Posts Tagged: irishblogs

Google Photos Screensaver 2.0

Check your web server logs. The Google Photos Screensaver 2.0 web bot does not respect robots.txt rules. It tripped over my tarpit a few days ago and I just noticed it hitting the same url again this morning. It’s banned now.

The strange thing is, I saw two requests from this user agent a few minutes ago. One from 66.249.85.129 which is a Gooogle IP, and another from 117.193.129.58 which looks like an Indian IP.

Which one tripped over my tarpit? The Google IP address, 66.249.85.129 did.

If you want to ban “Google Photos Screensaver 2.0”, add these lines to the .htaccess in your root directory (presuming you have mod_rewrite enabled of course!)

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} .*Google Photos Screensaver 2.0.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]

I also ban a number of other user agents. This could could be merged into a few less lines but this makes it easy to add new lines quickly:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} Microsoft URL Control.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} WebAlta Crawler/2.0.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} .*larbin.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} Python-urllib.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} libwww-perl.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} .*Indy Library.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} .*Jakarta Commons-HttpClient.*
RewriteRule .* - [F,L]

Conor Pass Hills and Clouds

This image broke my heart. I spent a long time trying to get the darkened sky layer and the brightened ground layer to merge nicely but I’m still not happy with it.

This small web version looks almost ok but I can still see the offending bits that are wrong.

How very phallic of you

A desert plant growing near the ranch we stayed at in Arizona.

I only thought of the title after seeing this image in b/w, but err, it suits doesn’t it?

An Chead Bhailiu Eile

A very old looking post box on South Main Street, Cork stands next to the brewery there.

“An Chead Bhailiu Eile” and “Next Collection” are stamped just above the letter box, and both phrases are the same in Irish and English.

Photos from Snapfish.ie were delivered today. Quality is quite good, but they messed up the crop on one photo (you can’t crop it yourself unfortunately) and another photo was missing about an inch on one side somehow.

Little girl goes shopping

A young girl on Patrick’s Street pushes her buggy with her mothercare bag. See the face she’s making? She means business!

Call of the evening

A bird atop the light outside my house calls into the glowing evening sky heralding the end of 2007.

After walking Oscar I had to grab my camera and shoot the beautiful evening sky. The background was this colour, there’s no trickery here except a little vignetting and sharpening.

Trees on the Marina

The trees along the Marina in Blackrock, Cork are bare at the this time of year but the sun shone today as if it was the height of Summer. It was lovely, even with the biting wind.

Shot from the grounds of Pairc Ui Chaoimh (no relation!) while out walking with my sister, my son Adam who slept quietly in his buggy, and my dog Oscar who loved the long walk.

Old rope and boats

Old rope on the quayside in Bantry Harbour, Co. Cork. I love the different textures in this image, and I knew I’d be happy with it in b/w!

Going Overboard

Bertie’s going overboard today, hopefully. As I write this Bertie Ahern is speaking and it sounds like a resignation speech. I haven’t heard an apology for lying under oath and deceiving the public yet however.

Unfortunately we’re all going to forget this by the next election. Hopefully the other parties will make hay while the sun shines.

Posting this today as Miriam’s photo of the same sign reminded me I had shot this at Allihies Beach in Co. Cork.
It’s appropriate too.

Edit – he’s out. Bertie Ahern will resign on May 6th 2008.