Thanks to Viewers Like You!

A generous benefactor, who wishes to remain nameless, has contributed funds to our little community. As a result, our comment limit has TRIPLED to a whopping 3,000 characters. That may still not be enough space for some (cough*Aaron*cough), but it’s an unexpected surprise. The change should take place shortly.

Let me also just say how truly impressed I’ve been with the warmth and genuine insight from our bloggers and commenters. Kudos to all!

And now for all, a moment of zen: the 30-second version of The Exorcist, as performed by bunnies.

Comments

  1. Aaron: as for the name of the blog, I’m still open to suggestions, but I don’t think we’ve had any clear winners in the contest (see posts below, ya’ll). Zeezrom, Esq. is too limiting.

    BCC is terribly boring, but innocuous.

  2. As well, if you log in on dial-up, you will show up as different IPs.

  3. Despite the upgrade to the haloscan comments, though, you still have the same problem with I do with banner-supported blogspot: all too frequently the ads at the top of the page read “Build a Stronger America: Support the RNC and the President’s Compassionate Conservative Agenda.” Arg.

  4. I believe I should come forward and admit that at least half of that 600 was me. I go to my log regularly with the vain and faint hope someone will comment on my thoughts. Then after seeing no one’s come to visit, I check out my liberal brothers and sisters and see what new topics they have and if they are worth stealing thunder for.

    Now my method is no longer secret.

  5. I like the color background and the increased size for posting. I don’t like that the banner ad yesterday was a sight for recovering Mormons. (*must edit snarky comments……*) Okay, and moving on. I think we now need a theme song–and perhaps an animated mascot to sing it. I was touched by the exorcist bunnies, but feel that we could come up with something with more of an LDS slant.

    And in other news? On the site meter is that 600+ distinct IP addresses, or just me, you and a couple of others logging on obsessively when we should be billing?

    And finally, I suspect Aaron really is a porn star–although perhaps not a lesbian. We should keep our eye on him….He may be trying to infiltrate…

  6. I say we choose a name from the scriptures . . . how about Ether 11:14.

    14 And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in wickedness all his days; and he begat Moron. And it came to pass that Moron did reign in his stead; and Moron did that which was wicked before the Lord.

    He did that which was wicked before the Lord . . . what a Moron!

  7. Incidentally, a couple of commenters have shown up with homepage links that are pr0n internet sites. I’ve edited their profiles in HaloScan, but I would recommend that commenters enter something into the URL blank on the form. That way, if there is some sort of worm putting porn sites in your URL spot, this would counteract it.

    Or, you could just leave it as-is. It’s hilarious!

  8. Karen,

    It’s different IP addresses. You can see that for the last week, the site has gotten a little over 700 hits, and around 1400 page views. (Minor wrinkle: If you’re checking from both work and home, you will show up as two different IP addresses).

  9. Karen, I love the idea for a theme song and animated mascot. Something REALLY kitschy would be best. Here are my votes: Alvin and the Chipmunks singing “My Turn on Earth”?

    Actually, if I could do an animated GIF for the site, it would be the cow-healing scene from Legacy. For some reason I really like that scene! It’s almost as good as the extremely gay Joseph Smith.

    Now, I feel really dirty for making fun of Legacy. Time to write my talk on purity….

  10. OK, y’all may be devout, but you still totally rock. That cartoon was the bomb.

  11. Okay, let’s try this out. Hmm, I can either compose a three thousand character comment off the cuff. Or, I can find something to paste in.

    29 And it came to pass that Lib did live many years, and begat sons and daughters; and he also begat Hearthom.

    30 And it came to pass that Hearthom reigned in the stead of his father. And when Hearthom had reigned twenty and four years, behold, the kingdom was taken away from him. And he served many years in acaptivity•, yea, even all the remainder of his days.

    31 And he begat Heth, and Heth lived in captivity all his days. And Heth begat Aaron, and Aaron dwelt in captivity all his days; and he begat Amnigaddah, and Amnigaddah also dwelt in captivity all his days; and he begat Coriantum, and Coriantum dwelt in captivity all his days; and he begat Com.

    32 And it came to pass that Com drew away the half of the kingdom. And he reigned over the half of the kingdom forty and two years; and he went to battle against the king, Amgid, and they fought for the space of many years, during which time Com gained power over Amgid, and obtained power over the remainder of the kingdom.

    33 And in the days of Com there began to be robbers in the land; and they adopted the old plans, and administered aoaths after the manner of the ancients, and sought again to destroy the kingdom.

    34 Now Com did fight against them much; nevertheless, he did not prevail against them.

    1 AND there came also in the days of Com many aprophets•, and prophesied of the destruction of that great people except they should repent, and turn unto the Lord, and forsake their murders and wickedness.

    2 And it came to pass that the prophets were arejected by the people, and they fled unto Com for protection, for the people sought to destroy them.

    3 And they prophesied unto Com many things; and he was blessed in all the remainder of his days.

    4 And he lived to a good old age, and begat Shiblom; and Shiblom reigned in his stead. And the brother of Shiblom rebelled against him, and there began to be an exceedingly great war in all the land.

    5 And it came to pass that the brother of Shiblom caused that all the prophets who prophesied of the destruction of the people should be put to adeath;

    6 And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a great curse should come upon the land, and also upon the people, and that there should be a great destruction among them, such an one as never had been upon the face of the earth, and their bones should become as aheaps• of earth upon the face of the land except they should repent of their wickedness.

    7 And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord, because of their wicked combinations; wherefore, there began to be wars and acontentions in all the land, and also many famines and pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; and all this came to pass in the days of Shiblom.

    8 And t

  12. p.s. I’ve tweaked the layout a little. I don’t like the new format for comments, but I like having more reading space on the main page. Thoughts?

  13. Aaron Brown says:

    Steve,

    You mean… I wasn’t the only one? Thank goodness! I’m not easily embarrassed, but the thought of someone clicking on my “Homepage” and concluding that I must be a lesbian porn star was a little much.

    Then again, for all you all know, maybe I AM a lesbian porn star. :)

    Aaron B

  14. Three cheers for charity. This must be what Bush had in mind when he cut taxes. Now only the most verbose will be forced to post in multiple sections.

    Our gratitude goes out to our nameless benefactor. We will dedicate a blogger’s chair to you. That is actually a pretty good idea that I am now sharing with the entire blogosphere–do with your blog what universities have long done. A bloggers chair (I hereby claim credit for coining this term) could do all the things that a university’s chairs do–raise funds for administering the program while encouraging work in a certain area.

    The only question is: What should the inaugural chair be called?

  15. Wonderful news!

    (Now, if I can only get Steve and Kaimi to change the name of this blog …)

    Aaron B

    Edited By Siteowner

  16. Wow, that’s a lot of space!

    Unfortunately, now it just truncates rather than rejects, so if you _do_ go over 3K, you’ll only find out after your comment has been cut down to size.

  17. Wow, we got comment spam going here too? We really have arrived.

    Incidentally, I did some reading on the subject in defending T & S from comment spam. Apparently, those links aren’t really supposed to get any sales. What they are intended to do is increase the page’s “google rank” — so that when someone types in “lesbian porn stars” into google, that particular page is higher on the list. (The more links to a page, the higher the google rank).

  18. Kristine says:

    Yeah, Aaron, I just thought you were raising the bar for “liberal.” I confess that I actually puzzled over the page long enough to start wondering whether you were a zoologist with a very strange sense of humor.

  19. Yeah, it’s too bad that there’s no warning about the new truncation, but do we really want comments over 3K characters??

    p.s. you can now insert basic html tags into your comments for fun.

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