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Complimentary ringtones and witchcraft lessons

July 16, 2007 @ 9:44am

One of the nice things about not checking email for a couple of days is that I get to catch up on all of my spam.

My combination of whitelists, Outlook's spam filters and my mail server's spam identification do a good job of only putting real spam into my spam folder, so it's all in one place and I can read it and reply to it without all of those annoying non-spam emails from people I actually know breaking my train of thought.

I got one message that promised to teach me witchcraft through seven days of free private online email lessons. Wicked!

All of the country is abuzz about Witchcraft - the power to cast effective spells that make your wildest dreams come true! Love, power, money,'s all finally yours... *IF* you know the secret spells, that is!

Sadly, it was signed: "You Be Blessed With Powers of Magick, Bob Andrews [Currently near Ciaro, Egypt]"

It's Cairo, Egypt! Don't magicians have spell-check?

I also got a message called "Complimentary ringtones" and was so hoping that they didn't mean free ringtones, but rather self-esteem building one's like Ray Charles singing You Are So Beautiful or Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy, but that wasn't the case. Lame. I replied to express my disappointment.

When you're running a new startup, you need every mental and emotional edge you can find. Even having the wrong ringtone can lead to failure. When I start hiring people, I'm adding "ask them what ringtone they currently use" to my questionnaire.

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