Wednesday October 14, 2009 at 11:40am spam, video games, family, golf, food, photography, gaming Comments (6) »

Every once in a while, I see something in spam that makes me laugh. I just received this little gem:

Dear user of the mailing service!

We are informing you that because of the security upgrade of the mailing service your mailbox ( settings were changed. In order to apply the new set of settings click on the following link:

Best regards, Technical Support.

This makes no sense on several levels, not the least of which is that it's basically claiming to be from *me*.

The link, of course, while claiming to point to a non-existent folder on my server, in fact points to another server entirely where they had hoped to lure me for some reason.

EDIT: This just in: spam for russian hunting videos (*in* russian) is a new one on me...

In other news...

Not too much has gone on the last couple of weeks. Our friends have mostly been busy lately, so we haven't done much that's particularly interesting or fun. We *have* played a fair bit of Lego Star Wars.

My mom did come through on her way to see my sister in Columbia, SC. She stopped over tuesday night and again on her way back on saturday. We got to go play a little golf and had a good time talking. We also went to Five Guys for the first time (it just opened up here in JC), and have decided (like several of our friends) that they are probably the best burger place ever.

My photo show at WAPC came down on thursday (also, i've been playing with my new 50mm prime a lot), almost bought a riding mower on saturday (still waiting to see if they get back with us), Thanksgaming (RuchtCon II) is coming up soon (and I've got a fair amount of work to do for it) and I've been comparing wide-angle lenses on my photography wish list.


Order Up?

Monday April 9, 2007 at 2:49pm funny, spam Comments (2) »

If ever there was any reason to take an occassional glance through my junk mail folder, this is it.

I recently received a spam email message - as follows:

Dear Restaurant Owner,

I'm contacting you once again because I saw your business, Penguin Sushi, on your website at Our company, Merchant Advance, has recently improved our funding ability for U.S. based restaurants, providing as much as $500,000 or more in unsecured working capital for expansion, new locations, advertising, renovation, new equipment, or any other need...

...wouldn't you feel more secure knowing your restaurant has access to $25-$50,000 or more with only a few days notice? Let's make 2007 the year for Penguin Sushi!

So appparently some minimally-researching spammer took a look at my domain (but not the site as it clamed) and from it has derived that I run a sushi bar somewhere in the US - and he wants to loan me money to promote it. Fantastic.

Just to be clear, I would like to cite my original statement on the matter: No, I do NOT make sushi out of penguins, nor do I advise anyone else to do so.

So I'm betting next I'll be hearing from the Board of Health and/or several illicit penguin suppliers.


Stealth Junk Mail

Friday November 17, 2006 at 5:57pm spam Comments (0) »

Snail-mail spam in unmarked envelopes. Dubious to be sure.

Beware your inbox.

I mean mailbox.


Propagandish Tele-spam

Friday February 24, 2006 at 1:27pm spam, politics Comments (8) »

So, despite that fact that i'm on at least 2 supposedly-national no-call lists, I got a recorded phone call this morning.

The recording of the nice lady was telling me quite emphatically that it was absolutely critical that i register to vote in this state so that our "republican leaders can continue to get elected and fight and win the war on terror".

I found this to be a bit disturbing for several reasons:

1) At no point did it mention anything about the democratic process of duly elected officials.

2) At no point did it mention anything about an individual's right to decide which parties to vote for.

3) The underlying assumption of the recorded message was that i, when i inevitably register, will vote republican

4) ...because that's the 'right thing to do'.

5) The message blatantly uses the 'war on terror' as a campaign boost - even though you can't declare war on a concept and it almost seems like they're saying it's a good thing - 'yeah, vote for the guys who brought you the War On Terror'

Really, there's nothing else i could do by roll my eyes.