Moose Fever

It sounds like the dreaded Moose Fever has afflicted nearly everyone who attended Northern Voice 2007. Some nasty flu bug got circulated through the cavernous halls of the Forestry building at UBC, infecting everyone there, then being carried across the continent as the attendees returned home. I had my flu shot before Christmas, so I wasn't completely laid out (as many folks apparently were), but it still sucks pretty badly.

I'm feeling MUCH better than I was on Monday and Tuesday. I may even risk heading into the office on Thursday, since I've got a fair number of deadlines that got summarily blown away this week. Thank the gods for Tylenol Cold & Flu liquid medicine. 

Maybe next year, instead of T-Shirts, we should have SARS masks or something. And forego the field trip to the live bird market, so we don't all catch H5N1 (or whatever the hell this bug is) again. 

Infected Moose:

I'm sure there are many, many more.

Comment troubles (maybe spam-related?)

I've been off-blog for a few days, and haven't had a chance to deal with this yet. I received a couple of email from folks saying they were having difficulty commenting on my blog. I thought maybe Akismet might be blocking them, so I've just switched back to a Drupal 5 development snapshot of Spam.module. Yes, it's a continuing ongoing saga of switching back and forth between Akismet and Spam.module. Hopefully this solves the comment problem without subjecting this blog to a torrential spamstorm.

Akismet is nice, with its distributed spam blocking algorithm (hey! I sound like the schlub on Numb3rs!) but it's essentially a black box – if something goes south, there's no way to fix it from my side of the fence. Spam.module lets me tweak as needed.

Update: It took 7 hours for the first spam to sneak through. Frakking spammers. Time to re-tweak the Spam.module custom rules…

MooseCamp “More than just a Blog” session

I just finished presenting a session with Jim Groom called "More than just a blog" where we where showing some things we've done with WordPress and Drupal that might be a little outside the box for a pure blogging platform. Jim's done some really amazing and cool things with WPMU at MWU.

The session was a total blast for me. It evolved into a pretty lively discussion that wandered around a very wide range of topics – I hope it wasn't too scattered.

I definitely want to work with Jim again. Now, to finish checking in on things, and prepare for the Ceviche Eating Festival.

Jim Groom - More than just a blog