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The other day, I felt like I was going crazy. I was bursting into uncontrollable laughter. I had received a message on Facebook that I was tagged in a photo. It was one of those collage photos, so I figured I check it out sometime later. Those things can be pretty entertaining. I eventually got around to checking it and discovered I had been tagged as “the asshole” in the picture.

Now, the person who tagged me as “the asshole” is the real reason I was laughing my ass off. This is the same woman who I had been dating off and on for five-and-a-half years when she told me that my friend Rich committed suicide because I’m such a lousy friend and then left me because she was so hurt by me. Mind you, she did this 10 days after Rich killed himself.

To be sure, I’m no innocent person. I happen to be a human being, and I’ve made some very big mistakes in my life. I’ve hurt quite a few people along the way, and I have no problems with people considering me an asshole. I have certainly been an asshole to many people, and anyone who has dealt with me in business will tell you that I have a brutal streak of shrewdness.

Still, I’m not sure that someone who I helped build her career and her personal life should be calling me an asshole. Of course, I’m sure she has long forgotten about how so much she has in her life right now has come from the support that I have given her over the years.

Now, the whipped cream and cherry on top came today. Her best friend decided to tag me as “the asshole” as well  on what would have been Rich’s 33rd birthday.

I feel for them both. That somehow they feel comfort in labeling me as an asshole while I am wandering through the grieving process  of having lost a close friend of nearly 20 years is beyond me. Is it too much to ask them to at least wait a couple months?

I found a phenomenal gift for a friend the other day. I was in a jam for finding a birthday present. My girlfriend and I both wanted to get her something that would be nice and reflect how much we appreciate this mutual friend, who happens to be a teenager. I pondered this gift giving task for a long time, and couldn’t really come up with something that was really nice yet affordable. Then it dawned on me… women love jewelry, but most jewelry is expensive (at least the good stuff usually). I called up a friend of mine who is a jeweler and asked him for ideas. He pointed me to a product called Precious Pearl.

I couldn’t believe it. You get a pearl that comes inside an oyster and get to put it into a necklace charm. I’m thinking, this was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I showed it to a couple of people, and apparently I’m a little behind the times with jewelry because several of them already knew about it.

Long story short… I got the Precious Pearl. My girlfriend supplied the card. And our friend was incredibly excited and thankful to get this really cool gift. She was smiling from ear to ear. When I saw her response, it made me feel so good about the choice I made for her gift. When you want to treat a woman to something nice, get her a Precious Pearl. Her face is going to light up! And the best part about it was that the color she got (you don’t know the color until you open it) was perfect for her complexion. It really was a great experience for everyone.

Is Chevron Price Gouging? A friend of mine stopped at a gas station in Goleta, CA, the other day. He was shocked to see what was going on. Students from UCSB mindlessly paying for gas that was priced 53 cents higher than gas stations right down the street. Gas stations that are within visual distance of University Chevron.

With all the ways to communicate (cell phone, txt, Internet) is price gouging really a problem of the company that’s doing it? Or is this a problem with the customers? Anyone who is purchasing gas at this Chevron for 53 cents higher than the station right down the street is wasting my property tax money. My taxes keep their tuition low, and they are just wasting it. The problem isn’t Chevron. The problem is our colleges.

A friend of mine at work was checking out Google Maps the other day. They have a new “Street View” feature that was getting the attention of everyone in the office. Soon, we all wanted to see if our house was on Google maps. This one lady pulled up her house on Google Maps and found something very disturbing: Her husbands car in the driveway with the car of her best friend on the street! What!?! Needless to say, there was a lot of splainin to do. Cool technology does not bode well for cheaters, but it’s really great for everyone else!

Google Maps 1: Cheaters 0!

I’ve been a HUGE fan of LOL Cat for a loooooooong time. I post them on people’s Myspace profiles and vote regularly. Today, my friend Ken dropped off page 90 of the latest SkyMall, and I had to make my own LOL Cat!!! And it ends up being a Ceiling cat at that!

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Today I received another question from a “member” on Fanbox (which I now refer to as SPAMbox). So, I search Google for: fanbox spam. At the time of this writing, I’m #4 on the list, but what cracks me up is the obvious seeding that SPAMbox has done on the web.

For example, take the posting they’ve done on the Office Tweaks blog. There is a comment there by a guy named “TJ Brown” that is an obvious seed for Fanbox.

I love FanBox! They have so many cool applications and features on their desktop! Their social network aspect rivals even MySpace and Facebook! I looked up the old stuff on SMS.ac, and who cares? It wasn’t even a big deal and they have since discontinued offering sms service. So stop crying and give the site a chance.

– TJ

Give me a friggin break! Sounds like he’s trying to sell me a used Pinto. Fanbox is SPAM, plain and simple. No other company out there sends me emails with “questions” from people I don’t know and “questions/invites” from people I do know. Fanbox will phish your password, SPAM your friends, and phish their passwords.

Fanbox is a scam. Every message I receive, I mark it as SPAM and post another blog to help spread the word. Judging by the number of posts I have about Fanbox, you can see that I’ve been SPAMMED a lot lately. Keep the emails coming, I’ll keep posting.

I’m feeling miscievious. After a friend of mine was phished by SMS.ac (now FanBox), I can’t help but spread the word of SPAMMER and Phisher FanBox. Their recent spurt in popularity is alarming. They have a slick interface and are suckering people in by the tens of thousands.

Don’t fall for your friend “Elizabeth” having a question for you. They got phished! Mark anything that comes into your inbox from FanBox as SPAM and report them to phishtank.com

FanBox is SPAM

A little geek humor and artistry by my friend Ken at work:

Ctrl+Alt+Del(Taco)
Ctrl + Alt + Del (Taco)

Del(taco).icio.us
Del.icio.us

Helping spread the word one SPAMMER and Phisher at a time…

I’ve been receiving emails from “people I know” that “have questions”, “want to share a picture”, etc. The links lead to a very elaborate phishing website: fanbox.com. Despite all the really cool web 2.0 features, utilizing AJAX to make things look like a Windows desktop, make no mistake about it, Fanbox is SPAM. They will phish your password and SPAM your friends. There are a few other bloggers out there helping to spread the word. Please do the same.

Spamhuntress

Steve Riley

Spread the word to your friends on Myspace, Facebook, Hi5, where ever you network. Let’s get Fanbox to have to change their name again. They used to be sms.ac, until they got ferreted out. Cheers!

Any bets you may have lost while working together are not likely to be collected. A coworker left the office on Friday, and I had lost a bet about one of our trade shows earlier in the year. Unless she reads my blog, it isn’t likely I’ll have to pay up on that bet. YES! 😛