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You’ve got mail.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

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Probably not the appropriate topic to squeeze in between Eid al Adha and Christmas, but I can’t help the timing.

Spam emails - don’t we all know that problem?

On my AOL account I always had dozens. Funnily enough, as soon as they - finally - introduced a bulk folder, hardly any spam arrived at that address anymore at all.
But even with my favourite, yahoo, I have made it a habit to check out my bulk folder, even before it started dumping my Site Meter reports and emails from a stranger with a weird email address ;) into it. Mistakes happen, so it’s better to check before the bulk folder eats an important email.

So, anyway.
What I was trying to say is that I have read my share of spam mail titles. And concerning one obsessively returning subject, I have long since started to say that - as a woman - if I really got all those advertised inches I’d by now have one impressive, er, you know…

Annoying or amusing as they were, those email titles always made sense, as far as I remember.

I just found that I had a new email in my bulk folder and thought, “well, maybe PH is as bored as I am right now,” and went and looked.
Wasn’t PH though. Was “Dr. Clark Corona”, and I was not quite clear what he wished to tell me.
“Do not be shame by reason of of your machine size,” he assured me.
[sarcasm] “Well, if I were a guy, I’d sure do my best not to, thank you; finally a voice of reason out there,” I thought.
But - lo and behold! - inside it says: [/sarcasm]

Your girl does not want to have sex with you for reason of your male organ size.
Don’t miss this perfect possibility to solve the trouble.
All you have to do is just make use of our male instrument enlargement.
You will forget about trouble and your girl will be glad

Oh, don’t worry, I think I have 50 inches or so by now. Dunno how glad that would make my girl if I had one. ;)

*wonders what exactly “our male instrument enlargement” might be*
*guesses that everyone with a normal pain threshold probably doesn’t wish to find out*
:shifty:

The true meaning of spam

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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This little treasure turned up way back on my “Happy Easter” post.
The domain name comes back as “Never Registered Before” on a database that claims to know all “current/deleted/expired” domains.

This is so…… pointless. Spam in its purest form… Enjoy.

tbrpcjkxl jxahvpq | gjtr@mail.com | cfjsvbpxm.qcukx.com | IP: 71.11.132.134

yqfut lugwskq quga sigozwcj jhgxtkez hbfmkqon fsgq

Not Spam — Dec 5, 2:10 PM — [ View Post ]

.

.

And as an encore:

Free Download Of Spyware Removal Programer | info@removespywareandadware.com | removespywareandadware.com | IP: 72.3.240.20

Whatz up Guru, what made you want to write on Please, hold the line…? I was wondering, because I have been thinking about this since last Tuesday.

Not Spam — Dec 5, 12:47 AM — [ View Post ]

Excuse me, is there anyone with an IQ higher than that of a loaf of white bread who’d trust in finding some honest program for spyware removal under that address?????

Insolent spam

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

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Two days ago Akismet caught this comment spam:

Real Hot Mom | link censored | IP: 69.59.__.__

Real Hot Mom…

Have you done a good research on Google before you post this?…

Excuse me?
Excuse me?!
Excuse me?!?
Excuse me?!?!

This person/thing asks me if my research for my post was thorough, while trying to advertise real hot moms on my blog?!

:wait:

Song, er, post for Dave

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

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Ok, here we go, you nosy person.
Hope everybody else ain’t gonna be bored.

So, we got ourselves this greenhouse.
And now we gotta dig down to be able to build up.
Well, I say “we”. The sad truth is that I have been doing most of the digging.

foundation
Ok, David, the above shows the spot where the greenhouse will be standing - hopefully - soonish and where we had already been digging to the discussed depth of around 40cm (in some cases even less…). They had been predicting rain, so I had covered the holes and yesterday only uncovered those I intended to dig to their complete depth of a good 80cm. In the end I finished 6 of ‘em.

frame
And this is the frame that’s gonna get fixed onto/into the foundation blocks.
…. The other way around of course…. ;)

hole
Last, but not least - one finished hole. If you look closely, you will notice a bit of stone at the bottom of the yellowish line of soil. It’s sort of in the center of the picture. Oh, the joys of digging!! :|

I guess this could have been written in a more fascinating way, but
1. this topic doesn’t really fascinate me that much, and
2. I am rather bluh in the head (and in my back), especially after having finished with the holes today after work.

Yay.

Public announcement/warning

Friday, April 13th, 2007

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It seems that - due to severe Sigourney Weaver-ness of the human race - some Aliens have taken to breeding inside the tubes leading up to our water taps.

All citizens are asked to show utmost caution upon hearing suspicious dripping noises from their bathroom, to calmly evacuate the building, and to inform the local authorities of the national emergency.

Thank you.

wtf...

or

I think the Gods of Plumbing have me in their little black book…..

Happy birthday to me!

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

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foreign food

I dunno what bit me, but I spent most of yesterday in the kitchen so that I was able to serve this to my esteemed family: Middle Eastern type bread, hommus, marinaded fried eggplant slices, falafel and baba ganoush.

That’s no baba ganoush,” I can hear the Arabs say. All I can say to this is that it’s not just the Moslawis that are cheap. *pokes aNarki in the ribs* I found that it does influence neither taste nor consistency if I use the whole eggplants, including the skin. Makes it a lot darker though…

I am sorry…

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

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… but I have no clue when I’ll feel like continuing my Amman postings again.

Yeah, I changed this post. Seems like the best thing to do, so I won’t get more cryptic comments from strangers passing through.

I never meant to say Amman wasn’t all fun. Sometimes things just are connected in a way.

Whatever.

A bit of art…

Monday, May 1st, 2006

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untitled

Hard rock for others
Quicksand for herself
That’s what she’s been
She thinks - at least
Good friend to turn to
Ethics to scoff at

Shoulder to cry on
Friendship to count on
Then to switch off
Once they find love
No time to listen
To her anymore

Always too silent
Hoping that good friends
Will understand
Thoughts half spoken
Should they be able?
She always wonders

Never a bad word
Clinging to feelings
That seem long dead
But even so
There is a limit
To what she can bear

As she grows older
But none the wiser
Loyalties shift
Attitudes change
She stares in wonder
For here she stands - alone

Hi there!

Monday, April 17th, 2006

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Nice of you to drop in. Go on, have a seat!
*shuts door*

Yeah, thanks, I think that’s a really cool colour as well. *blushes*

Wow, did these days just rush by you like that as well? One day it’s Good Friday, and the whole long weekend is up ahead, and all of a sudden the freaking acolytes have been there chanting and making a ruckus at 2am on Sunday morning (And had the nerve to come collect money later at a more reasonable time of day. Do I look like a Catholic? Buzz off, the lot of you!) and the heavy smell of wood smoke from Sunday evening has left the air….

Is something the matter?

Well, and now it’s Monday already; the weekend is over, and there’s another boring work day up ahead.

Yes, that’s a flowerpot, very nice plant in, even if I say so myself; are you paying attention to what I am saying? Why are you sniffing the plant, it has no flowers, now, has it…?

Anyway, at least those’ll only be two days of work before I have time off again. I am going to go to that concert in Brussels; I’m sure you remember…

What exactly are you doing there poking around in that corner?

It’s me, ok? Me!
I smell like a mud pit! Yes, don’t look at me like that. It’s because of my hair. Or rather the colour. You know how I’ve been complaining about the dies destroying my hair? Well, now I went and bought some natural henna and whatnot colour. Why don’t you just open a window then?

Ooh, sorry ’bout the watering can; I always put it in awkward places. Good thing you only watered your hands, haha. Well, you know where I keep my towels.

Hey, what’s the matter, why are you cursing like that?! Hey, wait!!! What the….?

*picks up towel*
*sighs*

*opens window and hollers at departing car*
Hey, I know what it looks like, but it’s only that henna stuff!!!

Hm.

*shuts window*

*sits down and admires self in mirror*

I may smell of mud and have a bathing towel that looks as if someone with some serious diarrhoea has been using it as toilet paper, but I really dig my new hair colour!

Dew + frost = magic

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

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These pictures I took yesterday during my lunch break. I had been sorry in the morning about being in my routine hurry as I’d never have thought it would stay like that all day long. But it did. So there you go. Hope you like the pictures.

Today it snowed and the temps went up to around 0°C, and what with the sun and all this beauty started to disappear under snow and to melt a bit.

Hm, I haven’t been posting much lately, except for the mountain/forest pictures last weekend.

A week ago Johannes Rau, one of the few good politicians, has died. From what you heard on the radio half of the Nordrhein-Westfalen county had had the pleasure of meeting him personally at one time or another, which is something I don’t share. But still I was sad to hear of his death. He didn’t really have time to enjoy his retirement (about a year ago I think), which is a real shame.
I remember - as well as senile me can, that is - him doing this radio show on a youth station once. Every week they had some VIP (mostly musicians) doing that two hour evening show, talking about whatever they liked and playing their favourite music. And one week it was him doing it. I don’t even really recall what he talked about. He did talk politics a bit ( “To make the young people realize how important it is that they participate.”) but not just politics. I only remember that the show was one of the best. Thankfully he didn’t play his fave music (except for some classic I seem to recall with dread) - he was already pretty old back then - but played what his daughter had advised him to play.
Maybe this all doesn’t make much sense but I felt like mentioning it.
Yes.
Um.

I apologize to all my faithful readers for discussing something totally off-topic with Nathan in the comments section of my last post, which I didn’t feel like discussing in his.
I am still a tad miffed about the whole thing, but as of today I am feeling a whole lot better. :)

I am drinking woodruff flavoured wine and…. not listening to any music. Why am I not listening to any music?! *puts on “Two sides” by Clawfinger*

Furthermore I am… very disappointed with the support forum of my favourite Anti Virus Freeware AntiVir. Due to extensive virus warnings (they could have mentioned a tad earlier though that it mainly spread through sex mails; that would have saved me some trouble…) I decided to upgrade my software before today.
Instead of the simple virus info upgrade I got a de- and re-install, as they had a brandnew version out. That version’s virus info was older than my latest update so I tried doing another update, no worries. Thanks to this major upgrade though the servers were not able to handle the massed requests. I couldn’t get a connection for more than 24 hours. Other people were having the same problems, some even over a longer period of time, as I found out when checking out the support forum after a loooong absence.
I read a couple of days worth of posts and comments and noticed one very sad thing. Trolls repeatedly ridiculed the people asking for help, with hardly anyone minding, and some even defending the trolls.
This is the official support forum for the privately used freeware version as well as for the business Premium version. I remember from a year back or so when I read the forum on a more regular basis that there was the occasional AntiVir programmer logging in at night and at times spending hours to solve some helpless n00b’s problems. That was extra. It said nowhere they’d do that. They “hire” moderators, knowledgable forum users, to keep an eye on people and to help with the occuring problems of users. Other, non-mod users with some knowledge used to try and help out when no mod was around, so that sometimes the problem was already dealt with when the mod appeared. Not that everyone was one big happy family back then, but I hardly ever saw registered forum users telling people asking for help that the fault lay with the “chair keyboard interface” - which was among the nicer things they were saying. In a particularly bad thread it took two days for a mod to appear, close it and advise users seeking help to open a new thread.
The mods always used to be overworked (they’re doing this for nothing after all - or possibly a free Premium version? - and all have regular jobs as well) but, well, other people used to help out then. Also in dealing with trolls.
*sighs*
Good manners are going down the drain everywhere, eh?

*ends this post while listening to “Do what I say” by Clawfinger*