End of the pinnipeds…

When Don Henley’s “End of the Innocence” was popular, I kept trying to
write an “end of the pinnipeds” parody re dolphins being caught in
tuna traps, mistakenly thinking dolphins were pinnipeds.

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Unreal Reality for Parks and Recreation

On more than one occassion, a character on Parks and Recreation has
threatened to lie under oath to manipulate another character.

The problem? There’s a camera right there, recording both the truth
and the threat!

The manipulated character could easily subpoena the reality show to
obtain the incriminating footage.

(I realize Parks and Recreation is actually a comedy, not a reality
show, but it poses as a reality show)

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Like Trillian, like Dax

An episode of ST:DS9 shows Dax having difficulty lifting heavy cups
for Worf’s mother as part of a Klingon marriage ritual.

This may be a reference to the difficulty Sandra Dickinson (Trillian
on the TV version of HHGTG) had lifting heavy cups in a scene onboard
the Heart of Gold.

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We now Paas for station acquisition

A recent episode of 30 Rock had Alec Baldwin’s character (Jack
Doneghy) hoping that PAAS would buy CableTown. Of course, PAAS isn’t
actually a company, so this is impossible… as a PAAS representative
confirmed via email:

Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 08:11:58 -0400
From: SignatureBrands@signaturebrands.com
To: paas@barrycarter.info
Subject: PAAS

That is correct. PAAS is a brand owned by Signature Brands, LLC. and is not capable of purchasing other companies as is portrayed in 30 Rock

Thank you,
Signature Brands, LLC
Consumer Relations
Melissa Garcia

> A recent episode of “30 Rock” had Alex Baldwin’s character
> wishing that PAAS had purchased CableTown, the (fictious) company
> his character works for.

> To confirm, this would be impossible in real life, since PAAS
> isn’t an independent company, but rather a holding of Signature
> Brands, correct?

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Null showerhead

I think my showerhead needs a “null” setting so I can turn off the
water while lathering up.

Turning off the water entirely and then turning it back on doesn’t
work as well.

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Circle in the (Greek) sand?

Everytime I hear the Bangles’ “Circle in the Sand”, I think of Archimedes.

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FoxTrot crossword answer

Answers to: http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2007/02/18

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Open letter to free email providers

[I’ve actually sent this via fax and email to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, no reply yet]

As you know, many 419 (advance fee fraud) scammers use your service to communicate with potential victims.

In other words, scammers use both your email addresses to receive
replies, and your SMTP servers to send email.

I know that you shut down these addresses when they’re reported, and
was wondering if you could take one additional step.

After these account are closed, could you go through the scammer’s
“sent mail” and inform all potential victims about 419 scams?

I believe this wouldn’t violate your privacy policy, since it
explicitly deals with criminal activity.

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Long conversation between scammers

[This was originally posted at 419eater.com before I was banned there
(for reasons best left unexplored <G>). A 419 scam is when
someone offers to send you a lot of money [lottery, inheritance, found
money, etc] for a small amount of money [eg, fees, bribe costs,
“shipping and handling”, etc]. Any such offer is a scam: you will send
the money, and never get anything back in return]

I set up a plivo.com number to forward to a known scammer while
recording the call, and then asked other known scammers to call that
number. Here is the 16m21s recording (the target scammer knows the
person calling is a fellow scammer):

[let me know if you can help me transcribe this]

The call resulted from this letter that I’d sent to many known scammers:

From: John Smith Attorney at Law
To: {recipient address}
Subject: Please call me at home

I am an attorney, but I do not want to handle this through my office,
given the amount involved.

Could you call me at my home phone +1-602-354-{my plivo.com bait
number, which forwards to +19376198458, recording the entire
conversation as it does}

Please do not contact me at my office email again, this is not
something I want to share with my partners.

Thank you, John Smith (Atty at Law, Lices. AZ)

[yes, “Lices. AZ” is a cheap shot at Arizona]

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Tip: use stickynumber.com and flextel.com to screw 419 scammers

[This was originally posted at 419eater.com before I was banned there
(over a misunderstanding involving sheep <G>). A 419 scam is when
someone offers to send you a lot of money [lottery, inheritance, found
money, etc] for a small amount of money [eg, fees, bribe costs,
“shipping and handling”, etc]. Any such offer is a scam: you will send
the money, and never get anything back in return]

419 scammers will often ask to call you, so they can convince you to
send them money.

Using stickynumber.com or flextel.com, you can obtain a completely
free +44-70 telephone number (+44 = United Kingdom country code, 70 =
area code inside the United Kingdom).

You can reroute this number to many locations (including your Google
voice number or to another scammer for example), or even just send it
to voicemail.

You can then ask the scammers to call this number.

The catch: when someone calls a +44-70 number, the *caller* is charged
for the call, not the receiver.

You can use this method to drain scammer’s cell phone credits and/or money.

Some scammers know about this trick (and use it themselves when giving
you their contact info), but some will fall for it.

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