Monday, January 23, 2012


This is a work e-mail turned blog post. Why? Because I'm irked.


I just went diving into my Gmail spam folder looking for an email I’ve been expecting. I didn’t find it, but I did find that many of the 60 messages were false positives. Honestly, I’m a little irked.

Definitely not Spam (10 of 60)

2 were from a chatty political org where I do read and respond to maybe 10% of the emails sent

3 from another chatty political org where I open and read about 80+% of the emails sent

1 from a non-profit whose e-mails I often read (they don’t send that many)

1 from a web tracking company whose e-mails I read ~20% of the time (they don’t send that many)

1 from another web tracking company whose e-mails I read ~20% of the time (they don’t send that many)

1 from an chatty org I’m a member of that I already tell Gmail to automatically archive. It’s correctly labeled, but in spam nonetheless.

1 mileage statement from an airline that I already have a filter to automatically label (but not skip my inbox)

Greymail (8 of 60)

6 were from Canon – emails that I don’t read and can’ unsubscribe to. Classic greymail.

2 from Adobe

what i've been reading

I'm not linkifying these. Give those search engines money! Ha!

Online, daily:
  • Seattle Times

Online, regularly:
  • The Big Picture
  • The Onion

  • The Atlantic
  • The Economist
  • Yale Alumni Magazine
  • Cascade Courier

Thursday, January 19, 2012

bicycle benefits

This is really a "note to self." Apparently there is a discount program at that I should have been taking advantage of the past few years. I could be getting:
  • 1/2 off classic chocolate bars at Theo
  • 10% at Auto Battery
  • 2 for 1 admission at Central Cinema
  • A free t-shirt at evo
Those are only the places that I go to with some regularity. I could also have been rocking it at these other spots I hit up periodically:
  • $1 off beer at Arabica Lounge
  • A free topping at Bluebird (maybe I should finally go there)
  • 15% off at Liberty
  • 10% off at Louisa's Cafe
  • Something at Pie (what that something is? they don't say)
In other words, I could have saved an extra $30 or so over the course of a year. Nothing to cry over, but that's extra play money.