“I am Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia”

Who the hell is “Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia”, and why would he want to post the same comment on over 924,000 blogs when he’s clearly not trying to sell anything?

The weird bit is that PK has a stalker called Raiul Baztepo, who frequently comments yes there is a pattern here, on the same blog posts, and they both use forms of words that are so bland as to be suitable to just about any theme, and be unremarkable at the same time. A study in blandness, you might think. Yet there is a sort of vulnerable appeal in their form of words that is beguiling enough that the spammers often receive kind, welcoming replies to their comments.
I think it says something good about human nature that blog authors show such compassion and respect for their visiting commenters.

Here’s Piter’s schtick:

Hi ! :)
I am Piter Kokoniz. Just want to tell, that your posts are really interesting
And want to ask you: what was the reasson for you to start this blog?
Sorry for my bad english:)
Thank you!
Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

Raiul Baztepo comments:

Hello!
Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I´v just started to learn this language ;)
See you!
Your, Raiul Baztepo

They are no slouches, these two. Piter has racked up 924,000 comments, and Raiul is trailing along behind him with a score of only 11,500.
And people respond to their bland blandishments, too. Is this perhaps the point of the spamming? Are these two (presumably completely fictitious people) trying to collect thousands of sympathetic blog owners URLs? And how could they possibly profit from the bloggers responses?

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Transcripts & Videos from The Convention on Modern Liberty

If you couldn’t be there on February 28th, you’ll be happy to learn that the entire proceedings of The Convention Of Modern Liberty, the mass assertion of our liberties, rights and freedoms, are now online.

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The Convention’s libertarian energy is now being channeled into a forum called Magna Carta 2.0.

Magna Carta 2.0 is a cross party, educational campaign promoting widespread open-minded, public debate and understanding of the threats to fundamental human rights and freedoms and how they can be countered

Guess where the inaugural meeting of Magna Carta 2.0 will take place?

Magna Carta 2.0 Facebook group.

The Convention’s Facebook group

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How to Link a Small Image to a Big Image in a WordPress.com Blog

There is no need to feel constrained by the apparently small images allowed in most WordPress.com blog themes.

You can couple your small (typically around 500pixels wide) thumbnail pictures to an enlarged version as big as your and your visitor’s screens will allow.

Here’s how to post an image into your WordPress.com blog that will enlarge it to the size of your choice when your visitors click on it.

This is the way I do it on my own hosted blog and on my WordPress.com blog. I’ve just tried it and it works fine…. :-)
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Posting a Poster

In just over a month it will once again be time for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. This year, for some reason, it will be called “Annecy09“. (How do they come up with these crazy names, eh?)

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(Click the image to enlarge it, please)
Here’s a crop of this year’s festival poster. (The rabbit is a long standing mascot of the Annecy festival.)

Download an A4 version of the complete poster here.>> Download the PDF of the poster here. and paste it above your workstation, in your cubicle, or even in the tea room for others to enjoy – wherever you fancy, really.
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