Sunday, December 27, 2009

Does Anybody Else Notice?

This morning I caught my sweetheart muttering irritatedly about a spam he received from a somewhat local not-for-profit and the ethics of an exempted organization blatantly ignoring every last one of the provisions of the CAN-SPAM act.

What I found so fascinating about this email, when I looked at it, was that the email clearly instructed the recipient to delete the email unread.

The sender of the email sent the email from his work address to his home address, using the bcc option of his email account to send the email to who-knows-who. The bottom of his email contained his company's standard disclaimer: "If you are not the intended recipient of this email, please delete."

Now, the more I think about the content of the email, the more certain I am that his employer wouldn't have approved, even though his employer would be the beneficiary of any business he managed to scare up. (I mean that literally - he was using scare tactics.)

It just boggles my mind.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

I Wonder

Yeah, we just had a major storm. It's incredible. Three whole inches of light, easy-to-move snow. What is the world coming to?

It's enough to make me wonder what became of these guys:

Yeah, that's twins, nibbling insufficiently at the invasive species under my backyard pine tree. About a month later, we never saw two together for the rest of the summer.

Ah, yes, hiding in the invasive mint. That will teach me to let a portion of my garden go fallow for a season.

Stay warm. Monday is the shortest day of the year. Spring is just around the corner, as all the gardening catalogs would like me to notice!

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Saturday, December 05, 2009


I'm not sure which of the two amaze me more. This amazing review, or the amazing price of the item.

I'm staggered.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

AT&T - The Rant

I get a lot of sales literature from AT&T.

Nobody. Absolutely Nobody sends me such elaborate, fancy, expensive-looking sales literature.

Why would I want to purchase products from a company that has to keep the prices high enough to send all this expensive sales literature to badger their own customers?

It's an ostentatious waste of their customers' money.

If I could switch my land-line to someone else, I would. Unfortunately, VOIP would go down every time the cable goes down and the only DSL provider in my area is, you got it, AT&T.