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Spam, El Spam, スパム

no spam2 no spam1Spammers have been going after Word Press bloggers. I’ve been blocking a few posts this summer, mostly from women, or men posing as women. I wouldn’t know.  I don’t click on their links.

Usually, you can sniff out spam.  Spammers  don’t use spell check.  Typos galore.  Then you get those from international spammers.  Here’s one I received this weekend.

ィッシュ ペーパー、袋、または boxeshould とうまく行く レベル 指す の品質 ハンドバッグ は 購入 。いくつかのコスト財布 ロード しない 戻ってくる ラップ 肉屋 紙。Essentials は 大きすぎる またはあまりにも 良いサイズ プレゼントは おそらく 対処する と一緒に、 偽。デラックス ハンドバッグよく で姿を現す 塵袋 ではない 薄っぺらなまたは 低コストで

I’m not sure. See any typos?


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The web of our life is of a mingled yarn

NBC Right Now Local News Today/photo by Scott Butner

If you’re like me, you no longer wait until 5 to get the news. You hop on line. Your phone Droids you. You’re tweeted. There’s the whole Facebook thing. There’s, ahem, blogs, of course. We’ve been talking for years about the future of news gathering and consumption. Well, the future, as predicted, is here.

For the past month or so, the morning crew (NBC Right Now Local News Today 4:30-7 a.m. Monday through Friday) has taken on the additional project of boosting the news content on the station’s website. After we get off the set in the morning, we start posting stories: local, national, stories from throughout the Pacific Northwest–anything we think you’ll find informative, sometimes amusing, sometimes aggravating, perhaps enlightening.

For me, first and foremost a writer, I dove into this assignment like a labrador spotting a duck floating in an irrigation canal.  The assignment also entails coming up with headlines. Some of mine Claire Graham says make her laugh out loud, and she says she can’t help but read the story.

She’s on to me. That’s the purpose of a headline. To get your interest, draw you in.

Here’s a few recent examples you may have come across.

Parade organizers sink wheat growers float

Deputy has bone to pick–with police dog

It’s BYOB, bring your own baby!

Starbucks customers bugged about dye

Pot charges go up in smoke

And maybe my personal favorite

Student avoids tests, but not jail

(You should have read the thread on the station’s Facebook Page)

Since we started, I’m glad to report, the story count on the website has increased by hundreds, and you’re getting information faster. If you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve seen the difference in the added stories we share.

So keep an eye out on the web for my bi-line–and the headlines.

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This should impress the boss. My blog’s stats in 2011

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Do you comment?

Tina Corliss Dragoo this weekend posted on the KNDU Facebook Wall, “This page is becoming a bunch of hate mongers.”

Tina I think was responding to a comment I didn’t see personally, but I presume a website manager had deleted (KNDU’s Facebook policy is that all comments are pretty much fair game, except profanity. One *!*X and you get the del button).

99.99 percent of FB Fans are good souls with diversified opinions. It’s just some people are a bit raw in their approach, the cantankerous yet lovable uncle of the family, you might say.  But Tina makes a good point. Or maybe it’s an observation. Tina, like the rest of us, sees through a minority of transparent people whose comments reveal a lot more than their words.

And now, I’d like to comment about commenting.

Occasionally, alright, just about everyday, I’ll read a story on KNDU.com and KNDO.com or another news website (CNN.com is my homepage)and I’m tempted to respond in the comment section. Usually I don’t, however.

First, on the KNDU and KNDO websites, it’s not my role to editorialize or grandstand my opinions. Just because I anchor a newscast doesn’t give my half-baked opinions any more weight than your half-baked opinions. If I have factual information that may add some perspective, then I’ll post. Otherwise, I keep a low profile.

Second, as you have probably noticed, some comments come from people with their minds made up, and nothing is going to change that. Not a change of facts or circumstances (President Obama could cure cancer and some people still wouldn’t support him, while others would back him regardless).

And of course, some comments are ugly, vicious indicators of some people’s hate, prejudice and bigotry (Not so much on our FB or website, but some threads on CNN and other global websites can be downright *!*X scary).  And I don’t want to be part of that. So I don’t comment.

And third, Garrison Keillor once offered this philosophy I try, but too often forget to apply in everyday life: “Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.”

I have found that bit of quid works best at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. 

Have a good weekend. See you in the morning on Northwest Today.


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“In the Summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky.”

While covering the Independence Day Camp Patriot Fun Run, about a half-dozen people came up to me and asked, “Don’t you ever take a day off?”

Now I don’t feel so guilty about posting just once last week.

My blogging guru Nathan Bransford on Friday also pointed out the quiet week in the Blogosphere, and linked to Eric at Pimp My Novel, who explains to aspiring authors like me why it seems the publishing industry has taken the summer off: It’s summer. The entire publishing industry has taken the summer off.

So, since everyone has turned their attention to summer, here’s what I observed/learned over the holiday weekend:

  • Chicken is best barbecued over indirect flame.
  • A gopher can pile up a mound of dirt smack dab in the middle of your lawn without creating any obvious hole leading to its tunnel.
  • Ten-month-old hound dogs get into a lot of trouble-without meaning to.
  • You can have six-pack abs or a half-gallon of ice cream in the freezer, but you can’t both.
  • Frogs that fill the canyon with ribbits at nightfall on Sunday, have turned in by 2:44 a.m. (when I get up).
  • It is very hard to go to bed at 8 o’clock in the summertime with the pungent aroma of barbecue filling the neighborhood. And frogs. Don’t forget the frogs. 
  • It takes longer in the garden this summer than it did last summer to straighten up from a stooped position.
  • My Facebook Friends have a lot more fun than I do on holiday weekends (though I did rough out another chapter in one of my projects). 
  • Snakes either can’t hear or don’t understand the irrevocable consequences of an approaching lawn mower.
  • Weekends, even at three days, are never long enough.  


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