This Is Sooooo Very Difficult To Understand

Let’s begin with this little nugget…


Of course the harrassing cyberthug’s focus is quite narrow.  He wants to know “who sent the email?” And in his typical fashion, as soon as he gets the answer he likes (from the free lawyer chat room, the Christmas Eve Court Clerk, the African-tinged photo editor from NASA, the WordPress Happiness Engineer, the voices in his head, whatever), he determines that his confirmed opinion is truth from God, carved in stone from the mountaintop.  His focus narrows to a pinhole, and like an eclipse box, everything he sees through that pinhole is upside-down and backwards.

Plus, he fails to see anything else.  That apparent belief in his own infallibility, a belief betrayed by years of evidence and failure, so narrows his focus that he misses (or purposely ignores, that is distinctly possible) the suggestion immediately below the answer he’s fallen so in love with.

You can learn more about this here:

At that link, we find the following explanation of the pingback:

A pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled. The best way to think about pingbacks is as remote comments:

  • Person A posts something on his blog.
  • Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post. This automatically sends a pingback to Person A when both have pingback enabled blogs.
  • Person A’s blog receives the pingback, then automatically goes to Person B’s post to confirm that the pingback did, in fact, originate there.

Check out the Introduction to Blogging article for a more detailed explanation.

Here’s an interesting angle to consider – what if I take that explanation and replace the names?  Would that make clearer the explanation which Monsieur Mayonnaise clearly did not bother to read?

A pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled. The best way to think about pingbacks is as remote comments:

  • John posts something on his blog.
  • Park, who is subject to a peace order requiring him not to contact John, posts on his own blog, linking to John’s post. This, Park’s affirmative action of posting a link to John’s blog, automatically sends a pingback to John when both John and Park have pingback enabled blogs, even if there is no way for Park to know whether John’s blog is pingback enabled or not.
  • John’s blog receives the pingback, like a mailbox receiving a letter from the postal service, then automatically goes to Park’s post to confirm that the pingback did, in fact, originate there.

Check out the Introduction to Blogging article for a more detailed explanation.


So if Señor Neckroll doesn’t link to Person A’s blog, an affirmative action taken by him, then Person A never gets a pingback.

Eh – what do I know?  I’m just an undead zombie. Your WordPress ways are strange and confusing.  Maybe if there was a way to find a “more detailed explanation…”


Oh, wait!

Check out the Introduction to Blogging article for a more detailed explanation.

I wonder if there is some clearly worded for a Luddite information at that link for someone who’s only been blogging with WordPress for several years?  Let’s find out.

The pingback is generally displayed on Person A’s blog as simply a link to Person B’s post. It is commonly believed that pingbacks do not send any content, as trackbacks do. This is not correct. If you get a pingback, you will see an excerpt from that blog in the Edit Comments section of your dashboard. The issue is that very few themes display these excerpts from pingbacks. The default WordPress themes, for example, do not display pingback excerpts.

In fact, there is only one significant difference between pingbacks and trackbacks: Pingbacks and trackbacks use drastically different communication technologies (XML-RPC and HTTP POST, respectively). But that difference is important because trackbacks have become the target of so much spam. The automatic verification process introduces a level of authenticity, making it harder to fake a pingback.

Some feel that trackbacks are superior because readers of Person A’s blog can at least see some of what Person B has to say, and then decide if they want to read more (and therefore click over to Person B’s blog). Others feel that pingbacks are superior because they create a verifiable connection (could a zombie call this a contact?) between posts.

There are even some technical specifications linked in that article, too.  Definitely not for Luddites.

5. Example

Here is a more detailed look at what could happen between Park and John during the example described in the introduction.

  1. Park posts to his blog. The post he’s made includes a link to a post on John’s blog. The permalink to Park’s new post is, and the URL of the link to John’s blog is
  2. Park’s blogging system parses all the external links out of Park’s post, and finds
  3. It then requests the first 5 kilobytes of the page referred to by the link.
  4. It looks for an X-Pingback header, but fails to find one.
  5. It scans this page fragment for thepingback link tag, which it finds:
    <link rel="pingback" href="">

    If this tag had not been contained in the page, then John’s blog would not support pingback, so Park’s software would have given up here (moving on to the next link found in step 2).

  6. Next, since the link was there, it executes the the following XML-RPC call to'', '')
  7. Park’s blogging system repeats step 3 to 6 for each external link that was found in the post.

There ends the work undertaken by Park’s system, none of which would have taken place without the first affirmative step: Park posts to his blog, including a link to a post on John’s blog. The rest of the work is performed by John’s blog.

  1. John’s blog receives a ping from Alice’s blog (the ping sent in step 6 above), naming (the site linking to Bob) and (the page Park linked to).
  2. John’s blog confirms that is in fact a post on this blog.
  3. It then requests the content of and checks the Content-Type of the entity returned to make sure it is text of some sort.
  4. It verifies that this content does indeed contain a link to (to prevent spamming of pingbacks).
  5. John’s blog also retrieves other data required from the content of Park’s new post, such as the page title, an extract of the page content surrounding the link to John’s post, any attributes indicating which language the page is in, and so forth.
  6. Finally, John’s post records the pingback in its database, and regenerates the static pages referring to John’s post so that they mention the pingback.

So even when you get down to the technical details, what do we learn, if we’re interested?

It all boils down to this: Idiots gonna be idiots.  If the Baron of Bloviation took 30 goddamn seconds to think about what he was doing, he wouldn’t be facing a show cause hearing and a possible contempt citation because he can’t follow a simple order from the court.

In other words, just your average day.


Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man's Zombie

28 thoughts on “This Is Sooooo Very Difficult To Understand”

  1. His focus narrows to a pinhole, and like an eclipse box, everything he sees through that pinhole is upside-down and backwards.

    Gee Mr. Krendler, you use your tongue pertier than a $20 Schmalfeldt.

  2. This ties into his constant misuse of the word "abstract". Always and forever claiming others are incapable of abstract thought unlike his bloviated self that floats free amidst noisome clouds of pure abstraction and some gaseous component from last weeks Dorito's.

    He can only continue to tolerate himself if he can cut away all the grotesque concrete realities that are the hideous reality of him and focus on some pinpoint rarefied abstraction which is so small the taint has no surface area to stick to it.

  3. Oh, I believe that William "took 30 goddamn seconds to think about what he was doing," In my opinion, he decided that he was going to be a cutie-pie and test the boundaries of what he could get away with. He's known to do that sometimes.

    His adorable and utterly unwarranted braggadocio aside, the fallout from this one is going to be sensational.

  4. I do hope that someone is taking screenshots of this. As soon as he the realization that he's losing dawns on him, William will pretend that none of this preening ever happened and he'll commence whimpering about how he just wanted to be left alone.

    It would be nice if we had his own tweets to throw back at him.

    January 30 isn't that far away.

  5. Fantastic blog post, KREEEEENDLER!

    The only thing that will make it better moving forward is Blob ignoring every ounce of the truth and facts therein until... he can ignore reality no longer.


  6. Bottom Line: Sending Hoge an email is contact. I did not send Hoge an email. Two engineers at WordPress say THEY sent the e-mail. Simple.

    Dear ACME Law,

    Does a Maryland peace order allow or prohibit contact through a third party?

    Definitely Not Blob


    1. If you ask ShitExpress who sent the shit, they would also say that they did. However a certain party in MD was adamant that whoever had caused SE to send it was the one who was going to be in legal trouble.

      Does he really think that a court is going to believe that WordPress decided to send John e-mails for no reason whatsoever? Or did someone else have to do something to cause WP to send it?

      Of course, since we know that BS is incapable of abstract thinking, he won't be able to extrapolate and see how these are the same thing.

    2. Mr. Abstract Thought Laserfocus McDumbass manages to lie once again from a standing start of a simple factual statement. No. The WordPress engineers (if they actually exist and sent him messages (say wasn't that a book by Niven?)) said that WordPress sends the email automatically. They did NOT say that they sent it. And once again he leaves out the very pertinent fact that the "automatically" happens the moment you post the link, The link which was posted with "intent" which he has also been furiously trying to dodge. He has been trying desparately to disconnect himself from all aspects of his little whoopsie I'm surprised he hasn't claimed that the damn machine up and posted the link, acitivated pingbacks and sent the pingback out all while he was out of the room, unconscious after a vicious dog-petting mishap.

      If the Olympics ever adds lying as an event we need to get this guy on the team.

      1. Of course, what Cousin Bill doesn't realize is that we used the time machine to transport the pony into his trailer, and the pony did the actual linking, after the pony checked the "notify" box.

        Took one hell of a long time to get the pony up to speed on how to use the mouse or a trackpad to navigate the forms, but, totes worth it!

        (Hi, Cousin Bill! Did you find the fresh gift the pony left behind the door for you? He made it himself!)

      2. Kyle, whether we'd consider him as an Olympic liar depends on whether the goal is volume or skill. For volume, and total inability to see how he proves himself a liar at least every day, and often every our, yes, there are few at his level.

        However, for skill in lying, as in everything else, he's a total #FAIL. As I've written many times, that the freakshow asserts something is good evidence it's not true. I mean, if he asserts the sun is up, one should go to the window. Oh, not to verify the sun is up, but to laugh at his comical attempt to set it up to look as if it's up.

        1. I think any discussion of lying as an Olympic event must include judging the ability to get away with the lie. In this category, bildo also fails miserably. His Sterling Reputation precedes him in all things, and this forces all interested observers to view any and all statements with the highest possible suspicion. Indeed, the most prudent course is to assume that he is the beast described in the first stanza of Browning's epic poem "Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came:"

          My first thought was, he lied in every word,
          That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
          Askance to watch the workings of his lie
          On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford
          Suppression of the glee, that pursed and scored
          Its edge, at one more victim gained thereby.

  7. William the Elder @weltschmerz2015 · 1h 1 hour ago
    My new year's resolution is to make Hoge's continuing prosecution of me VERY costly. Or, he could stop. His choice. #sanctions

    Bill, you might want to consider the fact that what you think of as "costly" and what John thinks of as "costly" are two completely different things. John has had (and continues to have) a very successful career, you on the other hand.......

    1. So true. Some women have no trouble with the idea of paying $500-$1000 (or more) for a purse or any one piece of clothing or accessory. Others of us think that a week's take home on a single item is not just expensive, but impossible.

      As for sanctions, I think it unlikely that after a court has awarded B two peace orders and one continuation of a peace order (so far) against A, it is unlikely that they will award A sanctions against B. A really, really needs to find a new lawyer, one accepted to his state's bar, and then actually follow said lawyer's advice.

    2. ...have diddly bupkiss, the end product of a series of short term, transient jobs, frivolous spending, and wastrel habits. People give you crap for living in a trailer because you have to, its cheaper because its nastier, everybody knows it, your humor isn't and your books are neither enlightening nor interesting and whats more they don't sale, you should throw them in the gutter all over the country that way you could claim they were "available on any street corner stand".

    3. The hypocrisy, irony, and total lack of self-awareness in that tweet is stunning, Perry. Sadly for bildo he's incapable of following his own advice, despite multiple courts ordering him to, "...just stop."

      To paraphrase other unsolicited advice the freakshow offered, "if the malignant blob would just forget Mr. Hoge and the others whom the courts have ordered him to leave alone even exist, bildo's life would be easier and no one would be filing for show cause hearings."

      Advice he himself offered, yet he's just too stupid to follow either one, even after multiple peace/restraining orders from multiple states. *SG&MH* (Shaking Grace's & My Head)

  8. SchmalScwanz seems to think he has some kind of leverage.

    You hold none of the cards, Shakey. ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

    I can' wait until you are smacked across your cocksuck with a ball bat. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

    1. Howard

      You simply will not be heard by TLFKAD (a name never to be forgotten) unless you use more vigorous language. Such mealy mouthed words as yours above simply cannot penetrate all the rancid blubber; please tell us what you REALLY think.

      Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR to any zombies or zombie lovers who may be listening.


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