Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Ironic spam comments

I always glance through the spam filter’s collection of comments before deleting. There have been some interesting ironies (and I admit that I have used this sort of spam as fuel for a blog entry before):

Nice post. Waitin’ for a sequel! 🙂
Ironically this was associated with the Lake Waikaremoana Day 4 post, which was followed — as it happens — by Lake Waikaremoana Day 5!

Is it simply me or does it give the impression like some of these comments appear like they are written by brain dead folks? 🙂
The answer to that is, simply, “Yes.”

Your own post is wonderful for me personally. It’s a piece of content.
“It’s a piece of content”?! Well, duh, yes. Still, this could have been worse; it could have said it’s a piece of something decidedly less innocuous.

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Good to know I saved someone’s life today, and with my 12 of 12 post for January no less. I’m so glad that my account of wandering around Lake Waikareiti was so helpful to this person’s future.

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And I’d just like to give you a quick heads up about the fact that the text in your article has far worse issues than mine.

The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!
Yes, entirely off topic (and never mind the fact that the iphone apparently transmogrified into an ipad), but I hope you feel better for sharing.

of course like your web site however you have to check the spelling on quite a
few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I to
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I will surely come back again.
Amazingly, there are no spelling errors in this comment, which is unusual in spam that complains about spelling. Its punctuation and the quality of editing, on the other hand, I find to be very troublesome, to tell the truth.

I do enjoy the manner in which you have presented this specific situation and it does indeed present me some fodder for thought. On the other hand, from what I have witnessed, I only wish as other opinions stack on that people keep on point and not start on a tirade involving some other news of the day. Still, thank you for this excellent piece and though I can not concur with this in totality, I regard the perspective.
“Fodder for thought”? So now I have cows posting comments to my page. And, what’s more, it’s an opinionated cow.

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?
There were no videos in the post on which you commented. And there was quite a lot of writing. And there were even apostrophes in the right places. I can’t speak for its level of “informative” (one person’s informative is another’s drivel), but it was readable. This complaint is in contrast to the following whinge, posted in response to one of my Bathurst Harbour posts which was full of photos:
Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and all. Nevertheless imagine if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this blog could definitely be one of the best in its niche. Great blog!

They aren’t all complaints, though …

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I have the gift. I truly know what I am talking about. At last someone recognises my brilliance. (And I think it is safe to say that my knowledge of what I am talking about far exceeds this commenter, who seems to have issues with the meanings of some words.)

And, finally, there’s this (though I am not sure if it is ironic, and I have not included the web-links which usually come with this type):

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To which I can only say: Fqre gkad erogubzn.

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