The amount of spam comments continues to increase. I've turned on word verification; let's see if that helps. If not, I may decide to disallow anonymous comments. I'd rather not do that; while there's not a lot of comments on the blog, a number of very good ones are anonymous and I'd like to keep the option open.
Oh, as for the lack of updates, life is very busy at the moment, and I'm ever-so-slowly going through our Hakodate pictures in preparation for a post on that trip.