Phishing Trip

Last night I received an email from Google telling me that someone in Moscow, Russia had signed into my gmail account.“Holy shit,” I said to my wife, and, in a bit of a panic and without thinking, I clicked on the blue “Not me !” button. And then I immediately logged into Google and changed my gmail password. Phew! Thank you, Google, for protecting my gmail account from hackers.

This morning I went back and looked more closely at the email from Google. I noticed that the alleged location of the sign-in was “Moscow Russian.” Not Russia, but Russian! Suddenly the hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

So I went to my Sent Mail folder to see who my “Not me” response was sent to.I have a sneaking suspicion that my “Not me” response recipients — chsup3, doopmail, eddie_evans_pb, geekjohnnie, and ishancock — are not part of the security team at Google.

Dammit. I’m apparently the victim of email spoofing (the creation of email messages with a forged sender address) and/or phishing (a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data). Now I’m going to have to spend all day changing all of my passwords and monitoring all of my online accounts for any signs of fraudulent activity.

Fuck you, 2020!

SoCS — Word Not Found

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill asks us about a word we have to look up. She says, “We all have words we can never spell. Use one of yours in your post and let that word drive your stream of consciousness wherever it goes.”

I used to be an excellent speller in my younger days. But then, as I got older, my brain started to shrink and has now apparently exceeded its maximum word capacity, requiring it to run some diagnostics and to perform a raw data purge. As a result, words that I used to absolutely know how to spell without doubt or hesitation, are sending me 404 Error – Word Not Found messages, forcing me to go to either Google or to dictionary.com figure out how to correctly spell the damn word.

The most recent example of this inability to spell a word that I’ve correctly spelled countless times was the word “aficionado.” I was actually writing an email to my brother-in-law when I typed that word — or at least what I thought was the correct way to spell that word — and that pesky squiggly red line appeared under the word I had typed, a sure sign that my email app was telling me I wasn’t spelling it correctly.

I had typed “officianado.” Then I removed the second “f” and the resulting spelling, “oficianado,” still had that squiggly red line under it. Dammit.

I went to Google and did a search on “oficianado” and this is what I saw:Of-fucking-course! It’s “aficionado” with an “a” and not an “o” at the beginning. And it’s “cionado” and not “cianado.”

I knew that! Or I used to know that, anyway.

The Spit-take

“You never read the newspapers,” Harry said. “You never watch the news. You have to be the most incurious person I know.”

“First of all, Harry,” Richard, drinking his morning orange juice sitting across the kitchen table from Harry, said, “you’re my roommate, not my mother. “Second of all, it’s not that I lack curiosity, it’s that I’m sick and tired of all the political crap that’s swirling all around us, so I’m boycotting the news. And third of all, is ‘incurious’ even a real word? Isn’t ‘uncurious’ the word you’re searching for?”

“Let me Google it,” Harry said. He pulled out his iPhone, went to Google, and said, “Well, either word, “incurious” or “uncurious,” could fit. It turns out that ‘incurious’ means lacking interest or curiosity and to be uninterested, while ‘uncurious’ is a synonym for ‘incurious.’”

“That’s good to know, Harry,” Richard said. “And now that I know that, I’m still boycotting reading about or watching politics. Everything about politics these days seems unconceivable to me.”

“You mean inconceivable,” Harry said.

Richard, who had just taken a final sip from his glass of orange juice did a spit-take all over his roommate.


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (incurious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (juice), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (fit$.

Share Your World — Facepalms and Censorship

Share Your WorldIt’s another Monday and you know what that means, right? It’s time for Melanie’s intriguing Share Your World questions and for Fandango’s answers.

When was the last time you face palmed?

The last time (and virtually every time) I hear Donald Trump open his mouth. The guy is an imbecile.

When is censorship warranted? Ever?

B3F6E806-5CD6-459B-8A38-3512DAED3705This is a tough one. I think some censorship of “inappropriate” language or images for children is not a bad thing, but I suppose it depends upon your definition of “inappropriate.” It seems that in today’s society, it’s okay for kids to see violence on TV and in the movies. There’s little to no “censorship” when it comes to violence on the screen, but nudity is something children are generally not permitted to view. Maybe that’s why gun violence is rampant in our country and why nudity is considered to be taboo. Personally, I think it should be the other way around. What is wrong with kids being able to see the naked human body? It’s beautiful, and our current approach to censorship makes it seem like we should be ashamed of our bodies. Of course, graphic sex is a different story — until you’re my age, that is. But that’s a whole nuther story. 😉

As to censorship in media, I’m torn. I’m all for free speech, and I am troubled by the notion of the censorship of ideas. But with all of the hate speech, misinformation, lies, abusive language, etc., perhaps some form of censorship is warranted. As I said, I am a proponent of free speech, and I am concerned that those in power might attempt to censor things they don’t like. For example, our American president seems to like free speech, too, as long as it’s favorable to him. If it’s not, he calls it “fake news” and wants to censor it. Go figure.

If there were commandments for the modern day world, what should (could, would) some of them be? Get creative!

I have just one: Live and let live.

What did you Google last?

The names of prospective contractors who can potentially replace my rotting wood deck with a composite deck.

JusJoJan — Zoomie?

I’m not easily stumped, but today’s word from Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January prompt is “zoomie.” My iPhone’s autocorrect keeps changing it to “zoomed,” which is understandable — because “zoomie”? Seriously? The word “zoomie” was suggested by Bee Halton at The Bee Writes.

I had to go to Google to find out that “zoomie” has multiple meanings. First, it’s an Air Force term for any graduate of the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. It’s also a slang term other military branches use to describe any Air Force personnel.f929a994-9ade-4d6a-bc59-bb67ba636e83Second, it’s a term to describe when a dog has an episode typically described as a wild run that seemingly comes out of nowhere and lasts for a few minutes at most. The dog runs around the house like crazy, jumping on the couch, running up and down the stairs, and all around and over the house.

And then there’s also a toy robot dog that is named “Zoomie.” 1fd49eb4-a489-4aa8-b50d-8710f76b5291Who knew?