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More Adventures In Replying To Spam.


James Veitch has spent years doing the tireless, thankless work of replying to spam emailers so you don’t have to. He returns to TED to tell the tale of yet another spam email adventure, this time with a vital lesson attached: How to annoy your way off any spammer’s mailing list.
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James Veitch: Dealing With Spammers.

We were looking through some TED talks the other day and came upon a series of talks and then videos by James Veitch, a London based comedian. Vetch loves to play with email spammers and the results are hilarious.

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.


Spaceballs: Things You Didn’t Know.

Following up on yesterday’s post, here are somethings you didn’t know about Spaceballs:


Spaceballs: We Need A Laugh.

Spaceballs is one of those films that you just wonder about the minds of the writers as in “what were they thinking?” and “who comes up with this stuff?”

Produced by Mel Brooks, it is still a very funny movie.


An Optical Illusion.

Below the fold is an amazing optical illusion perfect for the Labor Day weekend, the first weekend in September and the first full weekend of the college football season.

In other words, we aren’t taking ourselves seriously this weekend.


Dancing Robots Set World Record.

It’s Sunday and we are resting from political fights and discussions and instead turning to a new World Record set by a group in China.

WL Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd in China has just broken the Guinness World Records title for the Most robots dancing simultaneously.

Taking place in Guangzhou, Guangdong, a jaw-dropping 1,069 synchronised machines were lined up and performed a perfectly choreographed dance routine for the attempt.

Well, almost perfect – a few of the robots fell down during the dynamic show, and these had to be deducted from the final record total.

The robots – which are named ‘Dobi’ – were all programmed via one group control system.

One of the robots that fell can be seen around the 36 second mark. We aren’t sure whether he fell or was being a non-conformist and free-styling, but his actions don’t count in the tally for the record.

Now when these things can dance like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, then we’ll be impressed.

(Just kidding. Sorta.)


A Laugh For Monday.

(Courtesy John Atkinson at Wrong Hands)

(We love the politician chess piece.)


This Just Makes Us Laugh.

Some YouTuber named Garren Lazar has taken songs from the 70’s and 80’s and mixed them with video from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts animated cartoons.

This is the version of “Come Sail Away” by Styx.

No one, no group, no genre is safe from this guy. Lucy Van Pelt “singing” Heart’s “Baraccuda.” Linus “singing” Chicago’s “25 Or 6 To 4.” The Carpenters, Ray Parker Jr (“Ghostbusters,”) Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,”) Pink Floyd, the B-52’s and even Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” are all there.

We can’t figure out if this is brilliant or that Lazar has too much time on his hands, but it’s makes us laugh.

And after this week, we needed a good laugh.


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