this is so cool!

i’ve knowingly been around this building for 45 years, but i’ve never actually been inside the Women’s University Club in seattle, until yesterday, when the ballard sedentary sousa band played there. it’s been there for 90 years, or thereabouts, and has been the venue for many a ‘hoity-toity’ event presented by the rich, upper-class women of seattle… and now it has also been the venue in which the BSSB has played, which either means that their standards are slipping, or that the BSSB has moved up the ladder, in our social circles, by several rungs… πŸ˜‰

but the photo below is not that… it is about 3 blocks away, right next door to the building i lived in (according to the handy-dandy chart of when things happened) between 1996 and 1997, at terry and east union

seriously, this is one of my favourite places in the entire city, and i would live there again in a cold second, given the opportunity… there’s nothing like waking up in the morning, walking a few blocks, and being able to eat breakfast at the pike place market before starting your day… 😎

when i got to the women’s university club, i played, as i was expected to do, but i then learned about the fact that, in 1927, John Philip Sousa had actually been a guest of the women’s university club, and they had his signature in their guest book! so, of course, i had to take a picture of it…

150729 John Philip Sousa autograph

of course, because of the fact that i took it with my cell-phone, it’s kind of blurry, but hey… it’s a real piece of history, that i’m a part of, because we actually got to sign the very same guest book! πŸ˜€

sad

a while ago, i posted about a new cannabis dispensary that had opened up just down the street from my house.

due to “new regulations”, which i don’t completely understand, that dispensary, along with 14 others in this area, was summarily shut down by the county prosecutor last week.

it’s not as though i don’t have two other dispensaries just down the street from my house, and since they opened up, recreational cannabis has become legal in the state of washington, so i don’t really understand why they were shut down to begin with, but it’s sad…

rick and i were the first two customers of a dispensary that is now shut down… 😒

by the way…

just because i no longer have an address @spamcop.net DOES NOT indicate that i am any less than totally annoyed by spam messages that get sent my way.

an example could be found this morning, when i woke up, logged into my email client and discovered that i had over 1500 individual messages “From:” myself which were HTML formatted messages in brazilian portugese (indicating that, in reality, they were not “From:” myself), and, as i sat there and watched, another 500 messages appeared and were downloaded within the space of 5 minutes…

they all appear to have originated on cloudapp.net, which is owned by microsoft. it was set up on a “host” that is called zpx09.cloudapp.net, but it doesn’t have a whois or mx entry, which doesn’t surprise me a great deal, but what does surprise me is that there appears to be a script interface at http://zpx09.cloudapp.net/caminho-ranger-32.php which looks like this:

150722 spam script interface

great… now i can send my own spam. unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there is no indication to who the script belongs, but my guess is that if i write to microsoft, they will, eventually, take the script down and ban zpx09.cloudapp.net, if nothing else…

and while i was writing this, another 700 messages came in… time to block brazil, again. 😕

ETA: as of 6:00 pm there are 1500 more messages, for a grand total of over 3000 in a 12 hour period… and microsoft doesn’t even seem to care… 😐