January 11th, 2007


A meme in the morning ...

Saw this over in anthony_arndt's journal and figured I'd play ... "The Fundamentalist Christian Test" ...


You scored 22 Fundiness points!

You're Sane! I bet that's a relief!

You're most likely an intelligent, people-focused person, and probably
an agnostic or lapsed Christian. You tend to avoid the more outspoken
Christians of the world, and probably consider them a bit nuts, but on
the whole you respect their dedication and try to treat them as fellow
human beings.

On the downside, Anti-Fundies might consider you a bit wishy-washy,
and Fundies will happily lump you in with anyone who disagrees with
them. Your respect for others' beliefs will serve you well, however, so
don't worry too much. You're the sane one, after all.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Fundiness
Link: The Fundamentalist Christian Test written by Novak83 on
OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Now, needless to say, I have no idea how I managed to score "higher than 99% on Fundiness", unless I'm pretty much the only respondent so far in my demographic slot!

Also, you can all say "thank you, Brendan!" for taking 10 minutes out of my life to tidy up the crappy HTML that okcupid.com generates for these things ... I just hate it when these stupid quizzes spew all over with dozens of extra codes resulting in vast blank areas.

I also liked the cartoon that accompanies the "Anti-Fundie" result ... which I would have gotten had I knocked a few points off my score (being ambivalent about abortion, I don't score as a raging atheist), and figured I'd paste that in here just for shits & giggles.

Frankly, the text in the "Sane" graphic is pretty much dead on ... "I've got nothing against God ... it's his fan club I can't stand" operates pretty much across the board ... stick in Xtian Fundies, Islamic Jihadists, Disciplinarian Buddhists, Ego-inflated Wiccans, etc., etc., etc., and that's a good approximation of my opinion!

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Oh, bummer ...

Robert Anton Wilson just died.

At least he got to see how many people he touched across the globe by way of the very successful fund drive for him over the past several months. The out-pouring of love and respect that flowed his way over his final weeks is to be envied by any writer, heck, any human.

I hope he gets a chance to pinch Eris on her divine ass on the way to wherever he's going!

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Spamhaus help?????!!!!

In the immortal words of Rosanne Rosanna-Danna ... "NEVERMIND!"

On about the dozenth communication back-and-forth with my hosting company, they suggested that I change the port setting for outgoing mail, and BINGO!, I could send again. I'm still waiting for an explanation WHY this happened suddenly, and what the heck happened in the first place!

Anybody know anything about getting off of a Spamhaus list?

I suspect this has something to do with the motherfucking spammers who have used various of my domains to "spoof" return addresses, even though the Spamhouse FAQs insist that they only block IPs and not domains.

Anyway, as of today, I can't SEND any mail from my main domain. When I try, I get this error message:
An error occurred while sending mail. The mail server responded:
http://www.spamhaus.org/query/bl?ip= Please verify that your
email address is correct in your Mail preferences and try again.
Needless to say, I hadn't changed anything and that this just was suddenly there. I tried looking up that IP address and it just shows up as an SBC address, so I was at first thinking it might have something to do with our DSL service (via SBC/AT&T/Yahoo!), but found that it wasn't related at all to our own IP. Unfortunately, the person I was dealing with at AT&T seemed pretty clueless (she had never heard of the ThunderBird mail client and seemed only vaguely aware of FireFox!), and kept wanting to mess with the settings in my e-mail.

I have been trying to get a hold of the tech service at the place that hosts my btripp.com domain, but they say that has nothing to do with them either. I'm thinking that if the IP isn't part of our DSL service, and isn't part of the hosting company's mail service, I should just go to Spamhaus.org and use their automated removal thing ... except that they're rather adamant about NOT doing this if you're an end-user (they claim that removing it will make you liable for any subsequent abuses).

Now, of course, there IS NO WAY TO CONTACT SPAMHAUS, which makes it impossible to ask anybody anything, which is why I'm throwing out a call for help here. Anybody have any experience in dealing with this stuff ... or maybe have a secret e-mail that would reach somebody at Spamhaus.org???


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Stolen words ...

I can't wait to call somebody a Mahogany Asterisk ... the ever-creative Mr. deathboy has 'to insert the phrase "winking mahogany asterisk" into polite conversation' on his to-do list today, but I think I'd rather steal it for screaming at an inconsiderate driver or something. It's the sort of thing that might lurk in their brains for days before exploding into "ASSHOLE!".

heh ...

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Had this sitting around ...

A shot from the Fullerton el stop, looking north at an arriving Brown Line train ...

I had this sitting around since last April (04/23/06), but just never got around to posting it ... I was looking through pics on this computer (my photo files are all on my laptop unless I hand-carry them on a flash drive or floppy to this one) for something else and noticed this and figured, what the hey, might as well use it.

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