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Hotlinking mysteries and political tedium


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 12 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 12 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

As I’ve alluded to in the recent past, quite a number of websites hotlink images from this one. It’s something that I once tried to discourage using complicated scripts, but then pretty much gave up. Many images on the site are, for some reason, highly rated by Google Images, which only increases the amount of hotlinking that goes on.

I was surprised today, though, to find that The Amateur Scientist had found this image on my server. I couldn’t imagine why it was on there… what post could possibly require an illustration of a herd of goats?

Then I remembered: It was this one. A fascinating anecdote, portraying the joys of political blogging when politics is dull.

Given that this purports to be a political blog, I will actually post something about politics sometime in the not too distant future, I promise… but all that seems to be going on at the moment is traditional Conservative Party dissent accompanied by traditional Conservative Party policy rehashes, in this case the idea introducing an optional volunteering scheme spun as ‘National Service’.

And Gordon Brown seems to be just plodding on in a Brownish way, apparently considering calling a snap election – of course he’s not really considering it, unless he’s more stupid than he looks, whatever the polls might say. Polls and elections are different species. Now I’m just waffling.

It’s Conference Season coming up, though, so they’ll be plenty of stuff to write then. In the meantime, go watch some stupid videos.

This 1,205th post was filed under: Blogging, Politics.

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Comments and responses

Comment from AmateurScientist

by AmateurScientist

Comment posted at 22:32 on 6th September 2007.

Sorry about the hotlinking, but yours was the best goat image I could find. I’ll find another one if you’d prefer.

Comment from Mort Karman

by Mort Karman

Comment posted at 03:23 on 7th September 2007.

I guess one could say someone got your goat.
If I am sort of subdued and quiet lately it is because with all going on redoing the house (even the computer room is torn up) I have not been spending the amount of time on the computer I usually do. As I write this there is a big hole where a door will someday be to allow me to go outside from the computer room. I have a tarp to keep bugs and rain out, but it was 90F yesterday and the tarp does not keep the cold air in, so I stay pretty much out of the room and away from the computer.
All right, I cannot tell a lie. The new boat and my location near the Pine River also cut into my computer time. But winter is on it’s way and I will be spending more time inside.
I have not yet tried to catch any of the mutated fish that live in Pine River. It is also weird to have a nice beach but you can’t swim least you become contaminated. But, honest, our drinking water comes from this river. I have a water cooler and bottled water (which I guess comes from another contaminated site)

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 07:30 on 7th September 2007.

AmateurScientist – Don’t worry at all, you’re very welcome to the image!

Mort – I hope the door arrives soon!

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