Got a spam the other days asking if I'd like to work for Comcast. It had no job title, no information, and came from a live.com account (Microsoft's successor to Hotmail). I decided to reply, pointed out these things, and suggested the sender pull my other leg.

Today, I got this...

 Dear Future Employee,

We are delighted to see that your interest  in joining our team. In the beginning we would like to give you a  couple of details about the the Financial Agent position. Filling in  this position, you will be working around 1-4 hours per week, having the  chance to adjust your own schedule, according your needs. You can work  either part-time, or full-time. On the first month, you will be on  probation, and you will be paid $2,500 (it'll grow up to $5,000 after  the first month) working part-time, while full-time you will be paid  $4,500 (it'll grow up to $7,500 after the first month). In addition you  will also be receiving 5% commission from each payment that you receive  and process.
Your duties as a Financial Agent will be to receive and  process the payments coming from our clients. Your supervisor will  supply you with detailed instructions on how to complete every task. The  payments will be wired into your bank account, and after that you will  have to go to your bank and withdraw the funds prior to send it back to  our company. We are using this method because we can complete the  payments faster and deliver the funds to our clients quicker. Please do  keep in mind that you are handling a company's money, so you must be  very responsible!
As a final note, we will not ask for any control or access into your bank account. There is no start up cost.

If you are interested in taking the job please reply with your cell phone and one of our agents will call you for more info.

Sincerely,
Comcast Employment Dept.
1500 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This is total bullshit. Comcast needs you to have payments wired into your bank account so you can withdraw them and send them to Comcast? Really? A giant American corporation that owns NBC, Universal Studios, and is most people's telephone and internet provider doesn't have a bank account these payments can be wired into?

At least when the scammers pretend to be a foreign company that needs you to accept payments because there are international transfer issues, it sounds halfway likely (even though that's bullshit too). But Comcast doesn't have accountants and banks ready to ask "how high" when they tell them to jump? They're willing to pay you fees higher than they'd pay for credit card cash advances? Really?

If you're long-term unemployed and you're desperate for a job, it's easy to miss these things in your excitement. But the "financial agent" scam is old.  The only difference between this and the thousands that have come before it is that these crooks were stupid enough to pretend they're Comcast.

I actually live walking distance from a large Comcast office. I ought to take this down there and ask about the job just to watch their expressions. Then I'll ask if I can upgrade from the 9 year old DVR cable box model to something newer.

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A friend shared this photo on Facebook today and it made me think of other quotes about what fear is. So I dug through a few dozen pages of quotes on IMDb and came up with this list...

Fear is ___________.
(using quotes from IMDb)

"Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides for years, and children are born and live and die all in darkness." - Game of Thrones (2011)

"Fear is the enemy of will. Will is what makes you take action; fear is what stops you, and makes you weak..." - Green Lantern (2011)

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." - Star Wars - Episode I (1999)

"Fear is the true enemy. The only enemy." - Star Trek: TNG (1987) - episode "The Last Outpost"

"...fear is powerful, because it has been there for billions of years. And it is good. And you use it. And you ride it; you ride it like a skeleton horse through the gates of hell, and then you win, Ricky." - Talladega Nights (2006)

"Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it." - Apocalypto (2006)

"...fear is the most amazing emotion of all because it creates complete awareness. It brings you to now, and it makes you truly present. " - Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

"Fear is the only poison." - Doctor Who - episode "Snakedance" (1983)

"Fear is not an option." - True Lies (1994)

"Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration." - Dune (1984)

"Fear is for prey." - Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

"...fear is fear, it has to be overcome." - The Facts of Life - Episode "Fear Strikes Back" (1981)

"...fear is justification, fear is control, fear is money." - The Veteran (2011)

"Fear is for the enemy. Fear and bullets. Lots of fucking bullets." - Death Sentence (2007)

"...fear is a great place to begin art." - Speak (2004)

"Fear is what protects you from the things you don't believe in." - Alone in the Dark (2005)

"Fear is what causes that lack of steam. It's hard to get excited about old Miriam when you keep picturing yourself hanging upside down while some Arab's picking your teeth." - The Rockford Files - episode "Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow" (1978)

"Fear is the main motivation for everything. That and guilt are the two emotions that keep a society humming." - The Story of Us (1999)

"Fear is always guilt in disguise." - The Prisoner - episode "Anvil" (2009)

"Fear is what you pay for adventure." - When Night Is Falling (1995)

"Fear is the only darkness." - Kung Fu - episode "Pilot" (1972)

"Fear is just a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you." - Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

"Fear is our greatest enemy, and hope is our greatest weapon against the disease." - Restoration (1995)

"Fear is the glue that holds society together. It's what makes people suppress their worst impulses." - The New Batman Adventures - episode "Never Fear" (1997)

"Fear is like a giant fog. It sits on your brain and blocks everything - real feelings, true happiness, real joy. They can't get through that fog. But you lift it, and buddy, you're in for the ride of your life." - Defending Your Life (1991)

"Fear is the dark room where the devil develops his negatives." - I'm With Busey (2003)

"Fear is such a wonderful weapon. It makes people distrust even their friends. And soon, like little lambs, it makes them run to anyone who promises protection." - Voltron: Defender of the Universe - episode "Raid of the Red Berets" (1984)

"Fear is not what's important; it's how you deal with it. It would be like asking a marathon runner if they feel pain. It's not a matter of whether you feel it; it's how you manage it." - War Photographer (2001)

"Fear is the companion of those who do great deeds." - Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog (1998)

"Fear is my brother, destruction my sister, and pestilence my third cousin twice removed." - Catscratch (1995)

"Fear is not the way to accomplish peace, Dr. Fright." - The All-New Super Friends Hour - episode "Doctor Fright/Drag Race/Day of the Plant Creatures/Fire" (1977)

"Fear is a cruel padlock." - Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

"...fear is a tyrant over the body as well as the mind. People can acquire the evil results of every disease just through fear alone." - The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)

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This is the method I used to make my chocolate infused liqueurs for the 4th of July block party.

Ingredients:

3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups tequlia (or vodka)

Put 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Omanhene) and 1/4 cup fine baker's sugar in a pint mason/canning jar. Top with tequila. Close the jar and shake to mix it all up. Unseal and heat in a hot water bath to around 150 degrees to help dissolve the sugar and pasteurize the mix. Seal it back up, shake again, and set in a corner for about a week.

Make a simple syrup by boiling 1/2 cup water and stirring in 1/2 cup sugar. Let it simmer a couple of minutes and then remove from heat.

Strain the solids out by filtering through a fine cloth like a flour sack towel or clean dish towel. I ended up pouring some into the center, then closing up around it and twisting the ends to squeeze it through, otherwise the cocoa clogs the cloth and it takes forever to strain.

Put the strained tequila back in the jar and top it off with simple syrup. Close up the jar, drop it in the freezer for a few hours, and serve chilled.

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I'm learning a little about Java development for a project at work and went to update my copy of Java to the latest version (7u5). Strangely, once I did, Google Chrome would not run Java applets. It told me that I needed to install the Java plugin, which basically required reinstalling Java.

I tried it. Didn't work.

I tried making sure all versions of Java were uninstalled and the latest was reinstalled. Didn't work.

I tried disabling all of my plugins except Java. Didn't work.

I tried disabling all of my extensions. Didn't work.

Despite this, Java would run fine on IE or Firefox. Finally I found a post where someone pointed out that Java installs a separate program called "JavaFX 2.1.1" alongside Java and suggested uninstalling just that. I went into the control panel, programs panel, and right alongside Java, there was a separate install of JavaFX 2.1.1. So I uninstalled it.

TA-DA, problem fixed... at least for now. JavaFX is apparently used for enabling some Java-based browser and desktop apps. I do not know of any apps on my system that have JavaFX as a dependency, so I'll leave it off for now.

Hope this helps someone who was running into the same issue.

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