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I have been sent a spam.

My commentary is in red.

United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017 , USA
 Dammit! They caught up to me! I knew I shouldn't have borrowed money as the ambassador from Lusitania!
This is coming to you in regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations Compensation Commission to restore the dignity and Economy of Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project and the U.N Security Council.
 Wait, this isn't about my debt to the UN? Forget I said anything.  Also, what does the UNSC have to do with... well, this?
This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation, inheritance, winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world, this includes every foreign contractors who have not received their contract sum, and anyone who has any unfinished transaction or Compensation payments which failed due to Government problems etc. The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you with the sum of $1,850,000.00 USD (One Million, Eight Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars).
 So you're telling me... I'm getting this payment because I'm gullible, and haven't yet received compensation for this? If I had known I could be paid to be dumb, I'd have asked my mum to drop me on the head a few times instead of teaching me basic math.
Your email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you as one of our beneficiaries. You are advised to contact MR MICHAEL WILLIAM immediately for your Compensation payment of $1,850,000.00 USD (One Million, Eight Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars). which will be released directly to you in accordance with legal clearance and procedures. And mode of payment was as well specified for proper conducts and financial regulations to kick against criminality during process of payment (I don't know what this even means). We have arranged your payment through our swift card centers, with the latest instruction from United Nations Office And International Monetary Fund Reconciliation Office. Isn't the IMF separate from the UN?

...I hope they have cute secretaries or something.  I should go pick this up in person.
 I'll pass this on to Mr. Owever.
Full Name:...........
Current/Valid Residential Address:..........
Nominated Delivery Address:...........
Home Cell Number:......
Direct Mobile Number:......
Contact MR MICHAEL WILLIAM immediately for your compensation payment by replying to this email or emailing the address below:
Email:  <REMOVED>
Telephone: Apparently, the phone number here belongs to a Peter L. Casserly, of Mission Viejo, CA.
He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email. I'm obliged to mock this email, and also possibly reverse-Nigerian 404 it.
For your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person or office claiming to be the right office to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment. Because of Impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (Atm-7750) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the Card Center by using it as your subject.
 So... You're telling me to... quit talking to you? I... guess I could stop talking to you.
Kindly be informed that recipients shall be liable to pay $350 dollars which is obvious cost arising for the delivery of the donation parcel and there will be no hidden fees. This is due to Legal law protecting all donation funds misappropriation.
 I'll show up and ask you about this in person.
Good luck and kind regards,
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations.

His title is actually General Ban Ki-Moon.  Not Mr.

He really should proof-read what his secretary writes.


Pending time, I shall poke at this and see if I can provoke shenanigans.


Why I love Sci-Fi

I love Sci-Fi because I love the future.
While much of Sci-Fi is often outside what is possible given our current understanding of physics, it explores the problems and advantages of technology, much of which is already nearly within our grasp -- or even exists today.
For example, let us take the classic novel Neuromancer.  It details the story of a washed-out hacker no longer able to connect to the internet, who suddenly has this block removed -- provided he works for a shadowy employer.
In it, there is clothing that bends light around a person (Japanese scientists made one four or five years ago), augmented reality (Similar to Hololens, but better -- we'll have this in 10 years or so), direct input from EEG into computers (We already have this on a fairly basic level), video feed sent directly to the brain (We have this, too!).  The full spread of technology doesn't exist yet, true, but much of it does, at least partially.  Exploring where it could be in a few years can be quite fascinating.
It also explores human nature.  In John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, he explores how humanity responds to threats as a group, trust, panic, and how people handle pressure.  Sure, it's couched in the story of billions of quadrupedal alligators intent on eating the universe, but to assume this makes up the entirety of the flesh of the book is to far underestimate the writing and thought put into it.

While other genres can examine the latter, they cannot examine the former without becoming science fiction.  Science fiction can also examine the interaction between human nature and psychology, and the new technologies that are just beginning to exist now or are right around the corner.


Scifi is cool.


So, today I tried to MOC...

Today, I tried to MOC for the first time. I've never moc'd before, always just building to play.

The result was nothing like what I was planning, and I have no idea how good it is.




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