Runcible Blog

News Flash: Spammers SUCK!!

My website is currently being hit hard by a "referrer spamming" attack (I consider it an attack). In the span of one hour, an automatic script has requested my index page 3050 times (and counting)! The host,, is apparently in Germany on a dial-up connection. I don't want to encourage them, but here is a typical line from my access log: - - [28/Jan/2003:13:30:03 -0500] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 6765 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows 95)"

I haven't counted, but there are several different referrers being used, and several different user agents. This is really a ridiculous way of spamming someone since it has little effect unless you are displaying referrers on your site. I don't, but I have a separate usage stats page (I won't put a link here, but the link is elsewhere on my site) that google has indexed. The spammer is hoping that those sites will show up on my stats, thus leading people or search engines back to the referred pages. Spamming has reached a new low (could it go any lower?). The most frustrating thing is that I don't have a defense against it unless I do a whole bunch of configuring and reboot the server. For now, I'll just wait for the madness to stop and then cut out those entries from my log. Take that! current hits: 3738 and counting....

how sweet

I just finished watching Amélie on TV. It's the second time I've seen it (the first time was in the theater with that girl). Anyway, it is a beautiful movie and very well made. I recommend it to anyone. If you can tolerate the romantic fantasy it purports, it's really such a lovely story. Haha, the only problem is that now there are hundreds (thousands?) of girls who either think they are just like Amélie or who want to be like Amélie. I guess I can't blame them…she's so cute!
Audrey Tautou picture from

Broken Car

I must've slipped back into the go-to-bed-late-wake-up-later mode somehow. I was reading about RSS and XHTML and junk like that, and before I knew it, it was 4am. Way to burn up lots of time... Since my car failed re-inspection due to a torn CV boot, a tiny hole in the muffler, and a frozen windshield washer, I continue to tinker with this beast. The muffler hole was simple to fix with some sort of putty (there's a putty for everything, apparently). The windshield washer pump fortunately is not burnt out, but the nozzles and reservoir were frozen. No problem there -- just wait for spring! I bought a universal "quick boot" today and will attempt an install tomorrow. It is a quick fix and not exactly permanent, but I'm not quite daring enough to take off the joint to install a standard boot. (I once took apart the rear wheel of a single speed bike and couldn't figure out how to put it back together....bye bye bike) I'm also concerned that there might be an alternator problem looming, and the car seems to be burning a lot of gas. Why didn't I get a solar powered car? Oh, that's right -- the sun doesn't come out until March.

Say NO to iCab

iCab doesn't earn a place in my dock, I'm sorry to say. Today I fired it up for the first time in a while and saw just how poorly it renders XHTML and CSS. I don't know what the problem is, but other people have complained about it's lack of support for CSS. At least my site renders almost correctly in Internet Explorer for Mac. iCab is far off. If that company expects to charge $30 for a final version, I hope they bring the standards support up to par with other browsers(although Safari has plenty of its own problems. I just don't notice them...)