Happy Birthday to Babs!

Happy Birthday Babs! You are on of the most remarkable people I have ever been honored to “meet”. Your compassion is unbelievable and the support you provide others is a gift beyond compare. You are carrying out your purpose…

We are having a chat birthday party for Bab’s today at The Tower. Come wish her Happy Birthday and all of us a Happy New Year. If you havn’t gained admission yet there are a lot of moderators that can approve you very quickly. You can sign her birthday card that Denise made… here. If you have tender eyes DO NOT GO. You will be blind…or grow hair on your hands or something like that.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
She is probably snoozing since we were in there half the night entertaining each other! What Fun….I was laughing so hard half the time I had tears rolling.
SOONER! SOONER? Where are ya Buddy?


Om Malik on Broadband : � Wholesale Blog Plagiarism � Alert

Om Malik on Broadband : Wholesale Blog Plagiarism !! Alert
This is an awesome article about sploggers and scrapers. In fact, it is an article which specifically is about the aforementioned Blog “aggregator”.
Thanks To Marc at Full Throttle again! He wrote a lovely and informative post today about Snakes in the Grass. Check it out!

Aggregate this…NOT.

I am going to share a little about what has been going on in my small little blog life.
Why has the posting at the Church of the Great Oval slowed down?

Someone http://nascar.xb90.com/ has taken the liberty to “aggregate”
my blog and…
Backstretch Motorsports
Full Throttle
Dustin Marson’s NASCAR Blog

and a couple other’s.
Our entire blogposts lately and then show us as “contributers.” The site looks as if it is ours. Like a regular blog host with comments and everything. There are links by my name and blog and the bottom of the post that direct right back to this John Ross’s site. Under the list of contributors My Blog DOES link to here. This is very decieving. It actually looks like I and several other NASCAR bloggers have come together and are publishing this site. NOT ACCEPTABLE.
This was called to my attention by Full Throttle’s Marc Boland. ( Check out his site by the way…it is awesome). Thanks so much Marc. I recieved the email that I was replying to after the fuss had begun. We have been trying to trace this guy down for days.
I am posting the notice that I sent to see if anything is removed or not. If they have not removed the aggregation it will show on their sight. Stealing from a Church…how low can you go… Instant Karma gonna get you….

From: Church of the Great Oval churchofthegreatoval@yahoo.com… Flag Message Mark Unread
To: “john.ross@xb90.com” john.ross@xb90.com>
Cc: abuse@worldispnetwork.com
Subject: Re: XB90 has syndicated your blog – please reply (REMOVE http:churchofthegreatoval.blogspot.com
Date: Dec 29, 2005 9:09 PM

The purpose of Aggregation is not stealing entire blogs and adding them to your site as if we were contributers. Your site gives the impression that we are all collaborating and part of your website. I have never heard of you nor given permission to place my blog into your so called news and information portal. At the bottom of your site you state you are a Blogger’s Network.This is not acceptable. The links to the post route back around to you unless you click in three different places,. You are allowing comments at the end of each post as if they were commenting on my actual blog. It looks as if that is my blog. That is NOT link sharing. Had you posted the title and a leadline which would take visitors to my site , that may have been different. You have point blank stolen my entire blog. There is no benefit to anyone but you as far as I can see. I believe you may be attempting to create content with the sole intent of making money off my and my fellow NASCAR bloggers creativity, which does cross the line. I too am a member of EFF. You are a blatant misrepresentation of what they are all about.I am filing a compaint of abuse to your server through email, mail and fax. I DEMAND that you remove any and all of my posts, my name and any link to my site from your website as soon as you recieve this as you have stated you will. I will be watching to make sure it is done and that you do no harm to others.Clance’ McClannahan

—–Original Message—– From: “john.ross@xb90.com” Sent: Dec 29, 2005 9:10 AM To: churchofthegreatoval@yahoo.com
Subject: XB90 has syndicated your blog – please reply
This is an important email and not spam – please read and reply this email concerns your blog RSS syndication.
Of all the blogs and content available today, you offer your readers excellent well written articles that stand above the others. http://churchofthegreatoval.blogspot.com/
My name is John Ross and I am the editor of XB90 a news and information portal. We recently added your RSS feed to our XB90 site http://nascar.xb90.com/
In doing so we have recently started to syndicate your RSS feed with link backs to your site. An issue has just been brought to my attention, for some reason we added your site without your approval. Although we attribute all posting back to the original site and use the Fair Use doctrine of the copyright act, I wanted to bring this to your attention and get your approval to syndicate your content and include it in our aggregation site.
A high quality blogger like yourself deserves the promotion and recognition. With XB90 now syndicating you, we are now spreading the word about your great content. You will benefit with increased traffic and readers. With the vast number of blogs and websites it is difficult for people to find great content, your site/blog is well written and you are offering the reader articles that are in our opinion some of the best available on the topic.
We very clearly linked back to your article and display your name as well. Our attribution reads Thanks “Author” from “Your Blog Site”. We do not make any changes to your posts, we simply publish your RSS feeds as it provided by you from your blog. In addition we add your site/blog under the heading Contributors with a link back to you.
As a webmaster/blogmaster you no doubt know the importance of linking. The more sites that link to you, the more the search engines consider your site a quality reference. XB90 sincerely hopes that the links back to your blog post will increase your search engine traffic and site popularity. If you want, please feel free to add us to your blog roll. Linking back to us will help in making your content, and the your site more popular with the search engines and sites like Technoratti and others.
I need to hear back from you if you approve of our aggregation of your content or you wish us to remove your RSS from our site.
Just reply to this email with your url in the subject line and say approve or remove and we will comply promptly with your request. We feel you will benefit from additional traffic and recognition by inclusion in XB90, BUT if we do not hear from you in the next 7 days, we will stop aggregating your RSS feed in XB90.
Your content is excellent and we sincerely hope that you will continue your active blogging with its great articles. More people need to know about you and your information – XB90 syndication will help your sit increase in popularity.
Many Thanks and may you and your family have a healthy and prosperous New Year.
John Ross
XB90 Editor
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Dakar Dictionary

The Dakar Rally

I am brain dead. It has been raining and grey for a week.. like a plant, starving for light and blue skies. The second it happens, I perk right up. I could never live in Alaska in the winter. There is supposed to be a small amount of sky tomorrow, before the next Gray Matter begins again and ends in another week. Ugh.

I am excited about The Dakar Rally which starts on Dec 31. Go Robby Gordon!!
Scrutineering began today. You can go to The Dakar Spot and Robby’s Team Dakar USA to catch up on the events of the pre race. You can also sign up for daily updates from Team Dakar USA.
If you are not familiar with Dakar….well, let me tell you this. You think Robby Gordon has guts in the NASCAR races? Baja? This is not a race for the faint of heart.
The Dakar Rally is the World’s longest, most challenging and most grueling race on the Planet Earth. The 1,500 mile trek begins in Portugal, crosses through Morocco, Mauritania, Mali and Guinea before ending in Dakar. Long, crazy, no maps, figure it out on your own and if you get lost, oh well…May the best Navigator win.

There were some safety changes made this year after the deaths of 2 drivers last year. Speeds are limited, the amount of gasoline or fuel carried has been changed. The race itself has returned to it’s roots again. The amateur’s have a chance to compete again on a fair playing field. It will will be interesting to see how many actually finish this year. 60%? 25%? 50%? Hmmm.
Another great site to learn more about Dakar is Eurosport.com.
I’ll be keeping you posted.
Here are some of my badly scanned pictures of Robby that the #1 Fan of the #88 car took of Robby when he was at Fontana.

Christmas Together

For all of us that are spending Christmas alone…
I have a yahoo group site that is by invitation only that I have dedicated to be used for our own little Christmas party.
It has built in chat and a place for just posts.
If you would like to join us, click on my email and I will send you and invite.
Don’t be shy….we are all here for each other. I would send the email straight out to you already if I had all your email addresses!
Let’s have fun with this! Or not….cry if you need to…just come.
If anyone has any other ideas let me know or you can go straight to the site for admit :
Here in the Ivory Tower.

Another Letter from the Universe…

There comes a time in the evolution of every spiritual being, along that sometimes dark road that leads to enlightenment, when their inner yearnings, struggles and frustrations bring them to a truth that could not have otherwise been achieved. And so, beloved, I come this holy day with such a truth, though it may hurt eyes that have been shut too long.
Reaching this milestone was inevitable, for the light that will dawn hereafter is not only what you have summoned, but what all now seek. And with your blessing and recognition it will bathe those who follow in your footsteps and the burden they bear shall be lessened.
If it’s not yet obvious to you, the real reason for this season is You. A more perfect child of the Universe has never lived. Until now, only a celebration cloaked in myth and mystery could hint at your sublime heritage and divine destiny. You are life’s prayer of becoming, and its answer. The first light at the dawn of eternity, drawn from the ether, so that the Universe might know its depths, discover its heights, and frolic in endless seas of blessed emotion.
A pioneer into illusion, an adventurer into the unknown, and a lifter of veils. Courageous, heroic and exalted by billions in the unseen.
To give beyond reason. To care beyond hope. To love without limit. To reach, stretch, and dream in spite of your fears. These are the hallmarks of divinity – traits of the immortal – your badges of honor, and your ticket home.
This is the time of year we celebrate who you are.
Merry Christmas, a few days early – The Universe

Yeah, I said the same thing last year, but more people are listening now, and still, a more perfect child than you has yet to be born. Unless I missed someone…