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You know things are bad...

Dear [ed: I did not redact my name, it was sent blank!]

I'm Dr. Philip Hampton, Chairman Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.
There is an important issue that I want to share with you, we are having a dormant account of our dieses customer who deposited the sum of £ 142 Million pounds with our bank,and all my intention is to Invest this money into real estate investment.

I am researching for someone who will stand as a partner with me to invest this money with trust and honest. I have made a very solid arrangement how the fund will be transfer into your bank account that you are going to nominate.

I browse through internet looking for an advance estate investor that can stand with me to invest the fund; there I located your information.

Please I will need your assistance in this project because is 100% risk free, I want it secret and confidential because of my position here in our bank. Bellow is my full data.


Philip Hampton

Sir Philip Hampton

Appointed to the Board as Deputy Chairman on 19 January 2009, and to the position of Chairman on 3 February 2009, Philip has held the position of chairman of J Sainsbury plc since 2004. Previously, he was group finance director of Lloyds TSB Group plc from 2002 to 2004, group finance director of BT Group plc from 2000 to 2002, group finance director of BG Group plc from 1997 to 2000, group finance director of British Gas plc from 1995 to 1997, group finance director of British Steel plc from 1990 to 1995, an executive director of Lazards from 1981 to 1990 and a non-executive director of RMC Group plc from 2002 to 2005. Philip is the former chairman of UK Financial Investments Limited, the company established to manage the UK Government's shareholding in banks subscribing to its recapitalisation fund, and has also been a non-executive director of Belgacom SA (the Belgian telecom group) since 2004.

Here is my direct telephone number +447035982098, feel free to reach me on telephone.

Dr. Philip Hampton.

(I don't think I can acommodate him, but you, Dear Reader, should feel free!)



Let's do the time warp again...

Time Warp One: I'm not fussing with the date stamp on this post, I really am posting at 5:19am on May 23rd, 2009.

Here's the thing: I just read "A version of this article appeared in print on May 24, 2009, on page ST7 of the New York edition".

Shouldn't that read "a version of this article will appear in print..."?

Time Warp Two: Yesterday I was helping a student work on a Works Cited list for an English project. He'd looked up an article on Sojourner Truth. All was going well until we looked at the Last Updated Date. According to the sites "Cite This" information, the page had last been updated on December 9, 2009.



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My PLN (part two)

So, where does a Lazygal go to learn? On a personal level, there are several blogs that I've found helpful to moving my personal thinking and spiritual life along.

Clutter - as you know, this has become a big focus in my life. I'm decluttering my house, my life, my responsibilities, my relationships.
Quakers - I don't blog that much about my spiritual life, but these sites give me food for thought, before, during and after Meeting.
Culture Vulture News - for when I want to do more than just read.


Leave me alone!

(no, not you, Dear Reader...)

For the past three weeks, I've gotten a daily phone call - sometimes more than once a day - from what my Caller ID claims is phone number 330-409-0368/Revenue Assist. It's almost always a hang-up call, although sometimes a woman's voice is heard chatting with her telemarketing neighbor.

After a week and a half, I called back. A very nice woman told me that they're a company that can help me find colleges in my area. I said thanks, but all I really want is for the calls to stop. I even reminded her that I was on the Do Not Call list (to which she replied, "well, someone gave us your number as someone interested in our services." Yeah, right.

Another day, another phone call. Finally, last Thursday I tried calling them again, and after four attempts and four hang-ups from their automated answering system, I got cranky. Friday - more calls, and more attempts to get off their list.

Today? Yep. Another phone call.

Interestingly, there's a whole web-based effort to get rid of these sleazy callers. I've even filed an FCC complaint. And left a call on what they claim is the main phone number.

All I want (to quote Garbo) is to be left alone.


Reality Check

I've been doing the Facebook thing and the Twitter thing for a while (and blogged about my ambivalent feelings towards each) and, well, it's time to pull back.
Here's my thinking:

  • If I get irritated when someone twits their location, others will probably get irritated if I do the same.
  • If I get irritated when someone links their Twitter and Facebook status, others will probably get irritated if I do the same.
  • If I get irritated when someone updates their status on either many, many times a day, others will probably get irritated if I do the same.
  • If I get irritated when someone is posting links to NYTimes/Mashable/Slashdot/other relatively-mainstream content providers , others will probably get irritated if I do the same.
  • If I get irritated when someone is constantly playing games/finding Eggs/taking quizzes, others will probably get irritated if I do the same.
Doug posted about the idea of branding, to which I commented that "part of "branding" could be "how you present yourself on-line". What do your posts/pictures say about you? Is this the way you want to be seen?"

My reality check is based just on that: what are the things I'm doing on-line saying about me? One friend just left Facebook because of the time-suck ("I decided that FB wasn't really a place I wanted -- too tempting to get sucked into mindless games, too few actual connections with people. All the folks who actually matter to me can contact me otherwise. So, I dropped it before it completely ate my brain.") Does my presence there - or on Twitter - say that I'm losing my brain? Am I a Twit?

So I'm pulling back. Instead of responding that I "like" someone's post, or pictures, or link, if there's nothing I can really add that's moving the conversation along, I won't comment. I'm decoupling my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I'm deleting from Twitter those that post duplicates on Facebook. And, as my friend says, "All the folks who actually matter to me can contact me otherwise".

ETA: Seth Grodin talks about why e-mail and Twitter might disappear. He's got a point...