Weblog about culture ca. 1900

The Louis Couperus Society has a very active Dutch weblog about culture from around 1900 CE.

Hallo? Salut!

Reinder introduces me to Numa Numa dancing. I like it. (Yeah, I know I am catching on late. And don’t bring a webcam near me.)

Bad Behavior

I decided to install Bad Behavior to delete spam. Spamming scum, as you know, does not check whether their messages will be published. That takes time, and time is money. So they spam me regardless the fact that not a single one of their tens of thousands of filthy messages has ever been published through this blog.

And since hardly anybody but spammers comments here, the decision to go with Bad Behavior was easily made. This is a heuristic blocker, that may delete genuine comments. Don’t blame me, blame the spammers and your government.

The best thing of course would be to hunt down spammers and kill them. I am afraid that is illegal though. The law is on the side of the spammers. One more thing to keep in mind for upcoming elections.

Gates knows software

A nice annecdote by Joel Spolsky on how one day the big man came in to review something Joel had written.

Red paperclip got a house

Kyle MacDonald, the Montrealais who started trading his way up from a red paperclip to a house a little under a year ago, has managed to reach his goal. He originally traded his red paperclip for a fish shaped pen, and his latest barter was a movie part for a house.