Random Thought

Press “1” for an unacceptable answer

I’m trying to renew my passport for travel within the next 14 days. The website says I have to make an appointment. After listening to all messages in English AND Spanish, I’m allowed to schedule an appointment. Except there are no appointment times available. I get “Press ‘1’ to search for a morning appointment. There are no morning appointments available before your departure date. Press ‘1’ to search for afternoon appointments….There are no afternoon appointments available before your departure date. Do you wish to search for an appointment after your departure date?”
Well. That’s a pretty funny answer. I guess I can’t travel without a passport. Which number do I press for that????

Random Thought

Crime and Punishment

According to the paper, AOL Tech Support Engineer Jason Smathers sold about 93 million addresses of AOL customers to a spammer. For this crime he’ll get up to 5 years in prison, and pay up to $250,000.
But I was always told the punishment should fit the crime. I believe, like the school teachers of old, we should make Jason do the equivalent of writing on the blackboard “I will not sell email addresses to spammers.”
He should apologize to everyone who had their email sold. Individually and personally (Sorry, Buzz, no ActiveWords to help him out). If he were to type:

Dear Customer,
I am sorry I sold your email to spammers. It will never happen again.

Jason Smathers

to each person, it would take him about 566 years of 24 hour days to do it. See calculation below. Perhaps that would deter some others who do similar things, as opposed to the current Can-SPAM legislation which is doing nothing.

So, Jason, get typing, because 566 years is a long time.

Average email length 10
"" 8
Dear 10CharName, 16
I apologize for selling your name
to spammers. It will never happen again.
Total number of words in the above 157
Assume typing 60 words per minute 60
Time to Type email 2.62
Time to open, address, tab and hit
send to send the mail 0.5
Total aprox time to send email in
Number of Minutes in an Hour 60
Number of emails per hour 18.75
Number of email addresses sold  93,000,000.00
Number of hours it would take to write
Translated to 24 hour days 206,666.67
In years 566.21
Random Thought

Titanic, the mini-movie

Ok, fun thought for the day: Titanic, the movie. In 30 Seconds. Performed by cartoon bunnies. Ready? Go.

Random Thought

Draft Bruce

The only time I’m usually in favor of the Draft is when it’s coming off a tap at the bar, but this is different:
Draft Bruce is Andrew Rasiej’s effort to get The Boss to play a concert on 9/1/04 opposing the reelection of the President. Go for it, Andrew.

Random Thought

Call Me Ishmael…

Madonna chooses “Esther” as her new name…..Great. That’s what we need, another “material girl” in the tribe.