Saturday, June 14, 2014

Nigerian Prince Meet British Banker

I think I encountered my first Nigerian Prince email in 2002. Spam filtering does a good job of making sure I don't see them, but every once in a while it snags something it should have let through.

As I was looking to see there might be any legitimate email in my spam folder, I cam across this gem. For some reason, I find it quite entertaining that the character in this email is a British banker rather than a Nigerian prince.

I'm almost tempted to reply using dummy information just to see where it leads. It would be trivial for me to create a phone number just for this occasion and I'd be very curious to hear what accent the caller would have.

I am Mr. Algoth Cyprian, an Accountant with Bank, I am the personal Account Manager to Late Mr. Enevald Helmut.

On the 21st of April 2008, Mr. Enevald Helmut (Herein after shall be referred to as my client), his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident in London. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several Unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of His family but of no avail, hence I contacted you to stand as his next of kin.

I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money in addition, property left behind by my client before they get Confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, Lloyds Bank, where the deceased had an account valued at about Six hundred thousand Great British Pounds. Consequently, the bank issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin or have the account confiscated within the next twenty official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased based on the fact that you are a foreigner so that the proceeds of this account valued at about six hundred thousand Great British Pounds can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require. An attorney will be contracted to help re-validate and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us sees this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

To enable us discuss further, I would like you to send me the following information so I can open up a next of kin file on your behalf here in the bank.

1. Name in full:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age/Sex:
5. Occupation:
6. Direct Phone number:

Best regards,
Mr. Algoth Cyprian

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Web 2.0 Blog Rebooted

As I suspected when I began my Web 2.0 experiment, my blogging platform of choice has gone away and left me to reboot my blog once again. I'd dumped my self hosted blog for Posterous for two reasons. I just wasn't finding the enthusiasm to keep playing with Drupal and I wondered if it was really okay to recommend using all these Web 2.0 start ups in place of a self hosted platform with all that ability to precicely tweak the code or even write brand new tools from scratch.

Posterous had great tools for sharing photos and videos as text and I quite liked their Android app. Best of all, it would automatically push out my creations to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and lots of other Web 2.0 sites. And then Twitter bought the company and shut it all down on short notice.

Maybe I should have gone with good old WordPress. There would be lots of opportunities to use the skills I developed helping others with their WordPress sites. And unlike Posterous, if I decided to go back to my own blog again, I could just host my own installation of WordPress. In fact, my hosting provider, Dreamhost, will even handle the installation process for me!

Instead, I've decided to keep with my theme by moving to another proprietary if less apt to disappear platform: Blogger. So far, I'm not seeing as much integration with other services (not even YouTube!) and the Android app seems to have temporarily lost some of the blog posts I'd queued up to finish and publish later (They're back, but I'm writting this one in Evernote.). But I liked some of the customization features when I was setting up the initial look of my blog and integrating it with my domain name couldn't have been easier. I still need to see if I can recreate my old blog posts with their dates intact as I did with the move to Posterous, but I'm pleased with my initial experience.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Joy of Challenges

The greater joy lies not in crossing the finish line, but in rising to the challenge. We thrive less on our achievements than on our challenges. Achievement's pleasure is fleeting, but it leaves behind an encouragement to spur us on to the next success.

Set goals, create plans, measure progress, course correct, and celebrate upon arrival. Learn to make life a series of milestones and reaching those milestones a lifestyle. Look back for encouragement and forward for direction.

A life spent in the past or in the future is thoroughly dissatisfying. If all hope lies in the past, life is already over. If all hope lies in the future, life never begins.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pretty Weeds

Alien Landscapes

I originally started experimenting with macro photography simply because it was the only way to get my inexpensive camera to create pictures with a shallow depth of field. However, I discovered that taking close up pictures can totally change the way you percieve the thing you're looking at. I took these pictures a couple of years ago while walking through a wooded area along the outskirts of my home town. By looking close up at moss and other things growing on the rocks and fallen trees, I discovered an alien landscape out of some science fiction movie.