Yearly Archives: 2011

A nod to the spammers

I was digging through the comment archives on here. 99% of them are SPAM and caught by one of my filters, but I noticed quite a few that were seemingly innocuous… and didn’t even have any links on them. It made for some good reading!

I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself?

Free theme! Seasons 3.2 right now (though it’s a bit dated. I’ve had it for a couple years… though on the theme-to-post ratio, it’s doing pretty well…)

Thanks for sharing. What a pelsurae to read!

I’m so glad you aprpecaite it!

What a joy to find someone else who thnkis this way.

This reminds me of a shirt a friend of mine had in high school. It simply said: THNIK!

I’m not wtrohy to be in the same forum. ROTFL

Nope. No, you’re not. Especially since this isn’t a forum.

There’s a secert about your post. ICTYBTIHTKY

So, please don’t tell me then…

I quite agree with you. By doing nothing we learn to do ill.
I understand you. It is better to wear out than to rust out

That’s pretty insightful. I’m not sure what they agreed with, but I will ponder this.

Reviewing the results of google I stumbled on this page. I really liked it, and certainly I will fly my friends.

I don’t think your friends will appreciate that.

Finally a person that puts some real work into a blog. I do like what you have done with the blog.

Well, thanks. You do know I only post about 3x a year?

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Stop… you’re too kind. Actually, seriously, stop. No, you can’t repost snips of my blog if you’re going to use that kind of grammar.

Too Cute!

The other night I went out to eat with a group of adults, which was great considering I’m always with my girls. But before I left the house, my oldest daughter insisted that I take one of her Pollies in my purse “to remember her by.” Maybe she was afraid I wouldn’t come back. Too cute!

Girly Girls

We have two very girly girls. They love all to do with princesses, fairies, barbies, and pollies. The last few days they have been listening to the same Barbie movie soundtrack over and over again. They now know most of the songs by heart and have been singing them constantly. Unfortunately, now both Ben and I have the songs stuck in our heads too. Is it cruel to want to hide the CD?

Happy Easter

My girls must be learning some things in Sunday school, but all week my three year old Samantha has been singing “Hosanna, blessed be the king of Ariel!” We got right away that she should be saying “Israel,” but with her three year old vocabulary, it came out as “Ariel” (a favorite princess mermaid that she likes). Still, it’s pretty awesome that Samantha and Hannah are running around singing Hosanna even if they are confusing an important word or two.

Speaking of Samantha’s vocabulary: it is awesome! She turned three in February and is speaking in full sentences already. I am constantly amazed. This morning she was telling her favorite story time teacher, Miss Judy, all about her Easter weekend. She told her that she had more than one egg hunt and that she went to Grandma Barb’s house. That she fell on the rocks and that her cousin Jossalyn got bigger. I can’t do it justice, but I wished that I could have had a tape recorder.

What is ‘Scrambled’ ?

Scrambled Mind of Benjamin FlessnerThe Scrambled Mind of Benjamin Flessner is an intentionally non-flashy website that is essentially a giant ‘About Me’ page.  I made its first incarnation shortly after creating in the late 90’s.  I like the very simplistic nature of raw HTML, and since I consider myself more of a web ‘programmer’ than a web ‘designer,’ I never added much for styling. There’s very little CSS in use, and the random sprinklings of JavaScript are more for fun than function. In fact, I installed MultipleIE in an XP VM and was impressed to see that most of my site renders just fine back in IE3.0 (though the Javascript doesn’t work until a couple versions later).

I certainly don’t expect it to be an immensely popular site… in fact, Google seems to have refused to index it properly, and I’m trying to figure out why. In any case, I do it mainly for my own enjoyment, but if you’re trying to figure out anything about me, you could do worse…   If you feel like digging or sharing or whatever the kids are calling it these days, feel free. I’ll probably tweet any significant updates to the few followers (8 as of this writing!) who might or might not care.

In any case… each letter stands for a page with some information about me or something that interests me.  Though they sometimes change, they’ve been stable enough over the last year or two that I can write about them with confidence.

S – Songs I like –  It used to be Lyrics under L, but I was concerned about copyright violations and decided to play it safe.

C – Computers and other gadgets I own

R – Ramblings – Sort of like Twitter, only spread out over a few years

A – Archives – Where old letters go to die when I replace them

M – Me – A brief bio of yours truly

B – Book Reviews – a collection of books I’ve read over the years and my thoughts/reactions to them (It used to be Bus Stuff, but that got a bit static… though my bus pages are still pretty easy to find.)

L – Lists – This has gotten pretty random as well, but it includes Benwords and my own, small version of the 555-LIST.

E – Entertainment – Mostly favorite comics and game site links, but I’ve been expanding it a bit lately

D – Decisions – My most recent fun adventure! I’ve made unique pages for over 100 words that start with D. Your job is to guess them and enjoy the results (and try to find all of them, though, of course, there’s a trick to it!). It even keeps score, if you allow cookies in your browser (and who doesn’t, these days?).

That’s it! Well, there are a couple of hidden Easter eggs, including a guest book (which, actually, isn’t too hidden if you read the changelog), but it’s full of content, and I actually update it every once in awhile (more often that I wrote blog posts, to tell the truth).