I just received spam to an email alias created in 2002 for the sole purpose of communicating with Verizon Wireless online and with their support, an alias that hasn’t even been used since 2005.
Perhaps Verizon Wireless is not very concerned about user privacy. Perhaps the Verizon Wireless customer database was compromised. Perhaps Verizon Wireless sold my information to third parties and it got into the wild from there.
Whatever the case, none of them make me happy.
In case you’re wondering, here is the text of the spam:
Notification of Electronic Award
Felicitation: Your email address has won you a grand prize award sum, we have sent you several email notifications without response, you are hereby advise to reply to this email for more details on how to claim your prize sum.
U.S. Researcher Preparing Prototype Cars Powered by Heavy-Metal Thorium
A U.S. company says it is getting closer to putting prototype electric cars on the road that will be powered by the heavy-metal thorium.
A 250 MW unit weighing about 500 lbs. (227 kg) would be small and light enough to drop under the hood of a car.
Because thorium is so dense, similar to uranium, it stores considerable potential energy: 1 gm of thorium equals the energy of 7,500 gallons (28,391 L) of gasoline… using just 8 gm of thorium in a car should mean it would never need refueling.
A couple days ago, a wonderful friend from Germany shared a poem someone had sent her. It was the German translation of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, written in 1927.
You can read the original English version in the link above. Below, the very beautiful German translation I received:
Gehe ruhig und gelassen durch Lärm und Hast
und sei des Friedens eingedenk,
den die Stille bergen kann.
Stehe – soweit ohne Selbstaufgabe möglich –
in freundlicher Beziehung zu allen Menschen.
äußere deine Wahrheit ruhig und klar und höre anderen zu,
auch den Geistlosen und Unwissenden;
auch sie haben ihre Geschichte,
Meide laute und aggressive Menschen,
sie sind eine Qual für den Geist. […]