It’s been a busy week or so for me. I decided to take a week off from blogging and reading some of my favorite websites. One reason: so I could finish the Halloween costume you see at right. Yes, that’s me as an Elizabethan-era male. No, the facial hair is not real. (It’s eyeliner.) Yes, I have a codpiece (you can’t properly see it in this picture, though). The doublet is a little large but the costume otherwise came out well. Actually, the doublet is something I already had; I picked it up this summer and then when October came around I realized that I had the beginning of a fine costume. So I made the hat and pumpkin pants this week. Unfortunately I didn’t have any really great events to wear it to.
Other thing I had to spend time on this week was researching ways to avoid blog spammers. We were getting slammed with spams for gambling, medications, etc. Though none of them actually managed to appear on the blog, we were still having to spend time dealing with them. Jason helped a lot with this, and so now I hope things will be a little better. Spammers: go away. Your spams won’t appear here and so you won’t get any search engine benefits by spamming us.
On a completely different note, the election is tomorrow. I have an absentee ballot, for the first time ever. I’ll fill it out tonight and drop it in tomorrow’s mail. I am still worried about the outcome; this has been such an ugly election that even if my candidate (Kerry, duh) wins, I think the country’s been damaged by this whole process. On the other hand, so many people are voting that never bothered before, and this amazes me. I wish it didn’t take this mess to get people to vote, and I hope that all the new voters will stay involved at this level or even do more in the future.