Verizon Wireless security

December 23rd, 2012

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:

Subject: Felicitation/Notification
From: Lotto@Italia <>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

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.


Elisa Masimo.

Car motor that could outlast the car it powers

August 13th, 2011

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.

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Lesson in loyalty in wake of tsunami in Japan

March 16th, 2011

This video shows an example of character we humans should learn to cultivate in ourselves.

Lost amongst the rubble after the tsunami in Japan, an injured dog is guarded by another that never leaves it’s side. According to an English translation on MSNBC, both dogs are in care now.

Update 170529: had to change the video link. Original was gone due to complaint from a Japanese agency.

How to get places

November 12th, 2010

Either click on the image, or this link to get to the original page.

Destination vs How To Get There


November 11th, 2010

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.