Welcome to BlogDogIt Tuesday, February 20 2018 @ 06:40 PM EST

Spotlight[Living]: Unhappy Dan

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GEEKY INSIDE

BlogDogIt Note: I have been running into Unhappy Dan for several years now in my travels across the interwebs. I was very glad to run across him again on Technorati, in my search for another stellar blog to shine the BlogDogIt Spotlight upon. Unhappy Dan is primarily a vlogger (video blogger) whose YouTube channel known as SearchForHappy is chocked-full-o-goodness. He has also recently started a new channel called Geeky Inside. Pay a visit to poor ol' Unhappy Dan and he'll take you along for the ride as he travels through life, living the dream...
There is an update to this story
please see the comments below!

People say I am mean, cruel, stubborn, etc. I say I am just Unhappy. This blog chronicles my being Unhappy and everything that comes with it. It includes to a Video blog of me and my family, useful links, and unique posts reviewing my daily experiences and point of view.


HOBBY SUPPLY SHOPPING!

Today we go shopping for hobby supplies. We went looking for airbrush cleaner and some inks but we end up finding some nifty things along the way. We tried out Michaels and a Ben Franklin craft store and end up being pretty dissatisfied on their pricing for airbrush stuffs compared to DickBlic Online. Both stores had some pretty neat deals on other items but they don’t seem to be the place to go for your airbrush needs.

Source: UnhappyDan.com

 

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IP Range Blocking

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Evil Hacker Dood

We are fast approaching our One Millionth Hit To The System here on BlogDogIt.com so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss our efforts to reduce spam and hacking traffic. These measures have been taken in order to better legitimize the hit-counter so that we might get a feel for the actual human visitors to this site (as opposed to the robotic invaders from outer space.)

I have been using GUS (Geeklog Usage Stats) and Geeklog Ban plugins here since a little before taking our one-half-millionth hit. This system, along with its integral connection to http://whois.domaintools.com/, has allowed the analysis of web traffic and has lead to the identification of cyber-attack sources to this innocent little website. Any particularly persistent brutalizers have been blocked by their specific IP address. As time passes and the list of "bad guys" grows it becomes obvious that an inordinate amount of attacks emanate from within a particular range of IP addresses. When such trends have been discovered, measures have been taken that prevent huge blocks of IP addresses from infiltration.

Are you trying to hack me?

Ever since instituting the CAPTCHA system on posts and comments the amount of spam making it into the data has all but vanished. There are still some human powered spam submitters but by having all post held for review those are easy enough to find and destroy.

Thanks in no small way to these efforts, I will take pride in knowing that when the hit counter strikes 1,000,000 a very high percentage of those request were made by real live human beings visiting BlogDogIt.com on the off-chance they might find what they were looking for. With any luck they will also discover what they were not necessarily looking for, to wit: This labor of love made available to the masses. That is unless their IP address happens to belong to one of the following blocked ranges of IPs:

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The percent sign (%) in the above denotes any matching string.

Get a complete CSV file of every IP Address blocked by BlogDogIt.com (as of 6/6/13.)

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Seamless Realities

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It has been a lot of fun (if not a bit like work) over on the Belgium Cyberspace-Archeological Dig Site. I am nearly through the websites beginning with the letter "A" and already feel as though I am getting familier with the Dutch internet scene of a decade ago (or there abouts.) I have been bookmarking as I go and intend to make those links available here on BlogDogIt. That should give the casual Cyberspace-Archeologist a taste of the sorts of artifacts that are to be discovered by the hard-core web-hound. It is a very time consuming project but I have been making a point to post links to highlight some of the goodies so as to show the dig is producing results. (Be sure to check the growing list of those links in the comments section of that story.)

Proving once again that masodo is Scouring the Globe to bring the BlogDogIt followers "Quality Content From A Bit Off The Beaten Path"®, I wanted to share a slide-show of the unique and curious works of the Canadian born artist Rob Gonsalves. I was treated to a very nice collection of his works when I visited Webcome to Achille's pages (in the site's section intitled "SEAMLESS PICS.") A further investigation of Gonsalves brought me to the Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery, Dealers in Limited Edition Giclées featuring the works of this very talented artist.

I am bringing you 21 images that caught my eye. (You may have seen some of these before.)

Enjoy!

The Artwork of Rob Gonslaves

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Cyberspace-Archeology - "The Dig"

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Mijn Telenet

While poking around the outskirts of McKenna's All Weather Haulage I came across a treasure trove in the form of a list of links for user websites from the Belgian ISP, telenet. I have begun a preliminary excavation of the site and so far have been finding many valuable artifacts. The following BlogDogIt posts represent some of the earliest prizes:

While there are certainly many dead links, there is enough active content to keep a cyber explorer such as myself amused and optimistic for discovery. So most of the sites are Dutch language and many are relating to defunct enterprises of one form or another. There are several sites that represent what can only be described as amateur dabbling in the html black arts.

There is no telling what you might find so use your mouse as your shovel and join the dig! I am including the page http://users.telenet.be/ in an iFrame below. If you find something good post the lucky link in the comment section at the end of this article.

Can You Dig It?

Dig-in but be cautious! Random web-surfing is not for the faint of heart. Be sure your Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware are actively working to protecting you from those hazards of the internet. Do not forget your babelfish or other preferred Rosetta Stone - you just might need it.

Watch your step!

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August Gillé - Remembered

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“Geld betekent niets. Ik moet de dauw aan mijn tenen voelen”. (A. Gillé)
"Money means nothing. I need to feel the dew on my toes."

August Gillé (1892-1989)               August Gillé (1892-1989)

A brief introduction to the great work of the 'forgotten' Belgian artist
August Gillé (1892-1989).
Painter, sculptor, poet, writer.

Edition : Rudolf Dierckx Content : Dominik Lybaert
http://augustgille.com/
Music : Tchaikovsky Symphony no.6 "Pathetique


Source: http://users.telenet.be/A.-GILLE/gille.htm

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Resetting The BlogDogIt Clock

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For the record: I've updated the web site clock to log Eastern Standard Time instead of Mountain Standard Time (as it has been ever since the beginning of this site.)

Your System Time

 

For interested GeekLoggers:
I added the following code to my siteconfig.php file (after the "$_CONF['default_charset']" LINE:


$_CONF['timezone'] = 'US/Eastern';


Time displayed above using the Javascript shown below:
(which I assume is showing your system's time.)

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