It seems there's a new kind of spam around (though maybe not that new... I've been noticing it for a while now and just got around to posting about it). Normally we think of spam as junk email, or if you have a blog or a message forum, you might see an automated script that posts links to a site selling V1agR/\ or something similar, with no relationship to the rest of the discussion.

This new spam, though, is much more insidious, and if you read quickly you might completely miss it. Take this example, which was posted to my article Proper Loading of Toilet Paper, II:


It looks like some spammer is using this domain name as a return address for spam messages. If you came here because of that, know that it is very simple to forge the return address on an email message, and I am not sending you any spam.

You may have received a few messages from this domain, but I am receiving hundreds of bounced messages because of it.


I wonder if taking an "Are you a geek?" test online automatically makes you a geek.

You are 14% geek

OK, so maybe you ain't a geek. You do, at least, show a bit of interest in the world around you. Either that, or you have enough of a sense of humor to pick some of the sillier answers on the test. Regardless, you're probably a pretty nifty, well-rounded person who gets along fine with people and can chat with just about anyone without fear of looking stupid or foolish or overly concerned with minutiae. God, I hate you.

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Here's a list of the podcasts I'm currently subscribing to (links are to the web sites, not the podcast feed):

Last updated: March 27, 2008


Here's what I would look like if I lived in South Park:

Courtesy of this web site.


It's been a while since I've had a decent, working, personal web site. I finally have the time and motivation to set something up, and I'm very excited about it. I've had many ideas floating around in my head for a while, and now I have a home page web site blog to publish them to the world.

I've been dealing with the web since about 1993, and until recently, putting up a web site usually meant tedious coding in HTML, or using terrible WYSIWYG web page editors. Even for a personal web site, it was a hassle to put something nice together.

Lately though, this has changed.