The Door Into Spam

Slightly more faithful than ‘Starship Troopers’…

…a Japanese live-action adaptation of Heinlein’s novel, The Door Into Summer:


Can it be coincidence that the volume of email spam I receive is increasing in direct proportion to the confidence that BidenHarris will take power soon?

It’s the worst sort of obvious crap, and it’s all getting past Gmail’s spam filtering before being caught by mine. This is maybe half of what arrived yesterday afternoon:

Subject: For Mr Kadri Mehmet

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m deeply sorry to berg into your privacy as we haven’t met before, as a matter of fact, I will be very brief since I’m in urgent need of a trust person to help move out a valuable funds deposit by later libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi into a foreign bank account which will later be used for any profitable joint investment between me and you,

Subject: Hello

Dear Friend,

Good day to you. Apparently this email will be coming to you as a surprise since we have not met before now. My name is Reem E. Al-Hashimi, the Emirates Minister of State for international cooperation and Managing Director of United Arab Emirates (Dubai) World Expo 2020 Committee.

Subject: Calvary greetings to you!!


I am Mrs. Dian, a widow to late Marcos Carlos I am 56 years old, i am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the lung, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that i would only live for a short period, according to my doctors this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. My late husband was killed during the U.S. Raid against terrorism in Afghanistan, and during the period of our marriage we couldn’t produce any child.

Subject: Good Day

My Dear Friend

This letter is to acknowledge the substantial contributions of time and energy you have made in trying to assist to claim the fund through your account, despite that it failed us because of your inability to continue financing the transaction.

Subject: Good day

I am Jim Yang. I am the Operation Manager at China Citic Bank International, Hong Kong. I do not know if we can work together in transferring US$48.2 million from my bank to your bank account.

A Wild Gravity Ratchet Appears!

Back in April, I put a deposit down with BraidersHand for an ayatakedai (綾竹台) conversion kit for my takadai. Unexpectedly, it arrived on my birthday, which was a nice surprise. (note that their waiting list isn’t usually that long for this particular item; my order accidentally got dropped from the work queue, and I didn’t check up on it until November)

The takadai straddles the line between braiding and weaving, while the ayatakedai is firmly on the other side, kind of a warp-weighted tablet loom. Warp threads are manipulated in groups to open the shed, through which two weft threads are passed. The threads are wound on separate kumihimo bobbins, and then the warps are tightly twisted and moved up/down the “feathers” to open the shed, or across to change the color or pattern. The wefts just hang over the side arms, without any twist.

All of which is a lengthy side note, because what I was actually interested in was finding someone who had replaced the standard chopstick brake on the take-up reel with a gravity ratchet:

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