Internet love scams?

Awhile back I joined a site that was supposed to be for travel information exchange. I hadn't logged into it for awhile and about a month ago, I figured I'd go see what was up since I got an email that they had renovated. So I updated my profile picture and travel info, deleted a couple of old mails and forgot about it until I started getting notifications that I had mail waiting. Well some of these emails were a tad weird.. Men offering friendship, romance, trust, loyalty and email addresses. Well if you google those email addresses, half of them come up as being listed as Internet love scammers.

They get a woman interested in them, and they are usually travelling. Then the woman will get a frantic message that he is stuck somewhere and desperately needs money to get out, or his son is injured and needs x amount of dollars for medical treatment in Nigeria (yes because we single parents always run off to Nigeria with our kids).

I would offer up a sampling, but when you report them as spam, they disappear from the inbox. I'm sure I'll get a few more and when I do I'll share..

In the meantime, there's even a site on how to deal with these guys nicknamed as the Nigerian 419..


All about romance scamming:



In protest...

..of the cold at work (they refuse to fix it until Friday now). All my desktops are bearing this fine specimen. (click on pics for larger view).


42 days and counting.

I will need a good week on the beach to thaw out!

Awhile back, I may or may not have complained that the air conditioning at work, never worked properly. With the multitude of computers and monitors in the lab, we never have to worry about heating in the winter, and still need the A/C running 365. Well, 2 weeks ago, they finally fixed the problem. We now have outakes (to draw out the heat) and a few more diffusers placed to keep us cool. Too cool in fact. We have gone from an 85-90f working environment to 74f. It may not sound cold, but when you are sitting down (and not moving around a lot) with a diffuser blowing right on you, that 74f feels like absolute zero. My anti-static coat has now become a snuggie (heavens forbid) and if I'm wearing a skirt, I use my sweater as a leg wrap.

Today someone finally came around to make an adjustment and the temperature has now gone up to 77f. We'll see if my teeth stop chattering finally.


Vacation countdown begins..

I know it's still 7 weeks off, but I'm so looking forward to some unsick time off work. I'm currently looking for a place in Wildwood for a week so I'll spend a week and a half with Mom and a week and a half soaking up the sun..

Temperature has been regulated at work now, so it hovers around 76-77 at my desk with the occasional dip down to 75. Good thing too as I have been having to wear a tank top so that the new tattoo I got on my back 2 weeks ago could heal up.

My new student is working out well so far. First few days were full of questions, but that's to be expected and now she seems to have settled in.

I'm now having to play with Windows 7 at work.. I find it much smoother than Vista is!


Real groaner...

In my inbox this morning:

It was once said that a black man would be President when pigs flew.

Well, behold, 100 days into his Presidency,

swine flu..