August 17th, 2014

Surprising Discovering in Email Today

Apparently, does not require a round trip on an email address to start sending matches to it. Someone signed up for using my secondary email address, and additionally is using the by email.

I'm a little shocked. I was surprised that Redbox was this stupid, but being this stupid seems really, really ridiculous.

truly, we have switched from phones to email

Back In The Day, I got some odd wrong numbers, including collect calls from jails. Which I declined, because I didn't know the person.

Here's what I found in my email today:

JPay Services

12:23 PM (7 hours ago)

to me
Hello [I removed the email it went to],

[I removed the inmate's name, too, because I don't need someone in jail annoyed with me.] ([I removed an id number for the inmate that was here, natch) invites you to visit so that you can send and receive email.

Click here to access JPay and set up an account for free. From your JPay account you can send email to an inmate in Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Once your eMessages are received, [inmate's first name] will be able to reply to your emails and you can view them in your “Incoming Mail” section of your JPay account.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact JPay at or at the 1-800-574-5729.

This email has been sent to you on behalf of an inmate incarcerated at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. If you no longer wish to receive emails from this person please ignore this email.


JPay Mail Services


Ohio's inmate search provides information including D.O.B. provided me with a marriage record in Nevada to someone who shares at least my first name, which probably explains the attempt at contact since that's part of the email address it went to. He's in until next year for failure to appear on a fourth degree felony, which could be GTA or any number of other things. He's got a heckuva gouge out of his right cheek in the photo; unclear whether it's an old scar or a recent wound. Hope his life improves from here.

You know, back when it was a misdirected collect call, I would never even remember the name of the person, much have any idea how to find out anything at all about them. This is much more humanizing.

More Account "Offenders"

Turns out, like, lets people sign up using an email address they do not actually control!

What a bunch of badly behaved "services"! It is not that hard to roundtrip an email. It's a service to the _actual_ user, who doesn't lose control of the account when the actual email account holder notifies the service, hey, that ain't me. It's a service to the rest of us, who don't actually use your service -- and who one day _might_ and then find themselves unable to access their account.

In this case, the person had never done anything with the account. Disqus is cheeky, they "recommend" you don't delete the account so that no one else will post using your email. _Because they let anyone post using any email_.

If you have ever encountered disqus as a service, I cannot imagine what they are providing of benefit to anyone, but with controls this nonexistent, I'd have to say don't bother. If someone thinks I'm being unfair, I'd be interested in hearing the rationale for the service and the laxity of enforcement on emails associated with accounts. This isn't like Redbox or Macy's or Toys R Us or a bunch of shops in the UK that just accept emails and blast out IRL receipts to them, where the roundtrip would be time consuming and not really worth it.

Firstname.Lastname on gmail provides me with an unending stream of entertainment and information on what companies are so ridiculous I should avoid them.

ETA: I wonder if they are suggesting people keep accounts other people created with their email as a way of inflating their numbers. Or, more cynically, harvesting reused passwords for hacking.

Old Person Has Trouble Placing an Order at Starbucks

When I was a very young person (a little older than my son is now), I started drinking coffee. At that point in my life, it was regular (which was black, no sugar to a New Englander) or decaf and that was pretty much it.

When I got to college and started hangin' with the cool kids, I was stuck drinking Starbucks. This would have been around 1989, when I still wasn't legal to drink alcohol. I was drinking americanos, because they didn't serve drip yet, which is what I wanted. Sometimes, because the stuff was so ridiculous tasting, I'd get soy lattes, once they started having soy as an option, and if it was a year when the chocolate had no milk products in it (this was variable for a while), a soy mocha. I was careful to specify "no whip". This is the order I settled on, sometime in the early 1990s:

single tall soy mocha no whip

I never had any trouble with it until today. Today, I am officially old. I was told that the size of the beverage determined the number of shots. The tall at the beginning of the order confused the young woman at the till so much she asked twice what size. And the order went through incorrectly to the man who made the drink, because he did the double-check that everyone does when a soy beverage comes through without no whip specified (some people really do want soy with whip, but most don't).

I'm old. I'm set in my ways. And the changing times have passed me by. It's official. An order I've been placing in Starbucks for about 20 years no longer reliably gets me what I want. I'll try this next time.

Soy mocha, tall, NO WHIP

With a sigh. No wonder I go to DD so much (actually, it's because T. wants donuts), where I cannot order a regular coffee, because that comes with cream and sugar. No, I have to order it black, no sugar, and half the time I get someone who is incredulous that anyone would drink it that way, probably because they've tried it and the signature tastes-like-an-ashtray DD flavor made it undrinkable for them, like anyone with any sense.

Which I do not have.

ETA: You know, maybe I'll just start really fucking with them and order a "short", instead. That's the size I actually want.

ETAYA: A shocking number of typos/wordos today. Sorry if I missed some.