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    3rd February 2007

    options update and an amazing piece of artwork

    So, I’ve had some trouble with the plug-ins on this site, which means I haven’t been able to get a comment spam filter, which in turn means that I get a load of dumb spam comments. Most of these comments contain a whole bunch of poorly conglomerated links. One solution that I am going to try is to blacklist a certain word from my blog – and here not a real word as much as an acronym. What this means is that if anyone submits a comment with this word it will be automatically deleted – and I won’t even have a chance to moderate it. The acronym that I am going to blacklist combines the letters U-R-L, so I think if you use and words with U-R-L in them, in that specific order, the comment will be nuked. So, words like H-U-R-L, B-U-R-L, and U-N-F-U-R-L are out. Hope this isn’t too much of a problem. It’s not like I get a ton of comments anyway.

    Because I don’t want to have a post that is all technical news and whatnot, I must give you the link to a most extraordinary piece of artwork that is in the making. There is an artist from Montreal who is planning on building a 300 meter long dirigible (blimp) or sorts in the shape of a banana, and then flying it in low outer space over Texas (30 – 50 km up where there aren’t really laws that govern such things) so that it would be visible in the Texas sky for about a month.

    Here is my favorite quote about the artist who is doing this:

    Artist Cesar Saez who was born in Argentina, but now lives in Montreal said it is up to individual viewers to interpret his art, according to the report.

    “We address advertisement, we address entertainment, we address political issues,” Saez was quoted as saying.

    “The issue of migration in the (United) States is another. The banana is built in Mexico and released in Mexico and enters in a furtive way.”

    When asked why he wanted to undertake the project, he responded: “Why? Because it’s possible. Why not a banana over Texas?”

    And here is the link to the site:


    2 Responses to “options update and an amazing piece of artwork”

    1. Loren says:

      u r l

      Anyways, you and your Brojas are invited (or anyone else for that matter) to come to The Midnight Oil on Friday. There is a link on my blog or just head to

    2. Daryl says:

      Thanks Loren, maybe I’ll put a link for it on my blog tomorrow (right now I have class) – and the U R L blocking has succeeded in destroying 99% of the spam comments.

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