Out of the Blue

That 'I send this file' worm seems worse every day, 80% of my personal mail this morning was of that variety. They'd be easy enough to filter straight to the trash since they all have the same body text, but I have to admit a strange fascination with the random subject lines (I think my favorite of today was "Apparatus Diagram")... it's probably just me. Meanwhile, I imagine at least one person out there has had an important email ignored by someone, having sent along something like a resume to a friend asking them to take a look at it, only to have it promptly deleted.

Happy birthday Monica Lewinsky (thanks Chris Morris), esses (wherever you are), and Imus in the Morning.

Link of the Day: 1.0 404 error. One of the best 404s I can recall ever. Thanks MikeyJ.
Bonus Link: Humanspellcheck.com. Thanks Ant.
Story of the Day: The man who fell to Earth (smh.com.au). Thanks Dasein. This one is quite fascinating, but sad rather than funny.
Quote of the Day: Sen. Clinton Commits Verbal Gaffe. From President Senator Clinton.

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Link of the Day
Nov 13, 2002, 03:56
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Link of the Day Nov 13, 2002, 03:56
Nov 13, 2002, 03:56
 
There I was, looking through my weblogs, checking on referring pages, then I find I've had a few hits from "www.bluesnews.com." I had never heard of the site, to be honest. Took me a minute to notice I got "Link of the Day." With my error page, no less! Mad props to you guys, I can only return the favor. And MikeyJ, if it's the guy I know as "MikeJ," mad props to you as well.

-Josh X
http://joshx.indiegroup.com

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Re: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Jul 24, 2001, 02:05
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Re: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition! Jul 24, 2001, 02:05
Jul 24, 2001, 02:05
 
The Inquisition, what a show
The Inquisition, here we go
We know you're wishin', that we'd go away
But the Inquisition's here and it's here to stay!

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The man who fell to Earth
Jul 24, 2001, 01:51
anon@24.248
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The man who fell to Earth Jul 24, 2001, 01:51
Jul 24, 2001, 01:51
anon@24.248
 
Sad. Fascinating, but sad. I hate reading stuff like this.
Anybody else notice that Humanspellcheck.com referenced the article?
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Re: The man who fell to Earth
Jul 23, 2001, 23:38
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Re: The man who fell to Earth Jul 23, 2001, 23:38
Jul 23, 2001, 23:38
 
Movie references include Commando (Arnold exits a plane from the landing gear and falls into a swamp) And Con Air (except this guy didn't survive either - and when Nicholas Cage finds him he writes a "Help" message on his shirt and drops him out of the plane - how's that for ingenuity?)

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Re: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Jul 23, 2001, 22:50
anon@64.218
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Re: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition! Jul 23, 2001, 22:50
Jul 23, 2001, 22:50
anon@64.218
 
Our chief weapon is fear.
Fear and Surprise.
Our TWO chief weapons are fear and surprise, and ruthless efficiency!
Our THREE chief weapons are fear and surprise and ruthless efficiency, and a fanatical devotion to the Pope!
Our FOUR...
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Man who fell to Earth
Jul 23, 2001, 22:37
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Man who fell to Earth Jul 23, 2001, 22:37
Jul 23, 2001, 22:37
 
Yes sorry if I brought down anyone's day, it was a bit grim, but very interesting reading. And as has been said, it makes you realise how lucky you have it. I've had a whole bunch of crap go wrong in my life over the last few months, but things could be a whole lot worse.

hey has anyone seen the David Bowie movie of the same name? Did anyone else find it profoundly strange and quite boring?

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Re: The man who fell to earth
Jul 23, 2001, 20:16
anon@24.190
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Re: The man who fell to earth Jul 23, 2001, 20:16
Jul 23, 2001, 20:16
anon@24.190
 
"... his limbs were grotesquely misshapen, and the pool of lumpy liquid in which he was lying was not vomit, but the man's spilt brains."

Well isn't that nice?

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Sen. Clinton
Jul 23, 2001, 20:05
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Sen. Clinton Jul 23, 2001, 20:05
Jul 23, 2001, 20:05
 
Despite what she said, she most likely IS considering running for President in the next election. I learned this in my political science class, its a political liability for a Senator or Governor to announce they are considering running for President until its like a year or so before the election.

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Re: The man who fell to Earth
Jul 23, 2001, 19:45
anon@24.18
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Re: The man who fell to Earth Jul 23, 2001, 19:45
Jul 23, 2001, 19:45
anon@24.18
 
Well, I'm guessing some of the earliest pressurized planes from the 40's MAY have had the wheels retract into the pressure vessel of the plane (I'm thinking the nosewheel on the Boeing Stratocruiser maybe?), but who could possibly squeeze into the tight compartment.

The 777 has a monstrous main gear, with 6 tires on each bogie- I'll bet our stowaway had a shit when he saw those things retracting. He probably got crushed, but we won't know unless someone posts the followup autopsy (I know modern forensics can tell the difference between a death caused by crushing by a plane landing gear and the damage caused on a body from the fall).

I couldn't help but think of my B-17 II missions when I have to lighten the load just to attempt an emergency crash-landing by jettisoning my bomb load.

Bombardier: Bomb doors full open!
(BA Pilot: Landing gear down!)

Bombardier: Bombs away!
(BA Stowawap: [drop])

I found it a bit amusing from the story as well when the reporter said "well all the planes on this approach lower their gear at the same point, so the bodies would pretty much always fall in this car park". Oh shit- duck for cover, here comes another stowaway!
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Re: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Jul 23, 2001, 18:34
WarPig
 
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Re: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition! Jul 23, 2001, 18:34
Jul 23, 2001, 18:34
 WarPig
 
Dinsdale?

Avatar 1750
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Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Jul 23, 2001, 18:16
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Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition! Jul 23, 2001, 18:16
Jul 23, 2001, 18:16
 
How's that?

-jason
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Imus
Jul 23, 2001, 14:23
anon@24.18
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Imus Jul 23, 2001, 14:23
Jul 23, 2001, 14:23
anon@24.18
 
Noticed the birthday message.

I've listened to him almost daily for the past 7 years and he's just not as funny as he was. No more vicious song parodies, nothing thats not PC. It seems like he's just going thru the motions to grab a check now. Time to retire I think
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e-mail filtering
Jul 23, 2001, 12:30
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e-mail filtering Jul 23, 2001, 12:30
Jul 23, 2001, 12:30
 
ok, full disclosure, I work for Pocomail.
But I think you should give it a try for your e-mail needs. The junkmail filtering would stop those virus laden messages from being downloaded off the server in the first place. www.pocomail.com
Anyway..that's all I'm going to say. You guys will probably accuse me of spamming the message board now

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404
Jul 23, 2001, 12:15
anon@151.200
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404 Jul 23, 2001, 12:15
Jul 23, 2001, 12:15
anon@151.200
 
They spelled "incompetence" wrong. Ahh, the irony.
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Weird scenes from the gold mine
Jul 23, 2001, 11:36
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Weird scenes from the gold mine Jul 23, 2001, 11:36
Jul 23, 2001, 11:36
 
> Meanwhile, I imagine at least one person out there has
> had an important email ignored by someone, having sent
> along something like a resume to a friend asking them to
> take a look at it, only to have it promptly deleted.

Which is why I always create witty or clever subject lines. An old roomate of mine who now lives out of state corresponds with me by email and we have a sort of unspoken contest going on to try and top each others subject lines. Lately I've been using somewhat obscure song lyrics, like the subject of this message...though its not that obscure.

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Lord Dakushna

"Laugh while you can Monkey Boy!" - John Lithgow in Buckaroo Bonzai
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Re: The man who fell to Earth
Jul 23, 2001, 10:16
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Re: The man who fell to Earth Jul 23, 2001, 10:16
Jul 23, 2001, 10:16
 
Toy Story 2



My e. coli cures cancer!
Playing with yeast to help you live longer!
My e. coli cures cancer!
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Re: The man who fell to Earth
Jul 23, 2001, 09:54
anon@64.218
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Re: The man who fell to Earth Jul 23, 2001, 09:54
Jul 23, 2001, 09:54
anon@64.218
 
Commando...
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The man who fell to Earth
Jul 23, 2001, 09:15
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The man who fell to Earth Jul 23, 2001, 09:15
Jul 23, 2001, 09:15
 
Regarding the unfortunate misconception that the landing gear cavity somehow leads into the plane, I know I've seen at least one movie where characters enter/exit a plane this way, but can't remember which. Anyone know any references of such an impossible act?

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The man who fell to earth
Jul 23, 2001, 08:01
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The man who fell to earth Jul 23, 2001, 08:01
Jul 23, 2001, 08:01
 
I think you summed it up perfectly Blue - fascinating, and sad rather than funny... it's amazing how much we take the lifestyle we have for granted - most of us are never driven to do anything much more extreme than drive to the supermarket for more munchies. Thanks for sharing that (somewhat more serious than usual) link. It's certainly given me something to think about.

Rolphus


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