programming note

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If you’re one of my regular readers, you’ve probably noticed that posting has been extra-light lately. Let’s face it, it’s been light for some time, but the last few weeks have been especially slow. Things had gotten stale here and I needed to shake things up a bit. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with this blog. One thing’s for sure, I will not be shutting it down. But I need to come up with a new plan. You can rest assured that the Friday Movie Quote posts will continue while I figure things out.

In the meantime, I have started a new blog. Nobody Move True Crime News will cover true crime stories in the news. I’m trying to post there at least five times a week. If it sounds like something you’re interested in, feel free to drop by and check it out.

crime poetry: 30 days of the 5-2

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April is National Poetry Month. To mark the occasion, writer, poet and editor Gerald So has organized a blog tour called 30 Days of The 5-2. Gerald is the creator and editor of The 5-2, an online crime poetry weekly. Each day, a different blogger will post about crime poetry and/or the 5-2.

Last month, Gerald invited me to participate in the 5-2 blog tour, which I was happy to do. I decided I would take the opportunity to tell you about a poem that I found particularly interesting: “The Death of Lizzie Borden”, by J. Rodney Karr.

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For those of you not familiar with Lizzie, you can learn all about her here. I’ve had a fascination with this case for years, ever since I saw The Legend of Lizzie Borden when I was a kid. As it turns out, J. Rodney Karr saw that same movie. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Lizzie and Fritz Weaver as her father.

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One of the things I was always curious about was how life was for Lizzie after her acquittal. I know the basic details, but what was life really like for her? Did the guilt weigh heavily on her? How did she handle the disdain of her neighbors?

What goes through the mind of a murderer who got away with it when the end of life approaches? It’s a question I have asked more than once. “The Death of Lizzie Borden” looks at the end of Lizzie’s life. In her final hours, she reflects on the murders she had committed years earlier and the actions she had taken to cover up her involvement in the crime. It’s the sad end of a woman who chose the wrong path.

After you read “The Death of Lizzie Borden”, you might want to check out some of the other poems on The 5-2. There’s some good stuff over there. This is not your grandmother’s poetry. It’s all about crime, baby.

traffic report – 100k

Sometime this afternoon, my blog exceeded 100,000 unique visits. I’ve been blogging here at WordPress for eleven months, so that works out to about 300 visitors a day. While those numbers are miniscule compared to a site like Boing Boing, they’re more than I could have hoped for. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers for your support. You folks rock!

pimpin’ ain’t easy

But it does come with some awesome fringe benefits, like a take-home car…

Even better than a Smart Car.

I figured today might be a good time to pimp some cool websites and books out there in the wide-wide world of the interwebs. So, without further ado:

 

Wyatt, the nom-de-blog of a Philadelphia Police Detective who blogs at Support Your Local Gunfighter, has co-authored a novel. It’s a police procedural titled, Only Son. It’s available in paperback and e-book at Amazon.com.

And speaking of books, frequent commenter and friend of Nobody Move! blog Pat Downey is an author of three excellent true crime books. His most recent, Legs Diamond: Gangster, is now available in paperback and e-book at Amazon. Pat blogs about New York gangsters at Dead Guys in Suits. Check out his blog. Then buy his books. Good stuff for true crime fans.

Fans of pulpy sci-fi might be interested to know that “Harry Truman vs the Aliens”, by Emerson LaSalle, is free for Kindle at Amazon for the rest of the day. It’s a short story that serves as an intro to LaSalle’s novel, There Are Aliens Behind Uranus, Mr. President. Hurry, offer ends soon. Operators are standing by.

 

 

Thunderstruck

I’m still getting used to the new digs. WordPress works differently than Blogger does, that’s for sure. It’ll probably be a few weeks before I get things the way I want them here. In the meantime, I figured I should experiment a bit. So here’s my first attempt at embedding a Youtube video. AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” ought to fill the bill.

A quick programming note: Comment moderation is in effect for first time commenters. I’m going to maintain this setting until I get a grip on the WordPress commenting system. At my Blogger site, I had moderation in place for posts over 21 days old. This prevented the spam-holes from sneaking their spammy crapola into the comments for older posts. If I can figure out how to do the same thing here (if it’s possible), I will.

THE SCARLET (CYBER) LETTER


It came to my attention recently that my blog has been designated “adult content” by the security software Websense. As a result, any network that uses Websense, including my employer’s network, will block access to my blog.

Adult content? Seriously? Websense defines adult content as:

Sites that display full or partial nudity in a sexual context, but not sexual activity; erotica; sexual paraphernalia; sex-oriented businesses as clubs, nightclubs, escort services; and sites supporting the online purchase of such goods and services.

I know there are loads of pics of beautiful women in bikinis posted here, but it’s not like there’s anything that could remotely qualify as pr0n. If my blog were a movie, it would easily get a PG-13 rating, no editing required. You won’t see anything here you wouldn’t see on a typical episode of Baywatch.

This development is definitely a serious inconvenience. When lunchtime rolls around, I like to check the blog for new comments. I also like to check out the blogs in my blogroll. Thanks to Websense, these activities are no longer an option. Also, anyone who checks my blog from their work won’t be able to if there network uses Websense.

Beyond the inconvenience, there’s another issue at play here. My name, my real name, is attached to this blog. If someone Googles my name from a Websense-using network, and they find this blog, they’re going to get the dreaded adult content blockage. In essence, Websense has branded me a pornographer. Not a good label to bear if you’re applying for a job.

So I’m going to have to find a solution to this situation. I’ve given serious consideration to switching to WordPress. But that still leaves the question of what to do about this blog and it’s unearned scarlet letter. I’m probably going to email Websense to see if they can will help me. I’ll keep you posted.

Update: Comments have been closed for this post because dirtbag spammers have already started showing up here. That didn’t take long, did it?