Friday, July 23, 2004


Google has not only aquired, but it has setup its own email system called gmail. I have signed up to test the mail system - Blogger sort of invited me to join. I am curious to find out what it is all avout. At this point I know the storage space is ca. 1 GB - enough to save all my email messages for ages to come.

I will come back to you on this subject.

Justice at last!

This is one I have been wanting to share with you for a long time: Buffalo Spammer Howard Carmack sentenced to 7 years.

What can I say??? Hurrraaaaahhhhhhh!!!

For those of you who can read Norwegian, check the story Verdens Gang aka VG ran on may 28th, 2004. For those of you who don't understand Norwegian, check this page instead.

In total this guy sent ca. 850 million spam messages to people like you and me. In addition to 7 years in jail, he was sentenced to pay Earthlink an amazing amount of $16.4 million. (Earthlink started a civil lawsuit against Mr. Carmack.) I doubt if they will ever see a penny of the money, but it sure makes me feel good. Ain't revenge sweet?

OK, so now the spamming will stop, right? Unfortunately I don't think so. Keep using your spamfilter, keep reporting the spam to your provider or Spamcop (reporting is free, though you might consider signing up for email filtering).

Have a look at eMail CRM Broadcast on how to track emails as well as their spam zombies page.

Good luck. Stay safe out there!

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Hot, hot, hot!

I like food, and I like cooking, and most of all, I like hot and spicy food. Some time back I signed up for Dave's Fiery Foods' newsletter. OK, so most people find that peppers are too hot to handle, but there are a lot of positive sides to the little red, green and yellow lovelies. Dave will tell you all about it if you sign up for his newsletter or visit his webpage.

Some peppers are hotter than others, and Dave has his own little list that classifies them as hot, hotter and better leave these alone. His profile page is updated on a regular basis.

Basically, the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is. I guess one exception to the rule is the Scotch Bonnet aka Habanero aka Mme Jeanette aka Capsicum Chinense. The size of the pepper is quite large compared to the tiny Ravit (I have not been able to find what the Latin name for it is, but I will keep searching). It looks like a miniature bell pepper, but beware! It's the hottest of all peppers!

I was invited to have dinner with some African friends, and they asked me up front if I was used to hot & spicy food. For a Norwegian I certainly am, but as I found out quite quickly, compared to these Africans, my tablespoonfull of chilipaste to go with my lunch was peanuts. I ate the food they had prepared for me, but ended up with my mouth feeling completely numb, and every time I tried to get up to move around a bit, the hot peppers would make my stomach turn and hurt like h***!

The meal was good, but at the same time the worst I have ever had! The only thing worse than this was when I figured out I'd make chili-vodka.

I took one bottle of vodka, and 5-6 Mme Jeanettes - big mistake! I poured myself a glass of pure vodka while cutting the peppers, and decided to sample the chili-vodka by putting a piece of the peppers into the glass. It tasted quite OK, and I decided to use all the peppers I had bought. I put the bottle in the cupboard for the vodka to soak up all the taste, and after about 6 weeks I decided to taste it again.

I poured myself another glass, and took a sip and another and another. I guess in total, I had had about 1 teaspoon of it before I started feeling really weird. My cheeks turned bright red, I was having problems breathing, and at a certain point I was feeling really sick. Needless to say, I found my way to the little girls' room as fast as I could. One teaspoon was all it took :-(

I ended up giving the bottle away to some people who were used to eating a lot more of these peppers than I was, and funnily enough they found it too strong to handle as well. I had suggested mixing Bloody Mary's with it, but it was way too strong. Maybe I should have kept it and used it as desinfectant?? Or even better: I should have left the vodka as it was when I bought it.

I have learnt my lesson: don't experiment with peppers. Start with the softer ones and work your way towards the stronger ones. Stop when things get too hot to handle.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Q. What is Engrish?

A. Engrish can be simply defined as the humorous English mistakes that appear in Japanese advertising and product design.

Q. Is Engrish found only in Japan?

A. No, Engrish can be found all over the world, but the vast majority of the really funny and creative Engrish is from Japan. The webmaster has seen many examples of Engrish from around the world, but most are not fit for (ie – they are not funny enough). People are invited to send in Engrish from other countries (including the US) - if some really good examples come in, will be happy to post them.

I stumbled upon a new word on that page: Praystation. This might come in handy for some people. Visit the site to learn some new words or just to get a good laugh.

To compose your own Engrish, visit the Babelfish site. Simply enter your text in English, let the program translate it to the language of your choice, and translate it back to English again. Do you still understand what you just typed?

Just for fun I entered the following:

"I promised to publish some stuff, but somehow I seem to have lost the motivation - until now. I think this is what it must be like for writers who get writer's block. You need to write something, but you don't feel like it and come up with just about any reason not to."

I chose to translate it into Portuguese and back, and the result was:

"I promised to publish some material, but in some way I seem to have lost motivation so far -. I think that this is what if it must be as for the writers who start the block of writer's. You need to write it something, but sensation of don't as it and only come above with approximately all the reason not it."

Say what??? Sounds like Engrish to me!


OK, so I changed my mind.

I promised to publish some stuff, but somehow I seem to have lost the motivation - until now. I think this is what it must be like for writers who get writer's block. You need to write something, but you don't feel like it and come up with just about any reason not to.

At this point I really feel like finishing some of those drafts I have laying around, and what happens? is down :-(

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