Slow Posting Week

It’s nearing the end of the semester, and everything needs to be done at once: a lab report, homework, and 200 exams that I need to grade are all due tomorrow…followed by studying for finals.
Forgive me if things get a bit slow for the next week or so.

A Milestone

Akismet counted my 1,000th spam comment this morning.
The dubious honor of being the 1,000th spammer belongs to Evidently times are tough in Panama, as every single one of the nine domains that were posted (and blocked by Akismet) in the spam were non-functional.
You’d think that the spammer would check to make sure their websites were operating before they sent out gazillions of spam comments.
The consolation prize goes out to, also from Panama. This individual has repeatedly bombarded my blog with spam for several days now (at least as far as I can tell — normally Akismet silently discards spam on posts >1 month old, but I disabled that feature so I could find out what, exactly, was the 1,000th spam), with a new attempt every hour or so. The fact that none of the posts actually make it to any live page is not any deterrent.
Out of the 1,000 spams I’ve had posted here, exactly two have made it through the filters. These were reported to Akismet within an hour or two, and didn’t make it through the filter again. Many thanks to Akismet — without them, the blog community would be infested with spam.

Updated WordPress

I just upgraded WordPress from 2.6.1 to 2.6.2.
It was during this upgrade that I decided to make a major change: I had previously done a manual install of WordPress, and thus had to manually upgrade it whenever a new version was released. While not a huge hassle, it was a bit annoying.
Fortunately, Automattic (the folks who make WordPress) maintain a subversion repository, so I can easily install and update WordPress from the command line. As such, I backed up all the content, deleted everything (there was a few minutes where there was no content on the site), and reinstalled from WordPress. After restoring my configurations, plugins, and so on, everything seems to be working properly.
Whenever I do updates, I ask that users contact me if they have any problems. I mean that doubly so this time; if you notice even the slightest problem or irregularity with the site, please let me know and I’ll do what I can to correct it.

Slow Posting

Sorry for the lack of posting recently. I’ve been stuck in the lab playing with Happy Fun Radioactive Sources.
Evidently the muse is not too happy about being around radiation, even low-level sources.
In order to keep this mildly gun-related, the physics department has numerous lead bricks. I need to find out where they get them, and if they’re priced any less than lead ingots being sold at gun-related vendors. If so, it’d make bullet casting a bit less pricey. It sure beats picking up wheel weights on the road, and bricks stack really well.

WordPress 2.6

Just upgraded to WordPress 2.6. So far, so good. If you notice any problems, please let me know.
Also, please ensure that your feed reader is set to use as the feed address. If you link to this site, please update your links to point at rather than — the latter address (and its associated feed address) will be discontinued in the future.
Oh, and if you link to or read this humble blog, thank you!

New Domain

The Arizona Rifleman website has changed addresses! Please update your links and feed readers to reflect the new address for this site.
Old website:
New website:
Old feed address:
New feed address: (Enter this directly into your feed reader. At present it forwards to FeedBurner, but this may change in the future. By entering this URL directly, you can keep up with any changes.)
The old website and feed address will be kept operational for some time, but will eventually be discontinued. I will let you know before this happens, but please change things over sooner rather than later.
If you experience any problems with the new address, please let me know. Occasionally there are transient quirks for the first 24 hours.