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Email Unsubscribing Fail

We all hate spammers just as much as the next person. So what could we possibly hate more than spam mail? Getting spam mail to tell us we unsubscribed to spam mail.

I get a lot of spam to my work email and this is what happens:

One minute later..

Way to do the one thing I asked you not to do.


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iPhone arrogance?

The other day, I had to drop off a friend at the airport. Upon opening the door to the car, he climbed in, shut the door and handed me his brand-new iPhone4, assuming that I wanted to play with it. When I handed it back to him without so much as looking at it, he was shocked.

I’m not an iPhone user and I know if I ever join the bandwagon and get one, I”m sure I’ll love it. But until then,  what makes iPhone users think that everyone else is gonna gush over their brand-new toy? Sheesh.

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Just a thought

If I can smell your cologne from the hallway while you sit in your office, you’re wearing way too much

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Sometimes, this is how I feel

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Work. Stress.

I have never smoked a cigarette in my entire life. I detest the thing. I don’t see the purpose of it except that it wastes your money and your health.

Most, if not all, my friends would consider me the last person on earth to ever smoke one.

However, thanks to recent work conditions in the office, I find myself thinking about one every free moment I have.

“Damn I could really go for a smoke break”
“I could really use a cigarette right now, even though I don’t know how to even smoke it”
“Should I go buy a pack and teach myself myself how to smoke one?? How do you even properly light the damn thing?”
“I really wanna make a cigarette burn into my boss’ arm”

Looking at the picture below, I don’t know who I rather do it to more, my boss or myself.

On the brighter side, I have grown to really love my students. Although it’s been stressful planning and preparing for each one, talking with them has been more rewarding than ever. I’ve had intellectual conversations with my students (ranging from 5th graders to 8th graders) regarding religion, economy, friendships, morals and values. It’s been entertaining and it’s been refreshing to hear such a point of a view from someone I just consider a child. Maybe they are more adult than I realize.

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How I feel all the time

How I feel all the time

My laptop and I have a complicated relationship. Correction, the last six laptops and I, have had a complicated relationship. In the last five years, I’ve gone through, six laptops. Yes, six.

By the way, they have all been PCs and while some of them may have been destroyed by my own fault, some of them have just plain died on me.

Here is a brief history of my tumultulous relationship with laptops

February 2004-September 2004: Toshiba. Dropped it on the floor in a puddle. This should have been the first sign that I was doomed with all laptops after that.
September 2004-October 2005: Fujitsu. Died because the power socket was rendered useless and fixing it would require replacing the entire mother board. I don’t know why but that’s what they said
October 2005-January 2006: Sony. Virus. My fault. Not under warranty and apparently virus ate everything inside
January 2006-February 2007: Compaq. The fan in the back broke and overheated the entire motherboard. Just passed the one-year warranty by one month so fixing it was cheaper to buy a new laptop than getting this one fixed
February 2007-June2008: Compaq again. I don’t even know what was wrong with this one but it had so many problems that after getting fixed 3 times, it was still broken.
June 2008-Present. HP. Already died on me back in December because the motherboard crashed but it was under warranty. Too bad I was out a laptop for three weeks. Now it has died again because the hard drive was defective? I tried so hard to keep this one in good condition too.

If my current one breaks again, I’m going to have to jump on the bandwagon and get myself a MAC.

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This past week, State Rep. Betty Brown proved to us that some people still live in the 1960s

Texas lawmaker: Asians should change their names to make them ‘easier for Americans to deal with.’

On Tuesday, State Rep. Betty Brown (R) caused a firestorm during House testimony on voter identification legislation when she said that Asian-Americans should change their names because they’re too hard to pronounce:

Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told [Organization of Chinese Americans representative Ramey] Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

Yesterday, Brown continued to resist calls to apologize. Her spokesman said that Democrats “want this to just be about race.” ¹

I understand her argument. Not all of us were lucky enough to be born with such an easy name like Betty Brown.

Not to be outdone, Hypthen Magazine responded with a brilliant letter (thanks for the link Liz):

A Letter to Betty Brown

Dear Representative Betty Brown, I know you’ve gotten a lot of flak over your suggestion that Asian Americans change their names to something “easier for Americans to deal with” in order to exercise their right to vote. You know what? I agree. I mean, shoot, names like Ko, Vu, Chang, Patel, Kim, Gupta, and Park are just hard to learn. And why should you spend a second of your life trying to learn something new? You’re a busy woman, working hard at legislating and all. People should totally change for you!

In fact, there are a whole lot of words that come from difficult languages that we should change. These words are really hard too! Well, I’m here to help. I’ve taken the liberty of collecting a few of them and suggesting new names for them so that it will be easier for all of us:

Parmesan. Mozzarella. Gouda. Brie. Why do cheeses have such funny names? Henceforth, let us just call these all “American Cheese.”

Heineken, Corona, Guinness. A gal just wants to have a nice drink after a hard day’s work, but then you’re faced with all these difficult-sounding choices at the bar. What to do? If they’re sold in America, they should have American names. Henceforth, let us just call these “American Beer.”

Tortilla. That’s a word with a lot of L’s in it. And together they make a Y sound. So tricky! Henceforth, let us call them “American Round Flat Tasty Things.”

And who wants to have pie à la mode? Why do people call it something so fancy sounding? Really, isn’t it just “with American ice cream?”

Chevrolet doesn’t sound very American either. Let’s just call them all Fords.
You know what else is hard? The names on crayons. Sienna. Magenta. Turquoise. Why do these names need to be so strange and exotic? Let’s just call them all Brown. Cause, you know, everything should revolve around you!²

Thanks Hyphen Magazine, you made us proud.

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