I spent several hours today disinfecting my other website (Speaking of Clouds, also reachable as GeoffArnoldConsulting.com) after a WordPress hack attack. As is often the case, I was saved by the incompetence of the hackers, who had modified my .htaccess files in such a way that it created an infinite redirection loop. (Hint: you’re not…Read More Cleaning up after a hack
If you are reading this at geoffarnold.com (directly or via RSS feed), you can ignore it. Nothing to see here, move along, etc. However there is a good chance that you’re seeing this text in some other blog or feed. There are many sites which monitor blogs for posts meeting certain criteria and then repost…Read More Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – unattributed copying, not so much. Keywords: evil, religion, Android
Bloggers of all stripes have been toasting or roasting Andrew Sullivan on the occasion of the (approximate) tenth anniversary of the Daily Dish. There have been some sparkling contributions as well as several powerful indictments (sometimes in the same posting), but I particularly liked this bit from Stephen Bainbridge: Today, Andrew is leading the fight…Read More Quote of the day: Kirk on populism
A friend of mine recently asked me if I’d like to add a badge to my blog, linked to a promotion/monetization system. I thought my email reply was worth sharing here. I’ve anonymized things a bit…. I’m a great example of why badge-based blog monetization is a tough sell. I currently follow 208 different blogs…Read More The costs of indirection
There’s a Twitterer that I follow called @denyreligion. Most of his tweets are quite interesting, but every night my Twitter client is inundated by a string of posts of the following form: Thanks for the RTs and discussion! @XXX, @YYY, @ZZZ…. In other words, every Twitterer who mentioned @denyreligion during the day gets acknowledged. This…Read More Twitter automation run amok
Dan Ellard tagged me in the “15 books” meme. Donâ€™t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books youâ€™ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutess. I’m doing mine in my blog, so I don’t lose it in the bowels of Facebook: “Lord…Read More 15 books in 15 minutes
I’m pretty sure that this is the longest gap in my blogging since I started back in December 2003. So why the hiatus? A few reasons come to mind: A lot of my off-the-cuff comments which would previously have shown up in my blog now wind up on Twitter. Some of this is because it’s…Read More Waiting….
Internet-Age Writing Syllabus and Course Overview As print takes its place alongside smoke signals, cuneiform, and hollering, there has emerged a new literary age, one in which writers no longer need to feel encumbered by the paper cuts, reading, and excessive use of words traditionally associated with the writing trade. Writing for Nonreaders in the…Read More Internet-Age Writing
I’m somewhat amazed to see that my new tech-only blog Speaking of Clouds is already the top Google hit for the search “speaking of clouds” (out of 5.5M hits) after just a couple of days. And I haven’t done any SEO work on the site; I’d better dive in and make sure that the metadata…Read More "Speaking of Clouds" #1 on Google… already?
In the last week, I have used all of the following interpersonal communications technologies. By “used”, I mean actively participated, initiating and responding. Voice: Cell phone, Skype VOIP Real-time text: Skype IM, Facebook IM Narrowcast messaging: Email, LinkedIn, Facebook Broadcast messaging: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging (posting and commenting) I can’t escape the feeling that a…Read More Communications breakdown