The Most Amazing Scam Mail Ever

This is a variation on the Nigerian Scam emails that made me literally laugh out loud today.

I am Ms Annabel Okem. A computer scientist with central bank of Nigeria.

I am 26 years old, just started work with C.B.N. I came across your file which was marked X and your released disk painted RED, I took time to study it and found out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees and certificate but the fund has not been release to you.

The most annoying thing is that they cannot tell you the truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you. Please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria; you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian.

The only thing I will need to release this fund is a special HARD DISK we call it HD120 GIG. I will buy two of it, recopy your information, destroy the previous one, and punch the computer to reflect in your bank within 24 banking hours. I will clean up the tracer and destroy your file, after which I will run away from Nigeria to meet with you.

If you are interested. Do get in touch with me immediately, You should send to me your convenient tell/fax numbers for easy communications and also re confirm your banking details, so that there won’t be any mistake.for phone converstion,please call me on +2348155605982.

Regards,

Ms Annabel Okem

So much awesome. My released disk is painted RED? OH NOES! There’s some kind of special HARD DISK involved and then she’s gonna PUNCH THE COMPUTER! This, my friends, is the future of technology.

Psychic Animals

We can mock the east coasters for their total freakout over the earthquake this week, but the Smithsonian Zoo did manage to release an interesting report on how their animals reacted to the tremor.

Beavers

Keepers were feeding the beavers and hooded mergansers (a species of duck) when the earthquake hit. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool. The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating.

We had a small, 3.6 (?) quake the next day out here on the west coast. My dog was kinda crazy for the hour leading up to the quake and when it hit, he was lying on my lap. The thing about quakes out here is that they’re actually kind of loud. Like big truck driving by rattling the house kind of loud. Mowgli lifted up his head in a real startled kind of way, watched the walls and windows, and then settled back down when the tremor stopped. I’ll be curious to see if he’s a little earthquake predicting spaz machine.

About Steve Jobs

The most rational thing I’ve read since the announcement.

Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple, citing his inability to continue to meet his duties, marks the end of his tenure as Apple’s chief executive and the effective day-to-day leader of the company, not the end of his life. That’s the first thing that should be stated loud and clear, given his multiple medical leaves of absence.

The other thing is that it’s unlikely that his resignation will have any great impact on the company for at least a couple of years. Steve Jobs’ health has been an ongoing issue since 2004, and it’s utterly inconceivable that the company has locked itself into strategies that cannot proceed smoothly without Jobs’ day-to-day presence. Jobs’ resignation letter, in suggesting his replacement, references a clear succession plan that had already been drawn up.

You rock those retirement mock turtlenecks, sir, and enjoy the time with your family and friends. You earned it.

List O’ Books Followup

My husband read Fanatical Pupil’s post about the NPR sci-fi/fantasy list and asked if I could do better. Here goes. Books I’ve read are in bold, books I have lying around the house/on my ebook reader in italics.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (all of them)
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (all of them)
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (all but the latest which just came out like 2 weeks ago)
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov (confession: I don’t think I’ve read any Asimov)
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (I think I might be a book or two behind?)
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson (I’ve listened to the audiobook in chunks but not the whole thing)
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein (I don’t know that I’ve read any Heinlen)
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King (I read the first book, didn’t love it enough to keep going for the 23 million others)
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut (I don’t think I’ve read any Vonnegut either. Shame.)
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (Hated the movie, doubt I’ll pick up the book.)
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein (I kinda love the film so I should read the book.)
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys (read it in high school, couldn’t tell you much about it)
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle (love the 80s film)
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind (HATE this series)
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Interesting…)
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist (Childhood classic)
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Ditto)
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey (read the 1st one, didn’t love it, need to re-read it)
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire (HATED this book.)
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Pretty good, right?

NPR’s List o’ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

NPR asked listeners to submit books for consideration and then open up the list for voting. Here’s what the readers came up with in the way of best sci-fi and fantasy books.

1. Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
5. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984 by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The list goes to 50 100 and it’s pretty good. I think the top 5 is pretty solid – you?