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Blot Out The Sun With Blinds

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I like being able to postpone the sunrise so I can sleep just a little longer. The way I do it is with window shades designed to be impenetrable by ordinary light. But in the past, I’d simply relied on Venetian blinds. I think those are pretty cool. Especially since cats like them.

I had no idea there was such a selection of blinds! At SelectBlinds.com you can find the perfect match for your window and room. Mini Blinds seem pretty popular. My preference, though is for the 2 1/2" Signature Wood Blinds. I like the way they look, the color, the texture, the thickness, and the sound I imagine they would make. It’s neat to see the sunlight broken up into pieces as it cascades inward. The power is ours!

RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION. (Email Spam)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I missed it! I missed the deadline… missed it… missed it bad… just 48 hours… so close yet so far! Darn it all to Heck!


[Begin Email]

From: "Bonanza Lottery International" <prize@bonanzalotteryinternational.com>
Subject: RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION.
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 06:11:46 +0100

FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGER,
BONANAZA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
REF NO: 15/0018/IPD
BATCH NO: EGS/ 22504002/06.

ATTN: WINNER,

RE: FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION.

We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY
DRAWS HELD on the 9th of February 2008.Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number:085-12876077-09 with serial number:51390-0 drew lucky
numbers:03-05-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (ONE MILLION U.S DOLLARS)
in cash credited to file with. REF: s.EGS/3662367114/13.Note that all
participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through
a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and
30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web
sites,from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle
East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program. This
promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates of
microsoft inc and other corporate organizations.This is to encourage !
the use of the internet and comput

Your fund is now deposited with BANK and insured For security purpose
and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to your
account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims
and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

We look forward to your active participation in our next 4 million
dollars slot. To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your
claims processing officer through via e-mail as stated below:

NAME:MR.CHARLES LLOYD
Tel: 44(0)7024013010
Email: admin@bonanzalotteryinternational.com

When you contact him, please provide him with your secret BATCH
NO,SERIAL NO.
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information
as soon as possible:
1. Names in full
2. Address
3. Nationality
4. Age
5. Occupation
6. Phone/Fax

All winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of
this notice.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in
all correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address
do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations!!! once more
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Sincerely,

Ashley Cole
Manager, lotto draw team
Bonanza International lottery.

[End Email]


Hilarious:

"This
promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates of
microsoft inc and other corporate organizations.This is to encourage !
the use of the internet and comput"

It just cuts off. It reminds me of that clip where Bill Gates is on stage with a product developer and the guy's showing the latest computer and operating system to Bill and everyone. Then the Blue Screen of Death pops up and the guy quickly closes the laptop. All Bill can do is smile…

"For security purpose
and clarity,we advise that you keep your winning information
confidential until…"

Sure, sure. Tell no one. "You got that, punk?! You tell someone about this email message and so help me, I'll rip your– winning lottery ticket up… And you won't…get… the money. Ok?"

No! Tell the authorities! Run home! Run as fast as you can!!

{Six Million Dollar Man Sound Effects}

Coupon Codes + Internet = Awesome

Friday, March 28th, 2008

This is genius! Someone out there made a site listing the coupon codes for a bunch of different stores. It’s 1-coupons.com. Finally, right? I mean after all these years of sharing music and videos, you’d think there’d be a place to say, “Hey! I got this great deal using this code!” And I don’t just mean some forum. Sure, forums have been the place to share coupon codes for a while, but that’s just because no one major site has grouped all the best deals together. And now one has. 1-coupons.com has discount info on everything, like “$30 off order of $500 or more at Overstock.com” and a promotion code for cheap airline tickets. Cool.

You can also sort among stores, and see which discounts your favorite companies offer. So like if you were a huge Sharper Image fan, and wanted an Ionic Breeze super cheap, you’d click “Sharper Image.” Or maybe you want discount running shoes at Foot Locker. Or one of those Little Giant Ladder Systems with free shipping. Whatever you want, it’s probably on discount, and 1-coupons.com knows about it.

Wow, seeing all those great deals makes me want to go spend some money. Seriously. Not just to help boost our economy. It’s like when you see a ton of bargains, and are convinced that you’ll be getting way more value for your dollar than usual, it’s a pretty big incentive to spend! But again, the only reason I’m shop-hungry is because of the prospect of so many deals. It’s about time 1-coupons.com came along and compiled an updated list of coupon codes for every major online store.

Buy Replica Watches Online! (Email Spam)

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Hmm… Instead of telling me I'm going to be rich, this email is telling me to buy watches online… Hmm…


[Begin Email]

From: "LanaGoodspeed588514" <LanaGoodspeed588514@hotmail.com>
Subject: FWD: March Specials
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:26:08 -0400

Buy Replica Watches Online!

At our watch shop, we have been supplying top-quality, high-grade
replica watches to satisfied customers for close to 8 years now. We provide
our customers with an extremely reliable, affordable and accessible
source to these quality items, which provide the same attention-grabbing
benefits of the genuine articles that cost many times more. We are
constantly seeking to better understand the needs of our customers, and to
update our product selection so as to better serve our customers.

http://www.pirrafe.com

[End Email]


I cautiously visited the site, and what do you know, it looks like any ordinary business. But what kind of name is pirrafe? Like giraffe?

A Google search for pirrafe.com brings up one result, for parafe.com. Looks like some kind of vacation site.

A Google search for piraffe.com brings up one result, for praffe.com. "24kt Genuine Italian Snakeskin Bracelets and Leather Cuffs."

Weird. I guess some computer somewhere went crazy!

Here's a completely unrelated thought. Today it occurred to me that each time I post one of these spam messages, I am also posting the email of the supposed sender. Email addresses in plain sight on the web are often harvested by bots for spam purposes. So, am I facilitating an influx of spam for the spammers?

They probably have better spam protection than the rest, seeing as how they're the perpetrators!

In Vitro Fertilization

Friday, March 28th, 2008

We live in the future.

I recently visited IVF1.com, a site representing the in vitro fertilization (IVF) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) center in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois. It is run by the Randy S. Morris M.D. He is a fertility specialist who lends his knowledge and expertise to couples dealing with the issue of infertility.

I have known about in vitro for a while now, and hearing it come up in conversation isn’t really surprising. But visiting IVF1.com, I suddenly felt confronted with a sci-fi dream come true. I really enjoy seeing predicted scientific achievements move from fiction to fact. Reading from the site’s home page, it’s almost mind-blowing. “Frozen Embryo Transfer — Did you now that extra embryos from an IVF cycle can be frozen for your own future use? Learn more!”

It’s just amazing. The things we can accomplish with our vast knowledge stores of technology and medicine. The limits to what is possible keep being pushed back further and further by our scientific pioneers. And Randy Morris M.D. is one of them.

Parents Choose Prayer, Child Dies

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I just read on Yahoo that Leilani and Dale Neumann of Wesont, Wisconsin are to blame in the death of their daughter Madeline. Her death was caused by "diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that left too little insulin in her body."

When the girl was in the early stages of sickness, her parents decided to pray. They believe healing comes from God. The girl's aunt revealed that the option of taking her to a hospital had come up, but the mother had refused.

After the girl died, an investigation began. "Leilani Neumann said she and her husband are not worried about the investigation because 'our lives are in God's hands. We know we did not do anything criminal. We know we did the best for our daughter we knew how to do.'"

The best they could have done was take her to the hospital and pray. They knew how to do that.

Initially, when I'd only seen the headline link to the article, I assumed it was only in the news to further propagate the notion that individual rights need to be limited. Like, "Look what these idiots did. Let's have the state run things, ok?" Then your parents, friends, and spouse wouldn't have any say about taking you off life support or saving you from suicide or administering common sense medical treatment. It would all be up to the state.

But once I read the article, it really seems like there are circumstances where a child's life is put at risk for the wrong reasons.

What if the parents were using religion to justify a completely different belief system? What if they want low-maintenance children? I mean, what if they want to produce offspring that are self-sufficient to the point where the don't get sick and never need medical attention? It seems like leaving it "in God's hands" is a way to allow evolution and natural selection to run their course. When that happens, only the strong survive.

But really, it just seems stupid to ignore the whole idea of, "God helps those who help themselves," especially when we've got a decent grasp of the whole "medicine" thing.