climbing, talking, calling and spamming

A rock climber fell to his death while descending Mount McKinley. We saw some climbers about four or five hundred feet high at Zion National Park. If they had fallen, it would have almost assuredly resulted in death. Whenever you participate in extreme sports you have to accept the risk of death, but it’s hard to realize that it doesn’t only happen to everyone else.

In a little less morbid vein, outgoing people may not be getting their work done. Everyone likes an occasional chit-chat during work, but if you spend too much time talking with others, you’re distracting them and decreasing your own productivity.

One of the very few times that someone was happy to get a call from a telemarketer. I didn’t think it was possible but if I were in the position of this guy I would have been ecstatic to have gotten that call. I wouldn’t have known about putting the batteries in the snow though. That’s good to know.

I like this analytical look at spam. It gives an objective overview of the affects of spam, both good and bad. I’m starting to get more unsolicited emails and I don’t know why. I finally got off a list that was sending me emails in Japanese. The characters would really screw up my email and I sent multiple requests to be unsubscribed but got no response. In my last desperate attempt, I wrote, “For the love of all that is holy, please take me off your list.” Oddly enough, it worked. I got an email today from them that they’ve removed my email address.


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  1. That is one sport I never wanted to do is mountain climbing.I’m very afraid of heights

    Comment by Tammie on July 2, 2002 @ 9:22 am
  2. As funny as your anti-spam approach is, I’m quite surprised it worked. I didn’t think a human actually ever looked at those messages. I get tons of spam each day (well, ok, not tons, since email is basically weightless, but I get a lot) and it’s quite annoying. The more I unsubscribe, the more I get subscribed automtically to other lists. Ack!

    Comment by Cameron on July 2, 2002 @ 9:40 am
  3. The only reason I even tried it was because the email had a valid header as well as a link to their site. I managed to find a support email address in english and figured it was worth a try. It took them about a month to get back to me, but at least I’m off their list now.

    Comment by dan on July 2, 2002 @ 11:06 am

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