Archive for May, 2008

A scam I hadn’t seen before…

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Email received this morning:



I felt very sorry and bad for you, that your life is going to end like this if you don’t comply, i was paid to eliminate you and I have to do it  within10 days.  Someone you call your friend wants you dead by all means, and the person havespent a lot of money on this, the person also came to us and told us that he wants you dead at any cost.

Meanwhile, I have sent my men to track you down and they have carried out all the necessary investigation needed for the operation, but I ordered them to stop for a while and not to strike immediately because I just felt something good and sympathetic about you. I decided to contact you first and know why somebody will want you dead by all means. Right now my men are monitoring you, their eye sare on you, and even the place you think is safer for you to hide might not be. Now do you want to LIVE OR DIE? It is up to you. Get back to me now if you are ready to enter deal with me, I mean life trade, who knows, and I might just spear your life, $12,000 is all you need to spend.

You will first of all pay $4,000 then I will send the tape of the person that want you dead to you and when the tape gets to you, you will pay the remaining $8,000. If you are not ready for my help, then I will have no choice but to carry on the assignment after all I have already being paid before now.

Warning: Do not think of contacting the police or even tell anyone because I will extend it to any member of your family espacialy the childrens since you are aware that somebody wants you dead, and the person knows some members of your family as well. For your own good I will advise you not to go out once is 7pm until I make out time to see you and give you the tape of my discussion with the person who want you dead then you can use it to take any legal action.

Good luck as I await your reply to this e-mail contact:

Mr.Anthonio Benito.


I sent it to the information tech folks and campus police, not that it’s likely either of them can do anything about it  I see that there are other copies of this out on the web, but it is a new scam variation to me.

I wonder if threats work better than playing to greed?  Which is more likely to succeed, this or the Nigerian bank scam?

Another trip to Family Friendly Farm

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

So, as mentioned previously, I’ve quit eating confinement-raised animals this year. And as also previously mentioned, I’ve been buying chicken from Family Friendly Farm over near Oriole, MO. This spring I put in an order and put down a deposit on 30 chickens, half a hog, and a turkey. Yesterday was the first day I was scheduled to pick up some of the chickens, so I drove to Oriole with a cooler or two, and pulled up at the farm.

First thing I saw were the puppies — their dog had a litter early in the spring, and they’re trying to sell pups. We don’t need another dog.

Puppies at Family Friendly Farm

Although I must admit the mother does a great job of watching over chickens, etc.

Anyway, after I’d parked, Matt came out and we went to his processing shed, where I helped him bag 15 chickens. They’d slaughtered them on Friday morning. Matt tells me they had five people working, and killed, gutted, plucked, and iced down 350 chickens in a morning. I had planned to come then, as Matt said I could have as many chicken livers as I wanted for free if I would fish them out myself, but I had to teach a workshop and couldn’t make it.

Anyway, I got my chickens ($2.10 a pound, including the discounts for pre-ordering and picking up on scheduled day), and loaded them in the car. On the way out I took a few pics of the newest batch of chicks, now about 2 or 3 weeks old.

Chicks at Family Friendly Farm

Yeah, they’re awfully cute, and here I’m planning to eat them.  Still, they are running around loose in a nice grassy place, so I think it’s ethically preferable.  My friend Sarah, who is a vegan, says my current eating habits are worse than just buying Wal-Mart chickens that have been raised in boxes, because I’m just trying to assuage my conscience.  I say she’s killing defenseless plants all the time, and it’s just kingdom chauvinism.

I took my chickens home and froze 4 of them whole for roasting later.  The other 11 I cut up and froze in bags of sorted pieces — boneless skinless breasts, thighs, drumsticks, a big bag of wings, and several large bags of backs, necks, and bones for making stock.   Tonight we’re going to have Hannah’s favorite, chicken puff pastry.

Hannah is a bridesmaid

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Well, actually Maid of Honor, if you insist. Hannah’s friend Megan got married yesterday, and Hannah flew in from Boston for the event. The wedding was in Union, MO, southwest of St. Louis, and Robin and I drove up yesterday afternoon; Hannah had gone up with Megan’s mother on Thursday for the dress rehearsal and stayed up there.

Here Hannah and I are at the reception, looking Blue Steel:

Megan's Wedding

And here’s Robin when we were killing time between the wedding and reception, at the Missouri river waterfront in Washington, MO:

Waterfront at Washington MO

I am the coolest kid on the block

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

The DavidHasselhoff5 gang meet every Wednesday night at 10 PM at Burritoville to ride bikes and drink beer.  I’ve only been once before — last Halloween, in a little black dress.   Last night it was finally warm out, and I decided it was time to debut the Spoke POV.   This is a set of printed circuit boards that go in the bike wheel, and have a row of leds on each side that light up in a pattern that makes a picture when the wheel goes around.  You connect them with a USB cable to your computer and upload whatever pic you like, although there aren’t that many pixels, so simplicity is the key.  I put in a cat:

Cat for Spoke POV

Needless to say, it was an enormous hit with the other kids.  As a plus, I’m visible from space.

Yes, this is my midlife crisis.  It’s cheaper than a sportscar or a mistress.