It's snowed over night (and is still snowing a little). It's nice to see, as long as you don't have to go outside. It's cold out there!
The litmusgreen.com weblogs have been up for a while now, and so, naturally, I have had to deal with comment spam. I have been using MT-Blacklist since it came out, and here's the latest stats:
Comment spams blocked: 11680
Comment spams moderated: 1514
Duplicates blocked: 1
Blacklist - Strings: 3168
Blacklist - URLPatterns: 34
Blacklist - Regexes: 36
Blacklist - FlexProtect: 0
Blacklist - Pending: N/A
And none of out blogs are popular outside our friends. I can't imagine what high volume blogs must have to deal with.
While it's good seeing that MTB is doing a great job keeping the bad guys down, it makes me sad to think that somewhere some assholes are writing code to do this to people. Isn't email spam bad enough? Is it really necessary to ruin every form of communication and expression on the net?
The special edition Return of the King is fantastic. The additions make the movie much more enjoyable. Just make sure you have enough time to watch all 4.16 hours of it.
Vicki is home and is okay, just a bit worse for ware. I'm home taking care of here as best I can, poor thing.
Thanks to everyone who called, IM'd and SMS'd me yesterday. I appreciate the support.
Ever have one of those moments when you get bad news but aren't sure how bad things are? I just got a phone call I hoped I would never get. And now I'm scared to death.
The root canal wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. I think the anticipation was the worst thing. Of course I can't feel the bottom half of my face, so it might start to suck later. I also have the weirdest ache/itch kind of sensation in the tooth that got worked on. I want to itch my jawbone.
The most surreal moment was sitting the in dentist chair, with him drilling away, and hearing 'Funky Town' on the radio. It is just not a song I associate with having my tooth hollowed out. It reminded me of the scene in 'A Clockwork Orange' when Alex is forced to listen to Beethoven while under going his 'treatment'. Now, whenever I hear 'Funky Town' I'll think of dental drills.
So, for the last 2 weeks one of my teeth has been bugging me. It's been really sensitive to anything too hot or too cold. It aches, but not all the time. It has, in short, been messed up.
Now, I haven't been to a dentist in at least 12 years. This is due to the fact that the last dentist I went to was a butcher.
I managed to get up the nerve to go this morning and, sure enough, the tooth in question is screwed and I need to have a root canal. Happy, happy. Joy, joy. This seems to be the year of having strangers play with sharp metal object inside my head. One thing that the dentist did that struck me as funny, in this high tech age, was tap my teeth with the end of one of those dental mirror tools. Sure enough, the bad tooth sounded different. Low tech, but highly effective, I thought.
I was surprised at how much the state of the art in dentistry has progressed in the last dozen years. Everything is computerized, the chair is hooked to a computer and the X-Rays are done in the chair, with the little thingy they stick in your mouth being attached to a PCMCIA card that is in the computer. Poof! Instant X-Ray results on the monitor. When the computer is working, that is. The first chair they had me in crashed. Then they had to remove my record from the database and re-enter it, since the crash fubar'ed my database record. The second chair worked fine.
I finally have something to eat my play time at home other than FFXI: Metal Gear Solid 3. This game rocks! It's also really hard. But that's a good thing.