I’ve got all my spam back

26 02 2009

For some reasons that I cannot work out in the past few weeks my Gmail account has been inundated by spam emails. Not the Viagra ones for a change but only today I’ve won a Swiss Lottery:


CONGRATULATIONS!!!…..YOU HAVE WON Ђ 750,000 Euros

You have been awarded Ђ 750,000 Euros in the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite Software email lottery in which e-mail addresses are picked randomly by Software powered by the Internet through the worldwide website.

Your email address was amongst those chosen this year for the SWISS-LOTTO Satellite lottery. And this promotion is proudly sponsored by the SWISS-LOTTO NETHERLANDS organization.”

A Microsoft Lottery:

“OFFICIAL WINNING NOTIFICATION.

Welcome to Microword.com Corporation end of year promotions, We are
pleased to inform you of the released results of Sweepstakes Promotion
organized by Microword.com Corporations, in conjunction with the
foundation for the Promotion of software products, held this Feb 16th
2009, here in Madrid-Spain.”

And this:

During our last priminary auditions in 2007, I found out in my department that one of our client who insured his properties and life has died since two years ago that is in 2006. Since then, there was nobody that comes forward to claim his insurance premium which amounted to Eight Million Pounds Sterling (8,000,000.00).

Therefore, I am seeking for a reliable and trustworthy person that can act as the decease next of kin to make this claim for this above stated premium. Note that I shall provide all necessary assistance to make sure this premium is being paid out.

And 2 more.

I’ve had Gmail for the past two years and it used to be virtually spam free, I don’t understand what has  happened or when my email address has been to suddenly get all this crap. It is like going back to the gold old days with Yahoo Mail.





Found on The Web 26/02/2009

26 02 2009




Online collections of 19th century trade cards

26 02 2009

I’ve found a collection of Victorian Trade Cards hosted by the Miami University Library and if that is not enough the University of Iowa Libraries also has an online collection

victoriantradecardsTrade cards started to be used in the 17th century by businesses in London a bit like business cards. Often they only advertised the business with the address and a map. In the 19th century with better printing techniques they became more colourful and sophisticated.





Found on The Web 25/02/2009

25 02 2009




The Nightingale and the Rose

25 02 2009

This is an animated short based on Oscar Wilde’s story “The Nightingale and the Rose”.In the story, a young man falls in love with a girl, who tells him that she will dance with him at the upcoming ball if he hands her a red rose. However, the boy only has white roses growing in his garden and he becomes very upset. A nightingale hears him crying and is taken by his story. The bird decides to get a red rose for him.He flies to two different bushes asking them for a red rose, but they have only yellow and pink roses. He then flies to a bare bush that tells him that it can grow a red rose only if the nightingale gives up his life for it and sings to him the entire night as the thorn pierces his heart. The blood of the bird will help to grow a beautiful red rose. So the bird decides to do this and kills himself.The next day, the boy finds the flower and brings it to the girl. The girl responds that another man gave her jewelry and that is a far more expensive gift than any flower…and rejects him. Drawings are all hand painted with watercolors.Music: “Nocturne” by Alexander Borodin

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“Pushkin”

14 02 2009

This has to be my favourite stop motion animation. Full stop.





Found on The Web 14/02/2009

14 02 2009