Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Look what the Spam Filter caught

from my friend John:


User Quarantine Report

Life's little ironies: Look at the subject of the second of three e-mails caught by the Corporate Spam filter.

  



Subject: User Quarantine Release Notification - Mon, 28 Dec 2009 08:11:29 -0500


Message ID

Sender

Subject

Size(Bytes)

Date

Info

Multiple Recipients


bounceback@youlinktv.com

Official Israel Museum Products: Discounts and Free Gifts

86195

2009-12-28 00:42:48

SPAMQ TRU ESP50

N


reply@zinmarketcorp3.info

Is Email Marketing Still a Viable Marketing Channel?

6135

2009-12-28 03:00:12

SPAMQ TRU ESP50

N


reply@osi-busniss4.info

11 Ways OSI Directly Drives Your Bottom Line

5456

2009-12-28 06:46:12

SPAMQ TRU ESP50

N

 





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another Jib-Jab animation: Good-bye 2009




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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Japanese man takes video game character as wife

 
TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese man has married a character in a popular video game, taking her -- and his handheld game console -- on an overseas honeymoon.


Life imitates Art:

 (In William Gibson's 1997 book Idoru, a rock musician wants to marry a software constructed media personality)

 


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How Osama bin Laden slipped from our grasp: the definitive account.


American forces knew where Osama Bin Laden was, but they failed to take advantage of the unique opportunity after the fall of the Taliban to kill the leader of al-Qaida. 

Peter Bergen reconstructs what happened in the mountainous region of Tora Bora and how Bin Laden managed to get away, calling it one of the greatest military blunders in recent U.S. history.


story at  http://www.tnr.com/article/the-battle-tora-bora





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Monday, December 21, 2009

Blood may be thicker, but Beer is Cheaper.

rom 
From 
December 20, 2009

Alcohol now costs less than water



Several British supermarket chains make a habit of selling a bottle of booze for less than they sell a bottle of water (5 pence for a beer vs. 8 pence for brand-name water).





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FW: Security Alert: Brittany Murphy's Death SEO Poisoning

 
Websense Security Labs(TM) ThreatSeeker(TM) Network has discovered that Google top searches on "Brittany Murphy death" will return rogue AV Web sites.


 Users will be redirected to malicious domains if they click the matches with a referrer from search engines like Google. The malicious domains try everything to convince people that they are real AV software Web sites, so that users download and execute the fake software offered.
 

 


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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oral Roberts is Called

 from my friend Bil  (yes that's spelled with one L)  

=====

 
On his arrival at Heaven's Gate, Oral Roberts is immediately ushered to the Court of the Father. He finds himself standing in front of God -- The Supreme Justice of the Highest Order.
 
GOD: (with authority) "Are you Oral Roberts?"
 
Oral Roberts: (trembling) "Yes, Lord. I am Oral Roberts."
 
GOD: "Are you sure you are Oral Roberts? "
 
Oral Roberts: "Yes, Lord. I am sure I am Oral Roberts."
 
GOD: "The Oral Roberts with the TV show I have been watching for years and years?"
 
Oral Roberts: "Yes, yes Master!  That's ME! That's ME!"
 
GOD: "I have this pain in my shoulder..."
 

 

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What will they think of next?

from my friend John:
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I remember reading in my father's copy of "The Compleat Practical Joker," by H. Allen Smith, that Abraham Lincoln back in Illinois drilled a hole through the floor beneath the bed of the honeymoon suite of the town's hotel.  He tied a string to the bedsprings and ran it down to the lobby, where he hung a little bell off the end.  Then he and his buddies could pass an evening sitting in the lobby listening to the little bell ring.

 

Here's the 21st Centruy version.  It involves motion sensors and a wireless interface to a Twitter account, but it's the same joke.

 

 

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex.   Not Kidding.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/13/AR2009121300007.html

 

 

(The article includes a link to the Twitter account, and it's well worth looking at when you can.)

 

 

 



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Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones



 Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.
 
Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.
 
U.S. officials say there is no evidence that militants were able to take control of the drones or otherwise interfere with their flights. Still, the intercepts could give America's enemies battlefield advantages by removing the element of surprise from certain missions and making it easier for insurgents to determine which roads and buildings are under U.S. surveillance.
 
 
full @ http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126102247889095011.html




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Hanukkah stories from The New Yorker

Ringo's Wish

 

"What's the matter, Ringo?" John said, handing him a handkerchief.

 

Ringo blew his nose. "It's already the fourth night of Hanukkah," he sniffled, "and I haven't got a single present."

 

"Well, that won't do," John said, and he set off to tell the rest of the Beatles.

 

"A present?" Paul said. "Well, I suppose I could give him this banana."

"A present?" George said. "I suppose I could give him this zipper."

Then John took a Mason jar and filled it with dirt. "My present is dirt," John said.

 

That night, the Beatles threw a tremendous Hanukkah party in Ringo's honor. Ringo was overwhelmed. He had never imagined that Hanukkah could be so fun, or so rewarding—especially since he had learned of its existence only that morning.

 

Incidentally, it was around this time that the Beatles were doing a lot of drugs.

 

 

 

Latkeland

 

In the Book of the Redemption (c. 1263), the celebrated medieval Jewish philosopher Nahmanides describes a distant land where everything—the houses, the roads, even the synagogue—is made from potato latkes.

 

And running through this savory land are two broad rivers, one flowing with applesauce and the other with sour cream.

 

And on Hanukkah the Jews of Latkeland gather at the confluence of the two rivers, so they can top their latkes with a dollop of each.

 

Incidentally, it was around this time that Nahmanides was doing a lot of drugs.

 
 



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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

humor: 18th century meets the modern age

 
THE REVISED AND UPDATED POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK,
BY JOHN BOBEY
 
 
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately; washed with like colors, tumble dry on low."
 
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; an ounce of coke is worth, like, ten grand."
 
"Well done is better than well said ... though ordering a steak "well said" confuses the hell out of the waiter."
 
 

 

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The Army Arrives !


Annual Commemoration of the Continental Army`s March-in to Valley Forge

 

Date:  Saturday, December 19, 2009

Time:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location:  Visitor Center

 

Join living history interpreters and park staff for a commemoration of the Continental Army's March-in to Valley Forge. Take a candlelit "march", trolley tour, shop or just talk  to the Colonial reenactors.

 

The 6th Pennsylvania regiment, along with park staff and volunteers in period clothing, will demonstrate camp life.  Colonial revelers and refreshments in the Welcome Center, holiday shopping and free gift wrap at the Encampment Store.

 

Free and open to the public. 

 

Candle-light tours are 1/4 of a mile, and camp life demonstrations are outside. Visitors should dress for weather conditions of the day.

  

Valley Forge is located in King of Prussia, directly off Route 23.

1400 North Outer Line Drive   King of Prussia, PA 19406

For driving directions: http://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/directions.htm

 

 


The focal point of Valley Forge attractions is the 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park. It was here that General George Washington forged his Continental Army into a fighting force, during the difficult winter encampment of 1777-78.

Of all places associated with America's War for Independence, none conveys the suffering, sacrifice and ultimate triumph more than Valley Forge.  No battles were fought, no bayonet charges or artillery bombardments took place.

Nonetheless, some 2,000 soldiers died - more Americans than were killed at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown combined.  Valley Forge is the story of an army's epic struggle to survive against terrible odds, hunger, disease and the unrelenting forces of nature.

 

Did You Know?

Precision marching was the key to victory on the 18th century battlefield. Inspector General Baron von Steuben made marching the central element of his training program at Valley Forge. By May the army was able to stay in formation while advancing and retreating over all types of ground

 




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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Don't mess with the SysAdmin


 
 


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Monday, December 14, 2009

Just in time for the Holidays !!!


 You ain't getting shit this Christmas.
 
  Oh, wait.  Maybe you are.
 
 




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Somalia Quiz Winner Given AK-47, Hand Grenades

 

Somalia Quiz Winner Given AK-47, Hand Grenades

 

In the southern Somalia port city of Kismayo, academic achievement is rewarded with military hardware.

 

To help celebrate the holy holiday of Ramadan, the al Qaeda-inspired Shabab insurgency sponsored a Koran recitation and general knowledge competition for young men aged 17-20.

 

The winner, Ahmed Yasin, was given an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle, two hand grenades and a laptop. Second place went to Hassan Yare, who took home one anti-tank mine and ammunition.

 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jNyKpWB6n2DSpd3pn4wdZTdkNsfA

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Hasidic rabbi helps Montana cop speak Hebrew to his dog

NY Times article:

 
 Hasidic rabbi helps Montana cop speak Hebrew to his dog
 
Yes, you read that correctly.
 
here's the article in the NY Times:




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Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mr Mojo rises to sing Christmas songs






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Friday, December 11, 2009

Star Trek Pez LED menorah

http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/tosmenorah
 
 


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Happy Hanukkah ! (2 festive classics)

 
 

 

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" The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken. "
    --  Bertrand Russell, "The Problems of Philosophy,"  
 

comic strip
 
 


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Weinermobile gets into hot water with local police

  
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer/the_intelligencer_news_details/article/27/2009/december/09/wienermobile-nearly-gets-into-a-pickle-in-upper-moreland-1.html
 

 


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Thursday, December 10, 2009

“Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident..." Horace Greeley

  
see attachment.
    


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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"I Double Dog Dare ya."


 
 




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Humor: Rowan Atkinson

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British comedian Rowan Atkinson welcomes the latest arrivals to Hell,

 
 

 

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Dissection Begins on Famous Brain

NY Times science section

Dissection Begins on Famous Brain 
 
Published: December 2, 2009
 
SAN DIEGO — The man who could not remember has left scientists a gift that will provide insights for generations to come: his brain, now being dissected and digitally mapped in exquisite detail.
 
The man, Henry Molaison — known during his lifetime only as H.M., to protect his privacy — lost the ability to form new memories after a brain operation in 1953, and over the next half century he became the most studied patient in brain science.
 
He consented years ago to donate his brain for study, and last February Dr. Jacopo Annese, an assistant professor of radiology at the University of California, San Diego, traveled across the country and flew back with the brain seated next to him on Jet Blue.
 
Just after noon on Wednesday, on the first anniversary of Mr. Molaison's death at 82 from pulmonary complications, Dr. Annese and fellow neuroscientists began painstakingly slicing their field's most famous organ. The two-day process will produce about 2,500 tissue samples for analysis.
 
A computer recording each sample will produce a searchable Google Earth-like map of the brain with which scientists expect to clarify the mystery of how and where memories are created — and how they are retrieved.
 
"Ah ha ha!" Dr. Annese said, as he watched a computer-guided blade scrape the first shaving of gray matter from Mr. Molaison's frozen brain. "One down, 2,499 more to go."
 

full @ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/03/health/research/03brain.html


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Monday, December 07, 2009

Does jingle bells toy sing 'paedophile'?

 
 
A singing toy mouse has been recalled after complaints that it sings the words "paedophile, paedophile", the Sun reports.
 
Listen to the song played on the Today programme.
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8398000/8398753.stm




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Friday, December 04, 2009

Bait and switch ?

  Researchers using a new DNA test recently discovered that fish ordered from menus in New York and Denver might not always be the species served. Sampling the fare at 31 sushi bars, scientists at the American Museum of Natural History found that customers who ordered tuna were sometimes served a cheaper substitute, an endangered species or a fish banned in several countries as a health hazard.
 
Scaled, sliced and hand-rolled, the eight most marketable species in the tuna genus Thunnus are prime candidates for honest error -- or bait and switch. On a plate, these wild tuna are almost identical, but sushi lovers especially prize the three species of bluefin tuna, whose annual catch was sharply curtailed last month. To identify the premium filets, the museum researchers singled out a short piece of genetic code naturally found in fish cells that, for the first time, can reliably label each of the eight species like a grocery store's inventory tag.
 
The researchers call it a DNA barcode.
 
full @ 
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125988474375175571.html


What"s on the Menu?
http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/st_sushidna_20091204.html
 
 


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Web site encourages poetic commentary on U.S. finances.

 

We've all read reams of prose about the economy in the last few years.

Perhaps it's time for some economic poetry.
 
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, formed by the co-founder of the Blackstone Group private equity fund, has decided that's just what the nation needs: fiscal haiku.
 
So it has created a Web site, appropriately named fiscalhaiku.com, where people can express their feelings about the economy in the formatted Japanese poetry called haiku
 
 

Spend, borrow, repeat
Leave the bills for our children
Too young to object
 
Deferred enjoyment
China has mastered this skill.
How the West was won
 
Your IRA?  Gone.
And what is the solution?
Just work 'till you die.


 

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PHISHING SCAM - CDC Sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1


From: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [mailto:cdc@service.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:42 AM
Subject: PHISHING SCAM - CDC Sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Your Online Source for Credible Health Information
PHISHING SCAM  - CDC Sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1

CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1. The messages request that users create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC.gov web site.

An example of the phishing email is below:

Sample H1N1 phishing email which states that the recipient needs to create a personal H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC.gov site
 
 

 
CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:

  • Do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
  • Do not click links embedded in emails from unknown senders.
  • Use caution when entering personal information online.
  • Update anti-virus, spyware, firewall, and anti-spam software regularly.





Learn more about CDC Email Updates 
  
 
Questions or problems?  Please contact support@govdelivery.com.
Department of Health and Human Services
Fight Flu with Facts! Visit flu.gov. Call 800-232-4636. Text FLU to 87000.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) · 1600 Clifton Rd · Atlanta GA 30333 · 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)




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If he had only listened to Al Gore, the internet's inventor.


Web Founder Apologizes for "//"

 

It was all so unnecessary, it turns out. Those wasted seconds, collectively adding up to hours and days, typing in the two forward slashes ("//") as part of website addresses.
 
That's what Internet guru Tim Berners-Lee has to say now, looking back on his early work creating the World Wide Web. The forward slashes were part of computer programming convention at the time, which explains how they got into the standard http:// when the Web was first launched.
 
If he had it to do all over again, Berners-Lee says in an interview that he would drop the "//" for good.
 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/the-webs-inventor-regrets-one-small-thing/





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Thursday, December 03, 2009

FW: Flying Zodiac


From my friend Marc, who was on a photography vacation on South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean:
 
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  We arrived at Royal Bay on South Georgia and had the option to land at 6:30am or 8:30.
 
 Elise and I planned on the 8:30, but as we gathered at the gangway at 8 we were told that sea conditions had changed and the planned landing site was no longer safe.
 
 After scouting another landing site for half an hour, the landing was cancelled and the crew turned their attention to safely returning the 30-40 or so passengers who made the 6:30am landing to the ship.
 
After several zodiacs made it through the shore break with minimal trouble and only catching a little air, the last zodiac with four staff members came out as Ted shot video from one of the safety boats waiting offshore.
  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsDhtrIEsbQ
 



 




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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

"This is your own farewell kiss, you dog."


 Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi television reporter, gained international notoriety last year when he threw his shoes at President Bush during a press conference. The tables were turned Tuesday in Paris, Agence-France Presse reports.
 
 This time, al-Zaidi was the subject of a news conference, this one promoting his campaign against the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and also of the shoe-throwing.
 
 A man in the audience known only as "Khayat" threw his footwear at al-Zaidi's head, and shouted, "Here's another shoe for you."  Al-Zaidi ducked just in time, and the shoe just missed him.


http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j92kAOyrhDrHaDS-5bf9oPCan0-w
 
 


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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Drunken Killer Elks !

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8384143.stm
 

The European elk is a shy, peaceful creature—as long as it doesn't get a hold of fallen fermented apples found in Swedish gardens. Then, it can become an aggressive animal capable of killing humans, as Agneta Westlund, 63, found out.
 
Westlund's body was found outside the town of Loftahammer, Sweden, near a lake after she had gone for a walk with the family dog. Police tossed her husband, Ingemar, in jail for 10 days, suspecting he had murdered his wife. But a forensic team cleared Ingemar of any responsibility after they discovered elk hair and saliva on Agneta's body. Local police are planning a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to explain the chain of events.
 
 
  

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RE: Microsoft continues to improve your computer experience

 

My friend Tacie commented on the Black Screen of Death, and noted it was still abbreviatede BSD.
 
I offered future BSD ideas: Brown SOD, Beige SOD, Burnt Umber SOD.
 
She suggested Begonia SOD, complete with floral scent.
 
 
I replied:
 
I think you're on to something with the Begonia SOD
 
Microsoft should team up with Glade, and Roche Laboratories.
 
With every new upgrade, you get a small device to plug into your USB port.


When your computer crashes, the device releases a small burst of a pleasant floral scent, laced with Valium.
 
Your computer still doesn't work, but you feel good about it.

  
 


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Microsoft continues to improve your computer experience

 Remember the "Blue Screen of Death" ?
 
Thanks to Windows 7, that's a thing of the past.
 
Now you can experience the BLACK Screen of Death !
 
 




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