Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Headline of the day

Evangelist claims bird deaths could be connected to repeal of military's gay ban

This was the headline used in the Gay Politics Report newsletter.

I suppose this qualifies as an animal headline.

Internet privacy infringement alert: Spokeo

Some wise person said years ago that there's no such thing as privacy on the internet. He was right, of course, but there are things you can do to decrease the ease of discovery of details about your life.

A friend of mine sent out a warning about a data aggregator, Spokeo, that makes it far too easy for anyone to learn all kinds of things about you that I think should not be in the public domain. She also gives instructions for removing yourself from their directory. I'll just quote her e-mail.
There is a website called Spokeo which purports to be a new "white pages" phone book, but it is much more. It provides nearly everyone's private information to anyone who accesses the site -- your name, your age, your family members' names and ages, where you live, what your income level is, what the value of your home is, and (for a small fee) much, much more personal information about you, your family, and your background.

Fortunately, there is a remedy:

Go to www.spokeo.com and find your listing (by name and, if necessary, location). Copy the URL of your listing, then click on the "Privacy" link on the lower right of the page. Then paste the URL in the appropriate field; send it to your e-mail address; type in the Captcha code; check your inbox and then follow the instructions on the confirmation e-mail to remove your listing.

Thanks, Jill.

I've done it, and I suggest you do it, too.

(I do hope the estimate of the value they had for my apartment is accurate, though.)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

This week's TFLNs

(631): Just found a 7-11 receipt for new years eve at 1:30 am apparently we felt the need to buy three jars of pickles and a gallon of milk does this ring any bells?
http://tfl.nu/xi2s

(330): Slept on the counter again. Mom covered me in an apron.
http://tfl.nu/yv9g

(518): my mom just asked if she should wash your furry handcuffs with the lights or darks
http://tfl.nu/8135

(314): I just found out my mom named me after her fake ID from college...
http://tfl.nu/a15y

(414): The meeting is at the same hotel we go to for sex. Avoiding eye contact with all the staff there.
http://tfl.nu/497c

(910): He skyped me to learn how to roll a joint and for us to masturbate together. And you said a long distance relationship wouldn't work.
http://tfl.nu/wbkv

(714): All he wants to do is masturbate while I sit there with my big toe up his ass that is not even the worst part of it.
http://tfl.nu/eanx

(443): does it count as a threesome if she tried to blow the dude who was passed out next to us?
http://tfl.nu/0adv

(778): I JUST WANT TO WATCH PORN BUT THE CAT IS JUST SITTING HERE LICKING HIS BALLS. I CAN'T DO IT.
http://tfl.nu/jn8b

(252): I've decided to tape numbers to the bottom of my heels corresponding to the number of drinks I can safely consume in them.
http://tfl.nu/kwke

(570): So the bar isnt gonna put that broken window on my tab. appaerently they want cash
http://tfl.nu/zmae

(816): why does my status of facebook already read REHAB 2011
http://tfl.nu/szze

(918): Woke up with my foot jammed into a VCR
http://tfl.nu/fkjm

(512): Opened my wallet to find a slice of ham with a phone number written on it in sharpie.
http://tfl.nu/3ijz

(949): Did you ever get our sex tape out of the rental car before you returned it?
http://tfl.nu/e2vj