Arizona Rifleman hipped me to this Conditional CAPTCHA plugin.
Once I make this post I’m going to log out as me, and troll my own blog just to see how it looks for you guys, but the config panel generates some fake confirmation screens that are CONSIDERABLY easier to decode IMHO than the standard noisy and distorted text CAPTCHA I was using.
Let me know how it works for you, seems to be working OK as we’re still getting comments. If for some odd reason your comment doesn’t appear it probably got trashed, so try re-submitting, as I likely won’t need to moderate comments that trip Akismet anymore.
Strange comments below are me, and you should be able to figure that out.