Month: May 2013

Link spam on my MediaWiki-based Brede Wiki from multiple hosts

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I presently experience link spamming from coordinated multiple hosts on my MediaWiki-based Brede Wiki.  Given the speed of the editing it is probably a bot. It probably solves the simple math Captcha, apparently also email confirm now and finally edit text with link spam on the user page once it is confirmed. Here is an example with the user ‘KrisJqv’. Note the many different URLs that are involved.

 1 - - [27/May/2013:14:29:47 +0200] 
"GET /wiki/User:KrisJqv HTTP/1.0" 404 4117
2 - - [27/May/2013:14:29:47 +0200]
"GET /w/index.php?title=User:KrisJqv&acti
3 - - [27/May/2013:14:29:48 +0200]
"GET /w/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&s
4 - - [27/May/2013:14:52:47 +0200]
"GET /wiki/User:KrisJqv HTTP/1.0" 404 415
5 - - [27/May/2013:14:52:48 +0200]
"GET /w/index.php?title=User:KrisJqv&act
6 - - [27/May/2013:14:52:48 +0200]
"POST /w/index.php?title=User:KrisJqv&act
7 - - [27/May/2013:14:52:49 +0200]
"GET /wiki/User:KrisJqv HTTP/1.0" 200 4518
8 - - [27/May/2013:14:52:50 +0200]
"GET /wiki/User:KrisJqv HTTP/1.0" 200 4255
9 - - [27/May/2013:16:00:35 +0200]
"GET /wiki/User:KrisJqv HTTP/1.1" 404 12451
10 - - [27/May/2013:16:00:37 +0200]
"GET /wiki/User:KrisJqv HTTP/1.1" 404 12451

To the beating of my teardrops

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The Dutch seem to complain about the Danish Eurovision Song Contest winner “Only teardrop” reminding them of “I surrender” song by Dutch group “K-otic“. It is close, but probably not sufficiently close to run into copyright problems.

I have tried to listen off the song by ear and entered it into Lilypond (my second attempt with that program). Anna Speller is according to Wikipedia singer in K-otic but I am actually not sure it is her that is the singer of the particular song. The controversial issue must be around the a-b-a-g-e progression in chorus of both songs (there is a Youtuber that claims a chord progression similarity). The two songs are in the same key.


It is around five notes that are similar. The tin whistle of “Only teardrops” has several grace notes that I did not attempt to show. The e-g lead-in in “I surrender” is not present in “Only teardrops. Instead the lead-in punches several times at the a and has an extra note for the extra word compared to “I surrender”.

The text of “I surrender” with “to the beating of my heart” is standard pop lyrics. An Internet search on the phrase will show a number of other songs: “Synching up to the beating of my heart”, “My fingers keep on clicking to the beating of my heart”, “That there’s more to life than listening to the beating of my heart”, …

Interestingly, the “I surrender” has a bagpipe-like sound in the introduction giving it a brief celtic flavor like the “Only teardrops” with its drums and tin whistle.

Update 2013-06-16:

Ok, so apparently I am not that precise a listener in my first attempt, so here is an update. I will try with a new transcription of the “Only Teardrops” song. Some of the stanzas have a lead-in, “Tell me”, which mimicks the Dutch song. I have also put the grace note on the tin whistle notes. Now the Danish winner song is even closer to the Dutch.


Eurovision Song Contest 2013 odds

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Danish contribution to Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has so low odds that it will be unusual if Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest does not win. However, Ukraine’s fancy video has gained more YouTube views than the Danish with a not necessarily bad song and also has quite low odds.

While I am still trying to accommodate Emmelie de Forest’s tinwhistle you can listen to poor France contribution. They usually have a song that stand out in some respect but hasn’t won for many years. This is a reasonable song, but their odds are around 80-100 and the YouTube views are not exceptional, so France will likely not go home as a winner

New melody

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New melody with recorder, keyboard, loop and improvisation.