Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Dribs and Drabs Of Useless Information
Related, Amazon's showing a new O'Reilly book by Brian McWilliams entitled "Spam Kings: The Real Story behind the High-Rolling Hucksters Pushing Porn, Pills, and %*@)# Enlargements". The first chapter is up on O'Reilly's site in PDF format and it looks like a good read, similar in style almost to The Cuckoo's Egg. Amazon doesn't show it as available yet, however O'Reilly seems to be taking orders at this point.
Those wacky mugu-baiters on 419eater.com are still at it with their Godwin's Law-defying scambaits. The latest developments can be seen here. Scroll down about halfway to see the "receipt" provided by the mugus to one notably disreputable person. Interesting thing about the receipt is the address, Bahnhofstrasse 24 in Zurich. Now, I haven't been to Zurich for quite a while (it's been over 10 years) but as I recall the Bahnhofstrasse is quite upscale, and I'm not sure that there'd be an affordable maildrop there (sans collusion of course). I'm unsure as to whether the numbering starts at the station end or the lake end of the street, but assuming it's starting from the station end the low number of course would probably indicate proximity to the general seediness that seems to associate itself with the environs of large city train stations no matter where they are. Zurich struck me as a strange city, astonishingly quaint in some ways, but a lot of very visible social problems. We were explicitly warned about the needle park on the Limmatt by the desk clerk in our hotel. Expensive, too. Dinner in the Old Town consistently ran over $100 per for Olive Garden-quality food (although I must say the pesto in one place was fantastic). One other thing that struck me about Switzerland in general was that the graffiti was much nastier than anyplace else we saw on that trip. There were a couple of "Tourist Go Home" screeds in Salzburg, and a more chilling "Auslander Raus!" in Vienna but some of the stuff we saw in Switzerland was beyond belief, in this most supposedly placid of countries.