Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - New funeral option�puts bikers�in hog heaven - Jun 30, 2004 - New funeral option�puts bikers�in hog heaven - Jun 30, 2004: "New funeral option puts bikers in hog heaven"
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Posted: 11:55 AM EDT (1555 GMT)

ALUM BANK, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Harley-Davidson fans can finally take their final ride in style.

Tombstone Hearse Co. two years ago began building hand-crafted Old West-style casket carriers that are pulled by a modified Harley-Davidson Road King.

Was that a hearse or a harley? This should give my wife something to think about for my final ride!

Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - Judge scolds Courtney Love - Jun 29, 2004 - Judge scolds Courtney Love - Jun 29, 2004: "Judge scolds Courtney Love
Tuesday, June 29, 2004 Posted: 9:39 AM EDT (1339 GMT) "

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Courtney Love showed up five hours late to a New York court hearing on a reckless endangerment charge Monday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the judge, who warned the dazed-looking rocker that she narrowly missed being deemed a fugitive.

What did he say? "Bad girl, bad girl!" Anybody besides me getting tired of hearing about this minimal talent celebrity whose biggest claim to fame is being the one-time volatile girlfriend of suicide victim Kurt Cobain?

MSNBC - Justices block Internet porn law

MSNBC - Justices block Internet porn law: "Justices block Internet porn law
Lower court will next hear government's caseBREAKING NEWS
The Associated Press
Updated: 10:38 a.m. ET June 29, 2004"

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law meant to punish pornographers who peddle dirty pictures to Web-surfing kids is probably an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech.

Somehow I don't think free speech is exactly what we're wanting to put a muzzle on here. Let me see if I understand this. If you're a tobacco company like RJ Reynolds, you can get banned from using advertising like Joe Camel because it appeals to kids but you can be a pornographer and peddle to kids because of free speech. That's just stupid.

MSNBC - Drug increases sex appetite in female rats

MSNBC - Drug increases sex appetite in female rats: "Drug increases sex appetite in female rats
Chemical mimics pituitary hormone, researchers sayThe Associated Press
Updated: 5:40 p.m. ET June 28, 2004"
WASHINGTON - Could a Viagra for women be in the offing?
Well, female rats given a drug that mimics a pituitary hormone began giving “come hither” signals to nearby males.

This is great news for anyone out there wanting to have sex with a rat!

Monday, June 28, 2004

MSNBC - Cell phones may damage sperm, study says

MSNBC - Cell phones may damage sperm, study says: "Cell phones may damage sperm, study says
Could reduce fertility by nearly 30 percent"
LONDON - Cell phones may damage men’s sperm, Hungarian scientists say, in a study that fertility experts dismissed Monday as inconclusive.

In related news, in an effort to curb population growth, the Chinese government has decided to offer free cellphone service.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Damn that Spam

Indulge me on my soapbox for a moment but I'm sick and tired of spammers, spoofers, and virus spreaders who will go to any length to get you to open their mail.  People tend to be trusting on computers... people except me.  I'm not trusting of anything for the most part. 

The latest ploy of these scumbags is to hide their message behind some subject line that seems legitimate, if not important, on the surface.  Subject lines such as:

  • Mail Delivery Failure (see attached) (virus)
  • Subpoena (sales)
  • Is it really you? (sales)
  • Important message (sales)
  • Update your Paypal Account (identity theft)
  • About your Citibank account (identity theft)
  • Re: your recent email (sales)
  • Here's the information you requested (sales)
  • Returned Mail: See transcript for details (virus)
  • Urgent Message (sales)
  • Your Computer is Infected, run attached file to clear (virus)
  • I missed your call (sales)
  • We've been trying to reach you (sales)

These are just a few examples of the literally hundreds of emails I receive weekly.  Fortunately, I don't see many of them anymore thanks to an email service called Mailblocks.  It uses a challenge/response approach to eliminate spam.  You can learn more about this service if you like by going to my website, and clicking on the Mailblocks banner.  It immediately eliminated 90% or better of my spam. 

Here are some do's and don'ts:

  • Never reply with financial information regardless of how legitimate the email seems.  Ebay, Paypal, Citibank, etc... are not going to ask for this information in an email.
  • When you get spam that offers an opt-out link... or tells you to reply with unsubcribe... Ignore it.  All you end up doing is verifying that your email address is valid, opening yourself up to more spam.
  • Delete chain emails... PLEASE.  You're not going to die in seven days if you ignore them nor will you get rich if you don't.  Nine times out of ten the miracle story of the three year old who walked through a burning house to save his grandmother's cat escaping injury because someone saw an angel carrying them both to safety... is B.S. with capital letters.  Sorry to bust your bubble of hope for mankind.
  • Never open an attached file if you don't know who sent it and why.  Especially be leary of executable files and zip files.  There are just too many bastards out there with nothing better to do than to see how many computers they can screw up.  Don't let one of them be yours.

The Internet and email are wonderful mediums for information and communication.  We just have to weed out the losers who are determined to make the experience hell for the rest of us. - Ohio strip club�promotes voter�registration - Jun 24, 2004 - Ohio strip club�promotes voter�registration - Jun 24, 2004: "Ohio strip club promotes voter registration"
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Ladies, don't get miffed if your man is out at the strip club. He may just think it's time to get politically active.

But honey, I was trying to vote for the best pair, uh, I mean politician! - Swedish treat: Moose cheese - Jun 23, 2004 - Swedish treat: Moose cheese - Jun 23, 2004: "Swedish treat: Moose cheese"
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- It's healthy and tasty, for those with expensive tastes.

Farmers in northern Sweden are milking moose and making cheese, which they sell for a lot of dough -- nearly $500 a pound. The buyers include upscale hotels and restaurants in Sweden

And here I am still trying to come to terms with goat cheese!

CBS News | Breast Milk Kills Skin Warts | June 24, 2004�05:39:13

CBS News | Breast Milk Kills Skin Warts | June 24, 2004�05:39:13: "Breast Milk Kills Skin Warts"
(AP) A compound in breast milk has been found to destroy many skin warts, raising hopes it might also prove effective against cervical cancer and other lethal diseases caused by the same virus

It's not just for breakfast anymore

Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - Bush to commit money to AIDS drug program - Bush to commit money to AIDS drug program: "Bush to commit money to AIDS drug program
PHILADELPHIA (AP) � President Bush, on a fund-raising trip to Pennsylvania, said Wednesday he will commit more money to a program for delivering medications to people with HIV and AIDS. The administration said it would make an additional $20 million available immediately for the drug program. "

And you thought all he did all day was throw darts at pictures of John Kerry and think of what he can blow up next. Way to go President Bush! - 'Tractor man' sentenced to six years behind bars - 'Tractor man' sentenced to six years behind bars: "'Tractor man' sentenced to six years behind bars
WASHINGTON (AP) � A tobacco farmer dubbed 'Tractor Man' was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison in connection with a March 2003 incident that brought traffic in the nation's capital to a standstill.

It's not that we don't feel compassion for farmers and the difficult life that farming entails... it's just that terrorist threats, regardless of the moral convictions upon which they are based, are still terrorist threats and have to dealt with harshly. To threaten our nation's capital, I think he got off lucky with just six years.

Some people will do anything for a buck

People on ebay are selling all sorts of Ronald Reagon memorabilia, including programs from his memorial.  Enough about those scumbags.  If you are desperate to part with your money and would like to associate that parting with Ronald Reagon, might I suggest his memorial fund 

Testing the waters

I just wanted to see how this worked updating my blog from an email account.  Pretty cool, huh?  I wonder how it handles a link?  How about my site,

Hmm, wonders never cease!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Meet Joe Blog

It looks like bloggers are becoming more and more mainstream... given this recent article in Time Magazine.

Monday, June 21, 2004

What day is it?

I've been out of the loop for awhile... a game of virtual delusion of sorts. Being mentally dead however takes too much energy so it's time to wake up.

It's been an exhausting couple months of working in the real world which leaving me drained to the point of being uneffective when I find some time. Oh well, that's no way to live!

Mike Gowen © 2004