Monthly Archives: July 2010
Car Launcher… In Action
Just had a odd experience where someone left a comment on one of my Instructables accusing me of stealing the idea for my Hot Wheels Car Launcher. At first I was like ‘dude, I’m sure other people have thought of similar things in the vast internets’, then I googled and found what he was talking about. The car launcher in the video was exactly like mine. But the video was by Make Magazine, who had published my How To on the Car Launcher last December (the Kids Issue). So the guy was basically accusing me of ripping off my own design. So no worries. But I had totally missed the video — it was really cool to see someone else building my design, and showing it off to the world! So I figured I’d link to it here: How to Make (DotatDabbled’s) Hot Wheels Car Launcher video… [ KEEP READING ].
I’m missing my little one, who has been visiting myriad grandparents and other adventures. Will see his cute little face on Saturday!
So, a query for you more experienced parents out there:
The Boy just turned 5, and we’ve been wondering what and how much to do around beginning reading. He loves to be read to — we read both picture and chapter books to him before bedtime every night, and he has a learning video game that he likes, that seems to have some basic phonics and sight words in it. But he’s not really showing much interest in reading himself. He can spell a few words, and is pretty good with letter sounds. So I’m wondering… do we try to work on this with him, or just let it develop naturally, and let kindergarten worry about it in the fall?… [ KEEP READING ]
I spotted these Bender (from Futurama) cupcakes over at Duhlicious and had to share them here with you guys. What a cute idea…
For these toppers I used Wilton Edible Writers on hard fondant disks. The cool thing about edible writers is that you can use them to doodle, and they are safe to eat.… [ KEEP READING ]
Here is part 2 on dealing with Comment Spam… the bane of a blogger’s existence. In part 1 we talked about Comment Moderation and Blacklisting, so, to continue…
(If you missed it: How to deal with Comment Spam, Part 1)… [ KEEP READING ]
Those evil (more educated) comment spammers who look almost real
Lately I’ve been noticing a trend of spammers who look like they have actually read your post, and respond with a somewhat intelligent comment, not full of spam links. These can be almost more annoying, because they can slip by automated checks, and because they require more work. Plus, sometimes you’re not even sure if they are really a spammer. These will be notable by either a really odd name (like “Boys Birthday Cards” or “Best Home Loans”) which link back to their spam site, or they’ll have a normal name (like “Sue Smith” or “Jessica”) but their name links to something like myspammyloansite.com.