I - In other news
- Man who fought Playmate for inheritance dies: “E. Pierce Marshall, who feuded for years with former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith over his father's oil fortune, has died, his spokesman said Friday. He was 67.” ... what I learned is that her real name is Vickie Lynn.
- Man wins $400K for 10-year implant malfunction: “A former handyman has won more than $400,000 in a lawsuit over a penile implant that gave him a 10-year erection.” ... I guess he is no longer hard up for cash. Sucks to be him, though.
Sports Illustrated “talked” to Danica Patrick recently, and as part of that talking, they had to do a photo shoot. Color me unimpressed. We all know that she is the wrong Danica (I would say “you do the math” but that is just a bo-bad with no setup).
Somehow I have been missing out on Platoon ... it is around here somewhere.
II - A picture is worth a thousand words
Now for the ‘technical aside’ and NQSFW bit (meaning, you've been warned).
A couple years ago I realized, while looking through my AWStats reports, that folks were hotlinking images from my site for use as their stupid web forum avatars and such ... 5000 hits/day is not that much, but since I was serving my site off my home DSL connection, I considered it not just rude, but a bit of a nuisance as well. Naturally I edited httpd.conf and/or .htaccess to block and/or rewrite such requests, and edited robots.txt to keep my image directories from being indexed by polite bots.
When I decided to move to Berlin hosting my own domain was no longer an option, so I went for a wonderful service known to many a husite, transferred the domain, and promptly forgot about it ... at least after my scripts and database were up and running. That is to say, I forgot about hotlinking.
And since I ignored my logs and stats for a long long time, I failed to notice that the hotlinking had picked up again. There is no reason for a boring site like mine to do 30MB of traffic a day, which, I admit, is not much, but when over half of that is jpg traffic and a) I used very few images in general and b) the most-requested pages contained no images, I thought to myself, I should do my host a favor and reduce this.
A couple years ago it was primarily forum avatars, but since then, myspace has become a force with which to be reckoned. I figured it would be rude to just block requests with the improper HTTP_REFERER ... all those broken images! Thus a redirect was in order so things could degrade gracefully.
I feel sorry for juliet4ever, who seems to be a lovely young woman (Juliet “Jacqueline Danielle”), as well as for brendahannabrendahanna (“Brendie”), a 40 year old whose choice of background design/image disturbs me, and for timyarb, who was looking “for something completely different.”
By the time you view these pages, if you choose to do so, they might have changed their profiles, entries, etc.
I must also admit that it was in poor taste and such for me to use that image, not so much because of its content, but because I, too, am linking to an image that I am not hosting ... my only “excuse” is that a) my current .htaccess setup seems to break replacement images from my site for some reason and b) this is temporary and I'll soon switch to a simple refusal or redirect to a document on my site. I feel so immature.
III - Questions
1. What is your preferred method of dealing with hotlinking? ... philosophy, method, and code are all welcome.
2. Danica or Danica?
3. When you create documents for the web, do you care about the proper use of quotes (smart quotes), n- and m-dashes, etc.?
4. 5 p.m. (Central Europe) ... Germany vs. Sweden and 9 p.m. Argentina vs. Mexico ... watching either or both?
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