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And Then a Fortnight Passed

Posted 2012.04.10 10.32 in Pointless Blather

It’s like suddenly, it’s two weeks later. Only it wasn’t so sudden, as such.

It was more drawn out, boring, and quiet. Except when it wasn’t. Month end is always busy, and this time it was on a Monday, which makes it more “fun”, and then we had a bunch of issues which made the “fun” even more better. It was the “funnest” Monday in ages.

And that open windows day from March only lasted like 2 days, then it got cold again. Cold enough that I had to turn the furnace back on, and every day since then I’ve been hoping it’ll go back to being consistantly warm again.

C’mon weather, make me happy!

We could use more storms too. Cold damp grey drizzle is not inspiring. Sky-ripping thunder and lightning is inspiring. And invigorating. And exciting.

Anyhow, so basically this is just an update to say that there hasn’t been anything worth reporting or mentioning. A non-update. A nope-date.

Briefly…

Posted 2011.08.31 12.45 in Pointless Blather

More messing around with cameras. Some poor results not worth posting. More found film.

Not much else going on, nothing noteworthy or interesting.

 

Tax Time

Posted 2010.04.29 1.51 in Pointless Blather, Work

That time once again. It seems like it comes around every year like this. Income tax. Bleargh.

I try not to procrastinate, I try to be good. Well when I say try, what I mean is that I think about it. I start thinking about doing my taxes in February. It’s a chore though and seems tiring, so thinking about it makes me sleepy.

Then March comes around, and I think about it some more. By March, all the various forms and receipts have usually arrived in the mail. I know I ought to sit down and do it. It’s not too bad if I space it out over two weekends – a couple hours the first weekend to sort & add up my receipts, then a couple hours the next weekend to fill in all the forms and do the maths and figuring.

Then April comes in and I realize I really have to get serious and set aside some time for it. Maybe just one weekend instead of two. If I spread it out over Saturday and Sunday, then it’s not so bad, two smaller chores instead of one big one. Still, it’s no fun, and all the maths and numbers make my head hurt. Then the headache makes me sleepy.

And ultimately, I find myself with about 30 hours to the deadline, sitting up at 2:00am with a calculator, notepad, and a zillion slips of paper, trying to get through it without falling asleep.

Next time, I’ll be good. I won’t procrastinate.

Come to think of it, I’ve got like 30 hours or so left, I might just go to bed and finish this stuff later.

Boring Spam

Posted 2009.09.30 19.36 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Once or twice a day I check the blob’s spam queue. There’s always at least a couple, sometimes a dozen or more spam comments. They accumulate steadily. Most of them are aimed at the guestbook, I guess it’s like a spam magnet. Now and then there’ll be one turn up under a current post, but more often if they are going for a blob post it’ll be something a few months old.

I always gloss over them, just incase there’s a false positive. Sometimes, depending on my mood, I get angry with the spammers. Wasting so much bandwidth, polluting the internet with their slime. Even when I’m not angry, I still would like them to all rot in hell. If all the spammers came down with rectal brain cancer (only affects asshats), nobody would be too upset.

Anyhow, most of the time I’m not angry. Sometimes there’ll be an interesting spam or something new. Once there was one that was funny enough to make me laugh.

Mostly though it’s the same old boring stuff. I’m bored. Spam is boring. Why can’t they show some creativity? Some wit?

Since I put Akismet up, there’ve been over 3,500 spams. I think most of them get killed before I see them, but of the ones that I do see in the spam queue, I’d say they break down like this: 70% are selling viagara or similar drugs. 15% are offering free naked pictures of people whom I presume are celebrities although I don’t recognize the names. Lately about 5% have been for cheap cigarettes, then the remaining 5% are the ‘miscelleneous’ ones, that either I can’t decypher, couldn’t be bothered figuring out, or don’t fit in the above categories.

I don’t see cheap mortgage offers any more – interest rates are so low that the banks probably have better rates than the spammers. One of the more unusual spams I saw was for Russian-made airguns.

All-in-all though, spammers seem to be very lazy and have just one main focus. Though it makes me wonder – is the male half of the population really that desperate for an erection? Is there really that big a market for viagara and naked pictures? And I guess, they need a smoke afterwards?

What does that say about our society, our species?