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Month: January 2008

Who want to marry a millionaire?

Not me but this Website is funny! I delved into the content for this new Bravo show because the host looked like Monica Lewinsky. It’s not. It’s Patti Allen, Millionaire Matchmaker who pushes good manner and class but can’t write a sentence to save her life. I am assuming she is the one who wrote the rules. Dr. Allen is the host of The Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo. This show starts tonight and I wont be watching it. Can’t Bravo afford people to revise copy? I recommend you read the 10 dating rules for women and the 15 dating rules for men. Really entertaining.

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L Word spoofs Charlies Angels (screen caps)

I have watched the L Word from the beginning and it took me a while to get into it. The characters on that show do not resemble anybody I know, except maybe Max. I am a huge fan of Jennifer, Marlee and started watching the show because of Mia. The show is obviously produced by people my age and that is why I love it when they insert winks to my generation in the show. These are some screen caps of the Charlie’s Angels spoof for your enjoyment.

L Word spoofs Charlie's Angels

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King Size Big Annual Headlining Show in February

King Size is taking over Meow Mix again with a kick-ass show in a few weeks! Here’s the announce:

King blings, fag hags, and dyke tykes alike you will be pleased to learn that King Size will once again be featured during February’s Meow Mix!!! As it’s the season of LOVE, our all-new show is called Self Love! Witness the unveiling of our handsome new kings, and other titilating surprises. Mark your calendars now…more info at a later date.

Self Love (Meow Mix)
Saturday, February 9th
Sala Rossa
4848 St. Laurent
Montreal
$10

I like to creep out people, especially teens!

I have consumed so many police dramas and forensic shows in my life (starting with Hawaii 5-0) that I spend a lot of time processing info into CSI scripts in my head. Evidently when the topic of crime comes up, I have the best and creepiest scenarios in the bunch. I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU anymore, it just saddens the hell out of me. This is how you know that a topic that creeps me out is the victimization of young people. It kind of depresses me but I know that if I want to work towards helping young victims of crime, I have to get over it. Writing about how teens make themselves vulnerable online and off might be good therapy for me.

A few days ago I wrote aboutAre You Interested?“. This app has about a million daily users, mostly teens. Most 13-17 year olds who use this application will have a high school and class year listed under their name once you find them in Facebook search. Even though I cannot view their profile, I have their full name, what school they go to and in what grade they are. The picture is also useful to spot them in a crowd. I know who all their friends are and I have their picture as well. Sure, some pervert from across the ocean probably wont abduct you as you exit school but locally, this might be too much information to leave lying around.

Here is an example of me creeping out a 18-year-old in Chicago. I was on a Webmaster forum in 2003 and would get messages from this kid. I chatted with him a few times. We had platonic conversations which is him making innuendos and me not really biting. Cyber-flirting makes me want to puke. He was desperate for me to call him so he gave me his phone number. Many days later, I called him to say hi. I knew I had a valid phone number. He did mention he liked Wired magazine.

I reverse-looked-up his phone number, got his address and sent him a 12$ gift subscription of WIRED Magazine. He thought I was a total hacker. When I do something like that, I fear I come off as a total perv rather than someone trying to raise awareness. But truthfully, I did stuff like that for cheap giggles. It is how I realized that just by being who I am (apparently a super hot MILF) I can easily attract all the guys who have ever seen American Pie and wield an amazing amount of influence over them. Wow, I have SUPAPAWA!!! But sincerely, let’s try to use them for good 🙂

I don’t really consider myself a hacker, I’ve just been using this Internet-like technology for 18 years. As a programmer, I know how things work below the surface. I used to take for granted that young people were on par with me as far a technology goes but that was only true for a few years. Web 2.0 applications are so easy to use that there is no barrier for teens who want to self publish today. And they are clueless about the risks involved.

In conclusion I want to say that I have never been harassed because of my online activities. I am very liberal and transparent when it comes to posting info about myself. Here I adopt an anonymous persona but not so in about a dozen other outlets. I think it’s cool that people are becoming more transparent but I make sure to let people know that I am not the type of person you want to mess with. People who victimize others choose the path of least resistance, online that means single women and teenagers.

Be safe!

Happy Birthday James May!

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Thanks to Facebook, SNAP Interactive pimps out 13 year olds for profit.

A rant intended to stir shit or raise awareness depending on which side of the coin you’re on.

Edited: I have removed some parts of this text to make it more to the point. I will bring back the rest in different expanded articles.

I’m on Facebook. I love it! It lets me communicate with people I know and care about. Teens seems to think it’s a dating site. It sure seems like today’s teens select each other based on T&A/A&D (Tits and Ass / Abs and Dick.) I have been doing research on various Facebook apps to build my own. I resisted adding novelty and hookup-type applications until I was invited to install “Are You Interested?” (from SNAP Interactive). It is a badly built, ugly and annoying application. There are three ads per page so you know right there it is purely profit driven.

I wondered what would happen if I click ‘YES’ on someone in “Are You Interested?“. I picked the guy who was at a theme park with his daughter and the fireman. There were not that many pictures in my age range, most were greasy looking guys who gave me the creeps. I could click YES on all the pictures of men who look like they are dads (a desirable accomplishment) but they are probably not single. Again, waste of time. When the fireman friended me I noticed that he (who is in a relationship and just had a really cute baby) likes to add all the “Tell me I’m desirable, I absolutely must know now!” applications that are available on Facebook. I am itching to ask him why he needs the validation, he is already a cute guy in a fireman outfit, with a girlfriend and a really cute baby. In the list of awesome things worth having that you couldn’t possibly buy with money, those are lot of check marks! If I was his girlfriend I would wonder about his capacity to survive the first 6-12 months of being set aside for the needs of the new baby.

My point…

I noticed that guys interested in me, based on my profile picture of a toad, were all 18 years old and this is how I noticed, to my horror, that there is a search line for 13-17 year olds in “Are You Interested?” This is retarded! And not because of the aforementioned bad idea of choosing mates based on physical characteristics.

Here’s how Facebook works. You can join Facebook if you are in High School (13+ years). You can friend you classmates, buddies and family. They are the only ones who can see your profile. The dumb things you post about yourself after that are supposed to remain somewhat private until you piss someone off and they re-post your private texts and photos in public forums.

However “Are You Interested?” kinda violates that by publishing a picture of your “attention needing” self with your name and city.

Here’s a random teenager. I picked him because he is the only one I found who’s trail does not lead to an exact location within 5 minutes. Unfortunately, you can easily find where most other “Are You Interested?” users between the age of 13-17 are RIGHT NOW.

(Name has been changed, duh!)

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His name is Jean-Something, he is 14 and lives in Montreal. Kinda looks like he is 10 years old but let’s keep digging.

Fortunately for us Jean-Something is not such a common name so let’s find him in Facebook search.

There he is. It’s easy, same picture!

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Great, now we know his full name is Jean-Something Lastname. Fortunately for Jean-Something he is only is the Montreal network and not associated with a high school. But would it really be hard to find out where he lives by triangulating info about all his friends? (Actually if I triangulate his friends I get the distinct impression this profile might be a fake teen profile created by someone who wants to approach teens but I don’t have time to find out for sure. We can talk about this kind of fraud later. There are about a million users, mostly 13-17 year olds who use this application and most will have a high school and class year listed under their name in Facebook search.)

As a parent, I feel for those who do not know what their kids are doing online. Are they posting videos of themselves dancing in their underwear or flashing their boobs on You Tube? Are they desperately seeking attention from strangers on My Space? Are they advertising their need for approval on Facebook? I feel that doing so is misguided, it is asking for attention from the WRONG people. Not all online kooks teenagers encounter are sexual predators, they are also confidence cons, scammers and thieves. All these shady folks need is a bit of info about you to work their magic.

So, what do you think? I also wrote a follow-up on this.

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