The dawn of spam

I have a Road Runner e-mail account that I have given up using for anything important, because it’s inundated by spam. This is partly my fault; I posted some messages to Usenet newsgroups from that account some years ago, and those messages are preserved for posterity in Google Groups, where spammers harvest my address from…

The church menace

In case you don’t have enough things to lie awake at night worrying about, here’s one you probably weren’t aware of: you’re not even safe in church. In fact, your church is going to kill you. According to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal, church air is full of incense and candle smoke…

Nice logo, though

This D&D website turns out to have nothing to do with Dungeons & Dragons; it’s for D&D Chevrolet in DeWitt, Iowa. My initial reaction was “How have these folks avoided being sued by the game’s publisher for trademark infringement?” But the dealership has been called “D&D” since 1971, three years before the game first appeared.…

Remember

Yesterday, my friend Keith asked me whether I had to work today. “Um, yes,” I said. “Why would I have the day off?” “It’s Veterans Day,” he replied. “Oh,” I mumbled, looking at my feet. “I, uh, forgot.” How embarrassing. Admitting that I had forgotten Veterans Day would be a faux pas no matter when…

Older than dirt, part 2

These are the items from the list that I do remember: Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water. You could find these in any convenience store when I was a kid. They seem pretty pointless to me in retrospect, but at the time I bought and consumed them like all the other kids. Candy cigarettes.…