Lisplog Blog

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 13 Aug 2011 14:40:48 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

I started using Lisplog for End the War on Freedom at the beginning of June. I have finally finished creating the templates and style sheet to begin blogging about it at Not much there yet, but it'll grow.

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AES for Password Hashing

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:54:27 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

Following a G+ discussion with Nikodemus Siivola, in which he recommended using bcrypt instead of a hash function for encoding passwords, I updated Lisplog to use AES, since I didn't have bcrypt handy. AES doesn't have the tuning parameters to make encryption take longer, as bcrypt does, but I figure it's at least slower than a simple hash, so it should help.

I initially used a simple MD5 hash, copying the Drupal mechanism so that I could just copy my Drupal data. I have not yet updated this blog with the new code. Soon.

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 03 Jul 2011 20:44:49 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

I have added a categories link to the "Navigation" section of the left column. It goes to a page with a link and an RSS link for each of the categories with which I tag posts. Each of those pages has the last 10 posts in that category. You can also click on the category name between the two arrows ("<==" and "=->"), under the blue title bar on the right-hand side, to get to that category page. You can use the new RSS links to subscribe to only posts in that category, in case you want to see my computer posts, but not my political posts, or vice-versa.

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Lisplog Registration

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 19 Jun 2011 12:23:44 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

I have added new user registration to Lisplog. There's a link to it from the comment submission page, and on the login dialog, which comes up if you go to the settings page, or try to add or edit a post. If you're registered and logged in, you can post comments without captcha or moderation, and you can edit and delete your own comments (doesn't apply to comments you've made between the Lisplog switch and now, since, due to a bug, those aren't tagged with your ownership).

If you forget your password, the login page now has a link for that.

I also added an RSS header link to the home page, so Firefox will show an orange Feed icon (RSS Feed Icon) in the address bar, as will Chrome, if you have the RSS Subscription Extension installed.

I now get email notification when a new account is registered or a new comment is posted. Should make me a little quicker on the ball at moderating comments.

There has still only been a single comment spam posted since I switched to Lisplog two weeks ago. I used to get 10 a day. Weird. The captcha is much simpler than it was before.

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Comment Posting Fixed

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:02:24 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

I just discovered that pushing the "Submit" button on the comment editing page without entering your name, a comment, or the correct answer to the arithmetic question caused you to get a blank page, instead of a page showing you what you need to fix before you can successfully submit your comment. This may be part of the reason that I've received no comment spam since going live with Lisplog. Hopefully it will now be easier to submit comments. Unfortunately, it will now probably be easier for the comment spammers to submit comments.

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It's Alive!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 05 Jun 2011 11:49:02 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

This is my first post created with my new blogging software Lisplog. Everything should be pretty much as it used to be, except for the new appearance, two columns instead of three, and it should respond faster, to regular access, Apache serving static files, and to comments, which have a new, hopefully easier, captcha mechanism.

If you had an account before, you should still have it, and that will still allow you to post comments without captcha or moderation. If you don't yet have an account, you can't get one right now, until I write that code, but you CAN post comments, which will appear after I moderate them.

Lisplog, FTW!

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Lisplog Going Live

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 14:43:28 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

I have finished enough of the dynamic server for Lisplog, that I'm going to go live with it, starting tomorrow. I still have to test the Lisp code on my web server and convert content that's been added since I sampled 6 weeks ago. If all goes well, though, I expect to switch over this coming weekend. You can see the latest layout at

I have not yet done any RSS parsing code, so my "news aggregator" will initially not be here. I'm considering replacing it with a public Google Reader aggregation. If you're especially fond of the "news aggregator", accessible from the top of the left column of this and every page, and don't think Google Reader will be an acceptable replacement, let me know. I'll also be doing my own judging of Reader's suitability for that task.

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New Blogging Technology Coming

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:50:26 GMT  <== Lisplog ==> 

Goodbye Drupal. Hello Lisplog. I've gotten tired of waiting for Drupal. I suppose I could upgrade, and maybe get better performance, but I've decided to roll my own again, as I did with BlogMax before I switched to Drupal. I'm writing, in Lisp, of course, a template system and editor that will allow me to use my existing Drupal data to generate a blindingly fast static site, and change, and accept comments right on the site. I'll lose some of the flexibility of Drupal's active content generation, and pay in additional disk space, but I'll get speed, and ease of moving the content around. And I'm having a blast writing the code!

I'm going to preserve all the main content URLs, so Google will remain accurate. You'll see the appearance change a little, moving to a two-column layout and ditching the left-column banners, and the performance go way up.

You can see my bare beginnings at Many links don't work yet, and there's no way to navigate, but that will come soon. I invite your comments about the new style. I'm no graphic designer, so I can benefit from those who are.

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