Private Mail--Not. ...Goodman, an 81-year-old retired University of Kansas history professor, received a letter from his friend in the Philippines that had been opened and resealed with a strip of dark green tape bearing the words “by Border Protection” and carrying the official Homeland Security seal. ...the agency can, will and does open mail coming to U.S. citizens that originates from a foreign country whenever it’s deemed necessary. ...
posted by amberglow
on Jan 6, 2006 -
This game rated JC for eternal salvation, curing of the sick, and excessive scourging at the pillar.
Ok, this is getting ridiculous...a Christian videogame about the rapture and the tribulations?
WTF? I guess I know which side I'd be on.
Seriously, though, do these people realize that every single new Christian-centric product is nothing more than a honeypot for harvesting names, addresses, and email addresses? Just like the GOP, people realize there's money to be made in marketing to Christians
. But, the second you sign up, I'm sure you get added to one of the GOP's
direct mail providers and sold to the appropriate politicrit or ideological demagogue.
Just to show you I'm not full of it, look at who's in the databases of the Omega List
and Response Unlimited
...Advance Ticket Buyers for the Passion of the Christ
, Peace Frogs
(what?), Y2K Preparedness Buyers
, the current
(68k) and former
(19m) subscribers to the Washington Times (aka Moonie Times), and of course, the Terri Schiavo Donor List
Take a look at who else is in there - Limbaugh
, Fortune Magazine
, Human Events
, Guns and Ammo Magazine
, Oliver North
, the Heritage Foundation
, Linda Tripp donors
, G. Gordon Liddy's Toughguy Database
, and the buyers of the Left Behind Video Series
. No wonder we always lose...every single rightwing entity is in there! Via BoingBoing
posted by rzklkng
on Jun 30, 2005 -
Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, but they will stop and take a picture if you ask nicely. Cameramail
shows that the USPS has a sense of humour and are good sports.
posted by riffola
on Jan 6, 2005 -
emails the contents of RSS feeds to mailing list users. You can manage your users and RSS feeds through a web interface and send a selected number of items from your RSS feeds (individually or all together) to the email addresses on your mail list. Users can subscribe/unsubscribe themselves through forms, or the administrator can subscribe/unsubscribe them through the web interface. You probably won't need Bloglet
posted by hoder
on Oct 6, 2004 -
It's in the mail.
Dylon Whyte's Art of Chainmail site features beautiful, clear renderings showing, step-by-step, how to join chain links to form different mail patterns, including European, Japanese, and (probably-not-)Persian designs. This is actually fascinating stuff even if you're not a medievalist or a Renaissance-faire type. Also, from the same source, a brief history of armour
and the the secret
behind the chain bra
posted by taz
on Apr 14, 2003 -
Ever Try Getting Wine Shipped in the U.S.?
Looks like Montana had set up a "wine connoisseur" rule that allowed for some shipping into the state if you filled out some paperwork, blah blah blah. PAIN!
As someone who enjoys a good wine and wanted to order a bunch of it earlier in '02 when I was in Sonoma, CA and have it shipped home, only to be crushed when I couldn't have it done, I'm looking for a way to get this to work.
Anyone else come across these various laws? Anyone else live in a state where they CAN get wine shipped in to them? 13 states allow reciprocal shipping from other partner states, and 14 others have some strict rules about it. Will opening these rules up allow minors an easy way to get alcohol?
Some great links at the bottom of the article, too.
posted by djspicerack
on Nov 26, 2002 -
a piece from NPR for all those people who, even during these crazy times, have a love of getting/receiving mail (need Real Player to hear)...
posted by Miyagi
on Nov 23, 2001 -
In the house of anthrax.
"AMERICAN officials increasingly believe the anthrax attacks since September 11th were not carried out by people connected to al-Qaeda, but may have been the work of a lone American madman. To avert future attacks, though, perhaps they should look harder."
posted by Zool
on Nov 22, 2001 -
Thinking of shipping valuable stuff by UPS? Think different!
Every time I forget exactly why I never, ever want to ship anything at all by UPS ground, a story like this one pops up that reminds me. The last time I had something sent to me using that "service" (and I use the term loosely) my Athlon desktop system showed up at my door with the case dented and the CPU & heatsink loose inside the case
as the box was jolted so violently that it broke the notch (on the ZIF socket) which usually keeps the assembly in place. Use FedEx if it positively, absolutely has to be there in one piece, I guess.
posted by clevershark
on Nov 15, 2001 -
5 more Anthrax cases in Fla.
Five more people in South Florida have been found to be exposed to anthrax, according to officials of American Media, the company where three other people had been exposed to the disease.
• Anthrax Test Positive in Nevada.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced today that a second letter sent from Trenton, N.J., contained the anthrax that infected an NBC employee
posted by semmi
on Oct 13, 2001 -
Crypto guru getting blamed for his software.
PGP writer Phil Zimmermann's hate mail goes a little something like this, "Phil -- I hope you can sleep at night with the blood of 5,000 people on your hands." If Phil is guilty of anything so is everyone who has ever used their credit card online, including Mr. Hate Mail.
posted by skallas
on Sep 21, 2001 -
Cool collective art.
This project takes blank slate real-world media (journals, t-shirts, books, etc..) and snail mails it around to participants who add to the work creating a collective piece of art. It aims to replicate what happens on-line, MeFi for example, but using real-world objects and postal mail.
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 1, 2001 -
The J.W. Westcott II
delivers toilet paper, the occasional pizza, and, most importantly, mail to freighters making their way through the Great Lakes. And now it's the only boat in the U.S. to be assigned it's own zip code.
posted by Oriole Adams
on Jun 30, 2001 -
Cool board express dead?
Although the link still takes you to their home page, I just got this e-mail: "It is therefore with great regret that we inform you that the CoolBoard Express service will be discontinued effective June 29, 2001. It was a difficult decision for us, but one that we feel is more in line with Centerwheel's primary focus of providing collaborative customer support solutions to enterprise customers." Ack!
posted by Outlawyr
on May 16, 2001 -
Had this idea
about a year ago over beer, when netthings were a-cookin', fleshed it out with some geek-comrades, pitched it under an NDA to a VC, got the green light, and then chickened out and went back to the day job. Once you really thought it through and calculated the wired populace as a percentage of the unwired, we figured, the idea was fabulous, a service to The People and
a MoneyMaker. Now someone else
seems to have had the same idea, more or less. I wish them luck. If it takes off, I'm gonna feel mighty dumb, and if it tanks, mighty lucky.
Now I can finally ask the MeFi jury...Silly thing or smart?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Jan 31, 2001 -