Spam Attacks!

I received 33 e-mail spams yesterday. Three of them the mail filter missed, and the other 30 were automatically placed in the Junk Mail folder. My thought is, if you’re going to send me unsolicited buik e-mail, at least use something halfway resembling grammar. I don’t respond well to phrases like, “Me and Dre had sat with himsrqfkov kicked it and had a chat with him.” Also, if spellings like “0ffffer,” “0nlllline,” L000king,” and “clllickk,” are supposed to get past the mail filter and trick me into believing in your product, it ain’t working.

A Pet Peeve of Mine

Web sites that play sound with them. Either audio files or MIDI files. They give you no warning and frequently play loud and/or obnoxious sounds. And they usually have nothing to do with the content of the offending page(s). Frequently I catch myself asking, “where the hell did that sound come from?” Obnoxious web designers out there, do me this favor: save the sounds for multimedia files. Or at least let us turn them off. Or at least give us warning. Or at the very least, try to use good sounds that contribute to the web page (is that even possible?

Meeting Willie Nelson, Darryl Hannah

It was a lot of fun. I only got to shake their hands and present them with a copy of the movie, but it was a good experience nonetheless. They seem like nice people. And they support biodiesel. That Darryl Hannah, she’s a smart one. She’s well-versed in the facts on biodiesel. It’s too bad that we didn’t get her to appear in the doc or at least narrate. But it is what it is and I wouldn’t change it one bit. All of the crew worked so hard and did a great job.

Attention Getters

It has come to my attention that… Doesn’t an opening line like that carry a certain weight with it? I mean, when has someone ever started a positive note with “it has come to my attention?” “It has come to my attention that someone has been donating money to the Save the Children Fund?” “It has come to my attention that the weather in Los Angeles is constantly mild?” “It has come to my attention that Santa Claus is coming to town?” Isn’t that rather like saying, “I regret to inform you that your baby boy is healthy and alert?

Home for the Holidays

It’s good to be [the title]. Even driving in Denver is so much more relaxed. You can actually get somewhere around here on surface streets - there isn’t a traffic light every two blocks. And the snow is nice. But the cold is not, especially when your house thermostat is set to 64 degrees and your room is on the top floor. I can’t say as of right now I’m particularly looking forward to returning to Los Angeles. I don’t have school, I don’t have a job, so I don’t have too much to do.

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deus ex machina
e plurubus unum
post hoc, ergo propter hoc
cum hoc, ergo propter hoc
cogito, ergo sum
quid pro quo
et tu, Brute?
ex post facto
semper fidelis
summa cum laude
ad hoc