Category Archives: The Web

Resolved: Less “Legal Spam” for David in 2011

I just finished my annual year-end inbox cleanup, and wow, was I irritated to discover how much “legal spam” there was.  You know the stuff I mean—commercial e-mail from organizations I’ve done business with, but that I really never wanted.  There were thousands and thousands of messages, literally: nearly 70 percent of the 7000+ messages I received that didn’t end up in Gmail’s Spam Folder before I even saw them. 

Resolved: next year I’m going to be a lot more aggressive about unsubscribing from most things and deleting everything else after a quick look-see.  If you’re sending me e-mail I didn’t explicitly opt in to, you’d better be sending me cash—a lot of cash—or your message is history.

Thought for the Day

On the prospect of eating crawfish:

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"What’s that? You want me to rip the head off a sea insect and suck it? Can we dip it in diarrhea sauce first?"Sat Dec 04 05:14:48 via web

Actually, This Video Segment Really Did Change My Life

Remedial instruction in tying shoes from Put This On:

Yes, I have apparently been tying my shoes wrong for the last 40 years or so.

But no longer!

Wreak vs. Reek

Several times in the last few days, I’ve seen writers confusing these two words.  It’s starting to annoy me, so I’m going to complain about it, because I can.

The mistake that set me off this morning was someone writing that a magazine article "wreaked" of a conspiracy theory.

No it didn’t.  If anything, it reeked of a conspiracy theory. 

To wreak is to inflict or cause, and you don’t wreak of something.  A rampaging horde might wreak havoc on the enemy.  Ill-conceived economic policy might wreak havoc on the economy.  Havoc does seem to be the popular thing to wreak, and wreak has generally negative connotations overall.  Hardly anyone talks about wreaking happiness.  A shame, really.

To reek is to emit or exude something, such as an unpleasant odor.  A dumpster might reek of garbage, for example.  In fact, I daresay most do.

Come on people, get it right—don’t make me come over there!

Thought for the Day

“Your inability to see your own bad argument does not mean there are flaws in my logic when I point them out to you.” —John Scalzi via Twitter

How to Understand Flow Charts

A guide in flow chart form.  Funny

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Best Headline of the Week

TV viewers terrified by Swedish supermodel

Pet Friendly Cities

I’m a little surprised to see Houston so high on the list… (we have pet friendly restaurants and hotels?  Good to know!)  But Boston is listed as number 3 because “leashed dogs and felines are welcome on the subway and harbor tours”??  I’m sorry, but I’m trying to picture taking a leashed cat on the T , and I’m not seeing it ending well.

Some Nice PowerPoint Templates

I ran across these this morning while searching for something for a client.  They are free for personal use (though if find yourself using PowerPoint a lot in your personal life, you have my deepest sympathies).  There are some nice designs here.