Category Archives: wtf

Scam alert–are you getting flooded with spam email?

Are you getting a sudden deluge of spammy emails? Like you’ve been signed up for every mailing list and catalog in the universe?

The first impulse is to bulk delete and curse the clown who did this to you.

DON’T.

Curse away, yes, but comb through those emails with a gimlet eye to what actually may be important. Someone has done something underhanded and is relying on the flood of spam to bury an important notification.

Something where you really want to know: a Paypal transaction you didn’t authorize. A credit card transaction for something you didn’t buy and will never see. A notice that someone has applied for Covid-19 benefits in your name.

That last happened up in Canada to an acquaintance, who fortunately spotted the email in the heap of trash and is now recovering the account and unwinding the changes in their CRA account.

That so easily could have gone undetected.

Constant vigilance.

I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.

Comic_Sans1I’ve take a look at this boisterous font before, and damned if the thing hasn’t taken a look back at me. I still think we ought to back away slowly.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole

Listen up. I know the shit you’ve been saying behind my back. You think I’m stupid. You think I’m immature. You think I’m a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I’m Comic Sans, and I’m the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.

Read the rest. If you dare.

To moms everywhere

Thank you!

aardvark mom

Because being a mom is aard vark.

Easter eggs on the edges

We’re all used to the idea of easter eggs in games, spots where something hidden and unexpected turns up. The trick is a lot older than we thought.

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Now I have to go flip pages in every old book on my shelf, just to see if  anything amazing lurks on the very edge of each sheet. I’m not really hopeful; not a lot of my library is that old. The technique dates back to around 1650, but I think we’re looking at nineteenth century examples here.

Some books even have one picture on the forward edge and another on the rear edge. In this instance, I will concede that a print book really does have it over an ebook, and that it’s not just about the words.

And I think I might have found it already if anything in my collection was as amazing as this:

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Link to more information at the Meta Picture, and thanks to the Passive Voice for bringing it to my attention.

Trompe l’oeil books

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Created on seven walls of Ustroń Public Library, Poland, and taking over 500 square meters, the mural shows the interiors of the Trinity College Library in Dublin.

Two of my favorite things at once: optical illusions and books!