Every so often, I go in to clean out various spam folders, and double check for things that might have gotten picked up by accident.
Has anyone else noticed that spammers are now taking subject lines from works of fiction? Twice within the past three days I've noticed spam subject lines that are direct quotes from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books.
As side from this being hysterically funny, in it's own right, my favorite part is the bit at the end about corperate America being able to laugh at it self, despite the heavy stereotypical overtones of Apu and the Kwik-E-Mart. I'm glad we're able to see the humor in this.
Maybe there's hope for America after all.
So good to be back!
We've been without electricity for much of the afternoon, thanks to some moron who took out one of the poles at the end of our street, so it's nice to be connected with the world again.
Then again, after reading through some of the stuff that's come down with the LJ flap, maybe not.
It does not appear that anyone I know has been "purged" (and I use the verb "purged" in the Stalinist sense of the word), which is good.
I understand that LJ is just covering their corperate rear ends, but surely there should have been a better way to do this other than summary execution.
For shame, LJ, for shame.
ETA: If anyone's interested in standing up to be counted, go ahead and join
and be part of sending a message to LJ.
Anyway, I decided to talk about this program which is so cool, I can't even begin to describe it. It's a book cateloging program, where you can input the ISBN number of your books, and it will retrieve all the information via the internet, and build you a catelog for your private library. I want it so badly, I can taste it. I'm saving up my spare change and putting away my spare dollar bills until I can afford it. Sara and I have SOOOOO many books, that being able to catelog them would be indescribably awesome. And to be able to do it with a simple scan of a barcode.
Some versions come with a free barcode scanner, but I've got my eye on a cheap used one on ebay, that's better than the freebie that's being offered. I might buy it in anticipation of getting the program. I WILL have this program. (And by that I mean I will have it in a budget concious way, even if I have to go out and pick up 75 hundred pennies.)
I'm just spilling geekishness all over today.
To begin, a little background.
Some of you may be aware that
Now, in order to squeeze a few drops more revenue out of liquor sales, NH has made it convenient for out of staters and vacationers to find and by liquor.
By putting State Liquor stores in Interstate Highway Rest Areas. No joke people, you can pull off the highway, use a payphone, use the bathroom, get candy from a vending machine, and buy a fifth of Jack. (Or any other beverage of choice.)
Now, the funny story. I'm on my way home from work today, and sitting at a red light in front of a strip mall in
"New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles: Licensing Division."
Yes, folks, you can get your license, celebrate, and lose it in one easy, convenient stop.
I'm very pleased with the reviews I'm getting for the latest chapter of DTR. So pleased in fact, that my muse has decided to come out of whereever it's been hiding for the last several months. I'm already working on the next chapter.
I've also made some important decisions about my future. I've decided to apply to an online masters of public administration program, offered through Norwich University, right across the river in Vermont. An MPA is far more interesting to me than an MBA, and may fit where my life is leading me better than an MBA.
For example. I'm still tossing around the idea of running for City Council in March. Saying I'm working toward an MPA might give me an added edge. I'm still thinking of applying to the planning board too, to get some name recognition. I'd have to leave the planning board if I was elected to city council. I'm also worried about overloading myself, but the fact is I've just been BORED lately, and this would certainly be a cure.
Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled day. I'm off to look for a news ticker to add to my sports ticker.
I know that some people think it's early for Christmas music, but so much of it is so very good, it deserves more than one month for playing time. I won't put up decorations until after Thanksgiving, so at least let me have my music.
Halloween was cool. We saw so many cute little kids. There are more in our neighborhood this year, I think. Our friends came by with their little one, all dressed up as a puppy, she was adorable.
Don't tell Sara I said that.
A week to go to election day. I'm hoping and staying positive, but also realizing that the chances of me winning are about as good as me winning the lottery.
Oh, I'm having so much fun at Kit's virtual Halloween party! Even if no one knows who I came as...doesn't anyone beside me read Jack Higgins? ;-)
Anyway, back to work on DTR 25.
To which she asked me why, and I said I had no intrest in it, and she says, "But you always ask me what happens!"
"I don't want to sit through the whole episode, I just want the highlight reel, like on Sportscenter."
And then I decided that would be pretty cool. Stuart Scott: "And look at this smackdown on Emily Gilmore! Booyah!"
Chris Berman: "Look, it's Luke "I wanna"Dane"ish!"
Tom Jackson: "I want you to pay close attention to this scene, look at how Richard Gilmore completely ignores the argument going on around him, and how closely he holds that newspaper. That is skill right there, people."
Micheal Irwin: "And right here, Paris gets JACKED UP."
Ron Jaworski: "And here, Logan tries to overcome his spoil rich brat image, but he just hasn't matured enough to do that. His coaches need to give him more time to read the field and make more intelligent plays. He's never going to make it in this league unless he can start making better decisions."
Thailand, you know? The place where they had the coup d'etat yesterday?
So far, the coup has been entirely bloodless, which is the part that's good, and making it more humorous than scary. I'm having visions of him treking across the jungle to the next nearest US Embassy (in Burma, maybe? Cambodia?)...or being plucked out in the middle of the night by US Army rescue teams, dangling rather comically from the landing skid of a Huey.
I genuinely hope nothing bad happens to him, because he's a nice guy, but it would be nice if he got some funny stories out of this because well...let's just say, for all your HP fans out there, he reminds me of Percy. Very uptight, occasionally prissy, and I'm not sure he knows how to have a good time. I'm sure he'll come home with an incredible tale of woe about how this interrupted his studies, and he'll be so serious and intense about it, the guys couldn't help but laugh.
Anyway, I'm not sure which of these Meme's dadaginny wanted me to do, so here's both.
( Book Meme )
( Star Wars Meme - I'm Yoda )
And here's a fun story for you.
So, I'm Westbound on I-64 yesterday, and the highway is *literaly* crawling with cops of every shape kind and color. Just as I pass one of those highway cut throughs between the lanes, a cop car comes out behind me and stops traffic! I'm watching the highway close behind my in rearview. There are about 2 dozen or so cars an trucks in this group with me that got to continue on. We get to Exit 220, and there's a VDot truck parked ACROSS the exit ramp, and copcars across the highway. And this point, I start fiddling with my police radio to try and figure out what's going on. Just as I look up, there, up ahead, getting on the highway, about 400-600 yards away, three or four black limos, a bunch of black Suburbans and a bunch of vans. They zoomed on up the highway and out of sight. My brush with greatness. The president had been visiting a BioDiesel plant nearby, and was on his way back to D.C., as I discovered from the state trooper. THe highway was closed for about a half hour, and we all enjoyed chatting with the people parked with us while we waited. It was kind of neat.
Anyway...I'm off to Philly in the morning to pick up my sister, who's coming to visit Lex Vegas for a few days. Fun stuff!