Archive: June 2015 - Spinland Studios, LLC

Interesting Malware Spam Attempt

  • June 26, 2015

My spam filter caught this email attempt to get malware into my computer but, in the off chance yours doesn't, I figured I'd share what I encountered so you'd be forewarned. The subject line of the email was "are you serious?" The text that followed was typically inarticulate and generic: I tried to contact your company by emailing to the contact us. I got a reply telling me to suck. I have googled your email address. I am attaching you the email exchange that happened and the swearing. Please let me know what to do. There was indeed a Microsoft Word document attached called "email_exchange.doc"...

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Operation Solar Spinland

  • June 11, 2015

Ever since my wife and I bought our present house and I set up my 3D Animation Studio here, we've wanted to be on renewable energy to the greatest extent possible. Sure, we've done things like paying a little extra to insure a percentage of our share of the grid comes from, say, hydro generation, and I host my online work via Green Geeks, a company that offsets its power consumption by 300% through wind power, but I've personally wanted to do more. Since consumer grade wind power isn't yet viable in a mostly residential setting, the only real choice right now is solar. One of the first remodeling...

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Golf Brings a Lesson in Strategic Thinking

  • June 7, 2015

I played in my first actual golf tournament this weekend. I've been a beer league guy for years but this was my first experience in a really competitive environment with real USGA rules in place and all the trimmings. I'm happy to say that my partner and I finished in the money with a tie for sixth place against guys who are scratch golfers. I bought a nice golf shirt (emblazoned with my golf club's logo) with my winnings and I will treasure it. While I'm at it, here's a huge shout out to my home course, Crestwood Golf Club. Steve and Barb are amazing and IMNSDHO run the best damned golf club...

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Goodbye, little Zippy. I already miss you so much.

  • June 4, 2015

He came into our lives like a little grey tornado. Anne was still working as a Vet Tech at the Paris Hill Cat Hospital, and we were looking to add a new kitteh to our family. The Hospital had gotten in a barn litter to be adopted out, and I went up one evening to meet Anne at work and pick one of them. I don't even remember exactly what made our pick stand out from the litter, but I do remember the first time we saw each other, when he rolled over and showed me his belly. I was immediately smitten. Anne and I had a good-natured debate on the way home as to what to call our new little fur ball....

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Welcome to the Nail Creek Beer Club!

  • June 3, 2015

If you've gone to the Nail Creek Pub & Brewery a few times you've probably heard of (the owner) Chris Talgo's version of a "Beer Club." In general, as these things tend to work, as you have various brews at the pub you record them via some logging system. When you reach a certain number (in Nail Creek's case it's 100) you're rewarded in various ways for your patronage. Nail Creek's beer logging system has been, in all honesty, a mess. It consists of a large binder stuffed to the gills with a gazillion sheets of loose leaf paper. Good luck finding your particular sheet before it's time for another...

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Apple Watch: What’s it For, Really?

  • June 3, 2015

Okay, so I've had this somewhat spendy bauble for about a week now. When I landed a very lucrative consulting gig late last year I decided my congratulatory self-gift would be pre-ordering an Apple Watch when they became available. I make no apologies for being a fan of Apple products: their quality control, attention to detail and hand-tailored hardware/software integration provide my Studio with technology that "just works" and saves me tons of time otherwise wasted in the "care and feeding" of my IT infrastructure. YMMV but in my experience the alternatives didn't work out and, since I switched,...

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Ranting about Utica’s Future, Redux

  • June 2, 2015
Ranting about Utica’s Future, Redux

I feel maybe I should add some clarification to last night's blog rant. See, what chaps me is people around here seem content to passively wait around for the Job Fairy to bring jobs to the area—not just any jobs, but well-paying ones that you apparently don't need special skills to qualify for. That fails on two counts: You're waiting for "someone else" to fix your problem. No one is going to pay you "good money" if you can't do the kind of work that pays that. Then when someone actually does make things happen that could bring good jobs here, they bitch and moan because they're...

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Please Tell Me: What, Exactly, is Your Vision for Utica’s Renaissance?

  • June 1, 2015

This is another outbreak of my simmering annoyance at the attitude of so many Uticans. There seems to be an unspoken agreement that Utica needs to "get better." To grow, to become more prosperous, et cetera. Yet, when events are set into motion designed to move toward that very goal, I see many Uticans complaining. The proposed new housing is too expensive. The anticipated new jobs are out of reach of locals. Give me an effing break. Then, pray tell, educate me as to exactly what do you expect to happen as part of that target growth? Did you expect that the Job Fairy would bring...

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