Archive for December 30th, 2004

war on spam

Thursday, December 30th, 2004 -- By ET

I’ve started a war with comment spam. I will take any measures to keep them away from me. Here is a link
to all the available resources.

Here is AuthImage plugin to deter spam.

First, I changed the name of wp-comments-post.php to another name and made the corresponding adjustment in wp-comments.php.
Second, I installed the plugin of authimage
I think these 2 measures can effectively deter comment spams.

Science Commons

Thursday, December 30th, 2004 -- By ET

A new project aimed at improving the dissemination of scientific publications and data has been announced by people from Creative Commons. The National Institutes of Health is already proposing mandated Open Access to all NIH-funded research, and many scientists welcome the free redistribution of their papers, they just don’t know the legal details of how to do it. The Science Commons project will take on the copyright problems unique to scientists (things like pre and post prints, and electronic vs. paper journal distribution).

The mission of Science Commons is to encourage scientific innovation by making it easier for scientists, universities, and industries to use literature, data, and other scientific intellectual property and to share their knowledge with others. Science Commons works within current copyright and patent law to promote legal and technical mechanisms that remove barriers to sharing.

Crop Circles

Thursday, December 30th, 2004 -- By ET


I’ve always wanted to write something about crop circles. I first read about them when I was in elementary school, and it seems that there are more and more evidences through the years.

In many cases, the crop circles are very well designed. In a few instances, the crop circles can be very complicated and beautiful. I remember seeing a BBC program about it, yeah, although they are found everywhere else in the world, the small area in England is still the meca for crop circle researchers. (don’t know who would be specialized in this, I guess we need people from multiple disciplines to work together).

The following is called “Crop Circle of the Year”.

The Farmer is charging just

on blogging

Thursday, December 30th, 2004 -- By ET

Starting a blog is like having a child. It is a big commitment. I always wanted to write down my thoughts and those ephemeral exciting ideas, and blog seems the best medium to do it.

The reason that I’m comparing a blog with a child is that once you made the commitment, you can not quit any more. You have the responsibility to carry on and keep writing. Not just for myself , but also for those random visitors passing by my webpage. For other people, these two things are not comparable because you can always abandon a blog, but it is considerably harder to abandon a child. For me, they are the same, I’m simply not a quitter.


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