It’s come to my attention that new spam filters placed on Friday have caused problems on some blogs with commenting. They apparently have also caused problems posting, because the post I was working on last night kept producing errors when I tried to save it. The process of trial and error led me to figure out that certain ordinary, non-profane words or certain links would trigger the error, which leads me to suspect the new spam filter. (I can’t mention the specific words here, because then this post would get eaten too.) In any case, it caused me a great deal of frustration last night, forcing me to change my post and wasting my time. If you have commented and your comment hasn’t appeared, please let me know, so that I can forward your complaint to the ScienceBlogs chief techie.
Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.
That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)
DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.
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