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A Life of Crap

May 01, 2003 01:44

Someone care to explain to me what this is supposed to mean:

Hey, got your attention, huh? Want my advice? Website is cool, but don't endanger your private life. I t isn't worth it--especially if you have family.... Your website is most cool, and I'm deleting it from my regular contacts....was ecommended to me by a friend, but don't think so. You're brilliant--don't set yourself up for a life of crap....

Someone sent me that message. I attempted to reply, but he/she ran off. So somebody with the typical 5 minute or less examination of the site has drawn this conclusion. Evidence and explaination is lacking. So to counter this dim view of reality, here are a few advantages to running the site that the message author failed to point out.

1. My current girlfriend, I met because of the website.

2. My current job, I obtained because of the website.

3. I have had tons of POSITIVE TV, radio, newspaper, magazine, and word of mouth coverage. All because of the site.

4. Despite international coverage, my life has failed to be endangered in any way.

5. My life is exactly as private as I want it to be.

The only way my life would turn into "crap" is if I let it go to my head. I haven't, and I won't. The fame was fun, but it has mostly fizzled. This was expected, and I remained modest throughout all of it because I knew it wasn't going to last forever. This is why I didn't try to profit from it. Why I didn't seek the fame. And why I didn't try to keep the momentum going any longer than it was naturally going to. I was able to maintain some degree of sanity as a result. I'm pretty happy with my life the way it's turned out, both with regards to the site and otherwise. Sure, not everything is perfect, but it's a far cry from a life of crap.

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For the three of you that know...

April 29, 2003 20:20

For those that fully understand the context, this quote is quite applicable. Of course, it probably won't make any sense to the rest of you, but someday you'll be fully informed of all the facts and it will be crystal clear at that time.

Whoever has theological blood in his veins is naturally shifty and dishonorable in all things. - Nietzsche

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Thanks Wesm!

April 14, 2003 19:03

Nuff said. :)

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April 09, 2003 23:20

Pranks

Someone today thought it would be funny to send me a prank exe file, telling me that it was something else. Of course, I'm not stupid. An exe file can carry all sorts of problems. Virues, trojans, and any degree of maliciousness, even if the original owner of the exe file is unaware. Knowing full well, there is NO reason to EVER send media via an exe file, I decided to run it under a relatively safe environment. The computer I ran it on can be reloaded in 15 minutes, so worst case, I'm out 15 minutes of my time. So I ran it, and it promptly brought up a window asking if I want to delete all my files, and by the time I hit the power switch, it was running through a list.

So I boot the computer back up and start reloading it. I then come back to my office, tell the person who sent it to me that it wasn't very funny. A few ha ha's later, and she leaves. I send a form letter abuse complaint to the ISP of the person who sent it, along with a description of what it did. Then a few minutes later, I'm informed that it was just a prank, and had I watched it through to the end, I would have realized that. Yeah.. Haha. very funny. I'm sure I was just going to sit there and drool through the whole thing while it sat there deleting files. RIGHT. And they say I have no sense of humor. That has NOTHING to do with a sense of humor. That's like yelling fire in a crowded theatre and telling the trampled people afterwards "JUST KIDDING! It was just a prank! You have no sense of humor!"

This prank, despite the few minutes of reloading that I wouldn't have had to do otherwise, was harmless. But not all pranks turn out that way. What starts off as a "harmless" prank can lead to all sorts of problems. Even if nobody gets hurt, law enforcement might shoot first and ask questions later if they get involved. Would you like your home to get raided? Would you like to get locked up for an indefinite period of time while the slow arms of justice figure out that it was "just a prank?" If someone got killed, would you tell the family of the person that got killed that they don't have a sense of humor? Here's some good examples why malicious pranks, even "harmless" ones, are a very bad idea.

Here is an article about a couple of kids that try to scare a younger boy "as a prank." The boy thinks he's being kidnapped, and after all is said and done, that's what the two kids get charged with. Just a prank. Now you're a kidnapper.

This is a good way to get yourself in trouble. Hand a box with some powder in it to a fellow employee at a power plant. Just a prank. Police are investigating.

Did you know that carvingyour initials in freshly poured concrete can be charged as vandalism? These kids do... now.

Play a prank on your boss by telling him the store you're working at was robbed. The police didn't have a sense of humor.

Call in a bomb threat to your school as a prank. Discuss with your cellmates about other good April Fools pranks.

Remember Columbine? Well, these kids got their idea from somewhere. The "prank" hit list they drew up has some people concerned. It's a simple concept really. Should we take the chance that they were serious, or just lock them away to be on the safe side? What would YOU do?

Here's an idea. How about calling some worried mother and tell her that her son who's out fighting the war in Iraq has been captured. I'm sure she'll laugh that off.

Pranks seem so funny at the time. But if there was a time for such jokes, that time is over. People DO send people malicious programs through the internet, so I should expect to get them. People DO get dangerous substances in the mail, they shouldn't just ignore it because it might be a prank. The little "jokes" which seem so harmless, might someday not be anymore. A perfect stranger has no idea if its a prank or the real thing, and anyone getting a package of white powder will assume it's real until proven otherwise. And that means hospital visits, decontamination, evacuation, quarantine. All for a prank. Pull vital resources away from law enforcement so they can protect people from your "prank". Make people waste their time. It's no wonder that people don't find your jokes amusing. Its not funny. And if you're inclined to do that sort of thing, you will someday figure out just how not funny it really is.

And while you sit in that cold jail cell, guests of the police officers with no sense of humor, you will at least have those warm memories of all the fun you had. You get only one blanket, the food is horrible, and Bubba is waiting. And the best part is, I will finally find that sense of humor you claim I don't have.

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Regarding April 1 post

April 08, 2003 11:25

I have managed to sustain, at least temporarily, one crisis which was going to cause the site to be shut down. However, there is still a chance that the site might be offline for a couple weeks, but it won't necessarily be permanant. For those interested, my problems are financial. And as much as I might think so, the ISP bill is not the highest priority. Therefore, unless my ISP can be talked into delaying disconnection for a month or so (and it's not likely to happen) the service will be cut off until such a date that I can afford to pay the bill. There are other bills that need to be paid first.

I will attempt to redirect the domain so that a status page is shown, if nothing else, so at least people are aware that the downtime is only temporary, And keep people updated on what's happening. If I know the site is down, I will take the opportunity to overhaul some things that are hard to mess with while the site is operational, like getting user accounts and cookies working properly, repairing the car, etc.

For the record, I am NOT accepting donations. This is my problem. I got myself into this, I'll get myself out of it. It would take a very large amount of cash immediately to keep the site going in the near future, although more revenue would get it back up and running faster. I'm going to pick up another job, even if it's of the "would you like fries with that?" variety until I can get this mess cleaned up.

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Googlesnacks, now 20% MORE offensive!

April 07, 2003 14:05

When someone searches for something on google, they get presented with a page of links. If you glance at the current URL, you will notice that the text you searched for is part of the URL. If you then click on one of the links on the page, the site you end up at knows the URL of the page you came from, and therefore knows what you were searching for when you found the link. Most of the people that end up at my site via a search engine were looking for something relavent, either my site name, or something about webcams, lamps, rc cars, doorbells, or my name. But every once in a while, I get a really off topic search, and that is what I call a googlesnack. If you don't like some of these, keep in mind that someone else was looking for these things. I'm only the messenger.

once upon a time there was a bogus referrer tag. his name was Reffie and he liked to play games! No, I don't have any idea.
pics of geeky people YEAH!
honda girls in thongs
16 year olds naked pics
And when that didn't work.....
naked 16 year old girls
use cuecat as motion sensor hmmmmm..
pictures of male age 18 That's a first
pics of the captured

Elizabeth Smart Googlesnacks. These might be disturbing, but people are actually searching for these things. Feel free to not read them.

elizabeth smart abuse pics
elizabeth smart, sexual abuse
what did elizabeth smart go through
elizabeth smart pics
elizabeth smart marriage ceremony
elizabeth smart legally married
elizabeth smart is legally married
stupid ohio marriage laws

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All Good Things....

April 01, 2003 22:44

Recent events in my life are going to interfere with the continued operation of this site. I plan to soon return to school, find additional work, and move. Keeping the site will not be possible for the near future. I'm unsure if I will keep some of the ancillary features active, like the chatroom, which can be operated almost anywhere, but the cameras, car, and lights will no longer be operational. I'm hoping this downtime won't be more than a few months, but the absence will kill the momentum of visitors to the site, so popularity will severely wane, and therefore starting it back up won't be much of a priority. I might choose to keep it down forever. However, time will tell what actually happens.

For all the nice people I've met over the last 5 years, I thank you for the comments, suggestions, and the entertainment you've provided.

And for all the assholes out there who I've had endless patient tolerance for, please accept my sincere gratitude when I tell you to kindly go fuck yourselves.

-Paul Mathis
pmathis@dfw.net

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Googlesnack Treat

March 30, 2003 02:48

how to make a guy crazy about me

And I'm the number one hit. I can just imagine the hoardes of lovelorn teenage girls turning to the internet out of desparation to assist in their as so far bereft love lives, only to find me. While I'm quite certain that this wasn't the intended destination, as a service to my early teen lady in waiting demagraphic, I will attempt to provide some assistance in this regard.

There are two types of guys out there. The ones you want, and the ones that are interested in you. To make your life easier, select a candidate from the latter group. Yes, this guy will probably have glasses. Yes, this guy will have that annoying nasal voice. This guy MIGHT drool on you at inconvienent times, but the good news is, you won't have to try very hard.

However, it won't be the bed of roses I'm making it out to be. Despite his interest in you, there will still be many challenges to face. First of all, he's going to be shy. If you say "hi" to him and smile at him at the same time, he'll probably do one or more of the following things:

1. Stammer, stutter, and try several times to say the word "hi" back.
2. Shake uncontrollably.
3. Blush
4. Wet his pants, or do any number of other inconviently timed bodily functions appropriate just for this opportunity of embarrasment
5. Run away

After several such encounters, you might extend your conversation past the greeting. Don't get complacent though, he has just gotten past the shy mode and gone into sceptical mode. Remember something important. Everytime he ever talks to a girl he's interested in, and at this age, his qualifications are something along the lines of: female, living, and younger than his mom, the girl has brushed him off, laughed in his face, or said "sure!" only to stand him up later and tell the whole school about it, so they can join in the harrassment. So after years of being jaded in this way, girls are now the enemy. Rejection is not an option here. He simply can't risk it. So you might APPEAR to be interested, but he will suspect a sinister plot. It might take time to earn his trust.

Once you've earned his trust, or maybe long before, he will start to think that you like him. Instantly, this means, to him anyway, that you want to "do things" with him. Depending on his age and how much he's heard from his friends, "do things" might mean playing cards, or it might mean something more graphic like..... (insert cliche horror movie screeching sound effect)..... holding hands in public!!!!! Holding hands, of course, is a very dangerous activity. For many reasons. Sure, I'll be glad to tell you.

When you have nobody and you glance over at two people holding hands, it makes you jealous of both of them, and it also makes you want that. Because if YOU were the guy holding hands with the girl, then someone ELSE would feel like crap because his hand is more or less unheld. It sucks to be the guy with the unheld hand, so there's a definite symbolic guesture of superiority there. Sure, he might like you, and thats why he wants to hold your hand, but if he only wants to hold your hand in a busy hallway, you might want to be wary of his motives. For fun sometime, refuse to hold his hand when people are watching. Of course, you only want to do this if you enjoy whining, because you'll hear a lot of it. He'll think you don't like him anymore, and he won't be bashful about expressing this opinion, even loudly in public, despite however shy he might have been at first. So maybe you should just go along with it.

Of course, the other potential hazard is that it might lead to other things. Like..... touching you in an inappropriate place.... like... your..... SHOULDER! He'll want to casually drape his arm around your shoulder, which is probably more difficult than it would appear considering you're probably taller than he is at your age. But don't let this excuse lend to his desire to try a more convienent arm draping location, like your waist. This obsessive arm draping means that your bodies will be pressed together for the duration of the excersize. And he'll enjoy it. Probably a little too much. If he likes the arm draping but refuses to hug you, then he's definitely enjoying it too much. I wouldn't recommend pushing the issue, you'll learn a lot more than you want to.

And at some point he's going to want to do something nasty. Something that involves the grotesque exchange of bodily fluids. Yes, I'm talking about.... KISSING... ew!!! Now you have to be careful here. First of all, a lot of people will think it's inappropriate. Definitely your parents, and probably your teachers. But definitely your parents. In fact, if they catch you kissing him, they will probably say mean things. They might even chase him out of the house with a shotgun. This is normal parental behavior and won't in any way affect your relationship with him, once he gets out of counselling. You will just have to be more discrete. This means, practice this activity in places your parents are unlikely to discover it, like, oh, your parents bed. They will never think to look for you there, and even if they do discover you there, you can suddenly stop and pretend you two were sleeping, and they'll just admire how cute you look and silenty walk away. For reasons I'm not going to get into here, it's probably a good idea if you're UNDER the covers at the time, as your parents might not even notice.

At some point, like by the time you're 25, you might consider moving things past kissing. This activity is beyond the scope of this document, but I will give this advice to get you started. The best thing you should do is confidently walk up to your parents, sit them down, act really nervous, then blurt out that you're interested in discussing mature adult activities. Mention things like needing "protection". Ask what all those 4 letter words REALLY mean. This should keep your parents busy for a while. Good luck!

Oh, and as for the guy you actually want, well, he's probably pretty desparate too. He just drools less.

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Think of them as hints

March 28, 2003 09:08

If your boyfriend breaks up with you, stop having sex with him.

If two people break up with you and give you the same reason, you might want to start paying attention to the reason.

If you're going to tell a lie to someone, make sure they can't confirm it with only a single phone call.

If someone is recording your phone conversation and tells you that he's going to turn that recording over to the police, don't tell him you're doing something illegal.

If your core audience is red blooded American, don't make anti-American statements in public.

It takes two people to cheat in a relationship. They're both scumbags.

When you first meet someone you like, figure out the top 5 most uncomfortable things about yourself, and tell him/her all of them the first day.

Outlandish statements won't be supported without proof. Obtain proof BEFORE opening your mouth.

If in doubt, obey the law.

If you feel the need to stalk, that means the answer is no.

If you feel the need to tell someone that they don't have a life, it's because you have too much free time, meaning you don't have one either.

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Simple answers

March 25, 2003 22:06

This has a better place in the FAQ, but I figure a quickie mention here won't hurt.

My name is Paul

I'm 29 years old.

Yes, the site is real

Yes the cameras are live.

No, the slideshow is not live.

Yes, I'm sometimes home.

Yes, I sometimes leave.

Yes, I work.

No, it's none of your business where.

No, this site does NOT inflict heavy damage to my electric bill

Yes, my ISP is aware that I run this site, and no, they don't care.

Yes, I have a life.

Yes, I have a girlfriend.

No, she won't flash you.

No, none of the other girls that visit will either

......Except maybe Tinkers

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