Spam filtering tip

Jen and I are talking about spam stuff, and I thought of this one thing… I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here before but I think everybody ought to know about it.  It’s iFrame.  Set up your junk filters to look for the terms ‘iframe’ and/or ‘cid:’ (with the colon).  iFrame is one of the spammers’ methods of automagically including the whole source of an external webpage in an e-mail.  Some legitimate e-mailers use it too, but mostly the spammers. iFrame’d e-mails call up their content by using ‘cid:’ followed by some sort of identifier string which calls up external pictures or files or what have you.  So, if you get an e-mail with either one or both of those terms somewhere inside, you can bet it’s probably spam.

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Shooby Taylor LIVE on WFMU!!

Okay, people.  THIS is the kind of thing that explains why, even after six years of not living anywhere near New York, I never stopped donating my little pittance every year to my favorite station on earth, WFMU.  Shooby Taylor has been found!!!  And on Wednesday morning he’s going on the air for an interview, health permitting. I sure hope I can wake up early enough to listen to that webcast.

Talking Dog for Sale

This guy sees a sign in front of a house…

"Talking Dog for Sale"

He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the back yard. The guy goes into the back yard and sees a mutt sitting there.

"You talk?" he asks.

"Yep," the mutt replies.

"So, what’s your story?"

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More Jaggage

I’m just installing things and getting my data back up and rolling.  .Mac Backup restored all my IE settings, that was sweet.  And I was able to connect to my Windows PC over the network instantly, that was REALLY sweet!  So I don’t need Sharity anymore.  Not that I didn’t like it, but it’s one less thing to be running all the time thanks to Rendevous networking.

Everything looks really nice, and runs great.  I like all the spiffy new features they’ve added… there really is a lot of improvement here.  I still wish they’d given us an upgrade option (pricewise) but I don’t feel I’ve been ripped off either.  Still can’t believe that LINE at the mall though, heheh!

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I got it, yup.  Used my birthday money.  Drove to Micro Center, walked right in, picked it up, bought it, and walked right out.  It’s installing now.  So I guess the Woodfield trip was one of those things you do for the experience.  Builds character.  It sure was amazing to see all those people though… what a strange phenomenon that a crowd big enough to fill the Metro would all show up THERE on a Friday night.  Most of them just looked like very bored IT people to me; there weren’t any flat-out geeks that I saw.  Other than myself of course.  :-)

If you don’t believe I’m a geek, check this out.  I put my shirt on backwards today and wore it that way all day long before I realized.  It was pushing on my neck all funny, and that’s why.  I really am a tard.

More Woodfield pics

MacCentral posted an article with pictures of huge long lines at Apple stores across the land, including Woodfield.  Such a big deal!!  I was shocked when I saw all those people, I’m still in shock.  Were those all Mac fans?  I thought this was supposed to be a geek thing!

Not tonight honey

So, it was kinda like this.  Me and Doug and Alyce went up to Woodfield for the Jaguar release event thing. And we were met by a line of what seemed like around 1500 or 2000 people.  The line stretched all the way around the frickin’ mall!  As soon as we got to the end of the line, more people got in line, and it wasn’t too long until we had THIS view looking behind us:

photo by Edith Frost

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My kind of party

I’m going to have my hands full on the computer this weekend, like a lot of other Mac owners!  I’m backing up all the crap on my iBook right now, getting ready for the move.  I want to wipe the drive before I upgrade, ‘cuz I like to start fresh with a clean install on any new OS.  I put a launchable copy of the Stuffit installer on my iPod, so that’ll be the first thing that gets put on the new system.

I broke down and paid for a .Mac membership the other day.  Because I really like the way the backup thingy works.  Trying to use FTP to back up my shit was a pain in the ass by comparison.

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We’re all pirates to them

Another excellent article in Wired, Bracing for the Digital Crackdown. It runs down the entertainment industry’s repeated attacks on consumers, and notes: "Each of the measures assumes the user’s guilt and attempts to create a preemptive solution." Guilty until proven innocent.  Or just flat guilty, since we’re all being punished just the same, whether or not we’ve ever copied a CD.

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Moving discog to MT

I’m starting to move my discography into Movable Type, so every release will be sortable either amongst the blog entries or not.  That’s why the archives have suddenly jumped back to July 2001!  This is going to take awhile but it’s going to be an improvement because everything will be organized in multiple categories… you’ll be able to see the full discography, or just my own albums, or just the guestings, etc.  I think ultimately everything on this site that can be expressed in terms of dates, should be put into Movable Type!  Definitely the past shows list, probably the press stuff too.  It’ll just be a lot of cutting and pasting but it’ll make things easier for me to control in the end.  There are some sections that I’m not sure what to do with (like lyrics) but I’ll cross that bridge later.

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DOJ vs 70 million citizens

Another sad day for music fans.  The Department of Justice is getting ready to start prosecuting people who share music and other files on P2P networks.  They want to throw us all in jail.  We’re not even allowed to share music with members of our own family!  Read about it on ZDNet UK.

I’m not even using P2P or instant messaging anymore.  The internet is no longer our own; they’re going to control everything, so we’re not safe here.  We have to invent a new way, or go back to old ways of assembling and communicating with each other.  It sucks.

New Mekons

The new Mekons album got released yesterday… it’s called "OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads)". Me and Kelly Hogan sang backups on it, so I’ve added it to my discography.  YONK!!  It’s a wonderful record, best album they’ve ever done.

Mystery Song 003

This week’s mystery song is…

…well I can’t tell you that or it wouldn’t be a mystery would it?  But I can tell you what last week’s song was.  "Like a Bird" by the late great Florence Foster Jenkins.  Some say she was the world’s worst opera singer but… I think she might have been the greatest, actually.

Oh.  Ow.

Six Flags was lots of fun.  Can’t talk much.  Sooooore.  Very sore.

It ended up being just sort of a half-day, since we got there a bit late and then found out the park was closing at 8pm instead of 10 like we’d thought.  Still, it seemed like the right amount of time.  We rode the Eagle twice in a row (forwards and then backwards), did the Viper and the Demon and the Eagle again.  Did the Triple Play, the Whizzer and the Whirlygig.  Took a few pictures… my camera still confuses me.  I wanted to do more video of the Whirlygig but couldn’t figure out how to set it that way.  Argh!!

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Mekons: OOOH! (Out Of Our Heads)

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Kelly Hogan and I did backup vocals all over this record. But there are a LOT of vocals happening, so I’m still trying to figure out exactly which songs I’m on.

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