Jul 10, 2010 - Blue Dog    Comments Off

Living with Your Parents: Episode 143

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My dad has always been a “TV Talker –He has always talked back to the TV–and at 84 his skill is as sharp as Number 2 pencil run through an electric pencil sharpener twice

He’s Crow T Robot (Mystery Science Theater 3000) without the commercial breaks. If he was in a movie theater, he’d be annoying, but home in the living room he makes bad TV worth watching.

Today he’s watching a truly terrible British Hammer film “Quatermass and the Pit”. From the other room I hear his running commentary:

“Don’t go in there, you asshole. You’ll meet up with the aliens”

“(Alan Quartermain) “I’m very disappointed in this” (Dad) “We are too!”

“Hey, it’s 50 millions years BC? And they have a spaceship made out of plastic? Where do you get a spaceship like that 50 million years ago?”

“How do you know they’re Martians? How do you know they’re not from Pluto?”

“With hands like that, how can they drive a rocket?”

This isn’t “ha ha wink wink” stuff, just an old, blue collar guy having a conversation with his best pal, Mr. Television–and it’s very entertaining.

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Is Amazon getting sloppy about your privacy?

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Amazon.com asked me to verify my email address for something called “Amazon Delivers” a kind of opt-in spam delivery service sponsored by Amazon. I’m not an opt-in kind of person. I didn’t ask for it. According to my Amazon communication settings, I do “do not have any Amazon.com Delivers e-mail subscriptions as yet” and I can’t get any until I opt-in. Fine and dandy, says I.

What’s confusing me is that Amazon’s email asks me to click on a link to verify. I didn’t fall off the banana boat yesterday—I never, never, ever click on a potential phishing link in an email.

We have received a request to verify that the e-mail address fake-email@yyyyy.com belongs to you. Please click on the (Valid Amazon.com link removed) below to complete the verification process.


Please (valid Amazon.com link removed) confirm your e-mail address to continue.

Once you have verified your e-mail address, you will be subscribed to:

  • (valid Amazon.com link removed) category

Alternatively, you can type or paste the following link into your Web browser:
Valid Amazon url link removed

Amazon’s anti-phishing help page reaffirms it. So what’s the deal? Who gets the blame for this? Third party contractors? Inattentive interns? Lack of internal controls? A turn toward the dark side? I’d like to know.

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail that appears to be from Amazon.com that requests personal information (such as your credit card, login, or password), or that asks you to verify or confirm your Amazon.com account information by clicking on a link, that e-mail was sent by a “phisher” or “spoofer.” Amazon.com will never ask for this type of information in an e-mail. Do not click on the link.

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Feb 23, 2010 - Blue Dog    Comments Off

Glenn Beck is destroying my appetite.

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My parents idolize conservative TV performer Glenn Beck.

He’s on at 4:00 every day, still on when Mombo puts ‘supper’ on the table. Today I went into the “Holy Effing Gee” zone when he was ranting about the ‘charade of global warming’.

Last week, USA Today Magazine in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ran a puff-piece cover story about Mr Beck in which he said:

He believes in global warming

“You’d be an idiot not to notice the temperature change,” he says. He also says there’s a legit case that global warming has, at least in part, been caused by mankind. He has tried to do his part by buying a home with a “green” design and using energy-saving products. “I’m willing to do anything but use the CFLs,” he says of compact fluorescent light bulbs. “I put them in once and couldn’t stand the way they lit up the room.”

Mombo did not like hearing this. “I don’t believe that”, she said—So I Googled it and showed Mombo the evidence. “Well, why don’t you call Democrats hypocrites when THEY lie? Huh?”

“Um, like who are you talking about?”

“Well . . . Like when Bill Clinton lied.”

“You mean about getting a blow job?”

“Yes. That’s exactly what I mean. I don’t see you getting irate about that and calling HIM a hypocrite!!”

Time to go to my room.

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