Monthly Archives: September 2011

Wedding update

I got engaged on New Year’s Eve last year, and was married in August. We had a book-themed wedding, with books as centrepieces, origami flowers made from book pages, and cupcakes topped with fondant books. You can check out all the details on Flickr.

Here’s my favourite detail: a custom cake topper we commissioned from the talented Sophia’s Workshop. As you can see, it includes our kittens, Sir William Purrington III (on his back, asking for tummy rubs as always) and Comma (don’t be fooled by his calm expression: he’s totally about to bite our feet if we move!).

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Bonus nerd points if you know where I got the title from.

This website gets a lot of spam. 767 pieces in 11 months, in fact, which means I get about 70 pieces each month.  Thankfully, it doesn’t get posted, but it’s still annoying to delete. The only upshot is that many of the spammers try to slip under the radar by posting generic praise. Here are some of the lovely things that the nice people wanting to sell real Rolex watches, generic Viagra, and insurance have said about my website:

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So normally I just smile, pretend they really are talking about me for a second, and click “Mark as spam.”

But yesterday, I received a chilling comment:

  • naturally like your web site but you have to test the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the truth however I’ll surely come again again.

What? So now along with all the yes-men I have a rogue critic? I don’t think so, spammer. I’m an editor and  an author, and I take great offense at your libelous comment. I dare you to find a typo in any of my posts (well, except this one, which is filled with spammers’ typos). For shame! Now go back to telling me how wonderful I am, and I just might let one of your comments slip by.

But probably not.

Anyone else out there reading a little too much into spam? Let me know in the comments!