Next 419 Scam: Death Threats?

05/26/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A], Internet, Spamming

Not content with letting me in on my European lottery winnings, or being a company representative, or helping ousted generals smuggle their money out of foreign countries, they have now outdone themselves with THE DEATH THREAT.

Full text and very slightly blanked out headers below the fold. Looks like there are a few reports like this with drop boxes pointing at gmail, and the source servers also seem to be in Google. That would seem to be gmail, but gmail itself wouldn't be allowing them to change the return-path: and from:, would it?

Ballsy asses, these folks, aren't they?

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Google Earth Sightseeing

05/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


For whatever reason, I love maps. Google Earth takes that and raises it few more notches. While browsing around I came across "Google Sightseeing" which is a site dedicated to interesting entries visible via the Google world.

Definitely worth blowing a few hours on this one.



05/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube


The CBC had a very good comedy going this season, JPod, which is basically a reworked version of Douglas Coupland's "Microserfs". Given that Coupland was also involved in this show, I guess that's not really an issue. It's a Canadian show, filmed in Canada, and actually makes no bones about being set in Canada. It's funny, adult, and unsurprisingly, canceled.

However, the complete run is on the CBC's website so go watch it while you can.

(Via Daveberta)



05/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


I don't think I'd want to get stuck behind this bus.


I Want One (cellphone wristwatch)

05/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, iPhone


While I have an extremely nice and tasteful -- albeit conventional -- watch, this little number is strangely appealing.

Yes, more so than an Apple iPhone...


"Repo Man"

05/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews

I have issues with this soundtrack. I bought it because of the presence of one stunning instrumental, "Reel Ten" by the Plugz. Moody, interesting, twangy. The problem lies in the remainder of what's on the disc.

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A hamster wheel with a difference

05/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


I don't actually own a hamster, but if I did, I'd buy this set of wheels for it.


McSweeneys on librarians

05/20/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

iPhone Mega

05/19/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, iPhone


More "silly" than "technology".

(Via Kottke)


Le Doh

05/18/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


While browsing Amazon recently, I found a Barbara Hambly book I'd previously been unaware of called "Fendragon". Being a major Hambly fan, I ordered it in excitement and it finally turned up today. Yay!

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05/17/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Games


Following on from the Infocom post (and indeed the earlier LOLwhatevers one), I give you LOLgrues. You can now die happy (in the pitch black.)


Pure Moods

05/16/08 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews

The "Pure Moods" series from Virgin is a real mishmash of styles and artists. Comprised of the like-named "Pure Moods" (one through four) and "Pure Moods: Celestial Celebration", the albums are linked by a feeling -- a "mood" I suppose -- but it feels more like a compilation someone threw together because he liked the individual songs.

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I want one

05/15/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Yeah, not that I can afford a $3500 electric bicycle but the geek-lust is there all the same.


Cookie Monster comes to terms

05/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


McSweeney's with another fine piece of fiction.

(Via Kottke)


WhatSize: The OSX answer to TreeSize

05/13/08 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh


On Windows boxes, there's a program called TreeSize that is an excellent tree-based representation of disk usage. When I migrated to OSX I looked for an equivalent. I'm glad to say I've found it: WhatSize. Looks good, works well. It's shareware but not of the ridiculously expensive kind at $12.99.

Take a look.


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