Saturday, November 03, 2007

Blockspot no more!

Don't give me no lip...
(Image from Wikipedia)

Yesterday, Blogspot was more like 'Blockspot', but my lips are again unsealed this morning.

Why did the blocking happen at all?

You'll recall that I found little to speculate on since nothing sinister has been on in the world that would reflect badly enough upon Koreans for the government to want to block any discussion of it.

Indeed, the only notable thing internationally that would reflect upon Koreans at all was something that reflected upon the North Koreans and even made them look good -- the readiness of North Korean sailors to fight back against the heavily armed Somali pirates who had taken over their ship. This was an admirable reaction that all Koreans could take pride in, and the fact that the Americans assisted the North Koreans would be something that the current South Korean administration, with its emphasis upon a 'Sunshine' Policy toward the North, would take heart in hearing about.

The blocking thus remained a mystery to ponder in our hearts.

Various commenters over at Lost Nomad unburdened themselves of such ponderings but without bringing us any closer to discernment. One individual who calls himself JJ Worm linked to reports at Russell Brown's Hard News weblog of a parallel blockage occurring in New Zealand:
David Farrar has been told that "all blogspot blogs" are being blocked at Parliament with a Websense filter. It actually appears that not all such blogs are being blocked, but a number of political blogs, including No Minister and Michael Earley's blog are. But why are grown-ups being denied access to anything that's not outright pr0n?

These things are usually the doing of over-eager IS administrators who have turned on a bell or whistle that didn't need turning on. Perhaps someone in authority should have a word with them, because it's really quite embarrassing.
The David Farrer referred to by Russell Brown maintains yet another New Zealand blog, titled Kiwiblog, which had reported:
I've just been notified that all blogspot blogs have been blocked at Parliament by Websense. Heh not just the Chinese Government censoring blogs...
That Kiwi problem, apparently, got fixed, for Mr. Farrer posted an update saying so:
Update: Reader and man about the House Felix Marwick reports that the IS people say the problem "was caused by a database update. Apparently an exploit threat was detected on one blogspot site and that's where issues have stemmed from. Definitely nothing sinister or deliberate." Jolly good then...
And so things went in the land even farther down under than Australia.

But what about here in Korea? Well, truth be told, I finally figured out what happened and first posted my revelation at the very Lost Nomad's blog entry where the discussion was going on. The Nomad had asked the right question in the heading to his blog entry:
"Which one of you K-bloggers pissed off the MIC?"
The MIC would be the Korean government's "Ministry of Information and Communication" -- and "K-bloggers" would be referring to "Korea-bloggers," of which I am one. Indeed I am THE ONE who pissed off the MIC, as I confessed to the Nomad:
This is all my fault.

I blogged about the recent death of Porter Wagoner, a fellow Ozark hillbilly, and the MIC suddenly realized that they have 'white trash' teaching in Korea -- in a university, no less! -- although the finer distinctions between "white trash" and "hillbilly" are probably lost on the MIC...
Immediately after I'd unburdened my heart in confession, the Blogspot block was lifted. Now, that's fast results, almost supernatural, and makes for good witnessing! Unfortunately, it also means that the Big Hominid's Hairy Chasms blog is also back online, as I complained over at the very Big Ho's place:
Dammit! Now, I can see your blog again, Kevin! Can't you do something about this?
Despite this downside, I take heart that my own Blogspot blog, Gypsy Scholar, is again accessible to all of us living in The Land of Morning Calm, also known as Korea.

Which calls for a drink, and I'll take my favorite, a Margarita, which I've just learned was orginally called "The Daisy" and was invented by the 19th-century American bartending phenomenon Jerry Thomas, "the Jupiter Olympus of the bar"...

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At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Margarita is fine and all but might I suggest?

Shake a bottle of Tabasco with all your might. The Tabasco should not have been refridgerated. Open the 'freezer' and retrieve the glass that a tongue should adhere to.

Open the lower 'fridge' and shake the piss out of the bottle of V-8. Leave the fridge door open so you can retrieve the raw egg you'll be needing. And too you'll need to grab one of the "dietary" beers you have stored therein. I prefer Busch Light but conesewers might exercise their option.

1 tblspn - Tabasco
6 ozs V-8
16 oz beer (for health, dietary)
1 raw egg - exclude shell

Pour, or add, as the case might be, all ingredients into the glass your tongue is stuck to, (which should unstick your tongue). Place glass on sturdy surface and stir all ingredients vigorously with whatever is handy. Some report a spoon works well, others report - well.

Drink contents in the nearest approximation one can equate to "one fell swoop."

Log on and post to "blogspot."


At 4:30 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

The Tabasco Sauce sounds great, as does the V-8. I'm not too sure about that raw egg...

Maybe a beer chaser, though.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry. JK should have been clearer.

When one adds the Tabasco and the V-8 to the freezing cold glass one's tongue (that heretofore has been stuck to) becomes unstuck. Therefore one again has two hands to work with.

JK's Louisiana friends assure him that the combination of a glass that one's tongue has recently been adhered to, once the Tabasco and V-8 have been added, abrogate any salmonella situations that one might be possibly exposed to.

JK recognizes however that he left out one very important detail. The egg must be brown-shelled, not white. JK does recognize that this blog is constantly read and regrets if any of it's readers are not 'up to snuff' on his previous comments and recalled his admonitions against the eating (or drinking) of white shelled eggs.

In the offchance that anyone who read the earlier post drank a white-shelled egg mixture (provided that only Tabasco was included) need not worry.

With the exception of Thailand (where any local pepper sauce performs as the Louisiana variety)-JK advises call (the country you are residing in) the local 911 system.

Sorry about that.


At 6:21 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

This is a proper moment to remind readers that Gypsy Scholar takes no responsibility for anyone acting upon JK's recommendations.

For that matter, Gypsy Scholar also takes no responsibility for anyone acting upon Gypsy Scholar's recommendations.

Indeed, Gypsy Scholar recommends that readers ignore any and all of Gypsy Scholar's recommendations.

That might prove difficult to do...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To add to Gypsy's admonitions - no minor should take JK's advice or postings literally.

No adult who is cerifiably sane should take JK's postings literally (or as an adjunct to his/her physician's advice).

JK - when the opportunity arises, or should it be better phrased when asked, "what is your advice?"

JK, when not in his good spirits states, "If I accidentally offer you advice (which I try to avoid). Do you know anything of geometry? You know a circle has 360 degrees? Well if JK does advise and he advises, 'begin somewhere between 360 and 1, go there'".

The best bet JK advises is that the seeker go to 180, proceed, and not look back.


At 7:18 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Excellent advice, JK. I shall strive mightily to follow it...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dadgone it,

Looks like JK must change his phone number again. JK hates it when someone does "keyword searches."

Jeff. A certain "Dr. Verne Lundquist Esq." keeps ringing me. He apparently wants to know if there is a sizeable number of "trash" living in Korea. Apparently the guy knows no bounds as to when an Ozarkian is trying to sleep in to a decent hour on a Saturday.

His voicemails indicate he is doing research. I guess when a member of his "trash" gets cut off by a government entity, well. Oh, my phone is now unplugged Dr Lundquist Esq. (or whatever).

Call Dr Hodges.


At 4:33 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Verne Lundquist is up to that now? I mean, I know that he's called some of the most dramatic moments in sporting history, but now he's taken to calling you in the middle of the night? Hardly sporting of him.

Trashy thing to do, actually...

Jeffery Hodges

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