Thursday, July 15, 2010

Black VW Golf, WA Lic. 535 FWH

An automotive encounter, in the final years of the 20th century.  This driver (heretofore referred to as "Bimbo") engaged in quite possibly the most astonishingly stupid stunt I have ever seen.  But, do judge for yourself. 

The Setup: I was heading in to work. It's a bit late, around 10am. I am approaching the single left turn lane.  The left turn arrow turns yellow, so I slow down, not wanting to throw myself in front of oncoming traffic.
  • Bimbo is in the car behind me, and lays into her horn as I have chosen not to speed through the yellow light.
  • After a few seconds, the traffic in the lane to the right clears up, although oncoming traffic is still heavy.
  • Bimbo decides to take advantage of clear right-hand lane, pull around me, and place herself in front of me in the intersection. Behold!

I have to say, Bimbo has raised the art of rude driving to unheard-of levels.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Once I built a forum; now it's done. Brother, do you need \/1@gr@?

Me and the Internet go way back.  Admittedly not as far back as some, but we first got acquainted, much to the chagrin of Compuserve, late in '93.  I was there when Martha and Larry first showed us what spam could be.  I blogged before blogging was blogging.  I've fiddled with ads and affiliate links, and have hosted my very own controversial page.

Now, by the early naughts, I was pretty fed up with spam, like anyone else with a net presence at the time.  Since I hosted the aforementioned controversial web page, it seemed like it would be nice to host a simple discussion forum, so people could express themselves to me, without having to give away my email address, which was already getting in the neighborhood of 100 spam messages a day.

Suffice it to say, that lasted for a few years, before it totally blew up.  Any more, you can't host a forum if you aren't prepared to constantly police it for spam posts, and even worse, hacking.  Blogs hosted by big faceless corporations are certainly a better option for the casually opinionated, but it's a little sad that one guy with a web host, Notepad, and a little Perl knowledge can no longer host a vibrant discussion online.