Saturday, April 30, 2005

Gotta Love Stoopid Crooks

Phishing emails are bad enough, but some are simply ridiculous in their transparency:
***Urgent Safeharbor Department Notice***

eBay Fraud Mediation Request
Date: Sat, 30 April 2005

You have recieved this email because you or someone had used your account to make fake bids at eBay. For security purposes, we are required to open an investigation into this matter.

THE FRAUD ALERT ID CODE CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ATTACHED IN OUR FRAUD MEDIATION REQUEST FORM, IN ORDER TO VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT REGISTRATION INFORMATIONS.

Fraud Alert ID CODE: 00937614
(Please save this Fraud Alert ID Code for your reference.)

To help speed up this process, please access the following form to complete the verification of your account registration informations:

[URL removed]

Please Note:
If we do not receive the appropriate account verification within 48 hours, than we will assume this account is fraudulent and will be suspended.
The purpose of this verification is to ensure that your account has not been fraudulently used and to combat the fraud from our community.

We appreciate your support and understanding, as we work together to keep eBay a safe place to trade.

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Regards, Safeharbor Department (Trust and Safety Department)
Yes! I must go now to confirm my account registration informations so I can help combat that nasty fraud from our community.

Somehow I feel slighted by this poor attempt at criminality ... like being hit on at a party, but by the dumbest and ugliest girl in the room.

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At 4:41 PM, Blogger The Bookman said...

Yea, like you ever got hit on at a party.

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger Gene Corrigan said...

As stoopid as the crooks may be, there are people even stoopidder who will fall for such a transparent scam. They are, unfortunately, the same people who would be flattered to be hit on by "party going dumb and ugly chick", have a one night stand with her, breed with her, appear on Jerry Springer against her, and raise the next generation of lottery players who will continue to fall for the same scam.

 
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Friday, April 29, 2005

Another Sign Of The Impending Apocalypse

Literally.

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At 9:02 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

Dang; and here I just refinanced to a 15-year mortgage.

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger michele said...

I'm going to come out with a line of tin foil Pope hats.

 

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Rain, Go Away

Rain, Go Away

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MessageLocation: Chicago O'Hare

This is what happens when it rains in Chicago: so many people waiting for delayed flights that there's literally no place left to sit save the floor.

I'm here for another 45 minutes, God willing. And get this: snow for tomorrow. At least it will be a Saturday. Poor bastards.

Glad you're not here.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Another View Of Midway

Another View Of Midway

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Ropes

Ropes

What it takes to hold a carrier in place.

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CV 41

CV 41

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MessageLocation: San Diego

Also here, the USS Midway, which serves as a floating museum.
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A Better View

A Better View

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The Big Ships

The Big Ships

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MessageLocation: San Diego

Greetings from San Diego, where I've just spent a quick 24 hours with clients. As you drive to the airport here you look across to Coronado Island, home of much of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet.

You also often see aircraft carriers, on of my favorite objects on Earth.

Today we have two: On the left, CVN 76, the USS Ronald Reagan, and on the right, CVN 68, the USS Nimitz, the first of the modern super-carriers.

The apeture on my phone's camera doesn't do these ships justice. They are much closer than they appear, and they dominate the western landscape.

One of my dreams is to walk on one; perhaps one day I will.
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At 8:31 PM, Blogger j said...

If you're elected President you can burn off half a million dollars in taxpayer money to go visit one for a timely mid-election photo-op. I'd vote for you.
(You could also get your ne'er-do-well older brother a cushie position as ambassador to some place with great skiing and loose women -- oh, wait, never mind -- we already have a place in Utah). Bwaaa-ha-ha-ha!!!!!

 
At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might also visit your sister and go to the shore with her and go on board the Enterprise. It is impressive. I would like to see the newer ones and how tey compare with the Enterprise. g

 

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Monday, April 18, 2005

TURN YOUR KEY, SIR!

This is very cool: Abandoned Missile Base VR Tour.

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At 9:46 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

Very Cool, but navigating through the sight and reading the descriptions gave me flashbacks to playing D&D in high school. I found myself expecting a troglodyte or an urtak to emerge at any moment.

"War Games" trivia. What was the password David Lightman lifted from the school to change his and Jennifer's grades?

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

Time's up.

Pencil. The answer is pencil.

 

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Artsy Stadium Shot

Artsy Stadium Shot

Message Location: Home

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Passing Time

Passing Time

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MessageLocation: Home

Wifey and I are passing time this afternoon with our American passtime. A cloudless sky, warm sun, cold beer, extraordinary seats, and the woman you love.

"Do you realize that if we were playing by the rules right now we'd be in gym class?" -- Ferris Beuler

Life is good!

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At 3:00 PM, Blogger j said...

I'll never forget the time I gave you a ride to your little-league game on the back of my old Honda 450 motorcycle ("the Champ"), and you hit a grand slam home run out over center field to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Like living a dream. love ya, big awesome bud, j

 

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

I Track Culture So You Don't Have To

::: Louis XIV :::. Sort of a White Stripes meets Six Pistols with undertones of The Beatles, but still unique. Edgy. Fuzzy. They're on my iTunes as I type this, but you may listen for yourself via the popup player at their site.

You're welcome.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Another Sign Of The Impending Apocalypse

Trying out the new Google Video Search I typed in "fast" and this is one of the items that popped out of the Googleuberserver: Boohbah | Skipping Rope.

Read it. Read it all.

Does anyone else find this disquieting? Or am I the only one frightened by boohbahs?

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At 4:46 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

KILL YOUR TELEVISION!!! KILL IT NOW!!

THAT IS THE ONLY ANSWER!!!

 

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My Life

My Life

Location: Orlando Intnl.

One big security line after the next. Status has its benefits, including missing most of these, but not here. With all the liesure travelers, it's every mouse for himself.

Now, take off your shoes ...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Mickey Train

Mickey Train

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MessageLocation: Orlando, FL

Another in my series of train photos, taken just seconds ago from the tram at the Orlando airport. I'm in Orlando for today and tomorrow for bidness. Nice and warm here, although precedent suggests that bidness in Orlando means no time outside. Nonetheless, it beats Detroit.

I have no idea why Cingular appended the post I made from the 18th green last night. Because they can, I suppose.

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Geeholf

Geeholf

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Tiger, we're not. But Pal and Wifey (pictured here) and I are having a good time.

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Be Nervous

Location: Home

Be very, very nervous ...

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Don't Know About Where You Are ...

Don't Know About Where You Are ...

Location: Dallas, TX

... but it's Spring in Dallas.

Wish you were here.

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At 8:54 PM, Blogger Christina said...

I love that you share pictures...

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger michele said...

Spring has finally sprung here as well. Though it could turn on us at any moment.

 
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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

What The Fuzzy?

Here's something for the trival conspiracy theorists: Yesterday's Get Fuzzy (What's a Get Fuzzy? One of the best comics running. Where you been?) had this line as part of the gag: "Christmas turkey. Thanksgiving turkey. Valentine's Day beaver. Easter bunny. It's a tradition." I, of course, read "Valentine's Day beaver" as a double entendre.

Then today I check out the strip online, and here's yesterday's entry:

Marmot? WTF? Somebody call the Morality Police?

See ... this is how it starts. First the Patriot Act, then changes in Get Fuzzy ... and then this.

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At 9:59 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

I think you're off on this one. See, the change would have had to have come because of a complaint. And if someone complained, that means they understood the double entendre. And anyone who understood the double entendre would have found it too funny to complain about. I know I did.

Maybe you're just partial to marmots.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger j said...

I don't get the "double" part -- that's just an entendre, plain, simple and single. Of course, October 16 is "National Feral Cat Day." Now _there's_ an opportunity for double entendre . . . .

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

J. Here is a little English lesson. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy defines double entendre as, "A word or expression that has two different meanings (in French, double-entendre means 'double meaning'), one of which is often bawdy or indelicate. A double-entendre is found in this sentence: 'A nudist camp is simply a place where men and women meet to air their differences.'"

The double meaning is not in the marmot joke, but in the beaver joke, making the latter exponentially funnier.

Now how does National Feral Cat Day represent a double entendre?

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger j said...

bookman: Stuff your "little English lesson" up your ass, you pompus schmuck. My point was that "Valentines Day beaver" had only _one_ intended meaning -- the bawdy one (there was no sensible "innocent" meaning). Glad you "got the joke," you're soooo smart. However, since you apparently didn't fathom the way "National Feral Cat Day" presents an opportunity for double entendre, I'll spell it out for you (typing slowly, so you can keep up): "Thanksgiving turkey. Valentine's Day Beaver. Easter bunny. National Feral Cat Day wild pussy." All traditional American holiday meals.

and btw, it's only _yellow-bellied_ marmots to which Everett is partial.

 
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At 4:52 AM, Blogger The Bookman said...

J. Thank you for opening your salvo with an ad hominem attack. You kindly showed me from exactly where you were coming.

Regarding your other comments…if, as you claim, Valentine’s Day Beaver has no sensible innocent meaning, is that not also the case for National Feral Cat Day, making it just an entendre? Maybe you need to type even more slowly, because I still don’t get it. I would have gotten the bawdy meaning if your first mention of it had included something about meals, but perhaps that was sufficiently implied by the comic. Again, my bad.

Thank you also for the information about Everett’s predilection toward the yellow-bellied variety of marmots, but as I hold the rank of Dome in the C.R.D.R.A.Y.B.M.P.S. Inc., I was already aware of this.

 
At 7:27 PM, Blogger Everett said...

Cat / marmot / beaver fight!

Heh.

 

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Monday, April 04, 2005

I Track Culture So You Don't Have To

The Alfie Soundtrack. I watched the film on the way back from London. The movie was a 7; Mick Jagger's soundtrack is a 10. Catchy. Haunting. Fodder for memories. It's all there.

You're welcome.

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At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip...made for great beach listening yesterday along with Jack Johnson (who I also just discovered and will be sick of by the end of this vacation because I've listened to him nonstop).

CB

 

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

There's Always One

Ladies and gentlemen: Our first candidate for the 2005 Asshole of the Year. Keep watching this space for additional nominees!

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The Scarlet Letter

It's a "B", and it stands for "Blogger." Registering free citizens who choose to speak out. Jesus, what's next? This?

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