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Curse of the Lactose Intolerant
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We only found out recently that my daughter was lactose intolerant, which basically means that she is allergic to anything that has milk as part of it’s ingredients. Naturally that means she can’t have things such as milk, chocolate, ice cream, bread and stuff. The problem is we’ve also found out that milk is used in a lot of other products one wouldn’t expect to find milk in such as potato crisps. This means reading the labels very carefully. Consuming anything with milk in it causes her to get ill and that seriousness of the illness is related to the amount of milk in the product as well as the amount she’s consumed.

Seeing as how I’ve already got an interest in the lactose intolerance and alternative milk products I was intrigued when one of my affiliates contacted me as to a survey they are doing on this matter.

Before going any further I must stress that this is a US-only campaign. They are looking for 10,000 US residents age 18 and over who buy either alternative milk products (e.g., organic, soy, rice, lactose-free, etc.) or creamers at least 4 times per year. If this applies to you and you are interested in taking the survey simply Click Here

Even though this may not apply to you perhaps a family friend or member would be interested and you could let them know that it exists. A tweet would definitely let a lot of others know that this survey exists and I’m sure there would be many willing participants.

I’m not sure if the survey has anything to do with lactose intolerance or if they are just trying to gauge the extent that American drink alternative milk products, so if you do decide to take the survey I, and I’m sure many of the readers, would be more than interested in what it was all about.

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Tuesday OZ Lottery Jackpots To $50 Million


I did a post a few days back on our Tuesday OZ Lottery, which strangely enough is played every Tuesday, on my Load Of Bullshit blog which is full of anything but bullshit. Anyway that post highlighted the fact that it was currently worth a cool $40 million and so I wanted to bring it to the attention of my readers.

Now,those of you who played last night’s Oz Lotto you needn’t be all that worried if you didn’t win because no-one else did either. (If your not sure I will post the results at the end of this post). Naturally because no-one won the major prize that means the jackpot has increased once again, this time to a cool $50,000,000!

If you’re not yet a member of Oz Lotteries, a verified Australian online lotteries agent, here are some of the reasons why you should join.

  1. No more waiting in line for a ticket
  2. No more missing out because you forgot to buy the ticket on the way home from work and you couldn’t be stuffed going out again. Now it’s as simple as going online and buying a ticket
  3. Oz Lotteries operates under strict government supervision and is an accredited sales agent of the following Australia lottery operators:
    NSW Lotteries
    Tattersalls
    Oz Lotteries is owned by leading Australian technology company Manaccom Corporation Limited (ASX: MNL) and as a subsidiary of a publicly listed company is regularly audited.
  4. Gone are the days where you can’t find your ticket as it’s kept online.
  5. Emails sent out telling you of your results. You can also go-online to view your ticket and when you do you will notice that all the winning numbers are highlighted making it extremely easy to verify the results.

So, there you go, the top 5 reason why you should be a member. Now for last night’s results.

If you’re considering joining now is a great time as they’re giving away a free game to all new members, just click on the banner below. If you’re not an Aussie don’t worry because you don’t have to be an Australian to play. This right from their site.

No, you don’t have to be an Australian resident to play lotto in Ozlotteries.com. All games are held in Australia by Ozlotteries.com who can purchase games and make claims on behalf of its members. Every game purchased through Ozlotteries.com is automatically registered in your name so any prize you win is fully guaranteed.

You see, unlike some other countries we’re not too fussed whose money we take. :smile2_ee:

Edit: It appears that US citizens are not allowed to join, not because we don’t want your money, we do, but because apparently it’s illegal to “purchase or sell lottery tickets across borders, including from other states of the United Stats and from overseas lotteries online”.

Oh well, I suppose that just means there’s more pickings for the rest of us ;)

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Blog Save The Akismet, Long Live The Akismet


In the beginning there was a great void and then a wise person started the first blog and all was good. In time more and more blogs came to life filling the great void with information, bad good and indifferent. Then people came to life who saw a way to use the blogs for their own purposes when they found that leaving comments with their url attached impressed the omnipotent Google who would then give them a high PR.

Over time this pissed Google off because it upset his algorithm and Google wanted all blogs to go no-follow. And yet there was a growing number of bloggers who said NO, stuff you Google, we want to reward our commentators and in defiance of Google’s wishes these bloggers went D0-Follow.

Things were going swell for a time but then an evil group of trolls was born who in time were known as spammers. These people were not content with leaving good comments in order to get a link back to their site. No, they would not even read the post and would therefore leave nonsensical comments. They would even fail to follow a blog’s comment policy by leaving a keyword instead of a name.

At first bloggers would delete these comments but there came a time when the spam grew to unmanageable amounts and bloggers were left in despair. Then came the great Akismet, a simple WordPress plugin that was able to detect the greater majority of spam sending them to Hades where they met their just fate. But Akismet was unable to detect all spam and so Akismet gave bloggers control over their comments. Akismet said to the bloggers; “Thou hath the right to mark as spam any comments that I miss in my spam busting mission”

Unfortunately there were some bloggers who used Akismet unwisely spamming some comments for the wrong reason. Then came a time when some people grew angry at the benevolent Akismet for spamming their comments. They jumped up and down waving their hands in the air demanding that Akismet was going too far, but Akismet was quiet for Akismet was not at fault.This upset them no end and they were forever unhappy with their lot.

But all was not lost for there was those who worshiped Akismet, for they appreciated all the work and continuous  upgrades that Akismet  supplied at no cost. They were also very thankful for Akismet for taking the great burden of spam off their shoulders, and they were happy with the blogosphere.

Who would have thought that something like this would actually come about, that there would be two groups of Akismet people, those who were happy with the plugin and those who were angry with it.

Personally I love Akismet because it does save me so much time, and not only that it is really pretty accurate and I hardly ever have to fish any comments that it’s picked up as spam. Another thing I like about it is that it allows me the option to mark comments as spam that it’s missed out. This virtually teaches Akismet so that next time it will recognize such comments as spam.

The trouble is some people may be marking comments as spam that may be legitimate, but do you blame Akismet for that? Nope, it’s not the plugin’s, nor the developer’s, fault if people abuse their power on how it’s used.

Wikipedia’s interpretation of Spam is;

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media: instant messaging spam, Usenet newsgroup spam, Web search engine spam, spam in blogs, wiki spam, online classified ads spam, mobile phone messaging spam, Internet forum spam, junk fax transmissions, social networking spam, television advertising  and file sharing network spam.

This is a rather broad description and the problem is that as far as comments go what one person finds quite acceptable another person sees it as spam. I can’t vouch for other blogs but I’m going to list some of the things that you may do on this blog that will cause you to be sent to Akismet’s spam hell.

  1. Using Keywords instead of your name: I think this is a no no for most bloggers, especially if it’s listed as such in their comment policy. Personally, if it’s a good comment I will either delink it or remove the keywords from the url.  If the comment is of no value and the commentator obviously hadn’t read the post I will spam it.
  2. Not following instructions: I will sometimes point out to people, either via email or withing a comment, if they are doing something wrong and if they continue on their merry way disregarding my instructions I will spam them. Honesty I have better things to do than deleting their comments.
  3. Leaving stupid comments just for the sake of a link: While I normally delete these, I will spam repeat offenders.

A bit harsh you reckon? I don’t think so. I devote a lot of time to this blog and I cherish those commentators who take the time to not only read my posts but take the time to leave comments that add to that post. If you’re not willing to do that and I leave your comments then I am doing a disservice to those who do the right thing.

Why not just delete the comment rather than spamming them? Because that will not resolve the problem. People need to respect the fact that do-dollow blogs are there because bloggers wish to reward their commentators but that does not mean they have the right to abuse that bloggers generosity, and when you decide to ignore comment policy and other explicit instructions you are stepping out of line and have to wear the consequences.

In summation, if you do not want to be spammed do all the right things, behave when commenting and not only will you live a spam free existence others will come to respect you as diligent commentators.

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