Monday, October 4, 2010

Blog casserole: A little bit of everything

More Frazz lettering to do tonight, so I’ll try keep it short, but I do have a bit of housekeeping here on the blog.

First, the standard disclaimer: I’m not Jef, I’m Patty, his wife, filling in for him while he gets caught up on stuff. If you want words of wisdom from Jef, you can get them in myriad other locations—but not here, not now.

Now, the housekeeping.

Tim R. hinted that I might consider dishing some Jef dirt while I’m filling in for him. Jef’s not a particularly grubby guy, but there’s always dirt. You’ll just have to catch me in the right mood to dish it.

Liz said hello (Hi, Liz!) and wondered if Jef and I were still doing “that tandem biking thing.” Not as often as I’d like, I’m afraid. We’ve gotten a couple of rides in this summer, but they really haven’t felt very good to me. I don’t know if this tandem (a very nice Burley Rivazza) doesn’t fit me well or if I’ve just failed to build up the necessary butt calluses the past couple of seasons, but I haven’t been up for very much riding. We’ll keep trying, though.

Derek wondered after the October 1 Frazz appeared whether he (Derek, not Frazz) was “suffering from a regional problem.” It seems Caulfield commented in that day’s strip that, "You can plant as many pine nuts as you want, and you won't grow a pine tree." Derek notes that in New Mexico, they harvest pine nuts around this time each year by shaking them out of the pine trees in which they grow.

Sorry, Derek. That was a mistake, arrived at through a combination of Jef (Attention Tim R.! Very minor dirt alert!) thinking that pine nuts “weren’t really from pine trees—I thought they just called them that” and me not feeling like debating the issue when I did the lettering. (In retrospect, I should have suggested that he switch the reference to Corn Nuts, the stinky snack made by Kraft Foods out of corn and—not chemicals!—partially hydrogenated soybean and/or canola oil and salt.)

A number of people have noted on Facebook that they wanted to comment (especially after Saturday’s Happy to be stuck with me earworms post) but couldn’t see the word verification information required to do so. We at Blog Central have no idea why this happens, as we have no idea how to create captchas or fix broken ones, but we encourage you to keep trying, as the same thing happened to us when we first tried to comment on Jef’s blog (before we started writing Jef’s blog) but eventually stopped happening and let us comment.

Others have sent friendly greetings and words of encouragement, and I thank you for all of them.

It’s getting late—I better get some lettering done!


Tim R said...

A little background: Capcha -- a small bit of human readable text that is challenging for a computer to decipher because it is distorted.

Solution: if the capcha is NOT human readble, copy your post reload the page (thus generating another capcha) and paste your post back. Inconvenient but it works.

I have turned off the word verification option on my blog and turned moderation on. In this way, I avoid the capcha problem. I do have to moderate all the comments, however. Virtually all the comments I get are spam. With the new Google spam filter, these posts never make it to the site anyway. With your greater volume (I would assume) perhaps the word verification is necessary.

Just a few geeky options if you so choose.

Emilio Chevere said...

Jeff - It was Eric the Red's son Leif Ericson who supposedly landed in Canada (Vineland) and founded the Viking colony there.

Here's the first paragraph of the Wiki article:
"Leif Ericson (pronounced /leɪf/ layf or /liːf/ leef in English; Old Norse: Leifr Eirīksson;[1] c. 970 – c. 1020) was a Norse[2] explorer who is regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.[3] According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, which has been tentatively identified with the L'Anse aux Meadows Norse site on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada."