Sens 7 Lightning 2

The regular season is almost over, just six more games to go for the Ottawa Senators – and we are looking very strong. After 76 games played, the Sens, fourth seed in the Eastern Conference have 98 points; which is actually second best in the East. But since fellow division rivals, Buffalo, has 103 points, the higest in their conference, Ottawa ends up being 4th. It doesn’t matter, I believe that they can win the Cup. On Saturday they beat 2004 champions  , the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-2 , in Tampa! Dany Heatley had 2 goals (45 in total) and an assist. Joseph Corvo, Daniel Alfredsson, Christoph Schubert, Patrick Eaves and Dean McAmmond also scored for Ottawa, which has earned at least a point in 20 of 21 games (15-1-5) since Feb. 8. Tampa’s two goals were scored by Ottawa native, Dan Boyle. We could actually use you a lot in the team, Dan. But the team looks ready for the playoffs and this could be the year. I am hoping. GO SENS GO!

Spam Blocker

As you well know, I was having some trouble with spam being fed into my comments section by some very nasty SpamBots. Although they weren’t being displayed on my site, because I have to moderate every comment, it was still a pain in the ass, as I have to go through them and delete them and then also delete the email alerts that I get everytime I have a comment posted in one of my blog entries.

So I was on the lookout for a plugin that worked as a spam blocker, kind of the one like Mack D.Male has on his website. If you want to submit an entry, his spam blocker will ask you to enter a random generated number, which will be displayed next to your comment. That in effect keeps the bots from entering any spam comments in your blog. Not 100% but then what is?

So I searched the net for any such free spam blockers and I found a huge list of such stuff. I downloaded a few and tried them out like Authimage, CompPreVal & Spam Karma 2. Some are quite complicated as it involves not just downloading the .php files but then even altering some of your own files in wordpress. I tried a couple of times but I just ended up getting some errors. Then I found Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam Image Plugin, which is available for download from his website, Peter’s Useful Crap which is free.

It works like a charm! Immediately on activating this plugin, I logged out of wordpress and did a test comment myself and I could only enter the comment upon entering a word. I hope this will be enough to keep those assholes at bay. I am sure that a few will eventually seep through, as the guys who create spambots make them even more intelligent and figure out ways to enter the random generated words or numbers shown in the images. But until then, I think I can rest assured.
Thanks very much Peter. You have given me and many more like me a respite from all that nonsense that those spammers keep pushing on to blogs. Thanks a ton.

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Song for the day – “Hello Mr.Timebomb” – MATTHEW GOOD BAND

Lean Green Ninja Machine

There has been a lot of publicity about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that has caused some controversy among old time fans of the TMNT franchise. If you grew up during the late 1980s to early 1990s or were a teen during that time, there is a good chance that the green ninjas had a huge effect on you. They were everywhere, so to speak. Even here in India, the movies were selling out or being rented by thousands & thousands of kids from all available movie rentals & stores. I remember two families fighting over who would get the last available copy of the first TMNT movie at a video rental store in the city! There were cakes made in the shape of the cool dudes for any kid who was celebrating a birthday (I almost got one for my sister, but she was turning 23 or 24 and didn’t like the comic heroes).

My cousins and I were huge fans of the foursome and we saw the first & second movies numerous times. We laughed at the jokes, debated as to who was the coolest turtle (it was hotly contested) and shouted ‘cowabunga’ and slapped hi-fives all around whenever we said that and provided good fodder for poking fun at ourselves years later! But no question, TMNT is a huge part of my younger days and I am still a huge fan of it.

A few years after we say the movies, they started showing one of the cartoon series on cable over here. Even though a few years older, I started watching them on a regular basis during the early evening time slot that they were showing it at. I think I saw the third movie, and definitely their least popular, a few years ago, although it was actually made in 1993. My original Turtle fever had died down but I was still nostalgic enough to watch it twice in a weekend. :)

Then a few weeks ago, while flipping channels I saw the 2003 started cartoon series of TMNT, which is even better than the cartoon series I had seen years back. I started watching it almost every weekday, as it is the perfect time for me – right after I wake up and have my coffee and breakfast. I have become a fan again and was looking forward to watching the new movie – only that it is a computer generated one and first impressions are that I am not too pleased with the way that the lead characters look. But we’ll see!

But wait : one of the songs that is closely associated with TMNT is “Ninja Rap” by rapper & el stupido Vanilla Ice, from the second movie. For my embarrassment, read the following : When I was 15, my cousin Suraj and I recorded a tape of us singing songs, making jokes & fake news, with sound effects no less,  and pretending to be a new radio station with djs and all. One of the songs I sung or rapped was “Ninja Rap” (with really loud & energetic shouts of “Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go”) with altered lyrics since I didn’t have the originals. I still get hell for it now, 15 years later.