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Post #500

On 799th day from this blog’s inauguration, I finally reached my 500th post, at the rate of only .63 posts a day. Not very prolific, I know, but I wasn’t really aiming to be such. In fact, in the first 466 days of this endeavor, I only posted once every…

An unexpected honor

I learned today that my friend Jason conferred the “I Love This Blog” award upon my humble soapbox. I sincerely appreciate your kindness, Jason. It is a bit embarrassing to me that you emphasize “a fascinating outsider’s perspective on American and British life”, which is something that appears less and…

Looking at stats

I check my blog stats practically every day, more out of idle curiosity than for any marketing insight. The traffic to my site is pretty steady, not in the grand sense of the word, but in terms of an established small core audience, and it fluctuates wildly only on days…

Flickr added

I unexpectedly got inspired to play a bit with a Flickr plugin, the result of which is the Travelscapes widget on the right (it opens into a page that displays the entire photoset, if you click on “view more” link). I’ll likely work on several adjustments, but I like even…

New heights

So, Natasha posted the link to my lessons learned little soliloquy to Fodor’s and challenged people there to share their own expat lessons. It generated a discussion on Fodor’s that pushed her thread to the top of most active, and it also caused a heretofore unseen spike in visits to…

Questions, anyone?

It occurred to me a while after writing the previous post that there may be topics of interest to my readers that do not cross my mind on their own. Therefore, here’s an open solicitation for all manner of questions that people may want to hear answers to on my…

Windsor pictures

Before starting to work through our photos from the big summer trip, Natasha quickly attended to the small batch of Windsor shots taken in July, which are now available in our Gallery (use the links on the navigation bar or click here).

No new pictures for the moment

I hate to disappoint people waiting for recent pictures from us, but they are unlikely to appear until some time in September. We, as a rule, post photos only after our resident Photoshop maestro, Natasha, had a chance to apply some improving touches to frequently already brilliant shots, and in…

WordPress customization is quick

WordPress is tailor-made for customization once you have the layout of your page pinned down. Then, you only have to play around with your stylesheet parameters to get your site looking just as you want it. It gets a bit more annoying if you decide to expropriate someone else’s theme…

An [un]expected present

I received a package today from my UCF friend Janiece. Since I am pretty sure that everyone else in the group had received theirs ahead of me (I am one of only two “offshore” members of the club, and the other person is “near offshore”), I can safely divulge what…

Stupid spammer bots

Remember my post on spammers’ creativeness? Lately, I’ve been bombarded quite regularly with bot-produced comments that appear as “compliments” from accidental readers. The idea, of course, is that I’ll take them for genuine praise and allow them through my spam controls, opening the door for future deluge. This looks like…