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03-07-2016 Journal – SPAM!   Leave a comment

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SPAM . . . I’m not sure who coined that term for unwanted emails but it truly is an insult to such a delicious meat.  As we all know you can’t spend much time on the Net without finding yourself inundated with SPAM. I always thought I was careful about filling out forms or taking stupid surveys, a sure way to get your name out to the spammers. I’ve come to find out that I failed miserably.

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Six months ago in a moment of boredom I was sitting at my computer looking for something to do. Absentmindedly I inquired of a well known mortgage company about some of the new government programs. To say the least that was a huge mistake that I’ve been paying for ever since.  Over the last six months I’ve had to unsubscribe from an endless number of websites for every product currently known to man.

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I spend a few minutes of each day unsubscribing the current batch of SPAM with assurances that in a week I’ll have been eliminated from their call lists. The torrent of sites is finally down to less than two or three a day but overall it has totaled more than four hundred in the last six months.

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I’ve tried to backtrack many of them to a source I could contact and threaten to no avail. It’s been a frustrating effort with no one to take my frustration out on.  I’ve known a lot of people over the years but I’ve never met anyone who would admit to being a spammer. People will admit to being drug dealers before admitting to spamming. At least the drug dealer is selling a product and not simply harassing and endlessly annoying hundreds of thousands of people.

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‘Just so you know this is the good SPAM.’

I’ll keep trying to discover one person I can take out my anger on.  I could easily be persuaded to violence against anyone who has the balls to stand in front of me and admit to spamming.  It would be worth a few days in the local county jail for assaulting that someone and I suspect there isn’t a jury anywhere that would convict me. Everyone hates spammers and that might be the reason those bastards keep themselves so well hidden.

As they used to say on Hill Street Blues

"Be careful out there."

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01-04-2016 – January Trivia Offering!   Leave a comment

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Here’s your first dose of totally useless information (Trivia) for 2016.  I can only assume many of you readers will be spending some time this year in your tavern of choice and many of you will attempt to participate in some sort of Trivia challenge or bar bet. Since it’s obvious to me from some of the emails and comments I receive that many of you drink regularly you will probably need these factoids to help you out a little. This information is my New Year’s gift to you so let’s get started with a few items about the Internet.

  • The time spent deleting spam emails costs U.S. Businesses approximately $10 billion annually.
  • The highest publicly reported amount paid for a domain name is $7.5 million in stock options, to buy business.com.
  • Thirty-five billion emails are sent each day throughout the world.
  • Thirty-two percent of all singles think they will meet their mate online.
  • The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com.

Now for a few more interesting facts concerning our new beat friends . . . our cell phones. 

  • More than fifty percent of the people on the earth have never made or received a telephone call.
  • Approximately 1,314 phone calls are misplaced by telecom services every minute.
  • There are 150,000,000 cell phones in use in the United States, more than one for every two human beings in the country.
  • As much as eighty percent of microwaves from cell phones are said to be absorbed by your head.
  • A Belgian couple were married by short message service (SMS) because text messaging played such a big part in their relationship.

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Now for what you’ve all been waiting for. A few tidbits of information on our ever so interesting and at times nasty bodily functions.

  • The average heart beats 2.5 billion times in a lifetime. The heart beats about 100,000 times each day.
  • The body gives off enough heat in thirty minutes to bring a gallon of water to a boil.
  • A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.
  • A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands. There are about one trillion bacteria on each foot.
  • During a kiss, as many as 278 bacteria colonies are exchanged.
  • The body loses  half a liter of water a day through breathing.

This was just the first of many trivia postings you can expect this year. I think it’s time for this blog to start living up to it’s name. You can’t have too much useless information in your life and I’m here to guarantee that you get yours.

11-12-2015 – Phobias, Texts & Stupid People!   Leave a comment

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After admitting in my last post that I had an addictive personality got me to thinking.  I thought I knew myself pretty well when I was able to admit that I was also claustrophobic.  One phobia isn’t all that bad or so I thought.  I decided to dig into the Everyuselessthing archives to learn more about phobias.  I’m not sure that was such a great idea.  I discovered a list of phobias that aren’t commonly known and I think I may suffer from a few more than previously thought.  Here are a few examples:

Arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

Automatonophobia – fear of ventriloquists’ dummies.

Coulrophobia – fear of clowns.

Geniophobia – fear of chins.

Phobophobia – fear of fear.

Pteronophobia – fear of being tickled by feathers.

Rupophobia – fear of dirt.

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I’ll only admit to having two additional phobias from that list and there isn’t a chance in hell I’ll tell you what they are.  As I finished denigrating myself for all of my stupid phobias I received an email from a friend in KC. He’s a senior + senior citizen  who’s been an internet rat since it’s inception.  It was a ‘Hi, How are you?’ message ending with AMBW. I answered him quickly because I had no freaking clue what that meant. I know LOL, WTF, and a few others but never really felt the need to learn more.  His AMBW means All My Best Wishes.  There seem to be so many of these in use I decided to find a few more. These were a small sampling of texting acronyms I’m sure I’ll use only sporadically.

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A3 – Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace.

AFAIR – As Far As I an Remember.

ASAFP – As Soon As F**king Possible.

OMFG – Oh My F**king God.

AAI – Allah Already Informed

BITCH  – Babe In Total Control of Herself

CFI – Complete F**king Idiot

CRST – Can’t Remember Sh*t

If any of you ever decide to send me a text or email containing these sort of acronyms please include detailed explanations as well. Life’s way too short for me to waste my time trying to figure them out.

One last bit of amusement to entertainment you.  Years ago I was a police officer for the state of Pennsylvania.  Early in my career I was in the patrol unit and spent a great deal of time investigating accidents, both trivial and serious. I thought I’d heard all the stupid reasons people offer up to explain their accidents but these samples taken from actual insurance reports were new even to me.

“I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced over at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.”

“In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.”

“A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”

“The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve several times before I hit him.”

“An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.”

“The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”

“As I approached the intersection a sign appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.”

“I thought my window was down, but I found out it was up when I put my head through it.”

You just can’t make this stuff up.  Most of these were way better than the stories I was told but just as funny.  I think I’ve had enough of this for today. I have errands to run, pictures to take, coffee to drink, and people to watch. 

ENJOY THIS DAY, I KNOW I WILL.

12-019-2015 Journal–Christmas Cyber Stalking!   Leave a comment

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This morning I was awake and drinking my first cup of coffee at 4:30am and trying to decide whether to watch an hour of NASA TV or to wade through an hour of quantum mechanics on NOVA. I have a real interest in all things space and science and NASA is doing such incredible work in so many areas it’s difficult to keep up.  Anything is better than being inundated with the worst part of the Christmas season . . . effing emails.

Even quantum mechanics and the use of cold temperatures to produce a new generation of super conductors is better than dealing with those emails. Believe me when I say I barely understand some of the concepts but anything that will block out this constant drumbeat and commercialization of Christmas is a welcome change.

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I look out the window and see rain. The snow has come and gone and things are drab. It doesn’t feel the least bit like Christmas for some reason and I’m finding myself disappointed. Christmas music is not something I’d want to spend a lot of time listening to but a little of it is fine. This year I see a marked reduction in the seasonal music and the general feeling of Christmas.  I wish I could be paid a dollar for every email I’ve received in the last eight weeks related specifically to BUY BUY BUY. That in itself is seriously depressing.

The two biggest offenders are Best Buy and Tiger Direct.  Tiger Direct is an on-line retailer for electronics and was where the old Circuit City company came to die. I’m receiving upwards of five to ten emails a day from them and I’m very close  to unsubscribing from them forever.  It’s become something akin to cyber stalking or just plain harassment.  There are other offenders as well and I’m averaging a minimum of 25-30 emails a day.   They’ve effectively sucked the life of Christmas for me this year. I would like to thank Amazon, one of the biggest retailers in history, who care enough about their customers to leave them the hell alone.

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I’m hoping that on Christmas Day I’ll see that light of Christmas spirit in the eyes of our grandson who is the perfect age to really enjoy it.  I think next year my approach to the season will be very different.  My birthday falls in August which is when I foresee the Christmas barrage beginning. That will be the time that I unsubscribe to every on-line retailer on my email contact list which hopefully will remove 90% of these irritating and annoying emails. I’m also considering setting up a new email account that I’ll supply to any retailer I make on-line purchases from. That account will then collect all of these annoying emails but will have no direct contact to me in anyway. I can just go about my life with the knowledge that at some future date the company supplying me with that mailbox will erase them all.

With five shopping days left I’m anticipating a deluge of last minute emails trying to coerce me into spending more and more money.  To all of them I wish a very Merry Christmas and a big KMA. That’s "Kiss My Ass" for those of you not familiar with this blog.

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09-19-2013   2 comments

I spend a lot of time on the Net these days and have done so for many years.  It’s become an integral part of my life and indispensible in a number of other ways. It’s hard to believe than just over thirty years ago I was a subscriber to the Genie Electric Network and received text-only Internet on a 300 baud modem. The changes have been huge and relatively fast and I’m glad to have experienced the Net in all of it’s  changing incarnations. 

I decided to do a little surfing today and to collect a few facts about the all-seeing Internet in it’s current form.  I was more than a little shocked at what I found because some of the numbers were almost impossible to wrap my head around.  Here is a short list of some amazing stats.  Unbelievable is probably more accurate.

  • Google estimates the Internet at about 5 million terabytes of data, or 5 trillion megabytes.
  • The human brain can hold between 1 and 10 terabytes.
  • Using an average of 5 terabytes per human brain, it would take a million human brains to hold the entire Internet.
  • 212 DVD’s will hold one terabyte or 1,000,000,000 to hold the Internet.
  • 40 Blue-ray discs will hold a terabyte and it would take 200,000,000 to store the Internet.
  • American makes up 76.2% of the Internet population but only 5% of the worlds population.
  • There are 247 billion emails sent every day and 81% (200,000,000) are spam.
  • There are 90 trillion emails sent each year.
  • Teenagers spend an average of 31 hours per week on the Internet and only four hours doing homework.
  • There are 234,000,000 web sites and 126,000,000 blogs.
  • Every second 28,258 Internet users are watching pornography.
  • There are 600 tweets a second.
  • 924 videos are watched on Hulu each month in the US.
  • Twenty hours of videos are loaded onto YouTube every minute.
  • Facebook has 6,000,000 page viewers a minute.
  • 2,500,000 images are loaded onto Facebook each month.

Some of these facts are mind-blowing but a number of others are more than a little scary.  I’m not sure I could survive my raging paranoia if I had teenage children to raise now.  I can’t imagine the difficulties there must be when in most cases the kids are more knowledgeable about the Net than most of their parents.  What will this all become in another thirty years?