Off curse

The latest spamarista to tug on my heartstrings:

This is not spam/junk so if you seriously care about your future
kindly remove it to your inbox stay posted to what we offer for you as
we are here just for your help
Not long ago was where you are right now.
Anxious to change your life.
Ready to take action to start making money online.
So, I did what any self-respecting new entrepreneur would do…
Instead of taking action… instead of going, going, going…
I distracted myself with more research. Heck, I could have studied for months…
You see, FEAR was holding me back.
FEAR was preventing me from taking action. FEAR was the block that sat in front of my goals.
Guys, want to know what will always cut fear down to size?
Deliberate, calculated, full guns blazing ACTION!
And once you start, there will be no stopping you.
Take action now by requesting your next success path to clone . It’s pretty awesome!
Actions speak,

Start Winning,
I want you to have the privilege and opportunity to live exactly how you want.
This site will help you to find that life.
It’s pretty quick — but life-changing — take look now!
Make the move,
This website will put you in motion towards making money online.
I know it works. I know it’s so worth it.
Expect great things, Don’t miss it!

Because I know it’s hard to trust anyone online nowadays
Others can fake reviews and Testimonials we all know the web full of scams
but the best thing is that you try our services yourself
so i will make it easy on you on 50% rule
i mean you send me 50% from the course price
than send me the other 50% after you get your download links
off curse your fully protected by 30 days money back grantee in the
safest money handling site in the world PayPal

Pay 50% now 50% after you Get it
Kindly inviting you to visit


Feel Free Requesting Any Course
Even If Not Listed In Our Site
Just Tell Us What Course Name And
What Do You Like To Pay For It
Will Give You Unbeatable Prices

YOU + [REDACTED] = Better Together

feel free telling us what price you have in mind
i will give you bundle offer if you pick more than one course
just Send us your requests
Good Luck
remember I’m only her to help you make more of yourself :-)
Awaiting your requests
Your reliable friend

P.S. Time is of the essence on this one because this offer will end soon
Just in case you feel like we wasted your precious time sorry to disturb you my friend
Do not worry you will never hear from me again if you click the unsubscribe url below each message
Just kindly accept my invitation and visit [REDACTED]
Its group buy site where you can get any digital product for next than nothing
Nothing to lose and much to win

This quintain sent me over the edge: “Feel Free Requesting Any Course/Even If Not Listed In Our Site/Just Tell Us What Course Name And/What Do You Like To Pay For It/Will Give You Unbeatable Prices” I’m trying to decide between five bucks’ worth of Feynman on physics or Wittgenstein on philosophy.

I won!

Oh, no, I only came in second.

Through the transom today (blocked, actually, by my ISP’s glitchy spam filters):

SERIAL NUMBER: 99352748-2020

The entire Facebook team are very happy to inform you that your name appeared on the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY and we are giving out the total sum of US$2,000,000.00 (Two Million UNITED STATE DOLLARS) which is what you have just won.

Your name was selected in a raffle that was made for the FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY for the year 2020 with the lucky number (FB-225-7736) so we need your fast response so that we can proceed with the claim process of your winnings.

Your name was selected by Mr Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook (Founder & Chief Executive Officer ). The promotion was made to make all Facebook users to benefit from the profit the company made while they use Facebook, Facebook is the first and ever largest means of meeting both old and new friends, the promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to visitors on our site and also to help people to fight off poverty and to maintain a good standard of living, kindly contact Mr. Thomas Charles the Facebook Promo Coordinator and appointed as your claims officer via this email ([REDACTED]) immediately with the following information about you below:

Full Name:
Residential Address:
Private Mobile Number:
Date Of Birth

As soon as he gets your email with all the information stated above he will tell you on what next to do as regards the claiming and receiving of your winnings of US$2,000,000.00

Congratulations to you again on your winnings in the Facebook Promo 2020, we do hope you be among the lucky winners of the 2021 Lottery

Note: For security reasons and due to the mix-up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this notification strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non-participants of this program. BE WARNED


Oops, sorry about not keeping “this notification strictly from public notice…”

I love how the winning ticket number in the header doesn’t match the one in the body.

Does this mean that I have to sign up for Facebook now?

Environmental fastid?

This week’s winner of the clumsy spam scam:



That stray “}” just melts my heart. And who knew that Interpol was investigating works of art?

indignation and disappointment

Solicitations to improve the search engine performance of A Honey of an Anklet usually get one of two dispositions: skim and toss, or toss. But today’s entreaty from “Mary Smith” has something special about it.

Subject: Do You want to rank in any search engine?


My name is Mary, and I’m an SEO Specialist

A large portion of the individuals share their indignation and disappointment once they get my email. In any case, let me give you how there are such a large number of bugs (like broken connections, pages that returned 4XXstatus code upon demand, pictures with no ALT content, pages with no meta depiction tag, not having a one of a kind meta portrayal, having a too-long title,etc.), found in

I have an immense master bunch that can fix all the above issues rapidly at a sensible expense. I guarantee you will see an extreme change in your Google look for situating once these are fixed.

If you are Interested I’d be happy to send you NoObligation Audit Report for your site, our pack, assessing and past work nuances, if you’d like to review our work.

We could chop down that cost and not choose quality!

Waiting for your response!!!

Kind Regards,

Mary Smith! (Web optimization Specialist)

Note: Reply back with us “Interested” or engage me to sent you No Obligation Audit Report for your site.

Well, maybe “Mary” is more skillful at SEO than she is at English. I am not sure that I want to encounter her “immense master bunch.” It was “We could chop down that cost and not choose quality!” that won over my Grinchy cynical heart.

It was the engineering

The irritating canard about Metro service to Georgetown, exploded one more time: “How the urban legend of Georgetown residents halting a Metro stop came to be,” by Topher Mathews.

I researched the archives of the Washington Post and the Washington Star, looking for contemporaneous mentions of local opposition to a Metro stop in Georgetown. Throughout the period of the planning of Metro (i.e. the 1960s through to the system’s opening in 1976), I could not find one example.


Nikhil Sonnad, Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason:

[Facebook] has its own grand project—to turn the human world into one big information system. This is, it goes without saying, nowhere near as terrible as the project of the thousand-year Reich. But the fundamental problem is the same: an inability to look at things from the other fellow’s point of view, a disconnect between the human reality and the grand project.

No thanks

Elizabeth G. Knight, writing in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club, 11:11/12 (November-December 1884), p. 134:

Salisburia adiantifolia Smith. [a synonym for Ginkgo biloba] — Although it has been known for several years that the ginkgo fruits abundantly each year in Central Park, yet, as a recent copy of Henderson’s “Handbook of Plants” states, that “there has been no fruit borne in this country,” and as Josiah Hoopes in “The Book of Evergreens” does not note the fruiting of any of the trees he knows, I venture to say to all who are interested in seeing the fruit and desire to obtain specimens that they will be supplied upon application to me at the Normal College, N. Y. City.

Smart animals

Netting bats on the ashes of a Staten Island landfill, from Laura Bliss.

A lot of New Yorkers still think of Freshkills as a dump, [Danielle Fibikar] says, even though it’s coming back to life. The place is misunderstood, sort of like the bats.

“There’s a lot of stuff people don’t pay attention to in this city,” she says. “I think they’re scared of what they don’t know.”

Alas, the story is marred by a copy editing blunder:

In New York City, where nine species of bats are known to migrate during the summer, a single little brown bat is capable of devouring up to 100 percent of its body weight in insects, a diet that includes mosquitoes.

Devouring up to 100 per cent of its body weight… per day? per minute? per fortnight?