Franglais spam

One disadvantage of a WordPress blog is the amount of comment spam it attracts. Fortunately there’s a good plugin (Akismet) to filter out most of it, but every once in a while it lets one through. Today I got this crazy blend of French and English:

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Yes, I’m sure tu es really happy tu as located these details. For my part, j’ai am really happy I can mark your comment as spam with a single click.

Website redesign

I’ve been thinking for a long time about reorganizing and redesigning my website, and last night I decided to go ahead and start this process. The reason for the new design is to give the site a fresher, more modern look. The point of the reorganization is to move the main focus from the blog (which I haven’t been doing much with lately) to my research. The blog will stay, it just won’t be the primary point of entry anymore.

Please bear with me as I move stuff around and change the way things look. It may take me a few weeks altogether before I’m done.

Foggy Forest jigsaws

My two Foggy Forest pictures are in the top five of most viewed items on this website. Thanks to a website called Jigsaw Planet, you can now play both of them as an online jigsaw puzzle. You can upload any image on that website and have it cut into puzzle pieces, which is exactly what I did. To play either puzzle, click on one of the images below.

Play puzzle 1     Play puzzle 2

Wikipedia cites one of my papers

In a moment of vanity, I just googled myself. I’m pleased to see my website still appears as the top result for “Ruud Visser” on and, ahead of the curtain specialist at

The 10th .com result is titled “Everything about Ruud Visser” and the description goes like this:

Do you want to know more about “Ruud Visser”? Find all the information you need about “Ruud Visser” on Exalead Wikipedia.

I’m all for learning more about people with my name, especially if they appear this high on a Google search. The Exalead page contains links to two articles on the French Wikipedia. The first one immediately caught my attention:

Atoms in Molecules
En chimie guil, la proximité immédiate de deux atomes non liés … Why Kinked is More Stable than Straight Jordi Poater, Ruud Visser, Miquel Sola, F. Matthias …

Loyal readers will recognize “Why Kinked is More Stable than Straight” as the (partial) title of a scientific paper based on work that I did in Girona, Spain in 2005. The Wikipedia article cites that paper as one of the criticisms against the theory of Atoms in Molecules. One click away, the English Wikipedia article on AIM does the same thing.

The citations in the English article was put in by user V8rik on June 9th of last year, and user Grimlock copied it to the French version on July 22nd.

It’s been said that you aren’t somebody in today’s world until you have an article on Wikipedia. I’m not quite there yet, but this is a good start.