Saturday, May 24, 2008

Vogon Poem Generator: The Emperor

I generated the following poem using the BBC Vogon Poem Generator.

I provided the keywords, the generator spit out a poem. I didn't change a thing.

What do you think?

See, see the Extremely dead sky
Marvel at its big fuschia depths.
Tell me, The Emperor do you
Wonder why the Walrus ignores you?
Why its foobly stare
makes you feel Monstrous.
I can tell you, it is
Worried by your attaflatic facial growth
That looks like
A Green spaghetti sauce.
What's more, it knows
Your beeswax potting shed
Smells of dollar.
Everything under the big Extremely dead sky
Asks why, why do you even bother?
You only charm Century Plants.

Is it art?

Monday, May 19, 2008

WARNING (Off-topic): From the I.R.S.--NOT

On Sunday, I received the following piece of email purporting to be from the I.R.S.:

Over 130 million Americans will receive refunds as part of President Bush program to jumpstart the economy.

Our records indicate that you are qualified to receive the 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund.

The fastest and easiest way to receive your refund is by direct deposit to your checking/savings account.

Please click on the link and fill out the form and submit before May 19th, 2008 to ensure that your refund will be processed as soon as possible.

Submitting your form on May 19th, 2008 or later means that your refund will be delayed due to the volume of requests we anticipate for the Economic Stimulus Refund.

To access Economic Stimulus Refund, please click here.

[Link removed--should you click on this link, you would be directed to this site: not the I.R.S.

Gmail also removed the URL from "click here."]

© Copyright 2008, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.

Despite some of the grammatical errors, this email is very convincing because the sent info specified "" as the actual sender. To give gmail its just due, the message contained the following warning (Highlighted in bold red):

Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. Learn more. [This link shows how you can check your gmails for validity.]

Here is the code I found when I clicked on to "Show original":

Delivered-To: [Deleted]
Received: by [Deleted] with SMTP id u1cs271976wfu;
Sun, 18 May 2008 10:23:31 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by [Deleted] with SMTP id [deleted];
Sun, 18 May 2008 10:23:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received: from ( [])
by with ESMTP id h8si9853846wxd.26.2008.
Sun, 18 May 2008 10:23:30 -0700 (PDT)
Received-SPF: fail ( domain of does not designate as permitted sender) client-ip=;
Authentication-Results:; spf=hardfail ( domain of does not designate as permitted sender)
Received: from User ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.211);
Sun, 18 May 2008 13:23:28 -0400
From: ""
Subject: 2008 Economic Stimulus Refund ( $1800 )
Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 12:24:23 -0500
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 18 May 2008 17:23:28.0887 (UTC) FILETIME=[E3464070:01C8B90B]

I must admit, this particular scam message caught my eye, although I did NOT fall for it.

Just remember: you need only to file your U.S. Federal tax return to receive your economic stimulus check.