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7 May, 2004

"Wasn't Spamming" - Justice And Young

The only thing worse than spam is when a spammer denies that he's a spammer. I got a spam email from Rodger Roeser, representing some marketing company called Justice & Young:

greetings and salutations all ye bloggers...

wanted to reach out to each of you in hopes that we as an agency could be a resource to you and in sharing some traditional and not so traditional info on our clients. We are trying out a new feature for you, so please, you're feedback would be appreciated.

just click on this link (or cut/paste into your browser) anytime for the latest story ideas and pitches, as well as access to pitches archived by beat you may be interested in (non profit, business, retail, healthcare, technology, marketing, and the like) The latest stories get updated weekly.

Yes, his Shift key must be broken. And his grammar and punctuation could use some help, too. Sounds like a great resource, eh?

I sent back a polite message:

My feedback for you: Stop spamming, and take me off your list.

He replied with:

Wasn't spamming, and I apologize if you took it that way. I was just sending you resource info if you needed it. I'll take you off the list.

Clearly, he's doing a mass spam mailing to every blogger he could find. But he's not a spammer because he's sending me resource info if I need it. Yeah, right. And the 600 other spams I get each day are also sending me information "if I need it."

Hey Rodger, listen up: It's spam, AKA unsolicited commercial email. It's probably illegal according to the CAN-SPAM act. Just because you think you're doing me a favor doesn't make it right.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Mr. Beller's Neighborhood

Here's an interesting site, especially for New York City dwellers: Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.

Mr. Beller's Neighborhood combines a magazine with a map. It uses the external, familiar landscape of New York City as a way of organizing the wildly internal, often unfamiliar emotional landscapes of the city dweller.

It is about a specific place - New York - and it is about the many different consciousness that thrive and wilt and rage and reminisce here. We publish reportage, personal essays, urban sketches-- any piece of writing that might illuminate a corner of life in the city.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Free Books

Free books at Read Print.

A warm welcome to Read Print, your free online library. Our website offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast. To find the book you desire to read, start by looking through the author index.

(via Muxway)

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Buses For Kids

This seems like something you would see in Japan: Dream Bus Series.

Our company has been manufacturing and selling originally designed pickup buses for children since 1987... Our company's buses are a mainly used for driving children to and from private kindergartens and nursery schools.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Draft Registration Form

Good news. You can now register for the draft online.

Henceforth, and in accordance with established Federal conscriptional provisions, all male and female citizens aged 16-45 must register for the impending draft. Each registrant's personal information will undergo rigorous computer analysis to compile a profile of overall physical, mental, and moral fitness prior to the issuing of orders to report for basic training.

You'll need to provide a bit of information about yourself...

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Walking Illusions

Some interesting costumes, called Walking Illusions.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Bush On Prayer

Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer, and George W gave a speech. He wrapped it up with this:

Prayer also teaches us to trust, to accept that God's plan unfolds in His time, not our own; that trust is not always easy, as we discover in our own lives, but trust is the source of ultimate confidence. We affirm that all of life, and all of history, rests entirely on the character of our creation and our Creator. And His love and His mercy extend to all and endure forever.

I don't get it. If God has a plan and it unfolds in His time, what's the point of praying for stuff to happen?

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Letters Of Recommendation

If you ever need to write a letter of recommendation for a less-than-satisfactory employee, here are some tips.

For example...

  • For the chronically absent employee: "A man like him is hard to find"
  • For the office drunk: "We generally found him loaded with work to do"
  • For A dishonest employee: "Her true ability was deceiving"

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Microsoft And DRM

From Enterprise Windows I.T.: Microsoft Debuts New Version of DRM Software.

Microsoft has rolled out a new version of its Windows Media digital rights management (DRM) software. Early adopters of the platform are a veritable who's who in the entertainment and online media world, including America Online, Disney, CinemaNow, MovieLink, MusicNow, Napster and VirginMega France.

Other users include consumer electronics device manufacturers, such as Dell and Samsung , and chip makers, such as Motorola and SigmaTel.

And this:

The Windows Media DRM release, though, is just one part of Microsoft's DRM strategy, according to Forrester Research analyst Erica Rugullies.

In fact, Microsoft offers DRM technology from three different divisions, "and the way they have structured their operations in this space can be very confusing to buyers," she told NewsFactor.

It's not only confusing, it's also a time-bomb. Come back in 10 years and tell me if any of today's DRM-crippled media is still playable on 2014 hardware.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Dr. Cooper, I Presume

From the Arizona Republic: Christian university to honor Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper, whose hits included School's Out, is being awarded an honorary doctorate by a Christian liberal-arts college. The 56-year-old will be given the honorary degree at Grand Canyon University's commencement ceremony Saturday.

The rocker, whose classic albums include Killer and Welcome to My Nightmare, has been a financial supporter of the school, university officials said.

I remember seeing Alice Cooper in St. Louis before he became famous.

Update: An article by Dru Sefton: Just What Does an Honorary Degree Confer?

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Multiple Stalkers

I've heard of stalkers, but not multiple stalkers. Here's a web site for victims: Multiple Stalker Information and Support Site.

This web site is to collect and post information about a growing modern day phenomenon, stalking by MULTIPLE stalkers. Multi-stalker cases seem so unusual to Joe Citizen that they are not treated by law enforcement and other social service agencies as bona fide stalking. Sometimes, victims who complain about multi-stalker crimes are deemed mentally ill.

After reading some of the case summaries, I'm confused. Could it be just plain old paranoia? For example, read the case summary for Eleanor White. Then look at the sabotage photos. Here's one of her complaints:

Since becoming a harassment target, every one of my button-style shirts/tops have had the inside of the flaps carrying both buttons and button holes deliberately ironed over, making it very difficult to put the shirt/top on. When examining the fold-over closely, it is always an IRONED OVER crease, and not any accidental creasing.

Someone named Liza also has some sabotage photos.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Pets Not Allowed

News item: Stench Leads to 200 Animals in Apartment.

It was a stench of decay that caused authorities to search an apartment in suburban Milwaukee.

They found a home crawling with life: About 200 creatures -- including alligators, scorpions and carnivorous beetles -- formed a bizarre menagerie kept alive by a woman who fed them roadkill.

"The smell was just unbelievable," said William Mitchell, a state conservation warden who found about 70 ducks cramped in a basement pen with droppings covering the floor. "It was really stinking. ... It made my eyes water."

Why would anyone treat animals like that?

"She intended to sell the animals to pet stores," he said.

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Old Cars

If you're interested in old cars and stuff related to old cars, head over to The Old Car Manual Project and poke around.

First and foremost, the Old Car Manual Project is a library: a central place where anyone can come to get the information they need.

How this happens is by volunteers scanning their hard-to-find documents into a digital format, so that everyone can have access to the information in them

Shown here is an image from a 1958 Edsel ad.

(via The Ultimate Insult)

Posted on 7 May, 2004

You Read It Here First

A few months ago, I announced to the world the possibility of a Paris Hilton line of perfume.

And now this: Coming soon: A Paris Hilton perfume.

As if Paris Hilton doesn't already have everything she -- or anyone else -- could ever want, now she's got a perfume named after her.

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Parlux Fragrances is launching the fragrance, making it possible to not only watch her every move and homemade videos but to sniff her out too.

And, of course, the J-Walk Blog is the first hit when doing a Google search for Paris Hilton Perfume

Posted on 7 May, 2004

Celebrity Scientologist

Harmon Leon writes: My Life as a Celebrity Scientologist.

I decided to check myself into the Celebrity Center in Los Angeles - a Scientology retreat for the rich and famous. I made sure my friends knew where I was going and when to come and get me.

(via Boing Boing)

Posted on 7 May, 2004