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Hi folks, it’s your friendly blogger here.

Check out the photos. I’m quite happy to have most of the ones up that were previously down. Unfortunately, I couldn’t maintain the pages made by the old HTML-based tool, BINS. Gallery 2 is a much better tool. One day I’ll get off my butt and make a decent template for it so that both parts of the web site, blog and photos, match.

You may have noticed problems with the site/mail server being down. I think we’ve fixed that now. I got a discount server several months ago, but I don’t think it came with enough RAM to support my needs. I was amazed at how I couldn’t squeeze a normal web server’s needs into such a tiny amount of RAM. Linux has gotten a bit more memory hungry in its later years. Now we should be good.

After this post I’m taking down the comments and trackers areas of the blog until I can find a better way of dealing with blog spammers. At the moment, I’ve got hundreds of comments/trackbacks waiting to be deleted that are from blog spammers. The solutions offered out of the box by this version of b2evolution are not sufficient for my dilemma, so I’m going to experiment a bit and find something better. So, sorry, no comments/trackbacks until I can fix that. There must be a solution out there somewhere.

Until then, you can email me at with anything questions or comments you may have.

Catch y’all later. I’ll keep plugging on the pics that haven’t been posted yet (rest of Hawaii, the Basilica at the Catholic University of America, etc.).

Update: The trackback/comment spam was much worse than I had thought. Not to mention that I now feel guilty that I had enabled trackbacks to be published by default. Again, I apologize if some of the trackback/comment spam offended anyone. It’s been cleaned out now.

Update to the Update: I’ve re-enabled comments as it was all trackback spam that was the problem. I turned off trackbacks entirely. Other discussions have led me to realize that my comment settings are ok the way they are and that they were driving the spammers toward the use of trackback spam. Bon appetite, feel free to comment! :-)