As you can see from the picture to the left, what had once been pink has now been painted a rather beatific chocolate brown, returning our cow of concern to its more traditional and respectful color. Bringing to a successful conclusion a matter that had been a concern to those mystified by the inclusion of a brightly colored strawberry heifer in a setting depicting one of the central events of the Christian religion. Here is how one commenter expressed what they believe are the issues involved. This was posted on November 29.
|Pink on parade.|
We had posted about the pink cow twice, once in 2013 when it was originally spotted in the creche, and then again just the other week when it appeared that nothing had been done about it (link).
This was followed a few days later by another series of pictures showing the Archangel Gabriel laying in the creche manger with coins placed over his eyes. Another disturbing episode that many took as an additional show of disrespect for Sierra Madre's Christian community.
So whoever repainted Sierra Madre's now famous creche cow brown, we'd like to say thanks. We have not heard from any of the players involved, and frankly we're not completely sure who they even are. Which is fine. I don't really need to know. I was mostly going on we'd heard from concerned residents and the pictures they sent us.
Hopefully people will see this episode as an unfortunate by-product of what happens when people do not respect one another. And now that things have been set right we can all happily move on with a greater understanding of how important that respect for others is in a community such as ours.
That "Prove You're Not A Robot" thing you see when attempting to post here
|Yes, it is a huge pain.|
In the world of the Internet traffic is everything, and Blogger, with its 10's of thousands of blogs, generates vast amounts of traffic for Google. About 17 million hits a day on average. Which is why they keep it around. But trust me, it is hardly one of their more important holdings.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where international Internet hackers and spammers attempt to take advantage of free services such as Blogger, and use it for purposes that really are not all that beneficial. And one of the ways they do that is to send out millions of spam blog comments, many with links to things I wouldn't ever want you to see on my blog. Or, even worse, could infect your computer with a virus.
One of the reasons I moderate this blog, and why there is a delay between the time you post a comment and when it appears here, is that I am making sure no such spammy nonsense appears on my site. There were days when I had gotten dozens of the stupid things. Mostly written in the kind of language you'd get if you used a Google Translator to turn Russian into English.
Since Blogger put it their new spam busting system, I get almost none of that. It works. Unfortunately, it is also making it difficult for some to post their comments here. Commenting being an important part of The Tattler.
I have been communicating with the Blogger folks by e-mail about this problem, and have noted (more than once) how those twisted letters they're using are hard for some of my folks to read and use. Here is a reply from them that is pretty typical:
Too many blog owners who want large reader populations have been unwilling to restrict comments, in the past - and have been allowing (by inaction) a place for spammers to post comments. This has become a problem, for Blogger blogs, in general. So, Blogger is making it less easy for large reader population blogs to provide spammer havens.
Long story short, despite my innocence in this matter, I am stuck with the Robot Thing for the time being. Many blog owners like myself are complaining, so maybe Blogger will come up with a better solution in the not too distant future. But for now they have their heels dug in.
My options are to live with it, or go and find another service. Something that would invariably mean a new look for The Tattler, plus an entirely new web address. In some ways this would be like starting all over, and I am not sure I want to do that.
One piece of advice for those who are struggling with this annoying function. That circular arrow next to the "type the text" box pictured above? If you click on it you get a new set of letters. Do it often enough and you should be able to eventually get something you can actually read and use.
It's always something, isn't it?
I have been forwarding comments posted here about this problem to Blogger. If there is anything you want them to know about your experiences with that Not A Robot function, post it and I'll be sure to let them know.