There’s Begging. And Then There This Monstrosity.


I’m kinda sorta a fan of Motley Fool whose motto is “To Educate, Amuse & Enrich”.

It’s an irreverent community site of regular Joe’s like me that sometimes dabble in the stock market, rubbing elbows with the folks that could make money falling out of bed.

I was receiving a newsletter from them, a paid subscription, turned out it was more expensive than it was worth for a ‘regular joe’ like myself. So this December I canceled it.

Today I finally received the nag mail I knew I was destined to find in my inbox “real soon now” trying to persuade me to come back. This nag mail was a tome. It’s a behemoth. Somewhere a secretary that typed it up for Marketing is undergoing a CT-Scan for a blown carpus.

Our best offer on a ONE-OF-A-KIND NEW SERVICE to win you back…

A private invitation from
Motley Fool Co-Founder, Tom Gardner
(please do not forward this email)

I started to read it because the bait on the hook was looking pretty good in the first couple of lines (these guys are good), and the fact that they didn’t want me to fwd meant there was probably something only us insiders to the Fool should know about. Hey, my wife tells me I’m an easy mark.

So I read through the second paragraph, now I’m seeing lots of numbers thrown around like “305% Profit!” or “beating the S&P 500 by 40%“…and then it happened. My eyes started to glaze over, so I scroll down and kept scrolling, scrolling page after page ’till I finally hit bottom:

Start Now!

Sincere regards,
Tom Gardner
Co-founder, The Motley Fool

This nag mail, to convince me to re-subscribe and win my affection, has these ridiculous numbers:

The e-mail was 16 pages long

The e-mail had 356 lines of text

The e-mail had 4275 words

Holy Mother of all Creatures Great and Small, what the heck were they thinking? Who would read all of that shortly after having kicked their newsletter to the curb by unsubscribing in the first place?


Arr, More Piratey Links

Pirate Parrot

I’m still in a pirate mood, in fact it may take all month to purge the urge to give in to my rogue tendencies and cast off in search of booty with mates. :)

Here’s a few more of my favorite Pirate links (believe me, the well is almost dry) –

You are a pirate: Addictive, loopy flash based song and a dancing pirate. Don’t view if you’re epileptic.

To Err is Human, to Arr is Pirate

Motivational: “Pirates – when was the last time you saw a ninja with wenches?

Pirate Socks and Stockings. Somehow I just can’t envision Black Beard using something like this, unless the leg was still in it and he was swinging it around like a club.

Just geeky

KICKER Zune Car Audio Solution at CES 2008


Here’s an interesting Zune car audio solution from Kicker. It allows the ability to jack it into the controls of your stock stereo so that you can cycle through the zune menus and select songs or playlists by poking at buttons on the car stereo.

The video of interview and demo are from CES, it’s kind of noisy because of the crowds and of course from being in the audio/speaker area of the convention.

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Gadgets / Devices

Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Lights

Green Energy Bulb

If you’re like me and you’re slowly making the switch to Compact Fluorescent lights throughout the house, there’s something you need to educate yourself on: Dimmable CF lights.

They do exist, it’s not as trivial as with incandescent bulbs since the CF type have to be specifically designed to have their brightness controlled. To top it off, not all dimmable CF lights will work in dimming circuits!

Read on at Environmental Defense to ensure you make the right purchase decisions and understand the limitations.

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Green / Eco Friendly

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 WIT 1-9-08

Looks like some kind of armor doesn’t it?

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[Courtesy of Tambako’s generous public release of his photos on Flickr, don’t cheat by browsing his great site! :)]

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