Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's Been Long Time

It has.

I'd almost forgotten about this little blog it's been that long! In fact it feels like lifetimes have passed, stories have been missed, tales haven't been told, updates haven't been forthcoming... I hope I haven't left anyone hanging!

I mean there was my five week prac in June-July which was an awesome experience, then 3 weeks of holidays where several weddings were attended (photos have been posted to my flickr account), old friends were caught up with (one being the little redhead I had a crush on during high school!), and now... it's back at uni for my final semester.

It feels like heaps has happened. Lots of blog-worthy stuff, it's just being able to find the time to blog it all! I wish I could type by thought.

But alas I can't... not yet anyway. Scientists are working on it - I'm being probed in places you don't wanna know!

However, before I pay a quick visit to all your blogs, I'll leave you with a quick funny story that's happened to me recently.

About a week ago I began receiving an email that congratulated me on signing up to a singles web site - a black singles web site!?!

Rrrrrriiiight, I thought, either someone has typed in the wrong email address twice or this is just some scam to get me to sign up.

I flagged the email as spam in gmail.

That should do it.

But every day the web site's email slipped through gmail's spam filter and every morning when I awoke to check email I'd be met with Houston's finest large black women.

I tried flagging it as spam... again... and again... and again.

This morning I had had enough. The emails were still getting through.

Right, that's it, I'm unsubscribing.

With that I scanned the email for an unsubscribe link... which it conveniently didn't have, and logged in with that first email which contained "my" username and password.

"Hello Hayes," flashed the web sites greeting page.

According to the site I was a black African American, 30 years old, 5'8", 250 pounds, looking for big black women for "casual dating". Sorry Hayes, you have to go.

And do you think I could find a disable, or delete, or unsubscribe button ANYWHERE ON THE SITE???

NooOoOooooo... that would be waaaaay too easy.

What was one to do? How could I rid myself of this torture?

It was then that I had one of those beautiful AHA! moments. I quickly clicked on "Edit Profile" and noticed the following warnings:

"Do NOT enter any personal information in your introduction, your account will be deleted."

That was all I needed.

I entered some bogus information about "Hayes" including his fake full name, a fake email address, a fake address, a fake phone number, and a fake MySpace web address. I was tempted to break the second warning which said not to use any inappropriate sexual content, but I didn't want to stoop that low.

Hopefully that will be enough to delete the account and prevent any more spam reaching my account. I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning when I check my email.

Then again maybe I've just spawned an incident for some other poor bloke who just happens to live at the fake address I provided... well I hope he likes big black women!