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You receive a lot of spam, right? Apparently, so does everyone else.
In a recent report compiled by SoftScan, close to 90 percent of emails sent in July were spam. It should be noted that SoftScan is a company that offers anti-spam software, and that it also acknowledges that fewer actual emails were sent in July because of the holiday, according to vnunet.com.
To preview today's book signing, The News-Enterprise ran an article in Thursday's Pulse, its entertainment guide. The article is just a brief overview, but it is an article nevertheless. Here's the text of the preview:
Humor and technology collide in 'Developers' (08/03/06)
Louisville author coming to E'town for book signing
By The NE Staff
ELIZABETHTOWN - Purdue graduate and Louisville resident Ben Woods will be in Hardin County to sign his new book "The Developers" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Waldenbooks in Towne Mall in Elizabethtown.
I will be at the Elizabethtown, Ky., Waldenbooks in Towne Mall 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4 to discuss and sign my latest book, The Developers. The humor-fiction novel mixes the insane and obscene with technology, romance and pop culture. But while the book's web development group tries to make its mark on the virtual world, it encounters pre-eminent issues that will soon be shaping the Internet of the future: Are individuals losing their remaining privacy due to the World Wide Web? Will online social interaction eventually replace in-person gatherings as a necessary means?
Louisville Mayhem on Friday, July 28, was a success. We had a pretty good turnout, a lot of food, people took home some nice prizes (and some silly ones) and we raised a little money for Volunteers of America. Thanks to everyone who made the evening possible, and for the great turnout.
Here's the list of winners:
Carl West - four-color pen
Eric Bailey - bingo bucket
Mary Rising - bingo bucket
Nick Ress - Integrity computer bag
Dave Plummer - tub of cheese puffs
Sharon Adams - smiley face t-shirt
Host: Ben Woods
Location: Ben Woods' House
(contact me for details)
When: Friday, July 28, 5:00pm
Objectives (What's the point?):
- Kick off five-state book signing tour
- Preview next book (Spoiler: It's about the place I worked last summer, until everyone relocated to Cincinnati without me.)
- PARTY PARTY PARTY
Goods (What we'll have):
- FOOD and DRINKS
- GAMES (Adults AND Kids)
- DOOR PRIZES
Schedule (What's going on):
5-Dusk: Outside activities, games, raffles
DUSK-?: PARTY TIME
From the Archive
I hope you're not one of the many people who has experienced receiving a piece of junk email from (gulp!) yourself.
The good news is that it's probably not your fault. The bad news is someone you know probably has an infected computer.
Many computer viruses going around multiply themselves by grabbing a person's address book and sending emails out to many of the addresses.
They say that every person is different, and individuality is what makes everyone so special. Unfortunately, that's not usually true with our actual names, regardless of how unique and special your name might seem.
If you're a little behind and missed it (like me), CNN recently released its list of the top 25 innovations of the past 25 years. The Internet finished first, barely beating out other top innovations like Velcro and the automatic lollipop turner.
It's August 21, 1858, in Ottawa, Ill. You had planned on eating your lunch, which consists of whatever they ate in 1858, plus a box of Twinkies, but instead you are attacked by the flock of people heading to the public square. The sun is shining brightly so brightly, you decide it must be 1:55 p.m. You notice two people on stage, both men in their 40s. One of those guys looks just like Abraham Lincoln.
Wait a minute, it is Abraham Lincoln!
My workplace humor fiction book, "The Developers," has been out for nearly two years now. As a self-published book that's now available through national distribution chains, it's definitely difficult to expect everyone to read the book at once. I've found that it's more like the five-year plan of trying to get the word out. With the release of my new book next year, hopefully I can discuss them somewhat in tandem.
Anyway, here are a few of the newest comments about the book: