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November 17, 2007

Loser of phone

Rob @ 12:23 PM

This morning I received the following spam in my inbox:

From: "Donald Newsome" <>
Subject: danger
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 15:18:30 +0200

I am working in a detective agency. My name is not important now.
I'm warning you that i'm going to watch you and listen your telephone line.
Do you want to know who is the customer? Expect my next message.

P.S. Of course, you don't believe me. But i think the tape of your conversation will change your point. The tape is in archive. Archive password is 123qwe

Attached was, of course, a .rar file containing a virus.

Not only is that a particularly odd spam (at least in my opinion) but the telephone line angle reminds me how I not only no longer have a telephone line, I've been living without my mobile phone for a couple of weeks. It's funny - initially, I figured I'd just go without while I save up to get another, but as it turns out, in many ways I haven't actually missed it at all.

I was a seriously late adopter when it came to mobile phones - I only got myself one in 2004 or 2005. It was freaky how quickly I got used to having that chunk of plastic hooked to my belt, and how quickly I got used to being instantly able to contact or be contacted. All my life I've treasured me-time where I would deliberately leave the house without telling anyone where I could be contacted, but suddenly it felt weird for me not to have my phone on me, to have moments when I'm actually out of touch. Whenever my phone would die in the past, I'd sometimes even blog about it as though it were a major blog-worthy event along the lines of a friend getting sick or the completion of a silly Livejournal survey.

My mobile had also entirely replaced payphones, which were once such an endless source of wonder and entertainment for me. It had replaced the need for me to carry a watch, and I'd always loved carrying a pocket watch. I had even gotten myself hooked on the cheesy games in the thing, to the point where I'm still feeling the urge to play too-small-to-see solitaire, chess, or Tetris when waiting for a bus, instead of my old pastimes of reading a paperback, traffic-watching, or (gasp!) talking to people.

That's right - having a phone on me stopped me from talking to people.

I still occasionally feel the spot on my hip where my phone used to hang buzz as though I'm getting a call every so often. It's like a phantom limb pain. And that's creepy.

So, I've decided that I'll probably continue to go without a phone for the time being, just to see how easy it will be for me to re-adapt. I'm still contactable via voice on Skype (username rob_t_firefly) and I'm considering setting up a paying account with them so I can make outgoing phone calls when I'm home. I'm still Rob T Firefly on AIM, or on Google Talk. And for the moments when I'm not logged into any of that stuff - good old-fashioned email is always welcome, and pretty much always on when I'm at home.

Just don't send me .rar files containing viruses.

November 15, 2007

Image quiz

Rob @ 4:23 PM

Another survey swiped from Snowgrouse...

1. Take your answer to each question and type it into Google Image Search
2. Post one of the images from the first page of results.

(In order to be less evil, I won't hotlink them.. I'll just hyperlink the images directly.)

01. The age you will be on your next birthday:

02. A Place You'd like to Travel:

03. Your Favorite Place:

04. Your Favorite Object:

05. Your Favorite Food:

06. Your Favorite Animal:

07. Your Favorite Colour:

08. The town in which you were born:

09. The town in which you live:

10. The first name of a past love:

11. Name of a past pet:

12. Best friend's nickname:
Heh, that's her and I.

13. Your nickname/screenname:
Heh, that's me and my best friend.

14. Your first name:
And he owns you. How many gadgets can be simultaneously ultimately cool and completely useless?

15. Your middle name:
Or, at least, it will be once I get around to filing a name change that labels me legally as the luminous bug I am.

16. Your surname:
On the whole, there are worse people to share a name with.

17. A bad habit of yours:

18. Your first job:
Poor kid looks like someone sat on him already.

19. Your grandmother's name:
That's not her, though.

20. Your major in college:
Never went.

November 13, 2007

Save the Hotel via Social Networking

Rob @ 1:48 AM

Grey and I are doing the MySpace.

Go add it if you're into that sort of thing.

November 12, 2007

So this is what 30 looks like.

Rob @ 11:45 PM

Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone!

November 11, 2007


Rob @ 6:47 PM

50-question survey swiped from sam42 and Snowgrouse...

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
None of them are especially fun.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Probably a local diner.

3. Do you regret losing your virginity to who you lost it to?

4. If you could go back and change one thing what would it be?
My answer to question 4.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
Miss Thompson. Just had a dream about her last night, oddly enough.

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
It's daytime, so I'd rather be asleep.

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
That was all over the scale, but usually involved movies or performing.

8. How many colleges did you attend?
Technically none. While I've enjoyed the facilities at a few, it was purely on a sneaking-in basis.

9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
It's this shirt. I bought it because I thought it was funny, and I'm a fan of the artist.

10. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
I don't drive, but I do pay the inflated prices for heat, transit, and so on which result from the gas prices. However, if that's what it takes to get people onto something more sustainable and out of oil wars, then I'm all for it in the long run.

11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you where would it be?
I always felt I'd be most comfortable either in the thick of a big, crowded city, or as a hermit out in the middle of nature. Either way, I'd probably just bring my cat.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
No alarm, but I wanted a piece of the chocolate cake I'd dreamt about.

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I fell asleep listening to Queen music, so it was probably about that.

14. Favorite underwear?
Right now my favorites are a pair of boxers covered in bright yellow smiley faces.

15. How many windows are open on your computer?
Too many.

16. What errand/chore do you despise?
Cat boxes.

17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer?
I do have to work and I still volunteer.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep in. I'm very nocturnal.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
Far too many to choose from. Off the top of my head: Killface, Gir, Strongbad, Captain Murphy, Daffy Duck (pre-Chuck Jones,) Weebl and Bob, Gogo Dodo, the Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Homsar, Mark Hamill's Joker, Insanity Prawn Boy, and more.

20. Favorite thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
That would be telling.

21. Have you found real love yet?

22. When did you first start feeling old?
I've always felt old.

23. Favorite 80's movie?
Once again, too many. Off the top of my head again: Back to the Future, The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beetlejuice, Airplane!, and more.

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
Roast beef, rare.

25. What do you get every time you go into Costco?
A new ID card. I keep losing my one.

26. Beach or lake?
Beaches are awesome.

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Marriage itself isn't, as lots of people can do well with it. However, the attitude that it's something one has to do is way outdated, and sadly results in people jumping into it purely because they're seeing the thing itself as a goal. Additionally, the attitude that a marriage ending in divorce is somehow a "failure" is similarly outdated. People change, they can gow apart just as easily as closer, and marriage should never be something that people who aren't happy together stay locked in "just because."

28. Do you own property?
For my sins.

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
The cheesy New York City tourism stuff that locals are supposed to look down upon. I still like New Years Eve in Times Square, the top of the Empire State Building, the Ghostbusters firehouse, and so on. So there!

30. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
There isn't any that I didn't delete after the breakup.

31. What's your drink?
Orange juice, always.

32. Cowboys or Indians?
I'll have to go with Sam and Snowgrouse and say PIRATE NINJAS.

33. Cops or robbers?
Depends on the cop, or the robber.

34. Who from high school would you like to run in to?
That Guy Matt. Get in touch, dammit!

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
No car. My Internet is usually tuned to Radio Paradise.

36. Norm or Cliff?
The best part of Cheers was the old-fashioned artwork and stuff behind the theme song and opening titles. I'd watch that, and then switch over when that bunch of rubbish about some boring people at a bar who seemed to wish they were on Taxi came on.

37. 'The Cosby Show' or 'The Simpsons'?

38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
None, they all had their lessons.

39. Do you like the person that sits directly across from you at work?
Across from me is a high-traffic hallway. If anyone I worked with were the type of person to sit down in the middle of a high-traffic hallway, I would immediately like them.

40. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Iron Chef Morimoto.

41. Indoors or outdoors?
Both. I like doorways.

42. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
I've crashed many bicycles. I've also been in a few cab accidents.

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

44. Last book you read?
Last week I finished "The Highest Science" and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three."

I'm now reading "Love and War" and "Bored of the Rings."

45. Do you have a teddy bear?
No, but there is a stuffed eyeball about a foot in diameter which hangs out on my bed, and various other plushes scattered around the place.

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
I used to brush my shed baby teeth one last time before putting them under my pillow, so I'll have to say "in my hands."

47. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
I have some friends out there I'd love to be able to visit one day.

48. Do you go to church?
Every time I'm outdoors. There's also a little church my coven runs.

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
Depends on the career and/or the relationship.

50. How old are you?
I'll be 30 tomorrow.

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