YAS (Yet Another Scandal)

Pastor Ted Haggard, An evangelical minister strongly opposed to gay marriage (and, presumably, drugs) resigned among allegations that he’d been having a three-year affair with a male prostitute who supplied him with methamphetamine. Initially denying…

Blogger Poker Tour Event, the Fourth

Today at 4pm eastern, the fourth event of the esteemed Blogger Poker Tour takes place. Yours Truly has been doing miserably on the tour, so much so that I hang my head in shame as…

More Phish in the Sea

Yet another PayPal phishing scam: This one has a few clues as to its nefarious origins. 1. Its ‘Reply-to’ header reads ‘no-replay@paypal.com’ (No replay?) 2. If you cursor over its link, it displays  213.130.21.170  instead…

Another Friday

Last Friday was the 13th, and — while I don’t typically believe in such things as a specific date being intrinsically ‘bad’ — I have to concur that Friday, October 13th was pretty awful at…

Spam Squared
(hennhaus: Hard Baud)

(Originally published May 22, 1997) Spam Squared Ordinarily, fighting Spam only requires a fork and a healthy appetite — in the wired world, however, meat by-products are not the concern du jour. ‘Spam,’ as most…

Reinfestation
(hennhaus: Hard Baud)

(Originally published May 15, 1997) Reinfestation ‘Way back when I used to program with some regularity — it was that or actually do work at the magazine — I came up with a ditty I…

Stage Craft
(hennhaus: Hard Baud)

(Originally published May 8, 1997) Stage Craft “Break a leg!” I can’t believe how many times I heard that last week. It seemed to have some subliminal yet cumulative effect; it wasn’t ’til Friday evening…

Assuming Control
(hennhaus: Hard Baud)

(Originally published April 17, 1997) Assuming Control I’ll call him ‘Bob’ — primarily because I don’t remember his name. At the time, I was working in Willowdale (now soon to be part of an engorged…

The Noxious Weed
(hennhaus: Hard Bard)

(Originally published April 10, 1997) The Noxious Weed Smoking, wrote King James I in his 1604 “A Counterblaste to Tobacco,” is “[a] custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain,…

The Medium & the Message
(hennhaus: Hard Baud)

(Originally published April 3, 1997) The Medium & the Message The name she used was ‘Barb’, and she was a thorn in my side. “Hello,” she’d say, “this is Barb.” It was a fairly innocuous…