk man's umbrella (umbrellas just cause problems, go buy a rain jacket). Sean Smith was alright, however not fantastic. After he finished, nobody that was worth seeing was playing so I decided to go get some ice cream. I'm trying to go as long as possible without buying tokens (Riverbend uses tokens instead of money to help cut down on theft) so we went outside the gates to Ben and Jerry's for some fabulous ice cream. After that we went mark our territory for BOYZ II MEN. After the above mentioned fiasco and the group had started we noticed that a lot of excited looking people were walking into the VIP section. We quickly discovered that they were letting people with out $5 passes into the VIP section so we got in line. Anne got in before me and I made it in shortly thereafter. Apparently they had plenty of extra seats so they were letting people in for free. I feel a little sorry for the people that were standing next to me because they had just wasted $5 on a ticket but was rather pleased to get such good seats. I am a guy so I can't say that BOYZ II MEN was 'good' but I can say they were quite the showmen and not feel emasculated. They even through roses into the fans... 50 feet below them. I didn't really know any of their songs but was rather impressed by the show. The last show of the night was Up with the Jones. They were insane. The lead singer was wearing a gown from Erlanger hospital and did a very good job of looking unstable. Needless to say the rockers managed to keep my attention despite me being very tired. I definitely need to park closer next time.
- Jessica Lynn Thommason - 5:00-5:30 PM She's the only one playing at this time so you should go see her.
- Noaxident - 6:15-7:30 PM
- Roger Alan Wade - 8:00-9:15 PM
- Michael McDonald with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera - 9:30-11:00 PM
- Coalition for Peace - 11:00-12:00 AM
Saturday, June 11, 2005
So here's the recomended list for tonight, along with requested audio clips when I could find them. (I'll organize these later but for now I just wanted to publish this for yall before it gets too late) hopefully this will help some, sorry I didn't get my schedule worked out just yet.
- Sean Smith: "skillful artistry and musical style, Chatanooga-based (and UTC alumni) Sean Smith has captivated the ears and minds"
- Mint Condition: R Listen
- Freekbass: Really funky bass guitarist mp3 sample
- Radio Daze Big Band: Big band of course, not too bad Boogie Boogie Bugle Boy 3.4 MB
- Jonell Mosser: ok female contemporty/country vocalist Listen
- Rob Russell & The Sore Losers: "American Roots music that encompassed bluegrass, country, blues, swing, and punk"The Score well this song isn't too bad but not sure about the rest of them. Go see Boyz II Men instead.
- Jennifer Daniels: "earthy folk rock"Listen (you've probably hear this song) a staple at Riverbend and always worth seeing.
- Lauren Ellis: "multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, especially known for her slide guitar playing" listen
- Garret Tucker: guitarist that tries to hard website listen if flash
- Up With The Joneses: "Chattanooga’s straight ahead, hard driving Rock n’ Roll local favorites" Always a good show.
- Brad Passons: good local acoustic singer/song writter listen
- Rodney Crowell: "leader of the new traditionalist movement of the mid-'80s, his ambitions extended far beyond the movement's parameters." Don't Get Me Started I have no idea what that means, but it sounds mostly like country too me.
- Capt. Soularcat:" With their roots deeply embedded in Blues and Rock & Roll, Rome, Georgia's Capt. Soularcat combines the old and the new to create an incredibly unique sound." listen in flash funny name but sounds pretty decent
- BOYZ II MEN: you should know how this is. Listen
Friday, June 10, 2005
- 5:00-5:30 PM - Brady Hughes: is the only one playing at this time so you mine as well see him. I won't be there till later.
- 6:15-7:30 PM - Mindy Smith: Good guitar but slow country worth checking out.
- OR 6:30-7:45 PM - Peacemakers: 'Chattanooga's best veteran Rock n Rollers'. I couldn't find anything else out about them. They might be decent.
- 7:45-9:00 PM - Rhonda Vincent: really good bluegrass mostly really fast bluegrass
- OR 8:00-9:15 PM - Saffire: blues trio that's all woman with funny lyrics
- Instead of Kid Rock at 9:30-10:45 PM - Phat Phunktion: in your face new sounding funk. I'm really looking forwardrd to this group
- OR 9:30-12:00 AM - Jon Cleary: gripping, intimate guitar with drums
- If you happen to stay late Saffire is playing again at11:00-12:00 AM
- OR 11:00-12:00 AM - BLAZE: classic heavy metal band
See you there.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
So, I had this really cool idea of replacing those flickr images on the side there to my pictures from my photoblog. I found out how to do this with SSI. Unfortunately, I have to have a server other than blogspot to run SSI or any server side scripts. This blog is also an experiment with what all I can do for free. I haven't spend a penny so far on this blog.
If you would like to help support development of this blog you can always click on my google ads to the left or alternately you can donate a large some of money to me with paypal or something. All money received will go back into this blog in one form or another, so your investment will be worth it, I promise.
PS this is day 2 of using Head & Shoulders shampoo and I still have dandruff. hmmm how many days to I have to use this stuff for it to start working?
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
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HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries
I hadn't ever really thought of books in terms of degree of harmfullness. I haven't read any of the books on the list, though I've heard of most of them. Maybe I should read some of these sometime. I'm sure on the surface most of these books seem very harmless if not down right peaceful. But the devil too works in mysterious ways.
For now just remember that, "repetitions is the key to learning... and brain washing".
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
To all of you that might not have the best of grades all the time. I just thought that I'd let you know that it doesn't matter all that much. After all you can still be President of the United States. To most of you this probably isn't much of a surprise. You might say, of course, 'W' is a C student, he can't even say "nuclear". However, don't get all excited just yet because in the last election the competition wasn't much better. Kerry "got a cumulative 76 for his four years" on a 100 point scale. Bush actually had a 1 point better score with 78 his first 3 years (4th year they changed the system).
So this just goes to show you that you shouldn't study too hard in school if you want to run for President... I mean study hard and even if you fail its not the end of the world and you can still reach your dreams, except if your a doctor, in which case if you fail I might die. So you better not fail. But other than that, it will be alright.
Isn't that nice to hear now that school it out and you don't have any pressure from classes.
Monday, June 06, 2005
So I thought I'd post something today to try and get back on a regular schedule of posting things. What continues to be in the foremost of my mind is how I burninated my finger and how it hurts when I put pressure on it. Luckily the wax that was melted into my skin has now removed its self without my intervention. However, it is now blistered very well and hurts whenever I apply any pressure to it. A couple of weeks ago I had unfortunately acquired blisters on the big toe of both of my feet from hiking. I pricked these blisters with a pin and drained them. They very quickly retreated back to being calluses and the pain went away. I think perhaps that this is why my finger blister is hurting, its full of fluid with no where to go. I am considering draining my burn blister but I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not considering the nature of the injury. Until I decide I guess I'll just deal with it.
Friday, June 03, 2005
I guess I was wrong.
If feels a little better now but man it hurt last night. I now have a mild 2nd degree burn on my index finger that still has wax in it because it hurts too much to peel the wax off the burn. I hope that won't cause any problems.