Back to blogging...! 
So as you might be able to tell, I haven't quite been updating my blog on a regular basis. In fact, it's been nearly a year and a half since I've said anything here. Why? I don't really know. I suppose it's had something to do with a combination of laziness and the simple fact I've really had nothing on my mind to blog about. Well, I'd like to change that.

A few weeks ago, I told myself that I'd blog again, but that hasn't happened. With the combination of the holidays back in December, working back in the first few weeks of January, and the start of the spring semester two weeks ago, I've been very busy. I can already tell this semester of school will be one of my busiest yet. While I don't have anymore credits than I normally have, I think I'll have a much higher workload than normal.

Since I feel I'll be so busy, I may not be able to provide regular updates here, but I'll try to be a bit more consistent with the blog posts.

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It's that time of year again... 
Yep, it's late August, so that means it's time to go back to school. Well, in reality, I've been back at school for a week now, but that was for a week of band camp. Classes start Monday (tomorrow, already!) and I guess I'm ready. I still need to go over my schedule again, but I think I only have one class on Mondays, so that should make the transition a bit easier for me.

As I mentioned, I moved in to my room for the year last Sunday, and I've gotten quite comfortable in my new home already. It was a lot easier moving in this year, as opposed to last year when I was a freshman. I had no problems connecting to the school's network this year, unlike last year.

This year, the dining opportunities on campus seem even more limited than last year. First off, the main dining hall, Gordinier, which last year was open from 7am through 7pm every day not has limited hours on Sundays; it now opens at 9:30am and closes at 7pm. It doesn't really concern me that much as I'm never awake before 9:30am on Sundays, but I'm sure at least a few are.

The other main dining establishment I use on a regular basis, The Galley, which is a food court-like area in the Student Memorial Center, has also cut their weekend hours significantly. Yesterday when I tried to go there for lunch around 1pm, they were closed, despite their new Saturday hours from 11am through 3pm.

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So it's 3:39am 
(though the timestamp for this post will probably be 2:39am because the time on the server is an hour off).

What am I doing up at this hour? Well, not much. I just thought I'd pop by to let you know that I haven't forgotten about this blog.

In the coming days (probably not before Tuesday the 29th of July), I hope to review a new purchase that I made. Stay tuned!

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Spam solution? 
Well, after looking through all the config options for Simple PHP Blog, I've decided to give this a try: simply disabling the use of the [url] tags in comments to prevent users from posting hyperlinks. I realize that it may effect real people who wish to comment, but I think that it may stop these bots from spamming me.

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Spam, oh spam 
OK, this is getting out of control:



Is seven plus spam comments in about three weeks time (give or take a few days) a lot? I think it seems pretty excessive. The thing is, they're all spamming basically the same thing: World Of Warcraft (and other similar video games)-related topics. Why? I have no clue because my blog has absolutely nothing to do with these topics.

I ban the IPs of the spammers and then delete their comments, but when I delete the comments, it seems that all comments in the entry are deleted, even the valid ones from real people.

Oh well.

Anyway, today at work they've started using handheld computerized scanners for returns. So now when I have to people greet at the doors, instead of just putting a simple pink return sticker on the item, I have to scan the UPC barcode with the handheld computer, then go through a few on screen prompts, then a wireless portable printer prints off the return label.

IMO, the older way of doing returns was so much more simple, but very antiquated, apparently. From what I was told, most other stores nationwide already use the new computerized system for returns, so I guess my store was a bit late to the game.

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