Friday, May 28, 2021

Spamelot Phishalot

I am being bombarded with spam, phishing spam. Nothing like the Nigerian scam emails, this stuff is sophisticated. Good graphics, 99% correct spelling; a number of click-on links; & with complex sender addresses that seem to indicate advanced programming & redirection abilities. I'm getting 30 to 40 a day. I can't block them because they're already identified by Gmail as spam. All I can do is report them as phishing messages.

A few samples of the sender addresses:

ABC Ethereum i39u9aiqhonxhjj@mjzgobktbvg23xpkp.us via mtnubdevpf849twe9z.94l4kzb071qhf8d.stataschool.gr.com

China Crypto wmm2awbl8jt43s7@durzrgtoozsg49chfnwbn.us via 653977295hi228366.2npjqfng3myshr6308k4slndczsoo10wxmdczze2--------------.ec2-208.67.249.123.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.pyramid.systemshows.com

NESPRESSO UTZM2CAH.BV0ZYGCR@uwpttovjzxnqkhbyliie.us via bwuryj.53034-------.bzq-84-110-57-121.cablep.bezeqint.net

NESPRESSO G6O2CLP4.YSZ2LPNE@dxumfgvafloaguhdwsia.us via agdgon.62319-------.constantly.assistancewartime.com

China Crypto Bonus99-nooreply6F1QUVW...@6f1quvwqggmpmy5.us via mendiparc.bounabil18.earthosting.eu.org

Ethereum Invest J1B9HTO8.XIYNDZJH@fqoaeokirwniinxfrsri.us via malolajs.14mlo.foya.earthosting.eu.org

Ethereum Invest 6OU9HQV8.FCF9PZDQ@wdjjjicjdrwlzxsugvjw.us via malolajs.14mlo.foya.earthosting.eu.org

China Coin 7956@ro1zd4djeqrzxn7.us via sqnxqodmqwxqcmrkedmp.yj1ryikyt8fijxn.sxmvwjo14yqpz5nu1f.worldof.drivercycle.com


A few samples of the visuals :





Note the common address to write to if you want to unsubscribe. That's this place.


It's up for sale for $2.5 million if you want to buy it. I think it's empty.

Somebody who's obviously being subjected to the same bombardment as myself has tweeted: "As far as I can tell, that address is either a walk-in shipping/courier service, or maybe a hotel. (It's a weird block that's hard to navigate on streetview.) Clearly just an address harvested from somewhere that doesn't actually mean anything/an attempt at appearing legit."

I have a theory about these emails. It's to do with cryptocurrency mining. Since I can't discern any logic in plastering my email with a plethora of annoying & repetitive messages, I'm forced to believe that, possibly buried in that sender address, is an ongoing mining operation. Will continue to believe that unless someone comes up with an alternative theory.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

wednesday newstrip

Australian Pram Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prem Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prim Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prom Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prum Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Pram Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prem Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prim Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prom Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference. Australian Prum Minister Scat I'mtheshallowone is holding a news conference.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

wednesday newstrip

In emptiness of space, Voyager I detects plasma ‘hum’ · clever modder upgrades an old wacom into a pricier drawing tablet with $100 worth of parts · Ecstasy better at treating PTSD than traditional anti-depressants – study · Bill Gates told golf buddies that his marriage was ‘loveless’ · what 2,000-year-old poo says about our gut bugs · Federal Environment department tried to bury research that found huge underspend on Australian threatened species · Elongated Muskrat sends Bitcoin tumbling after pulling out of Tesla deal · freshly made plutonium from outer space found on ocean floor · for CBC, a dog story is more important than Israel’s apartheid · American business magazine Fortune has named New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern the world's greatest leader.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Trapped in the ballet barre

                          Claiming to have
          more than enough expertise 
                           to transform the 
                   marketing potential 
               of the space available 
                           on the inner t-shirt
                   into venture capital,
                         a consortium of
                       lentils & lean beef
            has launched a so-
                 called "lads' magazine" 
               which examines the 
                    spiritual & therapeutic 
                         practice of taking 
              retreats into metaphysical 
                       darkness whilst wearing 
                           only flimsy underwear.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me a life-sized
re-enactment of 
the first crossing
of the Atlantic 
Ocean by a pedal- 
powered liferaft. I
almost drowned.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The print parts of Otoliths issue sixty-one are now available

The print parts of Otoliths issue sixty-one are now available from The Otoliths Storefront at Lulu. Details are below. Lulu generally runs a promotional discount from Monday to Friday. This week's discount is 10% & the discount code is BOOKS10.

Part One
386 pages, b&w
Price: $US19.75
Direct Link: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/mark-young/otoliths-issue-sixty-one-part-one/paperback/product-v289p6.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Part One of Otoliths sixty-one contains fiction & non-fiction, vispo, reviews, translations, essays, & poetry from Sanjeev Sethi, Olchar E. Lindsann, Louise Landes Levi, Linda M. Walker, John Bradley, Andrew Topel, Clive Gresswell, Heller Levinson, Jack Galmitz, Patrick Cahill, Paul Dickey, C.S. Fuqua, Clara B. Jones, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Anna Cates, Jim Meirose, Joann Renee Boswell, William Doreski, Tony Rauch, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Ian Ganassi, GTimothy Gordon, Adam Fieled, Gavin Lucky, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Ron Riekki, Cameron Love, Lynn Strongin, Mary Corbin, Jim Leftwich, Karl Bachmann, Dennis Hinrichsen, Nina Živančević, Charles Freeland, Hazel Smith, Peter J. King, Mark DuCharme, Mary Cresswell, Kenneth Rexroth, Bob Lucky, Heath Brougher, Nathan Whiting, John Levy, Jake Goetz, Tony Beyer, Simon Perchik, John M. Bennett, Hugh Tribbey, S. K. Kelen, Jeff Harrison, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Richard Kostelanetz, Timothy Pilgrim, Paul Ilechko, Martin Edmond, J. D. Nelson, John Sweet, Megan Wildhood, Aysegul Yildirim, Bob Kotyk, Michael Neal Morris, Elmedin Kadric, Randee Silv, Eric Hoffman, David Lohrey, Sheila E. Murphy, Keith Nunes, M.J. Iuppa, John J. Trause, Michael J. Leach, Tom Beckett, Alison J Barton, Mark Pirie, Penelope Weiss, Keith Polette, Bob Heman, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Paul Pfleuger Jr, Jane Simpson, Alex Glynne, & Javant Biarujia.

Part Two
278 pages, full color
Price: $US39.75
Direct Link: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/mark-young/otoliths-issue-sixty-one-part-two/paperback/product-qq6dr7.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Part Two of Otoliths sixty-one, the full color part, contains paintings, collages, drawings, photographs, essays, memoirs, asemics, & vispo from Laurent Grison, Brandstifter & Texas Fontanella, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Sarah-Jane Crowson, Doren Robbins, Elaine Woo, Judith Skillman, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, hiromi suzuki, Bart Plantenga, Pete Spence, David Miller, Cecelia Chapman, Jim George, Guy R. Beining, John McCluskey, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Greg Hill, Josie / Jocelyn Deane, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Dave Read, Remi Seamon, Texas Fontanella, John M. Bennett & Adam Roussopoulos, George Myers Jr, Daniel f Bradley, Rosella Quintini, Sreemanti Sengupta & Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, John Gallas, Daniel de Culla, Carol Stetser, Mike Callaghan, John M. Bennett, harry k stammer, Jeff Bagato, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Sophia Archontis, jeremy witherington, Diana Magallón, Olivier Schopfer, Keith Higginbotham, Marilyn Stablein, Fotis Begetis & Jack Galmitz, Katrinka Moore, Sam Langer, Michael Brandonisio, Cherie Hunter Day, & Stephen Nelson.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

wednesday newstrip

The mystery of white dwarfs with intense magnetic fields could finally be solved · almost two-thirds of Australians think the Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests · falling 21-tonne Chinese rocket 'garbage' could have landed anywhere from Denmark to Australia, but apparently came down in the Indian Ocean · new method shows that tau forms small aggregates as part of the body's normal physiology · Game of Thrones prequel, House of Dr. Agony, releases first photos · World baffled by Australia’s escalation with China · South Carolina adds firing squad to execution methods after running out of lethal-injection drugs.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me an abacus.
"Does it still
work?" I asked.
"I wouldn't count
on it," she replied.

Monday, May 10, 2021

opaque

The city has a 
gloomy grandeur. 
The walls appear 

black — moody, 
claustrophobic. 
Not being a social 

butterfly, that's 
not necessarily a
bad thing for her. 

Saturday, May 08, 2021

from the Magritte archives

Perspective II: Manet's Balcony






Whether it be
fête or
theater

or just

sitting
on the balcony
watching
the funeral
parade pass
by

Manet
insisted

his family
always dress
to reflect the
occasion.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Today the post-
woman brought
me a split infini-
tive. I ran out to 
quickly collect it.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

wednesday newstrip

David Beckham’s branding business makes $85,000 every single day · Sky News commentator claims "China 'relish' in Australia 'rotting' because of woke culture" · "staggering": 25,000 barrels of waste found at toxic dump site in Pacific Ocean off Los Angeles coast · an Australian wannabe politician has been ordered to pay $1.5 million to Universal Music after losing a copyright fight over his use of the Twisted Sister anthem We're Not Gonna Take It in a string of political advertisements before the 2019 federal election · 'wolf packs' of predatory bacteria lurk in our soil, & they play a crucial role · Louis Vuitton plane-shaped bag ridiculed for costing more than an actual plane.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

The latest issue of Otoliths has gone live

To ease the transition from Walpurgisnacht to May Day, issue sixty-one of Otoliths, the southern autumn 2021 issue, has just gone live. As always, there's an eclectic — comes from being a one-person band — & exciting — comes from having an outstanding & ever-widening contributor base — mix on offer.


 


In this issue you'll find paintings, drawings, music, essays, vispo, fiction, fact, poetry, photography, & vispo, from Laurent Grison, Sanjeev Sethi, Olchar E. Lindsann, Brandstifter & Texas Fontanella, Louise Landes Levi, Linda M. Walker, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, John Bradley, Sarah-Jane Crowson, Doren Robbins, Andrew Topel, Clive Gresswell, Elaine Woo, Heller Levinson, Judith Skillman, Jack Galmitz, Patrick Cahill, Cecelia Chapman & Jeff Crouch, Paul Dickey, C.S. Fuqua, Clara B. Jones, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Anna Cates, Jim Meirose, Joann Renee Boswell, hiromi suzuki, William Doreski, Bart Plantenga, Tony Rauch, Pete Spence, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, David Miller, Ian Ganassi, Cecelia Chapman, GTimothy Gordon, Adam Fieled, Jim George, Gavin Lucky, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Guy R. Beining, Ron Riekki, John McCluskey, Cameron Lowe, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Greg Hill, Lynn Strongin, Mary Corbin, Josie/Jocelyn Deane, Isabel Gómez de Diego, Jim Leftwich, Dave Read, Remi Seamon, Karl Bachmann, Dennis Hinrichsen, Nina Živančević, Texas Fontanella, Charles Freeland, John M. Bennett & Adam Roussopoulos, Hazel Smith, George Myers, Jr., Daniel F Bradley, Peter J. King, Rosella Quintini, Mark DuCharme, Sreemanti Sengupta & Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Mary Cresswell, Kenneth Rexroth, John Gallas, Bob Lucky, Heath Brougher, Daniel de Culla, Nathan Whiting, Carol Stetser, Mike Callaghan, John Levy, Jake Goetz, Tony Beyer, Simon Perchik, John M. Bennett, Hugh Tribbey, S. K. Kelen, harry k stammer, Jeff Bagato, Jeff Harrison, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Richard Kostelanetz, Tim Pilgrim, Paul Ilechko, Martin Edmond, J. D. Nelson, John Sweet, Megan Wildhood, Aysegul Yildirim, Magdelawit Tesfaye, Bob Kotyk, Elmedin Kadric, Michael Neal Morris, Randee Silv, Eric Hoffman, David Lohrey, Sophia Archontis, Sheila E. Murphy, Keith Nunes, M.J. Iuppa, jeremy witherington, John J. Trause, Michael J. Leach, Tom Beckett, Alison J Barton, Diana Magallón, Mark Pirie, Penelope Weiss, Olivier Schopfer, Keith Polette, Keith Higginbotham, Marilyn Stablein, Bob Heman, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Fotis Begetis & Jack Galmitz, Katrinka Moore, Sam Langer, Paul Pfleuger, Jr, Michael Brandonisio, Jane Simpson, Cherie Hunter Day, Alex Glynne, Javant Biarujia, & Stephen Nelson.

&, as always, enjoy.