Wednesday, March 12, 2008
We are experiencing technical difficulties
Comments have been down for a few days due to killer comment spam. Hopefully this problem will be resolved within 24 hours.
Friday, November 3, 2006
Comments are down and help is wanted
The comments feature is not working, due to comment spam overload.
This and other persistent problems lead me no choice but to put out a "help wanted" sign. The hardworking but HTML-illiterate staff here at danieldrezner.com needs to remote hire someone for a quick fix for the blog. In particular, we need someone who will:
1) Install vigorous anti-spam measuresContact me at the e-mail address on the right. Remuneration to be negotiated.
UPDATE: All should be well now. New posts to follow soon!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Comments are down
The good folks at danieldrezner.com are experiencing technical difficulties which make it impossible for comments to be posted right now. Profound apologies, and I hope to have this problem fixed soon.
UPDATE: Comments should now be working.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Blegging for help when the web works against me
I'm having two difficulties with the blog right now, and I'm appealing to the techies in the crowd for help:
1) The comment spam has become unbearable since upgrading my Moveable Type software, because it required me to get rid of MT-Blacklist. It's been suggested that the only way for me to fix this is to use Typekey, but I'd rather not foce my commenters to register. Is there an anti-spam plug-in I can use?
2) The New York Times' Opinionator has apparently linked to my post on income inequality, but since I don't subscribe, I have no friggin' clue what they've said. Will someone with a subscription please post what was said in the comments?
I bleg you, good people -- help out this poor, befuddled blogger.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for the assistance. Tthere may be some technical difficulties as I try to install some of these spam blockers.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
We may be experiencing technical difficulties
Sometime in the next 24 hours I'll be making a few upgrades to the site, including but not limited to an upgrade of Movable Type from the prehistoric version I currently use.
UPDATE: OK, looks like things are coming back on line -- let me know if you like the (mild) redesign
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Guest-blogging this week: Joseph Britt
I'm on vacation with the family this week. Joseph Britt -- a.k.a., the commenter also known as Zathras -- has been tasked with the job of guest-blogging.
In a former life, Britt did policy work in the Senate as well as with a couple of state governments. He's now a freelance writer; last spring he guest-blogged at Belgravia Dispatch.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
For the last few weeks the trackback feature on the blog has been out of order. My apologies -- it should be working now.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
A public service message
For those who only click onto danieldrezner.com every once in a while -- this week I've outsourced the blog to David Greenberg and Suzanne Nossel. Click here to see their bios.
Regular blogging by yours truly will commence on Monday, May 16th.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Technical difficulties solved
For the past week there had been some difficulties with the trackback feature on the blog.
Everything should be working properly now.
Apologies to one and all for the inconvenience.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Comments are back on
Apologies for the lack of comments over the past 24 hours -- there was a massive spam attack that caused the good people at Hosting Matters to shut things down temporarily.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Some slight technical difficulties
Apologies for the disappearing sidebar -- there are some technical difficulties that the good people at Hosting Matters are checking out.
Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.
UPDATE: Fixed!! Thanks to Stacy and Annette!
Saturday, August 7, 2004
A note from the management at danieldrezner.com
As the blogosphere keeps growing, competition has become cutthroat and civility seems to be on the wane. Although we are proud of our association with Professor Drezner, we have decided for the next week to launch a pilot project: outsourcing to two temporary guest bloggers. The fact that they're both Indian and willing to work for free should not be construed to lend any credibility to rumors of danieldrezner.com relocating its offices to Bangalore.
With that out of the way, meet your two quest bloggers for the week -- Reihan Salam and Siddharth Mohandas!! Their biographies:
(During his adult years, Reihan has also worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and The New Republic). Enjoy!!
[A brilliant cost-cutting maneuver!! This will triple your blog profits!!--ed. Happy Meals for everyone!! Oh, and did I mention that you've been outsourced indefinitely? You labor-hating bastard!!--ed.]
Sunday, May 2, 2004
Warning -- technical difficulties may be ahead
Over the past 24 hours I've been inundated with a few hundred spam comments. This is forcing me to do something I should have done a long time ago -- download MT Blacklist to deal with the problem.
However, given my lack of html-savviness, this may not take place in a completely smooth fashion.
So, if there's no posting for a while, you know the reason.
UPDATE -- Oh, man, this is awesome!! I should have done this ages ago. Thank you, Jay Allen!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
October's book(s) of the month
There are so many books worth reading, I've decided to highlight two books each month: one "general interest" book, and one dealing specifically with international relations.
The general interest book for October is Virginia Postrel's The Substance of Style, which I was inhaling right up until the quarter started, and I'm aching to get back to it. [Good thing you're hawking the book -- looks like she's having real trouble selling copies!--ed.]
Geek confession: I mark up every book I read, fiction and nonfiction. The Substance of Style is so stimulating that I find myself underline 50% of every page. Go go buy it and mark up your own copy.
The international relations book is considerably older, and, I'm sad to say, depressingly relevant for our times: Stephen D. Krasner's Structural Conflict. This 1985 book chronicled how, in the wake of the developing world's efforts to create a New International Economic Order, the major economic powers protected their own interests by shifting resources and authority to decision-making fora they controlled.
In the wake of the Cancun meetings, I strongly suspect this trend will repeat itself in the near future. In contrast to their agenda from 30 years ago, I have some sympathy with some of the developing world's current aims, particularly the elimination of all agricultural subsidies.
Go check them out!!
Monday, September 8, 2003
Some minor housekeeping
A few minor changes:
2) It's come to my attention that after a while, accessing my TNR Online essays on TNR's web site requires a subscription. Now, while subscribing to The New Republic is an excellent decision and should be encouraged, this is a bit unfair. So, I've posted all of them on the website -- which means the links to the right will take you there.
3) I've updated the book recommendations page to include a section on intellectual history [Boy, you really now how hip up the site!!--ed. Oh, shut up].
Thursday, August 21, 2003
The grand opening
Those of you prowling around the rest of DanielDrezner.com have probably figured this out, but for the rest of you, I've added a few bells and whistles to the site. [You've added?--ed. Good point!! A big thank you to Robyn for all of her help in getting everything fixed up. My apologies for occasionally marring your beautiful design with some slapped-on code of my own.]
In no particular order:
If you want to see anything else within reason, let me know and I'll see what I can do. Otherwise, enjoy!!
*WARNING: Those of you more comfortable with the word "resume" will be flabbergasted at both its length and the extent of piddling stuff that's included on my cv. That's not me being vain; that's just the nature of academic resumes for those without tenure.
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
My e-mail policy
As this blog has climbed in popularity and added a comments feature, my e-mail traffic has shot up dramatically. This is all to the good. Indeed, since the comments feature has been added, the blog has garnered kudos from the blogosphere and the mediasphere about the "articulate, thoughtful & balanced' quality of the readership.
With the demands of the day job not going away, I'm just going to apologize now to those of you who don't receive a response either via e-mail or in response to a posted comment. This doesn't mean I'm not reading your mail or your comments. It means I just don't have the time to write thoughtful responses all the time, and I'm leery of writing quick, flippant replies. So, my feedback policy is simple:
UPDATE: I feel a bit churlish posting this, since compared to InstaPundit my e-mail/comment traffic is small potatoes.
[This is because of hate mail, isn't it?--ed. Knock on wood, no. I've received some angry e-mails, a few trolls, and a few individuals that are spoiling for an intellectual fight, but over 99.5% of the feedback has been polite. I can count the number of true hate-mails on one hand. I just want to lower expectations about getting a response to any query sent my way]