25
Mar 10

What the FEFF?

Since I’ve been thinking I ought to write about my work more often, and inspired by the strangeness of this incident, here goes.



Visual of the Culprit

I’d been trying to debug how a few ?s came to be in an ad banner tag submission. I’d dug into change logs and other points where we log transactions to no avail. Since we’d never seen anything like it before, I’d basically decided I’d spent enough time on it and was about to resort to a “it was caused by network ghosts” type explanation. I figured the ?s came from some erroneous network transmission.

On our system, there was nothing strange in the tag field whatsoever. On the adserver though, there appeared some question marks, looking like this:

???<iframe src=”http://view.atdmt.com/M0N/…” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ topmargin=”0″ leftmargin=”0″ allowtransparency=”true” width=”500″ height=”250″><script language=”JavaScript” type=”text/java …

Then, though when I don’t really know, it hit me. I should view that offending code in a more verbose setting, don x-ray specs if you will – my first choice was VI. Lo & behold, the offending characters appeared before my eyes.

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05
Mar 10

The Trouble with Couches

While I may not always like it, Sarah’s got it right.  What feels natural to her isn’t to me.  She rarely sits on the couch; her relaxing is more full body – laying on her side, extending her legs as straight as space permits.  That space is often shared by me, who over time, ends up sitting in a slumped and soggy way usually with her legs across my lap.

I guess I’d gotten use to feeling a little stiff after a long sitting session.  But now that we’ve started Chiropractic care, we’re thinking more about our habits.  Our Doc has alluded that couches are bad and “what are you going to do about it?”  It’s a bit of a sticky issue because we aren’t about to give up the time we spend together on the big purple couch.

Not Actually Our Couch but Close

We, like so many people around the world, watch TV.  Whether new shows new movies or reruns of either, we typically spend a few hours each day together on that cushy living room center piece.  Hell, I consider us less users than some of our couple-friends whose entire relationships are built upon watching the boob-toob together.

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