This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Captcha coolness!

I hope no one's noticed it, but we've been receiving more and more Stupid Spam Comments.  It's usually something like "I have been reading your excellent blog.  I have learned a lot...." etc.  There's always a link to "my website" at the end...but if you click it, they've captured your email address.

  It's really irritating to think that someone programmed a computer somewhere to find blogs like HH and paste that drivel into comments. It tricks new readers, and irritates the shit outta me.  Argh!

Of course, there are ways to thwart SSC.  The best way is to make real readers prove they're human by asking em to copy distorted words (which computers aren't good at, but we are).  It's called a captcha.  

We're not getting tons of SSC, but its way more now than it was two months ago.  But here's the cool part:  Larry showed me a TED talk by the man who invented Captchas, and what he explains is fascinating!  He says individuals all over the world typing two words help to digitize me, its well worth the 15-20 minutes for him to explain.   So now I'll go switch the sign-in and word recognition ON.  I apologize for asking you to do it, and thank you for bothering.
10 minutes later:
Evidently I can comment, but blogger didn't challenge me ☺.  Maybe one of my sisters would try it?  C'mon!


  1. Which one? Love - PT

    PS - I'm first! (and most mature)

  2. PS - Anonymous comments are no longer an option. Bummer.

  3. Who is replying to these things before eight o'clock in the morning? Immature.............