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the ebbs and flows of spam
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I'm sorry to say, I haven't been keeping as close track of the rises and falls of spam types as I used to do in days of yore.

In recent weeks, a rise in "strait boyz get curioz" has cropped up at rather refreshing intervals, beating "britny and pariss hilton with barn animals" and "grow your breasts 2 cup sizes!!!1!" with a big phallical stick, and no, I didn't mean that the way that sounded, though I think I read that as a spam header once. I have to admit, I'm wondering when my spam profile shifted, since the viagra ads have taken a serious upswing, to the point where they are outnumbering even the poor Catholic schoolgirls and their desire to be spanked for their naughtiness. Who have inexplicably dropped of the radar. Huh. And here I thought that one would never end, especially after that December run of four a day. Happy holiday cheer and all.

It's kinda weird. Mortgages are at all all-time low, the offer for herbal ecstacy seems to be down to less than twice a week, and no one is offering me cosmetic surgery or oral pleasure these days. I mean, don't get me wrong here, it's not like I'm mourning the days when I was *promised* multiple orgasms or unlikely Bahaman cruises or the hopes of FFF breasts, but still.

I'm no longer offered business partnerships in shady enterprises involving the Samoan islands and bank notes, no one is telling me anything about spiritual enlightenment through herbal drugs, and depressingly, I haven't been offered a larger penis in *weeks*, but a lot of people would love to point out the drunk frat boys offering their asses for alcohol.

You'd almost think someone was reading my webpage. *marvels* Go spammers! I'm officially impressed. I mean, disgusted and appalled and sickened too, and all that. Sickened. But nice job!

In theory, I should have my sense of humor back. I'd like to thank rhiannonhero for vidding "Acid", which pretty much required me to download the song, memorize, and then sing, off-key of course, as often as possible. It helps if I keep my headphones on. She and altricial are responsible for most of my musical downloads recently. It's like the most depressing playlist in history.

I have this insane urge to do karaoke right now. It's kinda scary.

I'm looking at cars and digital cameras. The car to choose is much easier, all things considered--there are entire books devoted to telling you what sort of vehicle you should own, and I'm leaning toward a 2001 Kia Sportage right now. Oh, not for any *good* reason, either. Oh no. Because it's *so cute* and there's this fabulous deal on one in San Antonio. I printed it out and taking copies to Dad and Uncle the Mechanic, since I'm not a complete idiot and I'm letting them do the final approval stuff. Well, assuming the bank loans me money. I mean, these days, anything could happen.

The camera thing is more tricky. I have no idea what is actually practical. Asking Grandfather is just a bad idea. He's a professional, so his idea of necessary and mine are like, polar opposites. His idea of use and quality minimums start around the thousand dollar range for *basics*. I printed out a ton of stuff from Dell--all I want is functional, interfacing decently with my computer, and easy to fit in my backpack. Hardy would be good, too. And works. And won't cost as much as tuition.

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I've decided that if you finish Stumble and Fall, I'll write a sequel and make Joanie show up. Five minutes from now I will probably lose interest in this, though, so don't take this decision too seriously. But at this particular second, I'm totally excited about the idea.

You are the biggest tease I know of.

Christ. I'd have to finish it tonight to get this, wouldn't I?


Let me *think*.


I think I'm going to shower, and get dressed, and go buy some caffeine. But I'll be back, and I'll be up late...

What is your price limit on the cameras? I got one for work that i find to be pretty good - it also allows me to take short vidieos and it was well under $500.00 even after I bought the 256 MB of extra memory so that I can now take a few hundred pictures before it runs out of space.

If you want all the details I'll be happy to send them to you.

Two hundred at upper minimum. I just want to take pictures and I want it to require less than a major in computer science to use.

*g* I'm *easy*.

Send send send!

Your spam ebb and flow discussion had me choking on chicken and salsa. ;)

Ohh, but be CAREFUL if you go with the Kia. Kia's have one of the most awful wear and tear reputations - just do NOT hold up. My mom works for the law firm that represents them. Let's just say there's a LOT of cases against them.

My spam is fascinating. I completely forgot the sudden bursts of offers of vicadin and other scripts. By the tens, then drop off for a few weeks, then days of it again.

*grins* The porn ones are more intersting, though. I always wonder who clicks on those.

Okay, now you've made me nervous about the Kia....

*mulls* Perhaps I shall read more first.

Go to dpreviews.com

Very Helpful. The do some reading on epinion.com and maybe Amazon.com reviews.

Lastly for a good price try pricegrabbers.com and also look at Gateway & Dell. They both sell digital cameras. Oh yeah also check the manufactors websites in case they have rebates or special deal going.

Think I shop online too much maybe?

Re: the camera thing

ooh, you read my mind. I was using the dell website to look at what they had, and that's what I ended up pritning out. I used them as reference to look at Wal-Mart, and so far, Dell has better deals.

I din't think about gateway, though. That should be my second stop.

And online shopping *rocks*. Muchly.

Re: the camera thing

Glad it helped.

But check out dpreviews, they have a self test that will help you decide on your camera needs *& they have user reviews.

Jenn, I sent you an e-mail but it bounced back -- "permanent fatal errors." Any idea why, or what I should do? If not, I'll wait till tomorrow and try again.

No, my server just--upgraded for a few hours, if what tech support told me is correct. It should be working now.

I can only imagine what I missed in email and cower in worry. *sighs* but send again??????

I'm very, very bored. *pouts*

you're right. The spam has more or less stopped. I used to get more than 100 spam every day, pretty evenly spread between (1) refinance my house, (2) enlarge my penis, (3) by viagra, and (4) look at girls. I'm mostly getting drugs from Canada now.

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