This ugly blog

Redeemed Rambling is hating on this blog, criticizing our graphic design!  This is what he says about Cranach:

Ugly. Mixed web 1.0 and 2.0 graphics give the site a weird feel. The posts and comments sometimes display wrong. Definitely a content-centric blog, but that doesn’t give it license look uglier than a newspaper.

via Redeemed Rambling: Christian Web Sites Worth Avoiding.

Mixed web 1.0 and 2.0 graphics?  (I don’t even know what that means, which is probably part of the problem.)  Weird feel?  (Maybe I’m just being emergent.)   Post and comments sometimes display wrong? (That I know, but I’ve been unable to remedy it.)  Content-centric?  (Well, yes.)  No license to look uglier than a newspaper?  (But I like the look of newspapers!)

Redeemed Rambling has white letters on a black background.  Isn’t that hard to read?  Isn’t black print on a white background better and making a statement about  being print-oriented?  And why does Redeemed Rambling have my picture in the side-bar?  That uglifies HIS site.  At least I have a great artist’s portrait here, rather than my own.  But I guess I owe it to Cranach’s memory to have a blog with some visual appeal.

At any rate, I don’t want to hurt your eyes or violate your aesthetic sensibility.  I’m sure it’s time for a complete Cranach make-over.  What do you think?  What would you suggest? 

 Help, tODD and Stewart!

The Cranach Nuclear Watch

As Japan and the rest of the world worry over what will happen to the earthquake and tsunami damaged nuclear power plants, you should know that here at the Cranach blog we are getting some expert commentary.  MarkB used to work with nuclear power plants, and Carl Vehse–whom you might know merely on this blog as a conservative flamethrower–is by vocation a nuclear chemist.

I appreciate their ongoing explanations of the information that is coming out.

See what they say here and here.

Did the Huffington Post sell out?

Did Arianna Huffington just sell out her fellow progressives?

In the literal sense, she undoubtedly has: The sale of Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million (including a large pile of cash going to Huffington herself) means this powerful liberal voice is formally joining the “corporate media” its writers have long disparaged.

There are also some indications that she has sold out in the ideological sense and committed the Huffington Post to joining the mainstream media – the evil “MSM” of “HuffPo” blogger ire. Announcing the deal, she and her new boss went out of their way to say that the new Huffington Post would emphasize things other than the liberal politics on which the brand was built.

via Arianna Huffington’s ideological transformation.

Unflagging a word and setting us free

Thanks to tODD for figuring out how to get into the spam filter to keep it from blocking the word “socialist.”  The filter keeps a list of words to flag that usually are associated with spam.   All that had to be done was to delete “Cialis” from the list.  Now you commenters can talk about “socialism” all you want, whether you are for it or against it, and your comment won’t get filtered.

This really opens up the subject matter for this blog.  We can discuss not only socialists but also specialists, commercialism, provincialism, and racialism.

We can also use previously forbidden words like artificial, beneficial, judicial, superficial, social, antisocial, and crucial when followed by an “is” or a noun that begins with those two letters, such as “issue.”

Think of all the things we are now freed to talk about.  Even Cialis.  (If that kind of spam gets through all of the other defenses, though, we might have to take further action.)

At any rate, this will hopefully keep your comments from not showing up and will keep me from having the unpleasant duty of going through the spam that gets filtered looking for legitimate comments that were blocked.  (Also remember that posts with more than two links go into moderation, but those are easier for me to catch and approve.)

Why “socialist” gets spam filtered

tODD has solved the mystery of why comments on this blog that mention “socialism” or its variants get treated like spam, exiled into a spam world until they are “released” whenever I think to check it.   Look closely at that word.  Specifically its third through sixth letters.  Do you notice the brand name of a “male enhancement product”?  One that is marketed on obnoxious TV commercials and is sold through shady internet sites?  The word is ubiquitous in spam, and any good spam filter is going to filter it out.

So WordPress–or rather, the spam filter Akismet–is NOT a Republican who does not want that anti-free-enterprise economic system brought up, and it is NOT a Democrat who does not want the current president to be accused of subscribing to that theory.  It is just rightfully squeamish and suspicious of male enhancement peddlers.

I would think this would be an issue with virtually all blogs, though.  This is a genuine inhibitor of political speech, one that should be very frustrating for leftists conspiring to bring on the great proletarian revolution.

P.S.:  My brother’s first big comment the other day got caught in the spam filter because he used the word “socialist.”  Yesterday he got another comment blocked because he used the word “specialist,” which has the same problem!  Do see what he has to say on the Medicare post, along with my rejoinder.  I think we found the solution.

More from my brother

I am so glad that my brother started reading and commenting on my blog. In case you missed it, here is more of what he said on that state bank post, in dialogue with tODD:

Thank you Todd. It is true that I am new to this blog thing, but I am starting to really get into it now. So much so that I am becoming unproductive at work.

On a personal note, my brother (“Dr. Veith”) is four years older than
myself and my twin sister. We have always acknowledged that he is the smartest person in the family. However, we are so confident in the little bit that we do know, that we can have some vigorous debates. They are always civil. We use Risk and Monopoly to vent our sibling aggression.

[tODD boos Monopoly and recommends Settlers of Catan.]

Thanks Todd for the suggestion. But don’t knock Monopoly. It is the game that taught my big brother (“Dr. Veith”) to become a capitalist. Come to think of it, he always won! I was always the big loser, which might also explain why I became a socialist. (Just Kidding.) But I did grow up to become a consumer bankruptcy lawyer.

Hey, my life is starting to make sense.

The reason our arguments are civil is that we always make them humorous. Maybe I’ll get my brother to be a guest blogger one of these days when I’m gone. That would balance out this blog, making it fair and balanced, like FOX News. My brother is both a lefty and a Southern Baptist.


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