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GMail == Woolong

GMail just hit me with 50 invites last week, and my secondary accounts are starting to spawn invites now, too!

At this point, GMail4Troops has stopped taking donations, the GMail-O-Matic has somewhere between 1.5 million and 5 million invites (compared to 280000 when I donated 3 to it last week), and GMail itself has added a "quick invite box" to its sidebar.

GMail is the new post-WWI German money! Or giant bamboo. Or zucchini.
Once a goodie, now a pestilence! Or, as Nigel "The Nose" Williamson put it as Merlin in Excalibur: "A dream to some; a nightmare to others!"
Here's proof: This site is now around #3 on the "Donate GMail" hits in Google - you put in an invite and you get one point to vote with towards your favorite web site. Yes, you guessed it: 48 votes "purchased" for our bayesnets site, BayesNetsJava. That's what a GMail is worth now!
ETA, 15:50 CST: Just in case anyone still has a use for one, I still have a few. Say the word and they're yours.

Don't get me wrong, I love my regular banazir GMail, spam-ridden as it is. My hobbit accounts sit awaiting their use during the Great Famine (see Plots, World Domination: zengeneral). My secret accounts are seeing plenty of traffic: puppy and baby pics and all! But at some point, GMail's "cash value" starts to lag the woolong from Cowboy Bebop. For calibration, see this page of bounties from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie : the petty robbers who knock off a convenience store are worth 500000; the hacker, 5 million; and the master criminal, 300 million. Faye Valentine's bounty in the series was 6 million, and Ed's dad, if you recall, was worth 50 (hey, just like the amount GMail gives out as a unit now).

Coda: I am amused that invites, which once sold for between $65 and $125 apiece on eBay last May, are still going for $0.16 to $0.80 each.

In other news: Is it just me, or was last night's Lost even more jackedtrasked than usual?
In the immortal words of Hurley, "Woah, duude." Shoot me, damn you!
Well, now we know why Charlie seems to be a man on a mission. The self-reformation makes more sense here than in the original Driveshaft episode. twinbee, do you watch Lost? Because you know, I think the tea icons are going to be in plentiful supply after this! :-D

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Banazir

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mrowe
Feb. 10th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Gmail invites are tribbles...
banazir
Feb. 11th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Who put the spam in the gigatriticale?!
*wheeenhlyiyillrr*
*wheeenhlyiyiyiyiyillrrrr*

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Banazir
(apparently they are scared of Elves as well as Klingons)
cretaceousrick
Feb. 11th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
I miss the six initial invites I had left...They felt like a tidy little seed crop to me, and now they're gone - replaced by this clone army of fifty smiley-faced-yet-sticky-feeling mass invitations.

I don't even know fifty people!
banazir
Feb. 11th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Googletriticale
Indeed. The units grow, and thus is born a new age of mass... something.

If you feel like it, you can always donate your invites to GetAGMail and boost the rank of our BayesNetsJava site even further! Or keep us on top, anyhow.

Seriously:

1. How have you been?
2. Any suggestions on doing a massive web publicity campaign for BNJ? One that involves no spamming, of course.

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Banazir
cretaceousrick
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
Compsognathidae
Preambulating: I'll look into that donating business sometime soonish, when I remember to. Right now I'm lazy and staying up late with things on my mind, but keep poking me about it and I'll get around to it. :)

1. I've been good. Life weaves as life wills. Nothing really going on that I haven't written in my journal about - work, keeping a balance between too much space and too little in the domestic scene, waiting for spring to come, if only for the longer daylight. And how have you been?

2. Marketing is my third weakness, behind laziness and CHOKLIT, so you're asking the wrong time-traveler.
banazir
Feb. 12th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: Compsognathidae
Preambulating: I'll look into that donating business sometime soonish, when I remember to. Right now I'm lazy and staying up late with things on my mind, but keep poking me about it and I'll get around to it. :)
Meresi boku gozaimasu!
(Frap. thank you very much, from Fr. "Merci beaucoup" + Jap. "domo arigato gozaimasu")

1. I've been good. Life weaves as life wills. Nothing really going on that I haven't written in my journal about - work, keeping a balance between too much space and too little in the domestic scene, waiting for spring to come, if only for the longer daylight. And how have you been?
Busy!
With great tenure comes great responsibility, or something like that.

2. Marketing is my third weakness, behind laziness and CHOKLIT, so you're asking the wrong time-traveler.
Hrm... OK.
Any ideas from your friends, please to send my way, eh?

Thanks in advance,
Banazir
dipping_sauce
Feb. 11th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
Is it just me, or was last night's Lost even more jackedtrasked than usual?
In the immortal words of Hurley, "Woah, duude." Shoot me, damn you!
Well, now we know why Charlie seems to be a man on a mission. The self-reformation makes more sense here than in the original Driveshaft episode.


Ack! I missed it last night! What happened?

(And 50 GMail invites aren't a bad thing. Who knows when you might have a desperate need for 50GB of storage space...)
banazir
Feb. 12th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
SPOILER WARNING for Lost
Ack! I missed it last night! What happened?
Claire comes back, missing her memory of the crash and the month since; the castaways keep her sheltered in the caves. Jin and Charlie go scouting and Jin is felled by a stone from Ethan's sling. Ethan comes up, throttling Charlie and promising to kill one person each day that Claire isn't returned to him - leaving Charlie to die last. He makes good on his promise, bludgeoning one of the "non-principal" castaways (Scott) to death.

In a flashback to about a year ago, we see Charlie's slow slide into addiction between the breakup of Driveshaft and his visit to his brother Liam in his first flashback episode. He begins dating a girl named Lucy whose father is a wealthy businessman. Meanwhile, one of Charlie's band mates tries to get him to lift some expensive items from Lucy's house that he can sell. Lucy gets Charlie a job selling copiers, and he dressed up "respectable-like", but steals a silver cigarette case after some prodding from his partner.

The survivors head to the caves while Locke plants booby traps and he, Jack, Sawyer, and Sayid make plans to lure Ethan out using Claire as bait. Charlie objects, but Claire insists after she discovers that he has been telling her only parts of the story for her peace of mind. When Jack breaks out a hidden cache of four automatic handguns and about 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition, Sawyer produces the U.S. marshal's Sig Sauer 9 and gives it to Kate, arming a posse of five to go after Ethan. Eventually Ethan shows up to grab Claire, is jumped by Jack, and is finally captured after Jack beats him nearly senseless. Sawyer holds a gun to his head while he attempts to rise, looking defiant --- when suddenly he is shot five times at close range and falls dead. Charlie has picked up Jack's dropped gun and killed the interloper who had taken him and Claire and was murdering castaways to get her back.

As Charlie and the others contemplate what he has done, we see the epilogue of the flashback: Before he could deliver the stolen cigarette case to his fence, he has a withdrawal episode and collapses retching; the paramedics find it on his vomit-soaked body. Charlie visits Lucy, who berates him for deceiving her and finally asks why he took the sales job. "I wanted to be respectable, to show you I could take care of you," he answers miserable. Lucy shuts the door in his face, saying, "You will never take care of anyone".

(And 50 GMail invites aren't a bad thing. Who knows when you might have a desperate need for 50GB of storage space...)
Yes, but I already have about 5Gb, and if I need 45 more, I can always cash them in then or get some from the dispensaries.

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Banazir
dipping_sauce
Feb. 12th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILER WARNING for Lost
^^

Thank you so much for the recap! *loves Lost*
banazir
Feb. 12th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!
'tis a good show.

One thing I forgot to mention was that at the end, Claire started to remember peanut butter for some reason. Made me go "awww..."

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Banazir
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