May 11th, 2003


3:45 - just back from the Mission

Dancing was fun - this ithe first time I've been out dancing with Erin, she's come along before but never danced and she's gone out dancing twice when I was ill, but this is the first time we've been out dancing together.

Kudos to Brian, Sneaks and Sana for their mad dancing skillz - none of them were on drugs, but if they had been it wouldn't have been noticable.

And I got to dance to You Spin me Right Round, Oxyacetalyne and the Spacefrog remix of Headhunter so I've got nothing to complain about. Except that Nick wasn't there - Nick always makes the Mission more fun.

It's funny how you can be on the edge of collapse, but if a certain song comes on, you have to dance to it. I saw a few people start to leave the dance floor and then be upset that the next song was one they had to dance to and force themselves back on.

Mind you, nobody I know danced to Alice, which is just unfortgivable.

Update - I just noticed, this is my 1000th LJ entry. Since the 14th of December 2001 I've also made 3668 comments and recieved 3044. Go me!

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Don't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
It's understood
Don't say you're happy
Out there without me
I know you can't be
'cause it's no good

The lyrics are the work of

a romantic
a stalker

Spam attack

I've not had a problem with Spam for months. I still get around 40 spams a day, but with one or two exceptions they get funnelled straight into my Spam folder, where it takes less than 10 seconds total to look them over and hit the delete button. Not that it's really worth spending that time, as I've not had a false positive in at least two months. When I first installed Spamassassin it took a little bit of tweaking to let it know about the mailing lists I was on (and the other people on the notzen domain, which I host), but since that point, it's just run in the background, tirelessly examining emails, calculating their spamminess and then tagging the most likely ones with ***SPAM*** in the subject line. No fuss, no problem, no spam.

Those of you who still do get spam may, however, be interested in this interview with an ex-spammer. He doesn't spill all the beans, but he gives a fair amount of insight into how spammers run their businesses.

"The idea is it's just like a commercial," Shiels said. "You don't just send it to one address once. You send it to one address five or six times. Do commercials only come on once? You get the same crap in your e-mail more than once. You have to bombard the person."

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Just to remind people how terrible I am to live with

Andy: "Guess what's happening on Wednesday."
Erin: "What?"
Andy: "Or is that next Wednesday?"
Erin: "Sigh, yes."
Andy: "Guess what's happening this Wednesday."
Erin: "Long sigh, what?"
Erin: "Guess what's happening in 5 seconds."
Andy: "What?"
Erin: "I'm going to stab you to death with this fork."

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Last weekend Nathan gave me a webcam, presumably because he can't live without regular updates about the state of my good looks. He's a lovely chap is Nathan and should any of you need domain hosting or a free 0845 number you could do a lot worse than wandering in his direction.

Anyway, I just got around to setting up the webcam, took a few pictures, played around with the settings, realised the problem with the picture was that it had me in it and uploaded it to a new folder on my website called "webcem". Expect occasional updates in this vein...

The horror!  The horror!

Screaming and Leaping

Having looked at that previous picture, I then decided that the problem was a lack of facial definition, so I tied my hair back

and then I remembered that I'd been meaning to shave off the edges of my beard for a while:

which reassured me enough to put my hair back down

and now I'm wondering why I'm being so vain.