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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Look at me, I’m a guest blogger!

Blogging at The Book Designer, “Singin’ the Flatline Sales Blues.”

Ironically enough, this post came out the very day Lightning of Her Own should go live. Maybe this book is the one that will throw some jumper cables on the sales chart.

Drop by and read it, if you get a chance.

The Semi-Irregular “Spam o’ the Day” (2-for1 special!)

The spam folder came up with a tie for, uh, best place today, so I decided to post both of them.

The first one is just your basic translate-o-matic silliness:

The more I examine articles of this kind of excellent as this (which can be uncommon), the additional I feel there might be a future for your

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A Rant on Rants

First, a very probably apocryphal story that’s pretty funny:

It seems a woman heard of the death of the mother of one of her online friends. I guess she was new to the whole online scene, because her response was something like this:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of need.

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Maybe I Should Start a Weekly Feature

“This Week in the Spam Can”

I risk to seem the layman, but nevertheless I will ask, whence it and who in general has written?

That’s the comment, in its entirety. I have a question of my own: “What it?”

Nice post, good work. I have recently started my own blog so its good to learn from what

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Spam Blog Comments

I don’t know if it’s a natural result of increased traffic or what,

but over the last few weeks, my spam comment count has gone from one or two a week to thirty or forty a day (which means I have ten times as many spammers as real readers!). I check the spam queue once or

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Attention Spam Commenters: Get a Life.

I found an interesting comment in my my spam queue:

Good post, couldn’t have stated that much better myself

That’s the entire comment, complete with its missing period. What’s the funny part? Well, it was made on the blog where I’m serializing one of my novels, Light Always Changes. There really wasn’t anything stated in the post

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Maybe I’m Just Paranoid

I live in constant fear.

Well, not really, but I am quite concerned about the possibility that someone has said something to me on one or another of the (too many) social networks in which I attempt to maintain a presence. I try to run clients for all of them on by BlackBerry, so that I

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I’m Back Up Again! Yay!

And the moral of the story is: back up again!

Go do it now! Go back up now. Back up your hard drive, back up your website, back up your back-ups. In fact, just go and write a second copy of all those notes stuck to the corkboard, scrawled on the whiteboard, and taped to the

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What Twitter Needs

If anyone asked me (which no one has),

I’d say that Twitter needs some basic decision tools for the network-building process. That is what this is all about, isn’t it? The network? Well, then, let me see some basic facts about people when I’m deciding whether to block them, follow them, or ignore them.

Let me see

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ÜberTwitter’s Über Fail

As ardent twitterers everywhere will know by now, Twitter was taken out by a DoS attack this morning.

A DoS (Denial of Service) attack is a malicious attack by a person or persons intent on pulling a system to its knees. In this case, it worked.

Twitter went down somewhere around 06:30, PDT, and

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