Email is dead.

They did not want to recognise the evidence:

In short, you are all owned by marketing types, and have been for quite some time now.

In light of these facts, as of 1 Oct 2003, the titular head of they will no longer be dealing directly with email in any form. If it is important enough, there are other method to use to make contact.

A sad day

They are creeped out. Not to be entirely off-topic, but each time there is a large tragedy of the scale seen this morning, They soon have an interaction with the qatsi trilogy (by Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass).

1. Shortly after the Challenger disaster, they saw, for the first time, Koyaanisqatsi (on PBS).
2. Shortly after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, they spent the better part of a week seeing the first two films of the trilogy (and three other nights) performed live.
3. Either this week (in Dallas) or next week (in Houston), they intend to see Naqoyqatsi.


If there is any silver lining to this, they think that this is the only circumstance under which they would be glad to see the end of the trilogy.

And, of course, their thoughts are with the family, friends, and co-workers of the victims of this tragedy.

It’s that time of the even-numbered year again…

…when the vote fairy comes and sprinkles hanging chads onto the head of every sleeping (ha!) greedy, incompetent bastard who thinks he knows better than you how to live your own life.

At least, that’s how it’s done here in the USA, Virginia.


Unfortunately, the one who wins always seems to wake up. Damn! I was pretty sure all political insiders would sleep with their mouths open, since those types never seem to close them when you really want them to.

They assume that the hanging chads are not dropped by the metric ton, which is (to paraphrase an old joke) a crying shame

Qatsi?

So, Naqoyqatsi is opening (albeit in limited release) on 18 Oct 2002. To those of you heathens (ha!) who have not been indoctrinated, this is the perfect opportunity, and they suggest the following regimen:

  • 04 Oct 2002 – Rent, beg, or borrow Koyaanisqatsi (You won’t be able to buy the DVD until the 18th, apparently, although they still have a liserdisc of it), get yourself into as meditative state as any geek can achieve, and sit down and watch it. Although best done with a loved one or good friends, it can be done alone.
  • 11 Oct 2002 – Follow up with Powaqqatsi the following weekend, an ideal film for providing context for musing on the events a year and a month earlier. Notice particularly the little girl walking beneath the word for “war”…
  • 18 Oct 2002 – Go and view Naqoyqatsi on opening weekend, if for no other reason than to have somthing to talk about intelligently for months later.

Continue reading Qatsi?

So much spam news, so little time

  • a new dnsbl, sbbl.they.com, is available for public use. Recommended usage is only as a high score within spamassassin (or similar).
  • Shame on MAPS for screwing and harassing one of their ex-employees. They no longer use MAPS, but instead encourage everyone to investigate using SPEWS, Osirusoft, and to use (and if at all possible, support) SpamCop.
  • quote.com, and by extension, lycos.com are spammers. Their email is no longer welcome here.

Spammers vs. SPEWS, not SPEWS vs. MAPS

They have been reading lately, on nanae (tinnanae, tint), many articles about SPEWS. Many of these articles, without permission, have made references to what they say or think.

They wish to clarify:

  • They like, approve of, and utilise MAPS. They even dished out money to subscribe to the RBL+ service, and strongly suggest that everyone do likewise. Those folks have done a great service to the internet, and need to be rewarded, recognized, and encouraged for their high-profile (yet strangely quiet) educational efforts. They recognize the importance of education to prevent spam.
  • They like, approve of, and utilise SPEWS. They strongly suggest that everyone do likewise. Some folks say that they don’t like the discussions being forced into nanae — those folks are wrong. They think that this practice is the ideal counterpoint to the MAPS offering, particularly for spam-friendly ISPs, and those who provide spam support services. They like the fact that everyone is now naming names: Qwest, Verio, and Yahoo in particular. It is truly time to get tough with spam, and SPEWS is one of many good tools to do that.
  • It can come as no surprise that yahoo turned their pages pink — yahoo claims it is for breast cancer (truly a worthy cause), but they know it is really to announce their spam-friendliness to the world in the most public manner possible. They contine to refuse all email that mentions yahoo.com (and yahoo-inc.com), and that refusal still blocks more spam than MAPS and SPEWS combined.
  • They disapprove of what Alan Brown did, no matter how well-intentioned, with ORBS, just as they disapprove of what MAPS did with the RSS list. They are pleased to see many “competing” lists (though they all know that competition is not the point, here). They are still surprised that they never saw a listing for ORBS (the original) on F***edcompany.
  • They also approve of, and recommend, ORDB, ORBL, and ORBZ. Now, all they want to see is a set of additional lists for open socks proxies, and perhaps open formail.pl script-hosting systems.
  • They also remind everyone to use spamcop to report and track spam — this tool helps support the spamhaus and spamsites lists, which help support SPEWS and the SBL. These folks also deserve our thanks and support.

Let’s pull together and stop these sociopathic spammers from stealing our time, bandwith, and disk space.