Archive for April, 2004

Happy Tax Day

Friday, April 16th, 2004

Back-firing political ads
Crack me up – I think Bush is convincing me to vote for Kerry…
“Kerry wanted to increase the gas tax because he thought it’d make people drive less”
Ok, well regardless of his reasons, I think that’s a great idea. Increase the gas tax – make people seriously think twice about buying that gas-guzzling SUV. You drive me, you use more gas, you help destroy the environment more than I do, you should pay more in taxes than I do. And how many commercials have I seen with “… he supported increasing 182 times!” They did the same thing with something about how he voted against military spending a billion times. That doesn’t really tell me anything – So maybe it was something he felt strongly about, and it got shot down 181 times, so he supported it until he got it done.

Some random thoughts about taxes and money – poor people actually need finacial advice, but they’re the ones that can’t afford it. Same with taxes – they get sucked into the ‘refund anticipation loan’ scam. And they get stuck in the payday loan cycle too. Maybe we need to have some basic accounting classes in high school.

About 5 weeks from now, I’ll be sitting on a beach with a fruity drink. 5 weeks – entirely too long to wait.

More religious spam!!

Monday, April 12th, 2004

From the inbox (with relevant header information included)

Received: from by; Wed, 07 Apr 2004 12:40:01 -0300
From: “Tiffany Emerson”
Reply-To: “Tiffany Emerson”

Dont be fooled all pain,suffering,sickness,greed,

meaness comes from saten.

Accept God today.

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Ok, so this didn’t come from someone at “” – that seems to be based in Portland, OR. The first traceable IP address is registered to China Telecom. So I’m getting spam full of typos (saten??) from China?! WTF-O?
It came in plain text, and with no read-receipt requested. So here’s my guess – it’s either trying to validate email addresses by removing ‘bounces’ from the list; there is a dim, misguided soul in China trying to save me from saten, and the eval version of the spam software puts ‘junk’ at the bottom hoping to make you pay for it; or it’s actually Al-Queda trying to overload Carnivore with keywords.

What do you think?

I love the internet

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

“Your order from Papa John’s pizza will be delivered to your door in approximately 55 minutes.”

Yes, the less I have to actually talk to an actual human this week, the better. I’ll probably just let out a few grunts when I answer the door.