November 10th, 2005



We finally made it to Canada! We're now in Vancouver at my brother's place on the 17th floor with a lovely view of the mountains. Well, it would be a lovely view if it weren't overcast!

I think we left off the last entry in the San Francisco area. We drove north and stopped in Ukiah and Eureka in California. (Once we hit Eureka the weather turned rainy and there hasn't been a single day without at least some rain since then.) The Oregon coast was really cool but windy and rainy too, so we just stopped in Coos Bay there. Then we spent two days in Portland, then two days in Seattle, then arrived in Vancover a couple of days ago.

Major things we saw and did were:

- Fetzer winery where we picked up a few bottles of wine
- Samoa Cookhouse in Eureka, for lunch, dinner, and then breakfast the next day (because it's so good)
- Redwood National and State Park
- Devil's Punchbowl
- mini-tour of local breweries in Portland
- Multnomah Falls
- Pike Place Market
- Seattle Underground tour
- original Starbuck's location
- Museum of Flight

I've probably forgotten some stuff again. It happens. We have pictures, somewhere. Once we get to Victoria (our final destination for a while), I'll set up my desktop machine and start working on getting everything into our photo galleries. That will no doubt keep me busy for a while!

interesting email surprise

I received the following message yesterday, and it almost had me fooled:

From: "Jamie" <>
To: <>
Subject: Photo Approval
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 03:31:07 -0600

Your photograph was forwarded to us as part of an article we are publishing for
our December edition of Total Business Monthly.
Can you check over the format and get back to us with your approval or any
If the picture is not to your liking then please send a preferred one.
We have attached the photo with the article here.
Kind regards,
Jamie Andrews
The Professional Development Institute

I had received a legitimate message a few days ago from somebody in Germany asking to use one of my pictures in an architectural publication of some kind (I gave them permission). Initially I thought this might be related. Then I noticed the attachment:

[-- Attachment #2: Photo+Article.exe --]
[-- Type: application/octet-stream, Encoding: base64, Size: 13K --]

It's an email virus! Luckily I handle my mail using mutt on freebsd, so it would have been several more steps for me to "open" the attachment, so I didn't run it. It's amazing the lengths to which these virus authors are going to try to trap people.

In related news, I'm still getting fake-rolex spam which spamassassin is still marking as BAYES_50 (which means spamassassin thinks it's middle of the road, no sign of spam). Every one of those damn things I run through sa-learn to teach it, but the people who write those have found that the english language is extremely flexible and there are a million ways to package their sales pitch.

Spam is starting to become overwhelming again. Whatever happened to SPF, anyway?