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<p style="border: 1px solid black; padding: 3px;"><strong>Originally published at <a href="http://jeremyjarratt.com/2011/03/my-spam-reply/">jeremyjarratt.com</a>. You can comment here or <a href="http://jeremyjarratt.com/2011/03/my-spam-reply/#comments">there</a>.</strong></p><p>from Ian Davies <iandavies198 @gmail.com><br /> reply-to <a rel="nofollow" id="emailShroud0" stoDom="yahoo.no" stoUser="daviesian12" href="http://www.somethinkodd.com/emailshroud/emailaddress.php?domainName=yahoo.no&userName=daviesian12&ver=2.0.0" >daviesian12</a><br /> to transmothra<br /> date Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM<br /> subject Please reply immediately its very important..<br /> 11:17 AM (18 hours ago)</p> <p>I am Ian Davies ;an accredited vendor of Alliot Groups, a<br /> subsidiary firm of Emirates International Holding (EIH); A private<br /> equity funds holding company that focuses on hedge funds.</p> <p>I have contacted you in the hope that you can be my associate to<br /> assume the new<br /> recipient of a Fixed-Income deposit, valued at 25MUSD</p> <p>Once I file your details as the new recipient to the funds, the funds<br /> will be approved through the AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE (ACH) – A<br /> facility used by financial institutions to distribute electronic debit<br /> and<br /> credit entries to bank accounts and settle such entries. Under the<br /> automated clearing house system.</p> <p>Once your details is approved as the new recipient; a Credit advice<br /> will be issued in your favor and the funds will clear in your account<br /> within three banking days. I am willing to give you 40% which is 10MUSD<br /> as your<br /> commission out of the 25MUSD for your assistance in providing an<br /> account<br /> to<br /> clear the funds. I am confident you will be honest enough to adhere to<br /> our<br /> agreed commissions in spite of the 25MUSD coming through your account.</p> <p>I will need you to forward me your legal names address and phone to<br /> file your details on the fund as the new recipient in this first Quarter<br /> of the<br /> financial fiscal year 2011</p> <p>Looking forward to working with you.<br /> Ian Davies<br /> Accredited vendor<br /> Alliot Groups PS<br /> Awaiting your legal names,address and telephone number</p> <p>from Ian Davies </iandavies198><iandavies198 @gmail.com><br /> sender-time Sent at 2:34 AM (GMT+02:00). Current time there: 12:43 PM. ?<br /> reply-to <a rel="nofollow" id="emailShroud1" stoDom="yahoo.no" stoUser="daviesian12" href="http://www.somethinkodd.com/emailshroud/emailaddress.php?domainName=yahoo.no&userName=daviesian12&ver=2.0.0" >daviesian12</a><br /> to transmothra<br /> date Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:34 AM<br /> subject Hope to hear from you its very important.<br /> hide details 2:34 AM (3 hours ago)<br /> I am Ian Davies ;an accredited vendor of Alliot Groups, a<br /> subsidiary firm of Emirates International Holding (EIH); A private<br /> equity funds holding company that focuses on hedge funds.<br /> I have contacted you in the hope that you can be my associate to<br /> assume the new<br /> recipient of a Fixed-Income deposit, valued at 25MUSD<br /> Once I file your details as the new recipient to the funds, the funds<br /> will be approved through the AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE (ACH) – A<br /> facility used by financial institutions to distribute electronic debit<br /> and<br /> credit entries to bank accounts and settle such entries. Under the<br /> automated clearing house system.<br /> Once your details is approved as the new recipient; a Credit advice<br /> will be issued in your favor and the funds will clear in your account<br /> within three banking days. I am willing to give you 40% which is 10MUSD<br /> as your<br /> commission out of the 25MUSD for your assistance in providing an<br /> account<br /> to<br /> clear the funds. I am confident you will be honest enough to adhere to<br /> our<br /> agreed commissions in spite of the 25MUSD coming through your account.<br /> I will need you to forward me your legal names address and phone to<br /> file your details on the fund as the new recipient in this first Quarter<br /> of the<br /> financial fiscal year 2011<br /> Looking forward to working with you.<br /> Ian Davies<br /> Accredited vendor<br /> Alliot Groups PS<br /> Awaiting your legal names,address and telephone number</p> <p>from transmothra<br /> sender-time Sent at 4:47 AM (GMT-05:00). Current time there: 5:44 AM. ?<br /> reply-to <a rel="nofollow" id="emailShroud2" stoDom="xxxxxxxxxxxx.com" stoUser="fuckyouiandavies" href="http://www.somethinkodd.com/emailshroud/emailaddress.php?domainName=xxxxxxxxxxxx.com&userName=fuckyouiandavies&ver=2.0.0" >fuckyouiandavies</a><br /> to <a rel="nofollow" id="emailShroud3" stoDom="yahoo.no" stoUser="daviesian12" href="http://www.somethinkodd.com/emailshroud/emailaddress.php?domainName=yahoo.no&userName=daviesian12&ver=2.0.0" >daviesian12</a><br /> date Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 4:47 AM<br /> subject Re: Hope to hear from you its very important.<br /> mailed-by transmothra.com<br /> hide details 4:47 AM (56 minutes ago)<br /> My Dear Friend Ian,</p> <p>I am so glad to hear from you! Twice in one night! I very much hope that you will forgive my vapid insolence, as it has been well over 12 hours since your first email was sent. I can certainly understand why you would send me another message. You were probably worried about my health, knowing, as you surely do, of my dire condition.</p> <p>As you may remember from our rendezvous the other night, I am not well. The bruise surrounding the warty area on my penis has started to emit a strange brownish-orange discharge. Most likely it is bloody pus from the infection, although I fear I cannot satisfactorily explain the color. Since you were the last person with whom I had a romantic liaison, I must earnestly beg for you to seek attention from your local medical facilities. You don’t want to wind up with what I’ve got, Ian. It hurts like hell.</p> <p>And that’s nothing compared to the fissures I’ve been developing on my anus. I had my nurse check them out, and he couldn’t find how deeply they went, since he couldn’t fit his arm in any further. If it’s as serious as I suspect it is, you’ll want to check yours out as well, for sure. You’ll want to do it fast, too, since it seems to be getting worse almost by the hour. Hell, if you have to, just tear off your trousers, run out into the street and ask the first passer-by you see to put his or her hand in there and feel around. Bring a flashlight too. It might help to spot the maggots, although you might not even need it. I can feel mine squirming around in there just fine without one. In fact, I shouldn’t think you would even have need of checking at all, if your excrement is like soured milk, in sight, smell, and texture, as mine is. If that’s the case, get yourself a doctor pronto, and probably a lawyer too. The smell of doom is that of sour milk. Indeed.</p> <p>But, on to business. It is obvious to me that, aside from your warm and loving affection, you sincerely trust me a great deal, which I appreciate most sweetly; and of course I trust you like I trust my own brother (although, between you and me, he can be a real asshole sometimes – and I am starting to suspect that he may be a faggot, besides… he’ll be walking with a limp for a month after I show him what he gets for that). However, I will need a few details from you before we begin this mutually-lucrative transaction. Since this is surely destined to be a completely legitimate transaction, after all, I trust you won’t mind providing these little details one bit. I’ll make it worth you while, believe me. Believe me. Oh, believe me, Ian. Believe me!</p> <p>If you would so please, my old friend, send me the following details. Once I receive the proper data from you, I will begin the process of forwarding the information to my nurse, who will begin to distribute any and all information you have requested back to you and any partners you specify. I thank you for your patience with me during these troubling times. Hopefully we can get this process completely quickly, as I fear my time is not long for this world. I feel that I am fading fast, Ian!</p> <p>Full name:<br /> Aliases:<br /> Government <acronym title="Identification (also 'Intelligent' Design)">ID</acronym>#:<br /> Street Address:<br /> Date of birth:<br /> City of birth:<br /> Mother’s full name:<br /> Father’s full name:<br /> Telephone number:<br /> E-mail address:<br /> Current <acronym title="Internet Protocol">IP</acronym> address:<br /> MAC address (this is important so I can send you whatever you need directly):<br /> Credit card number:<br /> Credit card issuing bank:<br /> Bank account number:<br /> Bank account routing number:</p> <p>Again, thank you Ian, for offering me the opportunity to partake in the fortune with which you are currently involved. My best to you and your whore wife and worthless children.</p> <p>Your loving compagnon-au-nuit,<br /> Thaddeus “Tad” Ghostal</p> <p>P.S., I am most serious about getting yourself looked at. I have been throwing up what looks like partially-liquefied pig’s liver for the past 12 hours now. It smells almost exactly like the rotten corpse of a severely inebriated rotgut wino – about four days in, I surmise. There’s even a sort of stringy, thread-like substance running all through it that causes me no end of duress throughout this ugly process. So please, for the love of all that is sweet and pure, see your doctor ASAP. It appears to be catching, as my daughter is starting to take ill with it as well. I couldn’t give two shits about her, but I don’t want to lose you, Ian.</iandavies198></p>
I recently had a friend ask me about electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes (known to their users as personal vaporizers). Actually, lots of people ask me about them. I switched from traditional (“analog”) cigarettes back in August, and basically haven’t smoked since.
Mainly people want to know if they’re cheaper. There’s really no question about whether they’re healthier. They’re not healthy, it’s just that they’re far, far less dangerous. Basically, a traditional cigarette contains thousands of chemicals, a couple dozen or so of which are known carcinogens. The fluid you vaporize in an e-cigarette generally contains just a few ingredients: nicotine (in varying strengths or it may even be absent), food flavoring, and either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin.
They’re extremely cheaper than regular cigarettes – however, there is an initial buy-in, and you do have to continually purchase replacement parts. I’d say that since August, i’ve spent maybe $200 – $250 in total on supplies. That includes extra parts (batteries, atomizers), fluid (what you “vape”), and accessories (some which i highly recommend having due to the extra convenience, some which are completely unnecessary but make vaping more enjoyable).
On the other hand, i was smoking 1-2 packs a day. One carton of crappy cigarettes in KY costs around $35 right now. That’s well over $100 a month right there, and that’s on the extremely LOW end – in practice, i was actually spending more like $160 a month; in Ohio that would have been over $200 every month! Compare that to the $200 or so i’ve spent on all kinds of crazy vaporizin’ crap in the past FIVE months!
HOWEVER, most people only think they spend $4.50 on cigarettes over the course of their entire lives, because that’s what a single pack costs them right now. Try to convince someone just how much they ACTUALLY spend and they just won’t believe you. But tell them they could spend all that money on something COOL (that still exists after one use), and they might pay a little attention. So, the price to start vaping scares the crap out of most smokers, unless they actually take the time to think about it and compare it to what they actually really spend on cigarettes.
I did lots and lots of research and wound up having extremely positive experiences with each one, especially Cignot, who are extraordinarily fast and helpful.
A great starter kit would cost around $35 (that’s for an “unboxed” Joye 510 model from Cignot), and that includes 2 batteries, 2 atomizers, and 5 cartridges, plus a wall charger for the batteries.
Extra batteries for the 510 model are ~$10. Batteries last a couple of hours, so eventually i splurged on a couple of batteries for the Joye eGo model (aka the Riva), which fits onto the 510 atomizer. They cost around $20 each. I just got it today and i can’t seem to make the damn thing die. It’s been well over 12 hours now. Batteries are said to last through around 300 charges or so.
Extra atomizers cost about ~$10. It’s always good to have a few on hand, as this is what makes the whole thing work. Atomizers should last around a month or more if you know how to take care of them. Many people complain that this is a big weak point and they often last just a few weeks before needing replaced. I’ve got a couple that i’ve had since August. It’s kind of a hassle to care for them, but i’m a cheapskate and don’t want to pay more than i have to!
Cartridges don’t really need replacing that often, but you can generally get a 5-pack for around $5 or so. Cartridges contain the fluid, and they need to be constantly refilled, but it’s not much more bother than taking out a cigarette and lighting it, and they should generally last a bit longer than a few cigarettes’ worth of time.
Fluid: this can vary pretty greatly. Expect to pay around $10 for a 10ml bottle, up to around $20 for a 30ml bottle. You can get different strengths of nicotine, and just about any flavor you can imagine (and i’ve seen some really, really weird ones). For me personally, i get ~18-24mg strength nicotine, and a 30ml bottle lasts me maybe a month or so.
As for accessories, i can’t recommend having a Personal Charging Case enough. These suckers will let you leave the house and still be able to charge your spent batteries while you’re on the go. One case can fully charge a battery about 3 times or so. That second battery comes in handy, but i recommend having at least three, unless you go with a big battery like the eGo. Then there are USB chargers, car adapters, and USB “passthroughs” (allowing you to hook up your vaporizer to a USB port and save your battery power). Then there are all the really crazy things like weird parts and add-ons and mod kits and stuff. Anything you can think of, somebody sells one, or the parts to make it yourself.
HOT TIP: never, ever buy from a kiosk at the mall, or in a convenience store. Those things they sell are HORRIBLE. And never get a “disposable” anything, ever. You pretty much have to buy this stuff online for now. Which is a great reason to stock up, because anything you run out of, you have to wait to have shipped!
For lots more information, see http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/
Hope this helps!
Recently, a friend asked me (me: the master of all things electronical) for some recommendations for downloading free music legally. Although i was hard pressed to name any legit source of free major label music, i have enough links to some really amazing sites that feature and host very good free music. Much of it is licensed under various Creative Commons licenses, and most is both free (as in beer) and free (as in free speech). As always, read the fine print for exact details for each site and every download. Additionally, check your local laws if you’re unsure about the license (personally, i have not found any gray areas here, since most of the music is either offered by the artists themselves as free, or is licensed freely, or is in some cases even public domain).
Since many of these are blogs, i highly recommend getting to know RSS feeds, and adding their feeds to your favorite feed reader. If you have no favorite feed reader, Google Reader is a great place to start.
So, without further ado, here are my top picks for really cool free, legal mp3 sites, in no particular order…
Here are some free albums and some cheap albums. A whole lot of really good free stuff. At the top right you can select “Price: low to high” to get all the free stuff listed first, but the default setting is “bestselling, so that one shows the most popular free stuff, mixed in with some good cheap deals too. You can also go to single songs, too, and browse the links on the right by price and genre, etc.
Archive.org’s free music and netlabels categories
I could spend days without sleep sifting through some of these really amazing collections. You can drill down by keyword and genre and popularity. Very little big-name artists, but some serious gems (also a lot of duds, too, but if you look at the download counters you can tell which ones are liked – or at least downloaded – the most).
This netlabel has tons of free samplers and whole albums by nobody you’ve heard before but every minute is really good, and they have an excellent mix of genres. I guess you could call them a metalabel, since their compilations frequently feature artists on other netlabels. One of the best free music sources around.
Note: these next two exemplary sites, despite my egregious lack of better-apt descriptions, are among my very favorite resources, not only for the wonderful personal touch you can find, but also for the incredible variety and sheer scope of their blogs and the insight gleaned from reading their notes on each feature, which are like meta-liner notes. These are both, as they say, earnest labors of love for their respective curators. As i’ve noted in a comment below, the best possible thing to do in lieu of giving you a lengthy and drooling description, is to implore you to go and dig deeply and feel the fresh cool sand between your fingers, and linger, and wonder at how new and interesting things can truly be when experienced with fullness and vigor. And maybe leave a note of thanks whenever you see something really cool that you enjoyed.
This site frequently features avant-jazz and minimalist techno, but you can also find some fantastic alternative, pop, rock, folk, et cetera. Another great resource.
Another great free music source. See Free Albums Galore above. Same thing applies here.
Bandcamp has tons of music from indie bands. Some free, some not. It’s fun to sift through, and you can find some real cool stuff here, sometimes even some up-and-coming bands that are just beginning to fly above the radar. Try this link for free stuff. I don’t use bandcamp that often, since i’m usually directed there by one of the other sites above.
I have not heard anything from this label that i didn’t fall in love with immediately. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. And try The Box: I cannot tell you anything about this record, except that it is freaky and weird and quirky, and yes, you DO recognize that tune.
I would be not only remiss, but probably also shamed before my peers, and quite possibly also drawn and quartered, if i didn’t point you to
…who have awesome compilations and records, covering all kinds of genres, though a lot of it is maybe more techno and hip-hop and trip-hop oriented. Their massive year-end best-of mixes last year were pretty amazing.
Possibly the granddaddy of all free music sites, the FMA is a project of WFMU, “the most renowned freeform radio station in America”. They feature music of all kinds. This is one amazing resource that is just as much fun to sift through as it is to listen through.
Lastly, here’s one i just found out about:
Having no experience with this one, all i can say is that it comes highly recommended from Catching the Waves.
Other great sites, archives, and blogs to check out
Here’s a recent discussion i had, or am having, over on Facebook. The gentleman in question apparently lives in my hometown, and (according to his FB profile anyway) graduated from the same school in the same year as me. I don’t remember him, but that’s probably because he was clearly still learning to use the slime he oozes to get around on his own. I’m guessing he was actually home schooled, because even my shitty cow pie-encrusted school would have had a hard time letting this horrifying intellectual vacuum graduate.
Click on the image to get a full-size view. Hopefully this business continues and i’ll be able to add more!
Just curious. Answers are anonymous, so please be as honest as you can – that’s the entire point of this poll. Take your time; think about your answer. Above all, please know that you are not alone in your answer. In a world of several billion humans, there are probably enough people who honestly feel the same way as you do to fill a bustling metropolis, and probably much more than even that. If it will help you feel more comfortable in being open and honest, i’ll tell you what i answered: 80/20%, skewing straight. Remember: answers are anonymous (but see below).
Describe your sexuality (be honest; poll is anonymous)
Total Voters: 1
(Full disclosure: i do log IP addresses, just in case of pollspam, though i highly doubt i’d ever figure out what to even do with them.)
On July 27, 2010, Hornbuckle Records is releasing Sometimes You’ve Gotta Fight to Get a Bit of Peace, the brand-new, highly anticipated album by Austin, TX one-man indie rock wrecking crew The Cocker Spaniels. Over three years in the making, this new CD, a masterpiece with a whopping 18 songs – each and every one a soon-to-be classic – could well be the one that blasts head Spaniel and master musician Sean Padilla into the stratosphere, alongside such not-dissimilar artists such as TV on the Radio and indie legends Guided By Voices.
A while back, i emailed Sean to ask how his record was coming. I knew he’d been working on it for a long time and was getting anxious to hear it, being a massive fan of his last CD, the brilliantly-titled Withstand the Whatnot. He sent me a slew of tracks to listen to. This was probably a year or more ago, and he’s been tweaking it ever since, including having it professionally mixed and mastered. I have to say, the album in the form that i heard was insanely good. Then several months ago he sent me a new version, which sounded even better. It is unimaginable to me that the final version could improve upon Sean’s already masterful-sounding recordings and great mixes, and yet all indications are that it will in fact be exactly that.
Now you must understand here that The Cocker Spaniels is not Steely Dan. Their albums are not pristine, cold, surgical affairs devoid of soul. Although the sound is always crisp and clear, with everything in its right place spatially and frequency-wise, the heart and soul of this band is decidedly lo-fi. Not lo-fi in the sense that they were recorded on crappy boomboxes, or even four-track cassette recorders. Rather, it’s the DIY spirit of the things that recall the absolute greatest Guided By Voices records such as Bee Thousand or Alien Lanes. When you hear this music, you don’t think of some guys in a basement with a couple of crappy Radio Shack dynamic mics going into a consumer-grade stereo tape deck. What you hear is this: a young man with more talent than you can ever possibly imagine anyone on Earth having, absolutely driven (i mean truly, awesomely hell-bent for leather here) to make some damn incredible, original music, almost entirely by himself, a la early Todd Rundgren, or Stevie Wonder. And that frenetic energy is captured perfectly. No, the sound itself is actually pretty spectacular, especially considering that he did it all on his own in various apartments and spaces, without any sort of budget or outside producers.
If you don’t believe me, go and grab one of the mp3 versions he has up on his site for free. Right now, my personal favorite is a tossup between “The Overeducated Underclass” and “Cousin Ben.” As with almost all of his tunes, they are catchy; nearly overloaded with hooks that keep going for days (earworm alert!), featuring intimate-yet-intensely-fun lyrics straight out of real life and brimming with just the right kind and amount of crazy irony, laugh-out-loud stories, and all the joy, anger, and sadness to be found in the spectrum of the human condition, all performed with a passionate zeal and fluidly-jagged precision that will simply leave you reeling. Listen for some serious Frank Zappa chops in his playing, too. The guy can play circles around just about anyone, on virtually any instrument. (Prince who?) While you’re at it, grab some songs off his last record, since it’s out of print (for now), and a fantastic piece of work in its own right.
And yesterday, he started taking preorders, at a mere $12 a pop (that includes shipping anywhere in the U.S. – overseas orders are also available). Although he’s almost certainly sold enough already, the first
(And for what it’s worth, i hear his cookies are freaking crazy-making.)
For those of you WordPress users wondering how to find your Custom Post Types in the Appearance >> Menus page (for your Custom Menus), look no further than your handy Screen Options dropdown panel, up at the top right of the page. No, your other right. Up further. Look – right there! See where my finger is pointing? Where it says “Howdy, [yourname] | Log Out”? Yeah, just below that. No, you’re looking at “Help.” I said it was Screen Options and i MEAN it was Screen Options, goddammit.
I looked and looked and had a hard time finding these options (ok, actually i found it not long after i started looking, but i figured there’s got to be a whole slew of people out there having a hard time figuring this one out). So now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
(Also note that until we get a decent UI, plugins such as Custom Post Type UI will have to do, unless you just want to code away your evening. Additionally, your theme must support Custom Menus in order to use them.)
Incidentally, if you have no idea what the hell i’m on about, and for some reason refuse to mind your own damn bidness, here’s the deal: In the recent WordPress 3.0 release, users now have the ability to create not only custom navigation menus (those things you click on to get to other areas of the site you’re on), but can also create something called a Custom Post Type. (Oh god i wish i could explain this really well.) Basically, instead of only being able to create blog posts (which are generally chronologically ordered) or generic Pages (which are the same thing, without the emphasis on time), WordPress administrators can also create types of content specifically geared toward a given theme… say, a real estate listing, a movie review, or a section of used musical instruments for sale. This also lets you enable or disable certain options. You know what? You don’t get it, do you? Mind your own beezwax if you’re gonna give me that look. Hey – hey! Why don’t ya try running a WordPress site yourself? Seriously. Give me a breeeeeaaaaaak!
Happy Deathday, Brother Theodore.
Brother Theodore was imprisoned by Nazis at Dachau. He played chess (a game he excelled at so profoundly that he once beat thirty fucking Stanford professors simultaneously – yes, read that again) with Albert Einstein, who helped him emigrate to the United States, where he would eventually become a cult hero with his uniquely surreal gallows humor and eccentric monologues, along with acting as Gollum in the classic Rankin/Bass animated feature The Hobbit, and in such movies as The Last Unicorn and the Tom Hanks vehicle The ‘Burbs. He was a staple of the late-night talk shows in the 1970s and 1980s. He died nine years ago today.
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