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Coming up for air….

3 Sep

Jeezus…it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and quite frankly put, it’s been no walk in the park recently for me.

As the title says, I think it is time to come up for air from the sea of crap I’ve been drowning in these few months and get back to doing what I am good at (suffering and wallowing might be something I’ve been accustomed to lately, but I’m not that good with it)

Blogging, wargaming, painting and modelling have seemed like nothing compared to the soap opera of life, so my focus shifted to more serious matters, stress even having a real physical effect on my health puts less emphasis on the whole scene too.

But, I do realise that with all the focus on the shit side of life, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. We need these things in our our life to give us a distraction from the darker and stormy side of our dreary existences.

So, with that, I am starting to feel that it is time to kick myself up the ass and get inspired again, not an easy task (well, you lot might think it is, but I can assure you, how I’ve been feeling, it really isn’t) I’ll be getting back into all my blogging (I’ll try and keep it upbeat) and all the projects I’m doing (or had been doing) I’m not going to push it too hard for health reasons, but hopefully all will be well on that front (fingers crossed)

Again, thanks for your words of encouragement and good wishes, that have indeed kept me going this trying time, and made me realise that the time for being down and beaten is over.

The grinning skull has even more significance than ever, still grinning in the face of adversity.

 

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Birthday’s aint what they used to be….

31 Jul

Just checking my stats, it has been reveled to me that here on wordpress.com the Grinning Skull Blog has reached the ripe old age of two years.

That in itself to me should be a sign of celebration, but presently I don’t have the will to woop and cheer at this news.

Some of those who know me, will know that my personal issues are a bit shit at the moment, I won’t get into detailing the sad and reprehensible things that have gone on to cause this woe, but safe to say, I wish that I could announce the skulls anniversary with a bit more vigor.

As the saying goes, that which does not kill us makes us stronger (yeah I know everyone uses that, but it’s true, and I don’t really give a flying fuck) and regardless of my turbulent personal status, I want to reassure any “proper regular” visitors to the site, that all this won’t finish any work I have done. Sure my attitude stinks at the moment, but if you knew what’s going on at the moment, you’d struggle with getting right.

Also I would like to address this to anyone in my schedule that are currently waiting for me to get their stuff done, I do apologise that it will take a bit longer than I anticipate, my status now is much different, so until I find more time to devote to it rather than deal with shit, I promise that I haven’t forgotten, and I’ll get in touch with you very soon to talk more about it.

I started this blog with the tongue in cheek title, never once realising its tag line would become even more poignant than before, as they say art does indeed imitate life, and all the laughing in the face of adversity has never meant as much as it has now for me. I shall indeed take this self advice to heart and continue to laugh at all adversity that comes, in fact I’m gearing up to go to war, laughing all the way to valhalla.

As ever, I want to thank all my readers, no matter how regular for their continued support of the site and input, as you lot give me the reason to keep the site going. Thanks to all out there that have helped and inspired me during this time, and all the kind comments and advice that make me have hope that the world isn’t totally gone to shit, just yet, and a renewed faith in my fellow humans.

Thanks everyone of you.

Will

 

A quick update to let you know I’m not dead….

5 Mar

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I just wanted to give you a little update, recently I haven’t had enough free time to be updating and posting here at the grinning skull, due to my commitments, bad internet connection, a turbulent personal life and other contributing factors it’s been a bit of a struggle to keep up with the web side of life.
I want all of you to know that have contacted me regarding crowdfunding spotlight, I will get around to sorting out your campaigns with a some postings, and as well as long awaited updates on my various projects and material for you to take a look at.
I want to assure any regular readers here that normal service will be resumed soon, but lately my connection has been extremely poor and sometimes I can’t even get a connection to the web, plus sometimes I find that too much time on the net is very counter productive to creating stuff, and that any spare time I get is better served actually “doing” than getting sidetracked by catching up with trials and tribulations, news and reviews here on the WWW, which can swallow up precious time spent on the internet! I do love to read what is going off with other peoples blogs and sites, but too much time can be spent this way when I could be attending to things in the real world that need to be done, so my apologies if you’ve been logging on to read the blog only to find I haven’t updated as often as I usually could.
Of course I will be posting the usual link to the latest episode of The Walking dead, for all you zombie fans, and hopefully now my camera is ok, I can start showing you some pics of my latest stuff, but just bare with me….You know how it is sometimes…!

 

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Stories of Suspension, and Suspicion of Spammers…(and the “S” word…)

5 Feb

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Ok, I thought I’d just clear up the reasons why this blog got taken down last week. I’ve had a lot of people ask just why it happened and the story behind it, so for what it’s worth, let me tell you before I draw a line about it…
I had prepared a post called “Doing the S-E-M-A-L-T karaoke” in which I just wanted to draw attention to this dodgy company that has caused so much ire for many of us out there recently. This article was done in my usual deliberate tongue in cheek manner, asking for those out there with any gripes could pose intentionally provocative or just plain rude questions to them (with preference to the more humorous ones) and further highlight the company’s shadiness and inability to give straight answers to the normal queries that folks may have about them.
Further in the post, I also highlighted the fact that their own blog had even less than the Grinning Skull about the company, plus the fact that I had left them a few comments on there telling them how I thought the other commenters there, were actually “sock puppets” spouting positive comments in order to fool the layperson into thinking they are actually an above board company. These sarcastic comments made by myself were also taken down by them to counter any negative reaction (of which i completely understand, I would have too under the circumstances if I were them!)
Anyway, as soon as I tried to post this article, I was frozen out from the entire wordpress system and alerted with a warning message, that highlighted the fact that I had been suspended for violating the TOCs of WordPress, either for the reasons of being flagged for spamming, or running articles detailing talk of S-E-O for purposes of ranking and such. Obviously this was utter bullshit and at the time, I did start to think that i’d either been hacked by the offenders (note that i’m not going to mention their name, or talk to much in detail about the whole thing, for reasons I’ll mention in a moment) or that they had had me taken down for my abuse and ridicule of them. Call me paranoid, but with all the talk these days of international snooping and hacking of data, you really never know. Plus, since the whole thing began, i’ve heard loads of conflicting stories about them, so there’s no wonder I was thinking that way!
I don’t know how many of you bloggers use Zementa for your postings, but for those who don’t, Zementa is a useful blogging tool that helps link your posts to useful info with suggestions, explanations and info from about the net. It is a usually decent tool that adds another level of detail to sometimes boring posts, but it would seem that this time it was my undoing! Without thinking I applied the links from the text I’d written with details from my article, linking them to the various explanations of the stuff I had wrote down (something I won’t be doing without thinking n future, I can add!) as is recommended by others while using the add on.
As per usual, I added my list of tags and key words, as you do with your posts, again not thinking I was doing anything wrong. This was also not a great idea, especially when it comes to the automated system employed by the wordpress software, when it comes to spam and such.
As it turns out, those two reasons seem the most likely reasons that the blog was suspended, the anti-spam measures in place flagged me as a spammer who was trying to diddle the rankings system in order to get better placement on the big G! This was all sorted with a few messages to the good “human” staff at support, when they realised I had been taken out of context in my aims with the post, and they reinstated me without delay.
It did highlight a flaw in the wordpress support system, that if there is a genuine reason and a blogger did actually need support in similar cases like this, when one is suspended, you can’t even post on the support forums to ask for help, nor is there an active email address to contact to try and sort things out. Luckily, it was sorted and reason triumphed in this matter. No hacks, no paranoia, just a simple mistake with the wordpress software!
You might be wondering why I refrain from mentioning S-E-M-A-L-T? Well, since it seems that now the wordpress software anti-spam measures recognise the company and all talk of it, as spam, I don’t want to risk it happening again, nor do I want to highlight them by linking to them and giving them more backlinks to aid their progress. I would also advise that other bloggers on the wordpress platform refrain from doing the same and be careful what your putting in your posts and what stuff your linking to, as the software is automated and they instantly suspend you without warning. Be careful!
On another note, it seems that this company seem to think that the reply they gave in my other post (A letter from…etc) is sufficient to quell the bad press they have been getting from other net users and bloggers, and have now decided to fiddle with their blog and facebook pages with reference to that post. they seem to think that this is an endorsement to them being regarded as “a proper reputable company”. I don’t know if the fact that they are from a non english speaking country, that the english sarcasm is lost on them, or they really are that stupid. The cheeky bastards are even peddling the statement on their Facebook page, and even so the many comments there are from others either complaining or slagging them off, my acerbic later comments were deleted by them, in which I was saying that I did not endorse them what so ever!
So, I will say it here, once again: “I DO NOT ENDORSE S-E-M-A-L-T WHAT SO EVER, AND THAT I WOULD SAY THAT ANY PERSON WITH CONCERN, TO LET OTHERS KNOW TO AVOID, REPORT OR COMPLAIN PUBLICALLY ABOUT THEM IN ORDER TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THIS DISREPUTABLE COMPANY.”
Please make sure that other web users are aware of just how shady they are in their business, and if possible, let any appropriate authorities know of their antics and methods by alerting them to what they are up to. Even so they weren’t to blame for taking my site down, the web could do without them or their likes. They offer nothing that you can’t already do for yourself, and every little bit of their actions betray them as being the lying, underhand and scheming spammers they are. Lets face it, even wordpress recognise them for spamming (as is evident in their suspension of my site) and word is that the staff there are working on a solution to delete evidence of their botnet’s visits to our wordpress sites and statistics!
I won’t be following up further related posts (unless they really piss me off that is…) my site really isn’t the place to highlight the failings of this flawed company, but even so that is true, It pisses me off when stuff like this happens, it’s just another load of blaggers taking us for mugs, which is just not on. I’m not trying to become some kind of investigative reporter that uncovers plots against society, i’m just a bod trying to help others with the truth. Something that this rotten apple of a company, seems to not like.
The suspension of my blog did make me realise just how much I really enjoy blogging, and the old addage is true about “you realise how much you miss something when it’s gone”.
Happy posting my brothers and sisters of blogland!

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Arisen from the ashes….we’re back!! You can’t keep a good skull down!

28 Jan

Well, hello everyone. Finally we’re back!

Just a quick post. My apologies to all of you for the brief break, it would seem like the WordPress people have seen fit to unsuspend the blog (following all that S-E-M-A-L-T nonsense) and see things for how they actually are.

Ok, maybe all that talk really didn’t do me any favours overall, but at least the good folks here finally had a look and gave me the all clear. I won’t be speaking of them (thou who will not be named) and I’ve deleted the last post concerning them, so there’s no problem.

Thanks for all the concern (and I breathe a sigh of relief to know my blog’s work isn’t all lost!) and I look forward to writing more posts that (hopefully) you’ll enjoy!

Will

 

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