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Domo arigato, Mr. AIM-bot-o

Monday, July 12th, 2004

So another interesting IM related spam event occurred today as well. While working on something or other, I was interrupted by an AIM chat invite. Unfortunately, it occurred just as I was hitting [enter], and so I ended up accidentally accepting the invite and being taken to the chat room. As soon as I had entered, it was fairly obvious that it was some sort of attempt at spamming or hacking (virus-infecting), and so I was about to just exit the room. However, the general chaos and confusion created by all of the people coming and going and by the number of bots (trying to get people to click on links in their profile) struck me as somewhat fascinating, and so I decided to leave the window open and just watch. Maybe I am just weird, but I found it sort of interesting. So anyhow, if anyone else is curious, here is a transcript of the chat room incident:

“Chosen8254″ Chat Room Log

A message to the power elite:

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

How much “bad intelligence” do you get to use before we are justified in calling you “stupid”?

rob schneider says: “who are the ad-wizards that came up with that one?”

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004

omg… i just saw a commercial for one of those yogurt in a tube products (i am not sure which brand it was) and they are advertising their new “shrek” line of flavors, which includes a flavor called “donkey-berry punch”. first off, i don’t think i would want to eat a donkey-anything flavored snack (unless maybe it was like donkey-jerky or donkey-steak or donkey-burger or something). and second off, how did anything with a name containing the word “donkey” followed by the word “punch” get past the decision-makers? but seriously, it is too funny, right? or is it just me?

Sunday, March 28th, 2004

pfft.. i’d bonify BeyoncĂ© Knowles… (mumblemumble)

I have a love-hate relationship with McDonalds.

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

There’s plenty of backstory that goes hand-in-hand with this entry, but here are the pertinant details:

Cheap (and sometimes tasty) food VS. Terribly unhealthy food

So this week McDonalds has offered me two great deals: (1) a McHero (three burger patties, a few slices of cheese, some other crap, all on a sub sandwich bun)–I HAD to give it a try–and (2) five Cheeseburgers + a basket of fries for $5.

The McHero felt like eating a triple bypass cardiac arrest. It was so fucking greasy. Great concept, but poorly executed.

And of course, in addition the the 5 burgers + basket o’ fries I had to get a McChicken and a Double Cheeseburger off the dollar menu. This is a step down from my previous fast food gluttony endeavor, but it was still a respectable meal. And hey, even (soon-to-be) giant men have to take baby steps once in awhile.

The main point is: for all their recent talk of trying to help people not eat so unhealthily (for example, by announcing that they are eliminating the super size fries due in part to health–by which they really mean that it was wholly financial and not at all related to health–concerns), they are worse than fucking ever.

The Ballad of Pinky and Fonzie

Tuesday, February 10th, 2004

The Ballad of Pinky and Fonzie
There was only room for one in that dream, and so he opened the door and ushered her through. Always the gentleman rebel, always on outs while being in, he gave himself away again and again. He would fold each time, for he was never dealt the hand he needed: marriage.

Of Pearls Cast Before Swine
Richie Cunningham was greatly underappreciated.

“From The Jeep To The Street, These Are The Hits With More Bounce To The Ouce!”

Monday, December 29th, 2003

From the douchebags that brought you Kidz Bop, Now That’s What I Call Music, Monster Booty, Monsta Jamz, Monsta Flava, Goin’ South, and Ultimate Yanni

…comes Thug Nation.

Even though this company must offer at least a few decent compilations of music (I hope), I absolutely despise the way they market their products. I just saw an ad for “Thug Nation”, and it is completely ridiculous. I have to assume that these people are marketing the music to stupid white suburban kids who like to fool themselves into thinking that they live in “the ghetto”. I can’t imagine any self-respecting “thug” to order this collection of music. (I would think that most already own the albums that the songs come from anyway.) The incredibly “old white guy” sounding narrator reading a script that attempts to emulate current street slang certainly does not convince me that he knows what it is like to live the “thug life”. It’s cheesy, it’s corny, and it seems a bit exploitative. I hope to God that I never have to make ads like these when I get a job.

From the website:

“Whether you’re jeepin’ or creepin’, Thug Nation has got your back!”

From the television commercial:

Are you a true player? Then it’s time to pledge allegiance to the money, power, and respect of Thug Nation—the hugest hood anthems of all time. Guaranteed to get you gangsta! … Whether you’re a hustla, a baller, or a P-I-M-P, Thug Nation is gonna get your game in check. Call or log on, and get your thug on now! These are all the greatest hip-hop hits for the thug in you. … East Coast, West Coast and the rivalry that spawned the biggest mix of all time; it’s Thug Nation, where all your favorite legends of hip-hop are representin’. Where da hood at? It’s ahhll right heeere, dog! … Plus, get blingin’ with this “Holla 4 Thug Nation” bumper sticker, absolutely free with your paid order. Street dreams are made of this. Get Thug Nation now!


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

I don’t care what anyone says; I love the show Time Squad.

Archived: The Ohio Clusterfuck Phenomenon

Sunday, October 12th, 2003

This entry was part of my previous journal, but I felt that it deserved to be carried over. The original entry was written after a weekend road trip that involved driving longways twice across the state of Ohio.

The Ohio Clusterfuck Phenomenon (as presented by Andrew M. Janeshek)