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Month: October 2006

Spam Levels

According to the server this blog is hosted on, there’s been 101 emails processed today with 72 (71.3%) of those being detectable spam.

It doesn’t sound a lot until you consider one of our shared hosting servers has handled 22,251 so far today with 3,001 being low scoring spam (13.5%), 11,355 (51.0%) being high scoring spam and 583 (2.6%) being viruses. That’s 67.1% of emails having to be rejected as they are spam or viruses….

And that’s just the detectable spam – imagine what it’ll be like without sites such as Spamhaus (which is currently subject to a legal battle) helping the servers detect what is spam and what isn’t. Do you really want your InBox more than doubling in size due to spam?….

Personal: Freak out time….

Ok, what’s the odds of guessing somebody’s birthday *exactly* on your first guess? 1 in 365? Well, if you know their star sign, it’s more like 1 in 30, but I still achieved it! I don’t know how I did it myself, it just felt right but…. It freaked her out and it freaked myself out! Proceeding to guess her mothers name on the first guess as well (just based on my friends initials) makes it doubly so!

Now I just want to know why I haven’t won the lottery yet….

Meme Time: Have you ever?

From Les:
1. Taken a picture completely naked? Yes, but not of a person.
2. Danced in front of a mirror naked? Nope.
3. Told a lie? I’d be lieing if I said no.
4. Had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back? Yes, but who honestly hasn’t?
5. Been arrested? No, but I’ve spent a night in a police cell.
6. Seen someone die? No.
7. Kissed a picture? No.
8. Slept in until 5pm? Yep – IIRC, I’ve managed a 36 hour sleep before.
9. Had sex at work (on the clock)? Nope, but thank’s for the idea 😉 …
10. Fallen asleep at work/school? Yes, but not when I was meant to be working.
11. Held a snake? Yes, I’ve had a pet snake.
12. Ran a red light? Myself, no – but I’ve been a passenger in a red-light jumping car.
13. Been suspended from school? I’ve come close, but no.
14. Pole danced? Not that I recall.
15. Been fired from a job? Not technically, but I’ve been “let go” before.
16. Sang karaoke? Yep – I love it, but I sound like I’m signing along with the local cat chorus.
17. Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? Yep.
18. Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes. And I’d just like to suggest it is not a good idea with hot tea!
19. Laughed until you peed? No.
20. Caught a snowflake on your tongue? No.
21. Kissed in the rain? Not that I can remember.
22. Had sex in the rain? No
23. Sang in the shower? No, shower is too loud and I normally have a shower when I’m too rushed to enjoy a bath.
24. Gave your private parts a nickname? Nope.
25. Ever gone to school/work without underwear? I’ve tried it once, but just found I worried about it during the day (what happens if my trousers rip, what happens if, when I zip myself up – ouch!) etc.
26. Sat on a roof top? Yep
27. Played chicken? Yep.
28. Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Nope.
29. Broken a bone? Nope – which, especially when you consider how thin I was when I was younger, is surprising.
30. Flashed someone? Nope, darn’t risk it with the driving instructor next to me. But maybe once I get my own car…
31. Mooned someone? Nope.
32. Shaved your head? Not the top of my head, no.
33. Slept naked? Yep.
34. Blacked out from drinking? Nope – my body won’t allow me to get that drunk. Yep – just once though – see 2.
35. Played a prank on someone? Yep
36. Had a gym membership? No
37. Felt like killing someone? Yes.
38. Cried over someone you were in love with? Yes
39. Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? Food as pets? Nope.
40. Been in a band? Nope
41. Shot a gun? Yes
42. Shot a bow and arrow? Yes.
43. Played strip poker? No
44. Donated Blood? No
45. Ever jump out of an airplane? No
46. Been to more than 10 countries? I’ve been to France, Germany, Wales (technically a seperate country from England so it counts!), Malta, Greece/Corfu, Portugal, Japan – so technically no, but if you consider flying from the UK to Japan, I’ve been in the airspace of a lot!

I am Richy of Borg….

Yes, I’ve finally joined the collective and have been assimiliated into the Rupert Murdoch Borg being known as “Myspace”. I can be found at the URL (sigh, since myspace readers may find their way back to here – that’s an “internet address” people!), . Nice and catchy isn’t it. I’m now just a number….

Gotta go – a big white weather balloon is chasing me….

Call me slow off the mark….

I’ve just realised something….

When I was in Japan in September 2004, I brought a Japanese DVD. The DVD was in Japanese and since it was intended for the Japanese market, it was entirely in Japanese. I watched the DVD on the plane back and I’ve seen it several times since.

Laying in bed just now, it just occured to me…. The Japanese DVD is in Japanese: i.e. there is no English. How on earth did I manage to watch and understand it and how come it’s taken me over 2 years to realise it was in Japanese?

I’ll now have to find the DVD and re-watch it and see if it still makes sense. If so, somehow, magically, I know Japanese without knowing it… Either that, or I’m really really slow off the mark!