Spam: An anatomy of a spam

November 26th, 2002 by Richy B. 4 comments »

[Spam headed computer]Damn! I’ve just been hit by another “hit-and-run” spammer. They sent around 900 spam emails to me in little under an hour (I was busy doing other things so I didn’t notice the start of the run). Drat! Only 76 got reported to SpamCop though.

What really got annoyed was the fact that they had sent 20 identical messages to the same email address each time. And they had an average size of 20.7Kb each. *Richy nashes teeth*

So, for your “amusement” and interest, I have “captured” one of the spams and “disassembled” it for you.
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Net: Aww! Puddy Tats!

November 26th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

[Part of a picture of a Gig cat]I’ve recently come across Gigology, a page with a collection of 39 images (hence slightly bandwidth heavy) of wide-eyed cats and dogs.

Personally, I think the pictures are quite and adorable (see I have got a soft side :) ), but I can’t seem to find much about the artist (Gig) on the internet which is a bit disappointing (only real information I could find is on the front page of that site).

Oh well, at least they aren’t satanic kittens from hell that Pete Abrams seems so obsessed about (but with lines such as “Don’t go to sleep or the kittens will eat you” you can forgive him :) )

Fun: Do The Funky Chicken

November 25th, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

[Bloke doing the Funky Chicken]Ever wondered how to do the Funky Chicken dance? Now, available with photos, it the “Do The Funky Chicken” dance steps – all together now: “Flap down on every beat, and back up in time for the next”… Don’t get it confused with Spitting Image‘s “The Chicken Song though!

Or you could also see a Flash animation by Joe Cartoon of a “real” chicken being funky, or learn how to do a whole selection of dances at the “How To Dance Properly” site.

News: Damn Texan Prudes

November 24th, 2002 by Richy B. 1 comment »

texandildo.jpgIt seems those strange Texans are at it again! According to this news article I found via Big Pink Cookie‘s blog, a woman from Longview, Texas was pulled over for drunk driving, but was also arrested and charged with felony obscenity after police found obscene materials and devices in her car (we in the UK call them “sex toys”, the Texans call them “an obscene device [which] is a simulated sexual organ or an item designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.” It seems if you are caught with more than 6 sex toys in Texas, you are promoting them – and that’s illegal!

She worked for a company called “Slumber Parties” and was transporting the “goods” as part of her business (holding “parties” at peoples houses where they could then buy the items in question). I just wonder if there is anything like that here in the UK, if so all the Ann Summers distributors better start getting worried….

Personal: Sunday’s Scribblings

November 24th, 2002 by Richy B. 4 comments »

[Pot Noodle]Hmm, it seems to be a slow day for bloggers today – of all the 15 entries currently on my BlogRoll, only Ain’t Too Proud to Blog and Ciaran have updated their blogs today: and they were at 3.15am and 9.19am respectively. Com’on guys – it’s the weekend, give me something to read :)

Whilst I still have no idea who Kim is, I did speak to my green-eyed southern friend (GESF) for a bit which brightened up my day. We had a good laugh, but I didn’t appreciate her blowing a whistle down the phone line to me! Ouch! We couldn’t talk for long though as we were both in the midst of making dinner- but I’ve got to remember the 19th of December as I’m going to send her a birthday card, Christmas card (for her and her flatmate) and presents: but what exactly, I’m not sure….

Apart from that, my parent’s came round this morning for their fortnightly visit (getting me out of bed as per usual :( ) – and apart from discussing Crimbo and them muttering that my house could be cleaner (yep, I’ve let it “go” a little bit: but I’m going to start really cleaning in the next few days when I get time) not much was said. I’ve just a list of 7 new DVDs to order from for them – thank goodness Amazon still have the “free delivery” offer on!

Oh – also went down the shop to try and grab some more chocolate, but they’ve ran out of the special offer stuff at the moment (it’s actually 200g bars for 85p), but I grabbed a few other bits and bobs whilst I was down there which is good.

And I’ve also found time to make a couple of minor modifications to my blog – the webcam now appears in a funky pop-up window, a thumbnail of the webcam appears on the front page (before it used to be just the “main” image resized – at around 50K, but now a little script generates a nice bandwidth-friendly 4K thumbnail), and I’m trying to put a little “icon” type image to the top-left of each blog entry to try and help break-up all the text. Any comments if people like/dislike this practise would be welcomed :)

Anyway – gotta go now, my big dinner is nearly ready (I’ve only had a Pot Noodle all day today so I’m hungry).