Douglas Adams on Money

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. – Douglas Adams.

Douglas was an interesting fellow. I will always regret not taking the opportunity to hear him speak at an authors luncheon when I had the chance.

31 Responses to “Douglas Adams on Money”

  1. woodstock Says:

    Hey, just thought I’d let you know that your URL is showing up in a comment spam attack from this IP address 216.56.240.71

    Since this seems like a real blog, I’m gonna do my best not to add your URL to my blacklist but thought you might want to know.

  2. Honey Says:

    Same here today: spam for your weblog from 81.56.240.106 which is lns-th2-4f-81-56-240-106.adsl.proxad.net, probably a compromised machine. Someone else is suffering the same attacks as you: see this page for info: http://www.i-marco.nl/weblog/archive/2005/09/17/under_attack_by_a_linkspammer

    You may want to speak to Marco to work this one out – it’s clearly an attempt to discredit anti-spammers.

  3. Marco Says:

    It’s getting more and more worrying lately.
    Today I spotted comment-spam on a site linking to the blog on which I found the first spam with a link to my site. I think we’ve got a serious problem coming up in the blogosphere…

  4. Andrew Says:

    I’m not aware of what form comment spam took before but this form seems very confusing.

    There is this website I have bookmarked that has a spam comment from me (just a trackback quote I think you call it) and my web adress, what chance that this blog was chosen randomly I wonder?

  5. The Net is Dead Says:

    Some updates on the pollution spammers

    Earlier I wrote about a link spammer who seemed to be targeting me by sending out comment spam with links to my website (this particular article). After some emails between me and Ann Elisabeth, a.k.a. SpamHuntress it seems this spammer is not targetin…

  6. harini calamur Says:

    Hi
    i came here on an off chance. There is a comment on my blog from your site promoting something called naked truth.
    the problem is that the only link is back to your site.
    the funny thing is that i have 4 comments from different seemingly genuine bloggers – saying more or less the same thing.

  7. Andrew Says:

    Yep, it’s spam comment, beats me why or by whom. Read Marco’s site for updates.

  8. Honey Says:

    I believe the blogspammers are trying a new tactic as from a few days ago: to flood the world’s blogs with spam that references genuine (non-spammer) blogs, so that when all the blacklist software (e.g. MT-Blacklist) results in genuine bloggers like you and me being blocked from other sites, it’ll be discredited and we’ll stop using it. They try similar techniques with email spam.

  9. RIVE Says:

    Hey!, first spam from a real site… this is getting very annoying.

  10. mariano Says:

    well.. i got here from a comment spam… with your URL.

    So far, this technique seems interesting (dont get me wrong i hate spam) since it seeks to destroy the reputation of antispam systems. And, despite the fact that we might end up moderating one spam at a time… this wont hurt MT-Blacklist as it will try to kill other centralized systems like the one Matt is developing for WP

  11. mariano Says:

    if it helps.. .the IP on the spam i got is 24.22.72.240

  12. Andrew Says:

    Well I guess one benefit is I’m finding some pretty cool blogs commenting here :)

    I think the idea of adding some filter to the comment form is a smart one, something to jam up the bots.

  13. sansara Says:

    Yeah,

    it happened to me too. Four different comments from different IP’s and the same blah blah… The best you could do is to hire some adsense or something and, at least take benefit from the spamming… lol.

    Good luck

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  23. Andrew Says:

    OK…

    Just approved the last 14 commments, all of which are almost definitely spammy comments from legit sites.

    Just did this in case someone is tracking this stuff.

    Andrew.

  24. David Lancelot Says:

    Same here!

    I’ve also got a spamwarning from your blog.

    //David, Malmö, Sweden

  25. Andreas Climent Says:

    Hey, i also got two spam comments linking to your site, one from 80.179.116.156 and the other from 203.213.217.74
    Hope the problem gets solved somehow and doesn’t cause you (or the rest of us) too much harm.

    Andreas Climent, Malmö, Sweden.

  26. Mark Says:

    Same here Andrew, got a spam to my porn blog of all places!

    Best of luck getting rid of the scamming b’stards :)

    Regards,
    Mark

  27. Philipp Keller Says:

    Same here. Your blog is mentioned in a comment on my Wordpress Blog:

    it’s a very nice website you’re having here. small brain blog: http://www.andrewsblog.net/?p=40 , quilt your fabric yoyo

  28. Alden Bates Says:

    Got six of these, all coming through open proxies/compromised machines. I’m using SpamLookup, which caught three of them and marked the other three for moderation.

    Spammers are getting more and more aggressive by the day, huh? Insane.

  29. nicholas Says:

    same here, i received a spam from this site, on my blog… what does it mean? if it wasn’t you and the link goes to your site, what’s the meaning for another guy to do that?

    luckily i changed to opt-in my comments, so my default is to reprove comments, and add only manually. so no clicks for them.

  30. NonlinearMatters Blog » spam, spam, spam Says:

    [...] tonite I received a comment spam on the post I speak of my father’s death. the nerve! strangely enough, it was not a ejaculate more rolex in your big tits variety, but the dadaist poetry kind – the ones with links buried inside to boost google ranks. sorta like unauthorized product placement. . different than the other ones tho, this one pointed to a legitimate blog site, with a lot of people politely warning him that they were hit by someone spoofing him. . I believe the blogspammers are trying a new tactic as from a few days ago: to flood the world’s blogs with spam that references genuine (non-spammer) blogs, so that when all the blacklist software (e.g. MT-Blacklist) results in genuine bloggers like you and me being blocked from other sites, it’ll be discredited and we’ll stop using it. They try similar techniques with email spam. [...]

  31. Andrew Says:

    Yep it sucks.

    Automated spam comment linking to legitimate blog sites.