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29 March, 2003

Famous Fonts

Font fanatics will fancy this fascicle of famous fonts.

Famous Fonts is the first font archive on the web to collect ONLY fonts used in TV shows, movies, publications, and other media and products.

It's really an impressive collection. And economical, too. For example, you can download the Legal Tender font and create your own U.S. currency.

It's great for music bootleggers. Here's an example of a font called, surprisingly enough, Yellow Submarine.

Posted on 29 March, 2003

Spam Analysis: Part Deux

Back in November, I analyzed seven day's worth of emails to determine how much spam I was getting. The results are here.

I repeated the analysis for another seven-day period, and I was shocked at the results.

  One week in November, 2002 One week in
March, 2003
Legitimate Emails 231 230
Spam 702 1,318
Virus 34 26
Total 967 1,574


The number of legitimate emails that I received remained constant. The number of emails with a virus attachment actually declined a bit. But the number of spam emails increased by 88%. In other words, I am averaging about 188 spam messages per day. Put another way, 85% of my incoming email consists of worthless bytes.

The good news is that the non-English spam is decreasing. In November, about one-half of my spam (346 messages) was of Asian origin. This time around, Asian spam accounted for only 18% of the spam (only 271 messages). Maybe these idiots are getting the message that people with certain IP addresses can't even read their garbage.

Why so much? In my case, I'm active in the Usenet newsgroups, and I use a real email address. In addition, my email address appears several times on my Web sites. So, obviously, my email address have been harvested and sold to various list vendors. But some of my spam is personalized, and includes my name and sometimes even the city that I live in. Apparently, some of the online business that I've dealt with have sold my personal information.

When I read research reports like this one, I can only laugh.

Jupiter Research, the global leader in Internet and technology analysis, today reports that consumers will receive unwanted e-mail with increasing frequency in the coming years and that by 2007 the average e-mail consumer will be exposed to more than 3,900 'spam' messages annually.

My annual spam amounts to about 68,620 per year. And this is only 2003.

Posted on 29 March, 2003

Now This is Funny

For some reason, this cartoon actually made me laugh out loud (LOL). I think it's the question mark over the second guy's head.

More Fusco Brothers.

Posted on 29 March, 2003

Novelty Fruit and Vegetable Postcards

You've probably seen a few novelty fruit postcards. Click here, and you'll see a lot more.

Posted on 29 March, 2003

Beard Research

Pete Hickey did some serious beard research.

I have a beard. People have been saying, "A beard keeps you warmer." Sure it sounds good, but has anybody ever really tested this theory? In the interest of science, I thought of cutting off my beard for a winter to determine if it would be colder without it. Thinking about it for a while, I realized that this was no good. Maybe it would be a warmer (colder) winter this year. Maybe I would forget how cold (warm) it was last year.

I needed a control! Another person was no good; their perception of cold may not agree with mine. I had only one choice. Shave half of my beard.

Posted on 29 March, 2003

Lip Balm Anonymous

At Lip Balm Anonymous:

Our primary purpose is to stay free from lip balm and to help others achieve the same freedom.

Posted on 29 March, 2003

I'm Sorry!

At Imsorry.com, you can pay $15 and they'll send someone an "I'm Sorry" certificate.

We have developed Imsorry.com to help make the world a better place. Sometimes it is the little things we do and say that mean the most. An apology, simply saying "I'm Sorry" is an act that can change the world. We truly believe this is so! We have found a way to make saying the words: "I'm Sorry", easier, and maybe just a little bit fun to do.

When I first saw this site, I thought it was a joke. Then I thought it might be for real. Then I was convinced that it's a joke. But maybe it's for real. Naw, it must be joke. Or is it?

Posted on 29 March, 2003

A Well-Written Recipe

Dean Allen posted a recipe for something soup. Most recipes are boring to read. This one isn't.

Posted on 29 March, 2003