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Ending Anonymous Comments / Reconnecting Post (Public Version) 
30th-Jan-2012 12:59 pm
I've always allowed for anonymous comments on my LiveJournal because I occasionally get a great reply from someone who doesn't have a LJ account, or who prefers to be anonymous. Anonymous rocks.

But spammers have killed Anonymous.

A few years ago the comment spam got to the point that I started to screen all anonymous posts, so none of them ever make it out to the live web. But for whatever reason, that spam load has only increased. And even on this mostly dormant journal, I am now seeing multiple spam comments per day. *ugh*

So - a week from now, I am going to permanently turn off anonymous commenting.

But until then, here's one last public post to reply to...

A few months ago I suffered a major HD crash that happened to coincide with my getting a new laptop. Rather than restore from backups, I took it as a sign from the universe to do a manual rebuild of all my bookmarks, reading lists, address book, and so on.

My old address book was full of names and numbers of people I can barely remember meeting - many with nothing more than email addresses listed at companies that no longer even exist. My LiveJournal friend's page is full of screen names that I've forgotten entirely the context for, and my FaceBook is an overwhelming jumble of barely acquaintances drowning out the people I actually want to invest more in getting to know.

My monkey sphere is overflowing!

To repopulate my address book, I made a friends-locked post on LiveJournal at the time offering up all my current contact info, and asking for the contact info from anyone who is still tracking me in reply.

Now, before I close of anonymous commenting for good, here is a public (and slightly redacted) version of that same request.

If your still connected enough to me to be reading this, I want to be connected with you as well. And I want to know all your latest data.

Where do you hang out online? Where do you hang out in the real world? And where on earth or online did we first cross paths? Let's reconnect the contexts of the past and present.

If you want in my address book, my browser bookmarks, my RSS feed, or my LJ actively reading list, please let me know as much of the following as you would like to share:
  • Name:
  • Nyms:
  • Email:
  • Phone:
  • Physical Addresses:
  • Virtual Addresses:
  • Past Addresses / Employers: (Where might we have crossed paths?)
  • Preferred Communications Methods:
  • Etc?
Replies to this post (on LiveJournal at least) will be screened so that no one but me will see your details. Or feel free to email me directly instead of replying here.

And to update your own files, here are my details:

Name: Chris Dunphy
Playa Name / Burning Man: "Seeder"
Online Handles: "Radven" / "RenDevang" --- The FAQ of where these handles came from is written here.

Primary Email: chris@radven.net
Aliases: chris@technomadia.com, chris@twostepsbeyond.com (primarily for work / consulting projects)
Other addresses: us@technomadia.com -- Goes to both Cherie and I.
Obsolete Addresses: Too many to list...

Phone: +1-408-667-9022 (mobile / iPhone)

Physical Address: 1961 GM PD-4106 Bus (frequently changes state)
Mailing Address: *redacted from public post*

Virtual Addresses:
Primary Online Home: www.technomadia.com -- My joint travel / technology blog with Cherie. The best place to learn where I am and what I am up to.
Personal Website: www.radven.net // www.radven.com -- Personal web pages, desperately in need of major updating.
LiveJournal: radven.livejournal.com -- My primary personal blogging outlet, though I've only rarely posted here in a long while.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.dunphy -- Now that the iOS app is actually decent, I'll probably hang out here a bit more. But FaceBook always leaves me craving more depth - the kind that LiveJournal used to be overflowing with.
Google Plus: Chris Dunphy -- Is this worth investing time in?
Twitter: www.twitter.com/radven (no longer reposts to FaceBook automatically…)
Linked-In: www.linkedin.com/in/chrisdunphy (Not sure what to do with this site…)
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/radven (Not updated in a while, but I think I will refresh this….)
SmugMug: technomadia.smugmug.com (The most recent Technomadia photo albums are here…) *canceled*

I am also on FourSquare, Gowalla, Path, Instagram, Color and a bunch of other faddish social and photo-sharing sites. I don't spend a lot of effort on any of them, but if I had more connections to play with, perhaps it would be worthwhile.

Past Employers: (in chronological order)
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
  • Imagine Publishing / 'boot' Magazine - Brisbane, CA
  • Rendition (3D graphics company) - Silicon Valley
  • Eazel (Linux Startup) - Silicon Valley
  • Amiga (Ill-fated Gateway spinoff) - San Jose, CA
  • Palm / PalmSource - Silicon Valley (and all around the world as a globe-trotting corporate spy and company spokesmodel…)
  • Two Steps Beyond - My consulting business with Cherie.  We also develop a few mobile apps for travelers.
Past Homes: (in reverse chronological order)
  • Technomadically Roaming North America (5+ years now!)
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Black Rock City, NV (for a week each year, almost every year since '99)
  • Boulder Creek, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • St. Louis, MO (college)
  • Miami, FL (high school)
  • Southern New Jersey / Philadelphia
  • Duri, Sumatra, Indonesia (3rd - 6th grades…)
Chat Methods:
  • iMessage: chris@radven.net -- If you have an iOS 5 device, this rocks as a way to chat without the cost or limitations of SMS.
  • FaceTime: chris@radven.net
  • Skype: radven
  • AIM: RenDevang
  • Yahoo Messanger: RenDevang
  • Google Talk: radven@gmail.com
More Apple Geekery:
I am experimenting with the iOS GameCenter as "radven". Friend me there and challenge me to a game.
I am also using Apple's Friend Finder, so if you are a close enough friend to want to share your location - friend me at "chris@radven.net" and we can track each other.

If there is anything else you want to know about me (to perhaps piece together where we met or what we have in common), please ask!

And as I mentioned above - all replies to this post (on LiveJournal) are being screened, so only I will see what you write.

Reconnection time!!!  

Is there anybody out there???
30th-Jan-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I sympathize - I went through the same process and now have anonymous comments turned off. I may wait a few months and turn them back on to see if the spammers were scared away...but I kind of doubt it. :-(
30th-Jan-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
It is hard to scare a robot. *sigh*
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