Category: Miscellaneous

Strange Spam

I received the second strangest piece of spam that I've ever seen yesterday.

I actually wouldn't have seen this stuff had I not recently changed mail clients. Pegasus Mail doesn't grab linked images that are not included in the message itself. If it had I would've hit the delete key just based on the preview pane. Instead I saw this:

He called her Howard (or was it Howard?).When you see corporation beyond cheese wheel, it means that tenor toward leaves.Sometimes carpet tack defined by cheese wheel goes to sleep, but fighter pilot near always make love to of eggplant!Any [……]

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Penguin bashing

No - this is not about the latest Microsoft-funded benchmark study or the SCO lawsuits. In fact, it's not about Linux at all. It's about bashing penguins with a club.

Check out Pingu, an all-too-addictive little timesink where the goal is to hit the penguin as far as you can. Simple as that.

If you beat my distance (see below) I'd appreciate a screenshot.

...but is it art?

What do you get when you cross a popular children's toy known for the rearrangeable features of a native Idaho spud and a popular 20th century Spanish painter and sculptor known for rearranging some features himself?

Where the tuber meets the Cubist, you get Mr. Picassohead.

You need to check it out. While certainly a time sink, it's by no means your average, everyday time sink. You can view the images that others have made and then pump up your creative juices and "paint" your own. Here's what I kicked out in about a minute and a half.

Temporary insanity

I was just reading this post. I've said before, but maybe not on this site, that I fail to see any logical basis for the verdict of "not guilty by reason of temporary insanity."

Apart from the points that the good Doctor brings up, my reasoning is based more in self-preservation. The concept of "temporary insanity" just confounds me. Personally, I'd rather be walking down the street with someone who I know is a total wingnut than with someone who, according to those criminal defense lawyers, could apparently snap at any given moment and start hacking people [……]

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Now *that's* what I call a bonus!

Check out this story!

"They called us all together and said we would each get $1,000," Lawrence Wyman said. "Everyone started clapping and then they said it would be $1,000 for each year worked."

Autumn blows in

Yesterday at 5:00pm I was on my tractor in a t-shirt.
Today at 5:00pm it was 31 degrees.

Welcome to autumn in Kentucky...

Rediscovering the Cube

Like many other kids of the day, I learned how to solve the Rubik's Cube in the summer of 1981. Somehow, this knowledge came full circle this past week.

I learned how to do it while working at camp. My friends and I would mix it up and solve it time after time after time and the algorithm was so ingrained in our heads that we would often do the moves with our eyes closed after orienting the cube properly. We worked on full size cubes and the miniature keychain cubes. It got rather out of control. [……]

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Honey bun of the century!!!

I was feeling a mite peckish this morning and it was still quite a long time until lunch, so I grabbed some coinage from the retired Altoids tin in which I keep my spare change at work and toddled off to the vending machines.

In looking over the available selections, my eyes were irresistibly drawn to this item.  As you can see, it has been named PASTRY PRODUCT OF THE YEAR! and makes no beans about it, as this moniker has been boldly emblazoned in the upper left corner.

Imagine my excitement.

One can only [……]

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Happy Birthday, Bob!

We spent last evening celebrating the 90th birthday of the father of one of our friends. It's amazing to talk with someone who has seen the world change so much over the years - someone who remembers when traffic consisted mostly of horses & buggies, who remembers the troops coming home from World War I, who has seen the administration of 16 different presidents. He was married just shy of 50 years and for the majority of his adult life worked in the same job running an ice cream plant. (Any job where you buy sugar by the boxcar is [……]

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Mullings - An American Cyber-Column

One of my favorite email newsletters is Mullings by Rich Galen. It's usually political, as that's where Rich makes his real money, but now and then it's just a random stop in his brain. It's one of my favorites for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Rich actually responds to his email - even the meaningless, little, snide comments that I send him. But the primary reason is that I just love his writing style. Here's a sample:

  • In the "What's New" section of the August edition of Popular Science there is

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