Harvester Killer – help fight spam!


Fight SpamBots! From the page “This page shows a 100 randomly generated email addresses. Email harvesters (also known as spambots) will crawl this page and store all of these hundred bogus email addresses in a database, and follow the link at the bottom of the page, filling them up with more invalid email addresses as they go along. They eventually end up in an infinite loop, and thousands of randomly generated email addresses before the spammer realises what’s happening.”


Act 3. Scene I

SCENE I. France. Before Harfleur.


“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the head
Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’


One hundred years ago today, San Francisco suffered what is to this day one of the worst monster-related disasters to have happened in the United States. Only the 1893 Mothra attack on Chicago caused more casualties.

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, the sleeping city was awakened by a most unwelcome visitor. Emerging from the Pacific Ocean, the hundred foot tall Godzilla smashed its way through the city. City Hall was destroyed within 28 seconds. People scrambled from their homes as the monster’s massive footsteps shook building foundations. Linda Cain, 80, recalls what her mother told her about the event, “She first thought it was just another earthquake, but a quick peek out the window revealed it was something much, much worse.”

Estimates of the number of dead vary from three to six thousand. “We may never be sure, ” says forensic scientist Clark Stucken, “because Godzilla devoured some of its victims, so there were no remains to be counted or buried.”

Nobody knows what happened to Godzilla after the disaster, nor even where the monster originally came from. Suspicions always lay on Japan, and rumors have it that the beast was sighted decades later in Peal Harbor during World War II. After the attack, the nation’s military readiness was greatly increased. President Teddy Roosevelt and Congress tripled the defense budget, which lead to the development of the first military aircraft (the airplane having just been invented two years prior). The efforts paid off, as was proven in 1933 when an attack by giant ape King Kong on New York was thwarted with minimal casualties by the use of airpanes.

The government is saying it is ready for Godzilla’s next attack on San Francisco. The beefed up Homeland Security department is developing technologies to “defeat both man and beast.” Many fear terrorists will resort to using Godzilla as a weapon of mass destruction, but White House spokesman Scott McClellan assures that “We are ready just like we were for hurricane Katrina.” Pacificists are skeptical of the administration’s approach, saying it would be better to try to tame Godzilla and other monsters, should they appear.

The Page of Fu Manchu: The Source for Sax Rohmer Information


From the page: “”Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull, and long, magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present, with all the resources, if you will, of a wealthy government–which, however, already has denied all knowledge of his existence. Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man.”

— Nayland Smith to Dr. Petrie,
The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu,

Sax Rohmer drew on fears of the ‘Yellow Peril’ which still have resonances today despite the prevalence of ‘Political Correctness’.

You can read this story for free at Project Gutenberg and come to your own conclusions:


Many thanks to atongchan http://atongchan.stumbleupon.com/ who started me on this train of thought with this link:


Which attempts to move beyond old stereotypes of China.

Audrey Hepburn Childrens Fund – Audrey Hepburn Remembered dvd – Audrey Hepburn filmography – Donations


Below is a poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her “beauty tips.” It was read at her funeral years later.

* For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
* For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
* For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
* For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
* For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) Movie Site


Harry Palmer was a gritty, down-to-earth alternative to the super-spy image of the ’60s. And, although the Bond craze was in full swing when the Ipcress File premiered, audiences found Palmer appealing.

Michael Caine says,”Maybe because Harry represents us, all of us. He’s not like some giant superman…like James Bond. What he was, was a government guy who went out into danger where we would never dare to go. But he was ordinary, like us, and also seemed like a loser, but he wins. So I think when you’re in the audience, you do identify with him tremendously, which makes for great suspense, because you’re worried about what’s going to happen to him.”