Archive for January, 2007

Proven Stress Reducers

Stress and 52 ways to reduce it

As someone who has a LOT of things going on (where “a lot” is indexed to several hundred separate, unique tasks per-week), I found this list pretty interesting.

52 Proven Stress Reducers has some interesting ideas, including some of the obvious ones:

  1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.
  2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table. Make lunches. Put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.

But there are others that aren’t so obvious:

  1. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do today; whatever you want to do today, do it now.
  1. Do unpleasant tasks early and enjoy the rest of the day.
  2. Delegate responsibility to capable people.

Overall, a great list.

I’ve loaded it onto my Palm in Plucker format so I’ll always have it with me, on-hand.

The Spam that Failed

I have to laugh… this was a spam that I received a few days ago in my Inbox, and it looked exactly like this:

%TO_CC_DEFAULT_HANDLER
Subject: %SUBJECT
Sender: "%FROM_NAME" <%FROM_EMAIL>
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Content-Type: text/html
Date: %CURRENT_DATE_TIME

%MESSAGE_BODY

The full message source looked like this:

Return-Path: 
Received: from steel1.ntsias.ru (steel1.ntsias.ru [85.119.72.170] (may be
        forged)) by aphrodite.gnu-designs.com (8.13.5/8.13.6-SELinux) with ESMTP id
        l0OAL0ka030186 for ; Wed, 24 Jan 2007 05:22:31 -0500
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 05:22:30 -0500
Received: from 192.168.0.%RND_DIGIT
        (203-219-%DIGSTAT2-%STATDIG.%RND_FROM_DOMAIN [203.219.%DIGSTAT2.%STATDIG])
        by mail%SINGSTAT.%RND_FROM_DOMAIN (envelope-from %FROM_EMAIL)
        (8.13.6/8.13.6) with SMTP id %STATWORD for <%TO_EMAIL>; %CURRENT_DATE_TIME
Message-Id: <%RND_DIGIT[10].%STATWORD@mail%SINGSTAT.%RND_FROM_DOMAIN> 
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
X-gnu-designs.com-MailScanner: Found to be clean
X-MailScanner-From: mahsa_63m@yahoo.com
X-DSPAM-Result: Innocent
X-DSPAM-Processed: Wed Jan 24 05:25:17 2007
X-DSPAM-Confidence: 0.5479
X-DSPAM-Probability: 0.4572
X-DSPAM-Signature: 1,45b7340c303424106420558
X-Evolution-Source: imap://hacker@mail.gnu-designs.com/
From: 
Subject: No Subject
Mime-Version: 1.0

%TO_CC_DEFAULT_HANDLER
Subject: %SUBJECT
Sender: "%FROM_NAME" <%FROM_EMAIL>
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Content-Type: text/html
Date: %CURRENT_DATE_TIME

%MESSAGE_BODY

How funny that it made it through like that, without any attempt at filling in the data. dspam, like the proper anti-spam crimefighting tool that it is, happily passed this straight on to me, because it knew I would be interested in it.

Funny how stupid spammers are these days.

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