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Sites back up
Wow, took a long time (failed HDD apparently) but it seems to be back up. Users of my SVN: Please check to make sure everything is still current in the various SVN's that I may host.
Assface McClure
Bah, fuck everything.

Okay, well it probably should come as no shock to anyone who knows me or reads my posts that I am a high stress person. Well, last week my wife had me go in and get scoped. They gave me some good drugs, and I was all loopy all day long. I even called the doctor a sick fucking bastard for doing what he does to people while I was under the effects of the medication.

Anyway, my doctor prescribed me some sort of medicine to reduce acid in my stomach because I have some sort of ulcerous thing that may or may not be pre-cancerous (he wants to reduce the swelling of something so he can be certain it is not pre-cancerous).

Well, it turns out this medication is some $300+ per bottle, and because I've been trying so many different stomach medications lately (none of them have worked) my insurance company has refused to pay for it.

So, here I have this really bad ulcer that may or may not be pre-cancerous, and a fucking prescription from a fucking doctor, and my fucking insurance company wont get me my fucking medication.

Fuck me.

Yeah... this is exactly what someone with an ulcer needs.

Anyway.... I know that trac.samhart.net and the sites hosted there are offline at the moment. I don't know why. As near as I can tell, they've been offline all weekend long. I am seriously thinking of getting a new provider over there.

I'm looking into it.
Upgrade complete
Okay, the sites hosted over at svn.samhart.net, mainly: ...and anything else I'm not thinking of over there, should be back online now.
svn.samhart.net and related sites having problems
Just wanted to point out that the sites and things hosted on svn.samhart.net (this includes pimpscript, trac, tux4kids.net, among other things) are going to be having troubles for a bit.

The server they are virtually hosted on migrated to AMD64 some time ago, and I am now running into some strange issues with the i386 Debian packages on the VPS from its old i386 days. The worst of these is a total wiping of /etc/shadow seemingly randomly (which, obviously is a very bad thing :-)

I'm working on the VPS at the moment, and will update my homepage once it has been completed.
Anger, Frustration, Pissed Off-ness
You know what I can't stand? I can't stand small-minded simpletons who worm their way onto my webpages (and yes, I do have a lot), get irked or irritated at some content, and then contact me and try to have me change it.

The biggest one, of course, is my Ranthole, wherein I make a lot of angry rants. Rants that, really, are more satirical than anything else. But somehow, simple minded people never actually get it. They read them, and they get offended, and they never see what I am saying.

Of course, the ones that really chap my hide are the ones that don't talk to me directly about it. Instead they go and talk through someone else, trying to get them to have me change it. Could be anyone, really... just someone that they think might intimidate me or make me feel bad or guilty as if I am doing anything wrong.

Granted, a lot of this may just be the very ignorant ultra-right-wing conservatism mentallity that permeates the midwest in general. The same people that think you can only be Christian if you vote republican, drive a gas-guzzling SUV, support the military no matter what it's involved in, and eat pound after pound of red beef.

When I say I stick out in the midwest like a sore thumb, I really am not lying. I'm Christian, yes, but I'm also a liberal, and I am also someone who is pretty sick and tired of the way that so-called "Christians" are messing up this country. So few of them really appreciate the freedoms that this country was founded upon. So few of them really realize that Seperation of Church and State means they can are free to worship the way they want, and not the way some external government agency tells them. So few of them realize that without the freedoms we have, especially free speech their very religion would be threatened, and ther very lifestyle at risk.

I know this was a very wandering rant, but damnit, I'm angry. I'm angry because people look at my pages, and they see some swearing, and they see some images I made for the intent of shock, and they suddenly condem me and think that somehow I am evil. Instead of actually reading the message, they focus in on the individual little words.

They don't see the forest for the trees...

Well, anyway... my pages aren't for them. My pages are for people who really do have open minds and the ability to understand satire and the situation our world is in these days.

So I'll end this rant... and not cast any more pearls before swine...
Year in Review
Welp, been a busy year. A very busy year. Some might say too busy. Hell, I'd say too busy. But let's review anyway, shall we?
  • Top Games of 2005 : Before I start, I would be remiss if I didn't point out my list of top games in 2005. I do these every year, and they seem to be the only thing I ever use my wiki for anymore.
  • Wedding/Honeymoon : Got married this year (wife #2, although wife #1's stuff is still strewn around my site). Simply wonderful to be with such a mentally well person.
  • Gaming Clan Success : My word, too much success. This is probably the most demanding thing in my life now.
  • Kicked Maat's Ass : If you don't know what this is, don't worry about it. Let's just say it was nearly two years in coming for me, and was kind of a big deal.
  • Vain attempt to restart Tux4Kids : Once again, my life has been too busy for T4K. This next year I really hope to have more time for it again. What I really need is some way that I can earn enough money to live and yet still have time for T4K... of course... how the hell is that going to happen unless someone plops some fat cash in my lap..
  • Work, work, and more work : Honestly, the majority of my time has been spent trying to make ends meet. Sure, I've had more financial success than in years past, but it has come at a pretty severe cost. I just never have time to work on my FLOSS projects anymore.
I need a new drug
Welp, as I said a few posts ago, Google is a Nazi with their Adsense program. Somehow, they idiotically invalidated all of my clicks because of something stupid like NAT. Something that has only been a part of the net since at least 1994... but we'll forgive them for not being up on the latest bleeding edge technology.

Anyway... I need an alternative. But I can't find one that doesn't, superficially at least, seem just as Nazi as Google is. Here's a few I have looked at, if anyone has anything to say about them, track me down in #tfug, #clanam, or whatever (I'm criswell, criswel1, or criswe11) in freenode.net. Don't email me, I get too damned much email.
Sam, World's Ugliest Dog, Dead
...No relation....

And, for posterity (since I don't trust that "10news.com" adheres to the same stuff I do), here is Sam, the World's Ugliest Dog.... who is now dead...
<center> <img src="http://files.samhart.net/humor/sam_worlds_ugliest_dog_dead.jpg" border=1>
(Feeds of my website probably wont get that image, I'm sorry, can't be helped) </center>

First of all... who determines that this was, in fact, the World's Ugliest Dog. As far as I know, there is no metric for such things. I mean, there is absolutely no denying that this was a truly gruesome beast... but there are certainly other oddities in the running.

Second of all... this is news? I can certainly think of other topics far more interesting and important.
More bullshit
I have been Googling (hah, the irony) for people who have had similar things happen, and it looks like this happens far more often than you might know. It seems like a lot of people have been banned or disabled without any specific reasons or warning. In fact, I found this:

How To Get Banned From Google Adsense In Just 2 Clicks

This is the only thing I can think that may have happened... and even this isn't really against their Terms & Conditions. Let me explain...

See, there's this thing called "NAT". NAT allows you to have many internal computers which all have the same IP address to the outside world. This means if I am using a system inside of my work, or at a Starbucks wifi, or at a public library, or even on certain ISPs, I will have the same IP address as many, many, many other people. If some of those other people just so happen to be users on my sites (for example, if they played in my gaming clan) they will have the same IP as me.

So, if I log in from one of these NAT systems to my AdSense account to check on the current totals, and they browse the sites and potentially even click on the ads, BOOM! According to Google's idiotically designed software, I have just violated their Terms & Conditions. Wonderful, no?

What's that you say? Wouldn't it be smarter to just ignore the clicks from those IPs? Probably... but it seems that Google's shite code that runs behind the scenes at AdSense wasn't designed that way... It seems that the developers overlooked one of the most fucking common ways people browse the fucking web!

They haven't replied to my request for information as to what they think I did wrong, so I don't know if my theory here is correct... But I bet it is.

Well, fuck them, I'll take my traffic elsewhere...
Google AdSense
I have suspicions that Google AdSense may be a racket. I had been using it on several of my higher traffics sites (such as my gaming clan site and my old classnotes). Well, just as soon as I started approaching $100 (when they will actually pay me) they sent me a nasty letter:
It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on
the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google
AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an
effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.

A publisher's site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including but not limited to clicks generated by:

- a publisher on his own web pages - a publisher encouraging others to click on his ads - automated clicking programs or any other deceptive software - a publisher altering any portion of the ad code or changing the layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason

Practices such as these are in violation of the Google AdSense Terms and Conditions and program polices, which can be viewed at:

https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?hl=en_US https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_US

Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected advertisers.

Well, first of all, I did not do any of the things they say here. I have no scripts or software that inflates clicks on my sites (Drupal, which I use on several sites, has a cron job that runs, but does not generate any HTML and certainly not the Google AdSense Javascript). I personally haven't encouraged people to click on my links (if anything, I've appologized for using obtrusive ads). Additionally, I've not altered their code in any way, I've just taken the code as it came from their code generation system (really, there's no need to alter it for layout or design, they have a very versatile tool for generating the Adsense code).

So this is how they work? You give them advertising on your site(s) and just before they pay you they disable your account without appeals or even any indication why your account is disabled (just this vague list that I know I didn't violate). Hey thanks for the free advertising, now fuck you, Mr. AdSense User!

This makes me wonder the following things:
  • 1: How often does this occur? How often does Google suddenly rescind their deal with users just before they are about to get paid?
  • 2: Did they really refund the money? I get a lot of traffic on my sites, and I've been monitoring my AdSense results daily. I know my sites have generated a lot of traffic and probably many sales for the advertisers. Has Google really refunded them the money, or are they just effectively cutting me out of the deal.
  • 3: What alternatives to Google AdSense are there? AdSense was/is nice because it doesn't look too bad integrated with your website. It isn't some nasty horrible pop-up ad, or piece of flash-shit that is going to detract from the content of your site. Hell, it even was context based and would generate ads that your viewers might be interested in.
Well... in the end all I can say is this is bullshit. I've done nothing to violate Google's AdSense "Terms and Conditions". I've not done anything wrong. In fact, after putting the ads on my site I just ignored them (hell, I even disabled their display in my personal browser, so I very rarely even saw them except when looking at the site from someone else's computer.) If this is how Google treats their AdSense users, then their customers need to know about it.

I have sent them a request for specific information about what they think I've done. We'll see if they even reply to me.

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