Tag Archive: E-Mails

>Have you ever …

>Gotten an e-mail like this?

Subject: Your Blog Featured at a___-p___-w___ . co . uk

Mar 6

This is S_____ from a___-p___-w___ . co . uk.
We stumbled on your blog and found it quite interesting! We operate the largest A___ P___ W___ website featuring more than 30,000 blogs. Our site averages 200,000 uniques visitors per month. As a kind note We have featured your blog at _____. We would be grateful if you could add the following details to your blogroll.

Looking forward for your confirmation.

If so what do you do?

My first impulse is to delete them, obviously I didn’t. In fact I even put a button from one site on my book blog. BizyMom’s or something, which kind of bothers me since I’m not a mom, but then, they didn’t ask me if I was.

Back to this question, my second impulse was to click on the link, which the little voice in my head said, “Don’t! Viruses!” I clicked on it, my computer hasn’t exploded yet. Maybe it will later, maybe its on of those dormant viruses. My blog is their featured blog, but I don’t know why, it also has the lowest rating of all the blogs listed there.

This is like when you get those address labels in the mail, and then the sender asks you to send them money. At the risk of revealing to the whole world, or at least 35 followers, that I am a bitch horrible person, I never send money. Legally I don’t have to, and personally I don’t the feeling like I am being coerced. Maybe its my history with abusive relationships, but it just sets my teeth on edge to get that feeling. I also don’t use address labels, if I mail something, I have an address stamp. Besides, I don’t send letters, I don’t even mail my bills, I do it all online.

Bottom line is as soon as I post this I am deleting this e-mail and I am not putting the link up on my blog roll. Just stubborn is me.

>First post 2010

>Airplane humour…. all true stories.


Los Angeles Center reported receiving a request for clearance to FL 600 (60,000ft). The incredulous controller, with some disdain in his voice, asked, “How do you plan to get up to 60,000 feet?”

The pilot responded, “We’re an SR-71, son, and we don’t plan to go up to it; we plan to come down to it.”

And that’s how you shove someone’s foot in their mouth.


A pilot was sitting in his seat and pulled out a 38 revolver. He placed it on top of the instrument panel, and then asked the navigator, “Do you know what I use this for?” The navigator replied timidly, “No, what’s it for?” The pilot responded, “I use this on navigators who get me lost!”

The navigator proceeded to pull out a .45 and place it on his chart table. The pilot asked, “What’s that for?” “To be honest sir,” the navigator replied, “I’ll know we’re lost before you will.”


A military pilot once called for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running “a bit peaked.” Air Traffic Control told the fighter jock that he was number two behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down.

“Ah,” the pilot remarked, “the dreaded seven-engine approach.”


Taxiing down the tarmac, the 757 abruptly stopped, turned around and returned to the gate. After an hour-long wait, it finally took off. A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, “What was the problem?”

“The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine,” explained the flight attendant,” and it took us a while to find a new pilot.”


The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. So they grew rather impatient with a British Airways 747 call sign Speedbird 206 when it had trouble locating its gate.

Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”

Speedbird 206: “Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”

Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): “Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?”

Speedbird 206, rather frostily : “Yes, twice in 1944. But it was dark. And I didn’t land.”


A Pan Am 727 flight waiting for start clearance in Munich overheard the following:

Lufthansa (in German): “Ground, what is our start clearance time?”

Ground (in English): “If you want an answer you must speak in English.”

Lufthansa (in English): “I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?”

At which point a British pilot on another plane cut in with “Because you lost the bloody war!”


From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue: “I’m f… ing bored!”

Ground Traffic Control: “Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!”

Unknown aircraft: “I said I was f… ing bored, not f… ing stupid!”

>EPA Waternews

>“Water Is Worth It” Facebook Page Launched by EPA’s Office of Water

On December 9, the Agency launched a new Facebook page, titled: “Water Is Worth It” to provide a public forum to share information, encourage discussion, and raise awareness about the value of our water and water-related resources.

EPA will be regularly posting information and discussion topics, which Facebook users can have delivered to their virtual door by becoming a “fan” of the page. You can reach the page via the link given below, and we encourage all to post and interact as we discuss and learn about our nation’s water and water infrastructure–and the many ways that Water Is Worth It!

Water Is Worth It

>ExTech forehead IR thermometer

>Innovative Extech forehead IR thermometer effectively measures body temperatures from 89.6°–108.5°F (32.0°–42.5°C) without physical contact up to a distance of 6″ away. Simply press the trigger and read the temperature on the large, easy-to-read LCD screen. Quick response time gives you readings in 0.5 seconds..

I received this in an e-mail at work, I thought it was kind of cool so I posted it here.

>Turkey Fryer Safety

>Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away and most people are already planning their Thanksgiving feast. If your feast includes a deep fried turkey, you may want to rethink your plans.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.

For those who still cannot resist the Thanksgiving tradition; prior to using a turkey fryer, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for a list of safety tips.

Help protect from hot grease splashes with Ansell ThermaPrene™ Gloves and Ansell Hycar™ Apron.

>More from good old dad

>After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a ‘Gripe Sheet’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft.

The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the Gripe Sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas’ pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute Descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny……….. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

And the best one for last………………
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

>EPA Waternews

>EPA Issues Final Aircraft Drinking Water Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a final rule to ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is provided to aircraft passengers and crew. The rule provides multiple-barrier protection through requirements for coli form sampling, best management practices, corrective action, public notification, monitoring and operator training. It will better protect the public from illnesses caused by microbiological contamination.

The rule only addresses aircraft within U.S. jurisdiction; however, EPA supported an international effort led by the World Health Organization to develop international guidelines for aircraft drinking water. More information:

US EPA Aircraft Drinking Water

>Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims approximately 20,000 lives yearly according the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Safety Council (NSC) has declared Oct. 18-24 National Radon Action Week in order to draw more attention to this silent and relatively unknown health risk.

Radon is a radioactive gas generated through the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon can be found all over the United States.

Radon is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas that can be a health threat. Radon typically moves up through the ground and enters buildings through cracks and other holes in foundations. Homes trap radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem: new or old, well-sealed or drafty, and homes with or without basements.

According to the EPA, radon gets into homes and other building structures through:

  • Cracks in solid floors
  • Construction joints
  • Cracks in walls
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • In the water supply

Even though radon can’t be seen, it’s not hard to find out if you have a radon problem in your home. Radon gas can easily be detected with a radon detection kit. Radon in the air is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). A radon test is needed to determine if you have a threat of high radon levels in your home. According to the EPA, radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher is an “action level” and you should take steps to remove radon gas from your home.

An alternative to conducting the test yourself is to hire a qualified tester to do the radon inspection for you. Contact your state radon office to obtain a list of qualified testers. You can also contact a private radon proficiency program for lists of privately certified radon professionals serving your area. For links and information, visit www.epa.gov/radon/radontest.html.

During National Radon Action Week, take the time to determine if your home is harboring radon gas buildup. Have your home tested for radon gas. For frequently asked questions regarding radon or information on National Radon Action Week and NSC click here.

Forwarded Mails

I saw this on another blog Musings. I thought it was interesting so I am posting it here, and there is a link so you can check out the blog yourself.

Words To Live By. Please respect everyone’s privacy by following the advice below!

A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails. Please read the short letter below, even if you’re sure you already follow proper procedures.

Do you really know how to forward e-mails? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.

Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for someone to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That’s right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps.
Try the following if you haven’t done it before:

(1) When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That’s right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the “Forward” button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don’t click on “Forward” first, you won’t be able to edit the message at all.

(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address. If you don’t see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that’s it, it’s that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say “Undisclosed Recipients in the “TO:” field of the people who receive it.

(3) Remove any “FW :” in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.

(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading .. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent.

(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. DO NOT put your email address on any petition. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email addresses on a petition. (And don’t believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just isn’t so!)

Some of the other emails to delete and not forward are:

1. The one that says something like, “Send this email to 10 people and you’ll see something great run across your screen.” Or sometimes they’ll just tease you by saying ‘something really cute will happen.’ IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (We are still seeing some of the same emails that we waited on 10 years ago!)

2. I don’t let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed.

3. Before you forward an ‘Amber Alert’ , or a ‘Virus Alert’, or some of the other emails floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that’s been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes. Just go to http://www.snopes.com . or http://www.truthorfiction.com It’s really easy to find out if it’s real or not. If it’s not, please don’t pass it on.

So please, in the future, let’s stop the junk mail and the viruses.

On September 24, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a draft WaterSense specification for showerheads for public comment.  Once this specification is finalized, consumers will be able to renovate their bathrooms with a full suite of WaterSense labeled products – toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

The WaterSense draft specification for showerheads sets the maximum flow rate at 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm) at a flowing pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi). As with all WaterSense specifications, the draft showerhead specification includes performance criteria to ensure that consumers will not have to sacrifice water coverage or spray intensity in order to achieve water savings.

As one of the leading uses of water in the home, showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water consumption. For most households, that’s nearly 30 gallons a day!  In fact, by installing high-efficiency showerheads, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons of water and enough electricity to power their television use for about a year.  These reductions could add up to as much as $50 per year in water and energy bill savings.

Comments on the draft specification are being accepted through November 9, 2009.  For more information on the WaterSense program or the draft specification for showerheads, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense

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