URGENT DEAR FRIEND…

Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 09:17:32 -0700 (PDT)
From: timi souwarin
Subject: URGENT DEAR FRIEND…
To: andregaertner@t-online.de (Must be some sort of forwarder)

Dear friend,

This letter may come to you as a suprise due to the fact that we have not yet met.The message could be strange but real if you pay some attention,I could have notified you about it at least for the sake of your integrity;Please accept my sincere apologies in bringin this message of good will to you,Ihave to say that i have no intentions of causing you any embarassment.

I am Mr TIMI SOUWARIN,Branch manager,Broad Bank Nigeria [ltd]Oweer.I managed to get your contact details through the internet my self.Time is of the importance and Iam despperately looking for a person to assit me in this confidential business.A british oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian investment corporation,Mr frank van dijck made a numberd time[fixed] deposit on january 6,1999,valued at US$12,500,000.00[twelve million five hundred thousand dollars] for twelve[12] calendar months in my branch.Upon maturity,I sent a rutine notification to his fowarding address but got no reply.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers the Nigerian Investment Corporation that Mr Frank Van dijck died from an automobile accident on sunday evening July16, 2000.On futher investigation,I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr Frank van dijck did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my bank;this sum of US$12,500,000.00 is still sitting in my bank and the interst is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.No one would ever come forward to claim it . According to Nigerian law, at the expiration of 6 [six] years the will revert to to the ownership of the Nigerian Goverment if nobody applies to claim the fund as the deceased kinship.Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as Mr frank van Dijck so that the fruits of this old man’s labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt goverment officials.

This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that my attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin.We shall employ to lawyers for drafting and notorization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administation in your favour for the transfer.A bank account in any part of the world that you will provide will the fecilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin.The money will be paid in to your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you.
.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this tansaction will be done by the attorney and my possition as the branch manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

Upon your response,I shall then provide you more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assitance to invest my share in your country,pls send your fax and phone numbers for voice communication with you.
Awaiting your urgent reply via my email address.

Thanks,
Timi souwarin.
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It’s a MEa Mario!

OH BOYa!
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My good friend Mario! Is at it again! This time he’s bringing his own Pizza Pie!

And by Pizza Pie I mean DVD set of his Super Mario Bros. Super Show! That young lad Link get’s his friday Zelda special on DVD too!

You can find out more about the shows from X-Entertainment

I also tracked the source of this story back through about 5 or 6 blogs and small time news sites. This all started because DVD planet started pre-selling them.
Super Mario Brothers Super Show
Legend Of Zelda: Complete Series
They’re about $20 each, coming out in october it looks like. But the Mario one is listed as “Discontinued” while the Zelda is marked as “Coming soon”

Amazon had the Best of Super Mario Bros. DVD but no mention of the of the other two. All that being said, I’m sure come october you’ll be able to find them at any DVD store. Netflix too.

I’m hungry, I think I’m going to go have some pasta and tomato sause. Maybe some garlic. Oh, and did I tell anyone about my new faveriote linux distobution Whoppix? Forget about it, I’ll do it another time.

-Francis
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16 Rules for survival.

“Robert, they canÔøΩt eat you!” My rules for survival.

I can’t express how much sense they make and how I’ve noticed that as I get better at.. um life. I’ve actually started doing some of these things. And just so you know Bob Parsons is the CEO of GoDaddy.com a pretty decent domain registrar.

Reproduced without permission here are the rules.

  1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”
  2. Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it’s attempted. Just because what you’re doing does not seem to be working, doesn’t mean it won’t work. It just means that it might not work the way you’re doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.
  3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think. There’s an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.”
  4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of “undefined consequences.” My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, “Well, Robert, if it doesn’t work, they can’t eat you.”
  5. Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, “As you think, so shall you be.”
  6. Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don’t look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.
  7. Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.
  8. Be quick to decide. Remember what the Union Civil War general, Tecumseh Sherman said: “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”
  9. Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.
  10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don’t know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven’t examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.
  11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.
  12. Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you’re doing as anyone else, provided that what you’re doing is legal.
  13. Never expect life to be fair. Life isn’t fair. You make your own breaks. You’ll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).
  14. Solve your own problems. You’ll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you’ll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: “You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others.” There’s also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: “A wise man keeps his own counsel.”
  15. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.
  16. There’s always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you’re really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time.”

-Francis

Homebrew strikes back.

I almost forgot The Gorillaz have a new album too.

I saw this cooling system on slashdot. Someone else commented that it was almost like a swamp cooler or almost like .. something else I forget =)

Because people like this idea the site’s been hit pretty hard. Coral Cache is a project that uses distributed servers to serve a copy of web-pages while keeping them up to date and current. They describe it better. It’s an NYU project.

Here’s the Coral Link to the “Home-brew air conditioner”

I had the idea.. rather I took the ideas and combined them, that if you made it close looped, took the run off and put it underground where it would be cooler (apparently 4-6 feet down it’s usually a pretty constant temperature) and then pumped it back up to run through the fan again you’d have a nice eco-friendly air cooler.

I need to build my freaking work bench, I’ve got stuff I want to do.

I have a quote from this in my aim profile.
How to Make a Million Dollars by Marshall Brain
He’s a college professor that gave a talk, they said it could be on anything so he figured kids might like this topic, after all he was qualified.

HOW-TO: Add an auxilary jack to your car
I like this idea, I keep talking about adding an ipod dock in mine.

Ronja
A light based directional high speed wireless link for about $30 bucks US. It’s complicated, if I ever loose my job I might make one of these.

Catch you later gator.

-Francis

They’re opening up a commerce bank down the block.

I’m happy about the commerce bank being built down the block. The private parking lot was nice and all, and I did enjoy looking at the converted pig box that used to serve as a delivery.. vehicle, but I think the bank will be a lot more useful. I’ll be able to walk down the block to count my change for free. (oh and do banking and things)

I was looking for a link on the penny arcades but I found nothing that just showed what it was (it counts the coins) but I did find out that they’re easy to rip off. Apparently a bunch of them have been robbed. I just hope when I go to rob a bank my first instinct is to go for the spare change. I just hope they don’t have this guy working security. I took that friday night.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted (so sue me, cancel your subscription), I’ve been working mostly, taking breaks for trips to beaches and birthday parties. (Matt, I found your dream girl by the way.) And occasionally the friday night game of pool with Jason.

I don’t know if I ever mentioned my credit card fraud problem, I got most of my money back the other day (all but 4 bucks says quickbooks) and I’m sitting pretty about it. Now I just need to solve my no credit problem (more on that another day).

This is looking pretty attractive. There were talks with Tivo and netflix for a home “download” box where you could download your movies overnight and watch them as much as you want. Their always worried that it could be used for evil, like to copy the movies or something, but I can do that with dvds. I just did a quick Froogle Search I found out it runs around $600 bucks. No longer as attractive.

Don’t get me started on $800 dollars in one day, if you’ve heard my rant then you know I want my money back. Unfortunately the people who need to give my money back haven’t heard it yet. You know who you are! You best be better getting with the check writing you people you.
(I thank you Hawkeye Pierce)

On that note I watched The first DVD of Season 1 of Mash today. It’s a lot better without Devry Commercials or a laugh track. I love this show, every eyeful.

Good night folks, I’ll be here all week.

-Francis

PS Look for new Audioslave, Cold Play, and The White Stripes