Friday, February 24, 2012

It's No Fun...

...dealing with nasty people.

Sorry to have to say it this way, but if you hijack someone's email account, change their password and security question, spam everyone on their contact list, and then change the password over and over as the tech people try to boot you out, necessitating that the tech people spend a half an hour just working around you to get back into that account for the client, you are nasty.

Yes, this is what happened to one of my email accounts. Someone, somehow, got into the account where i get email from my bank and a couple of other important places, and was merrily sending everyone links to malicious sites under my name.

As fast as the tech guy would try to get in, this nasty would change everything up. When i finally got back in, i changed the password and security question and had to send apologies to everyone.

Also, i called family and told them not to send anything to that email account any more.

You are a nasty person. Mean. Rude. And you probably don't love your mother.

You aren't fooling anyone, either. We all know not to click on links in emails, even from friends, if we weren't expecting them to send us something.

If you know that much about computers, that you can do this sort of thing, why are you sitting around being nasty? Why aren't you solving some world problems instead of being one?

Ah, yes, because you behave nastily. It's tempting to call you scum, even, and i refrain because i believe that i should call you out on your behavior and not call you down as a person. That's called giving you dignity, a dignity you aren't living up to, but i can hope you will someday.

Meanwhile, until you learn to behave decently, stay out of my email.

Today is:

Bissextile -- Ancient Roman Calendar during Leap Year (instead of adding a Feb. 29 in Leap Year, they counted the 24th twice, the literal translation being "Sixth Day", six days before March 1)

Dragobete -- Romania (lover's day, and the day birds choose a mate, also considered by locals as the first day of spring)

Flag Day -- Mexico

Giving of Shoes -- Fairy Calendar

Gregorian Calendar Day -- Gregory XIII issued the Papal Bull requiring Roman Catholics to adopt his calendar reform on this day; the effective date of adoption was to be Oct. 4, 1582

Heritage Day -- Yukon Territory, Canada

Independence Day -- Estonia

Lost Dutchman Days -- Apache Junction, AZ, US (through Sunday; celebration of the legend of the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman Mine)

National Artist Day -- Thailand

National Swamp Cabbage Day -- also known as Hearts of Palm

National Tortilla Chip Day

Regifugium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (flight of the king)

St. Matthias the Apostle's Day (Patron of carpenters, diocese of Gary, Indiana, diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, reformed alcoholics, and tailors; against alcoholism and smallpox)

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering -- Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX, US; through the 26th

Anniversaries Today:

The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America, 1893
Western Washington University is established, 1899

Birthdays Today:

Billy Zane, 1966
Kristin Davis, 1965
Eddie Murray, 1956
Steven Jobs, 1955
Alain Prost, 1955
George Thorogood, 1950
Edward James Olmos, 1947
Joe Lieberman, 1942
James Farentino, 1938
Michel Legrand, 1932
Abe Vigoda, 1921
Chester W. Nimitz, 1885
Honus Wagner, 1874
Wilhelm Karl Grimm, 1786
Ibn Battutah, 1304
Emperor Toba of Japan, 1103

Today in History:

St. Francis of Assisi, age 26, receives his vocation in Portiuncula, Italy, 1208
In the first imperial coronation by a pope,Charles V is crowned by Clement V, 1530
Pope Gregory XIII, by decree, institutes what is now known as the Gregorian Calendar, correcting the older Julian Calendar, 1582
L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance, 1607
The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, 1711
The US Supreme Court first declares a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison), 1803
London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute, 1804
The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West, 1831
William Otis of Pennsylvania patents the steam shovel, 1839
The first parade to have floats is staged at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1868
Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached, 1868
The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries, 1875
China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty, 1881
Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition, 1890
Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine, 1893
Hudson Motor Car Company is founded, 1909
National Public Radio is founded in the United States, 1970
The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal, 1980
Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, 1981
A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II, 1983
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, 1989
The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church, 1996*
Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea, 2007
Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, 2008
Final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, 2011

*As stated above, the Romans counted Feb. 24 twice in leap years, instead of adding Feb. 29; that continued in many places until 1996


  1. That really is rotten about your email. You are showing admirable restraint.

  2. Sorry this happened to you. Thanks for the reminder not to open strange emails.

  3. Thank you, Leah.

    Stephen, even if it's from someone you know, don't click on links in emails.