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Monday, February 27, 2006

This Johari thing I nabbed from Rose is really cool - so, please, DO ME, DO ME, DO ME!!


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 5:03 AM
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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Calling all who know that SOME things should never be:

Paris Hilton has been asked to star in a movie.

That's nothing.

It's a movie about the life of Mother Theresa, and Paris has been asked to play THE Mother Theresa.

No, I'm not joking. I'm SO not joking, and so upset that this might transpire, I have called my legion of gnomes to help me stop this from happening:

Please go - read - and SIGN. Link and pass it on. We cannot let this happen.

Paris No Mother Theresa which explains the reason for No To Paris Hilton As Mother Theresa.

I, and the Universe, thank you.


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 5:33 PM
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Monday, February 20, 2006

Guys, if you find that most girls online give you the cold shoulder when you try to chat them up understand that it's because 99% of the men that contact them are like this:

vishal_gets: hi
vamp_lynx: hi
vishal_gets: hi
vishal_gets: how r u ?

vamp_lynx: Ok.
vishal_gets: i am vishal
vishal_gets: 22m
vishal_gets: and u

vamp_lynx: All that info is on my profile. Didn't you look at it before you IM'ed me?
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: what do u do ?

vamp_lynx: i work with computers.
vishal_gets: i am also
vishal_gets: i am computer eng & now i am network admin

vamp_lynx: Ok.
vishal_gets: u r looking so beuatiful
vishal_gets: after see ur profile

vamp_lynx: Ok, thanks.
vishal_gets: u r 28
vamp_lynx: Yes.
vamp_lynx: Brb
vishal_gets: hello
vishal_gets: are u busy ?
BUZZ!!!

vamp_lynx: Don't you know what "brb" means?
vishal_gets: ya
vishal_gets: be right back

vamp_lynx: Well....why were you buzzing me?
vishal_gets:
vishal_gets: nothing

vamp_lynx: Nothing?
vishal_gets: i think u r busy so i buzzing u
vamp_lynx: I told you "brb"
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: i told u "valy"

vamp_lynx: No you didn't.
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: as u wish
vishal_gets: tell me about ur office time

vamp_lynx: What?
vishal_gets: i means whats office-time scedule ?
vamp_lynx: I work 8 hours a day, if that's what you are asking.
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: valeria, are u in office ?

vamp_lynx: Not right now.
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: valeria tell me something
vishal_gets: i am confuse

vamp_lynx: What?
vishal_gets: valeria, are u married ?
vamp_lynx: No.
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: i am also
vishal_gets: nice to chat with u

vamp_lynx: Ok.
vishal_gets: have u any bf ?
vamp_lynx: Yes.
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: but haven't any gf

vamp_lynx: Ok.
vishal_gets: do u want to make my gf ?
vamp_lynx: "Make my gf"? What does that mean?
vishal_gets: i mean do u want be my gf ?
vamp_lynx: Are you serious?
vishal_gets: i am realy serious
vishal_gets: because i need girl who understand me & i am undestand her
vishal_gets: all that thing u have

vamp_lynx: "All that things u have". You don't know me. Do you regularly ask complete strangers, who are already in a relationship, do be your girlfriend??
vishal_gets: i tell u truth
vamp_lynx: What truth? That you're weird?
vishal_gets: no
vishal_gets: i am not

vamp_lynx: You are asking a complete stranger to be your girlfriend - one that you've talked to all of 5 minutes. Yes, that is weird.
vishal_gets: i am sure that i havent any gf
vamp_lynx: So?
vamp_lynx: Go find one - don't pick up strangers online, weirdo.
vishal_gets: because if u think
vishal_gets: i am not that type of person who cheat other

vamp_lynx: I think that I have a boyfriend and I don't KNOW you.
vamp_lynx: I don't cheat either - but you're asking me to!
vishal_gets: ok
vishal_gets: just forget about it & lets chat

vamp_lynx: What is wrong with you?
vishal_gets: u know i havent any luck
vamp_lynx: It has nothing to do with luck. Maybe you try hitting on people you know, from your own country, who aren't attached. Just a thought.
vishal_gets: i never get love in my life
vamp_lynx: Perhaps because you're going about it in the wrong way.
vishal_gets: so tell me that whay
vishal_gets: what am i doing ?

vamp_lynx: Here's a few tips: 1) Meet a real person and get to know them first, 2) Be in the same country, it helps and 3) Don't ask people that already are in a relationship. This should be pretty obvious.
vishal_gets: thanks
vamp_lynx: I mean, you didn't think of any of that???
vishal_gets: u r my best friend
vamp_lynx: Um, no I'm not.
vishal_gets: but whats proble have u
vamp_lynx: That doesn't make any sense.
vishal_gets: plz
vishal_gets: only u which solve my problem

vamp_lynx: What??
vamp_lynx: Your English is getting steadily worse.
vishal_gets: ya
vishal_gets: but try my best

vamp_lynx: I see.
vishal_gets: valeria tell me that what am i doing to get girl ?
vamp_lynx: I don't know - try not doing it online with people from other countries.
vishal_gets: i never try in online
vamp_lynx: You just did
vishal_gets: but i only know that i love u
vishal_gets: if u belive or not
vishal_gets: in our india nobody cheat their gf as compare to ur country

vamp_lynx: You DO NOT love me, crazy man!
vamp_lynx: You're asking ME to cheat on MY boyfriend, stupid!
vishal_gets: i love u because i like foreginer
vishal_gets: i like ur face
vishal_gets: but why ?
vishal_gets: i am looking young ,smart & cheerful

vamp_lynx: I have a boyfriend. I don't know you.
vamp_lynx: I don't like you.
vamp_lynx: I sure as hell don't love you.
vamp_lynx: We've been talking all of five minutes.
vishal_gets: plz dont break my hert
vamp_lynx: I'm not.
vishal_gets: ok
vamp_lynx: You are breaking your own heart with your weird thoughts of "love".
vishal_gets: ok foerget about it
vamp_lynx: Not a problem.
vishal_gets: do u intrest in ssex ?
vamp_lynx: What?
vishal_gets: i means, have u ever enjoy sex in ur life ?
vamp_lynx: That's none of your business.
vamp_lynx: I'm leaving for work now. Goodbye.
vishal_gets: noooooooooooo
vamp_lynx: Yeah, I have to work.
vishal_gets: hello
vamp_lynx: No, goodbye.
vishal_gets: plz
vamp_lynx: Bye
vishal_gets: i never asking again
vishal_gets: i am not that type person
vishal_gets: plz
vishal_gets: dont go

vamp_lynx: I HAVE TO GO TO WORK
vishal_gets: tell me that when to me again
vishal_gets: plz


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 6:37 AM
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Friday, February 17, 2006

You all remember "Hotline" from the small paper. Well, it's garnered its OWN PAGE on my site. Check it:

Hotline Hilarity

You guys have read all the others here on my blog, but the * ones are all *new*! Enjoy!


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 9:24 AM
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Shanna's morning cocktail, to combat this damn cold/upper resp. infection she's got:

1 Mucus Relief DM (for the nastiness I'm coughing up)
2 Extra-Strength Tylenol (for the fever and subsequent achy body)
1 Amoxicillin (for the infection)
2 Wal-Phed (generic for Sudafed, for the sinuses)
and a partridge in a pear tree.

Since I'm all hopped up on meds, I'm pretty incapable of writing anything worthwhile. I'm going shuffle back to bed now. Be well.


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 6:03 AM
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Sunday, February 12, 2006

I'm sick.

I just downed some Wal-Tussin (generic for the Robitussin), which is supposed to - as the bottle reads - make my coughs more "productive".

That's what I need right now, too - more productive coughs to get this nasty congestion out of my throat.

I don't seem to have fever today, as I did yesterday, but I'm still not feeling my best.

Anyway, just thought you should know that if you need your coughing to be more productive, get some Wal-Tussin. That is all.


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 8:58 AM
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Friday, February 10, 2006

So I'm late on this, but if I was on time with it, well, it wouldn't be me.

And I gotta be me. (Little Friday cheese for ya.)

Anyway, let's talk about Super Bowl commercials. You know you love 'em. They had some pretty good ones this year - but two really stood out.

First, the Budweiser: Clydesdale American Dream; I cried like a damn baby. It was so touching and sweet. Animals - gets me everytime. In case you missed it, grab a tissue:

Budweiser: Clydesdale American Dream Superbowl Commercial

Next. fucking Westin - first smoke-free national hotel chain. Big whoop. Yes, kiss my ass - I'm glad you're so proud of yourself, Westin-folks. Really. But me? I'm not impressed, you pompous asses.

You guys stockpiling those cartons of cigs like I told you to? If not, you'd better start - it will be completely illegal to smoke in five to ten years.


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 5:45 AM
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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

People never cease to amaze me.

Everyone at work and, likely, everyone in our mother agency (i.e. close to 9,000 people) received a phishing scam at work yesterday. This isn't uncommon - our mail filters knock out a lot but it's impossible to stop them all.

Dear VISA Credit Card Member ,

VISA Credit Card is devoted to keeping a safe environment for its community of consumers and producers. To guarantee the safety of your account, VISA Credit Card deploys some of the most advanced security measures in the world and our anti-fraud units regularly screen the VISA Credit Card database for suspicious activity.

We recently have discovered that multiple computers have attempted to log into your VISA Credit Card Online Banking account, and multiple password failures were
presented before the logons. We now require you to re-validate your account information to us. If this is not completed by February 31, 2006, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely, as it may have been used for fraudulent purposes. We thank you for your cooperation in this manner. In order to confirm your Online Bank records, we may require some specific information from you.

Please Click Here or on the link below to verify your account http://www.visa.com/verification/update/

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporary suspend your account.

VISA Credit Card Security Team

The links, obvious by running the mouse over them and glancing down at the window bottom, went to some cosmec.net site; not Visa. No surprise there, as this is an obvious phishing scam.

Yet, no matter how many times I have told my users that 99% of all such emails are scams, that there is nothing to be done, that online companies will NEVER ask for you to verify your account via email - for the love of all things holy and sacred just delete the goddamn thing - they will still, without fail, flip shit when things like this appear in their Inbox.

One clever fellow pointed out to me that Visa does not have his work email address so this was an "obvious scam". No shit, Sherlock.

One angry employee wanted to know what authorities he could report this "attempted criminal fraud" to, as it was a crime against he and the state. As if we've never gotten such things here at work before, and he's never even heard of a "phishing scam".

I tried to explain that this was not an isolated attack and that the email was likely sent out by a legion of zombie computers rather than a single person. Nothing could be done, it was a minor inconvenience, there were no worries if they knew - as they should - not to click on any of the links. Please, just delete it.

Yes, I could offer up a few places for them to report it, but why open another can of worms?

I shudder to think how many didn't even bother to contact me, but simply clicked on the links and offered up their user names and passwords.

Welcome to my world, eh?


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 5:08 AM
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Twenty-five years ago today, my reign as coddled "only" child came to an end with the birth of my little sister.

Let's just say that, being the resident one-and-only for over four years, I wasn't altogether pleased about having to share the love.

As she grew, however, I learned that having a little sister was actually pretty cool. You had someone to play with, and, even better, someone to order around. I did my fair share of both.

As a child, she was loads of fun to be around with a zany sense of humor. I will never forget seeing her running around, red, plastic tweezers in hand, pinching everyone on the butt and giggling, "Tweezer, tweezer, tweezer."

She was headstrong; even then. For years Mom thought Amb been dutifully taking the vitamins she was being given every morning - until someone decided to clean under the couch cushions. Underneath lay a cache of once-dampened Flintstones vitamins.

As a teen, she was still funny, but more cynical, and cool. She always had her hair done and the latest fashions; she was always more into that stuff than I - who lumbered around my teen years with dirty hair and over-sized t-shirts.

Then she became a young woman, and I really can't begin to tell you how proud I am of her - and how blessed I feel to be able to call her my "sister". She's smart, warm-hearted, fun and funny. She's about to graduate college - the first of our small brood to do so; did I mention I'm proud? I wish you could meet her because to know her is to love her.

So today, she celebrates her 25th birthday and I'd just like to wish her a great one, and to let her know how much I love her and cherish our relationship.

Love always & all ways,
Yo Big Sista


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 7:18 AM
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Sunday, February 05, 2006

This Muslims-pissed-off-over-Muhammed-cartoon is getting way out of control.

I see it like this:

What do you think would upset a prophet more? Some person of a differing religion drawing an offensive image of him? Or thousands of his people causing pain and suffering to countless innocents and their property in his name?

Does anyone stop to think before they act anymore? Does anyone have any damn sense left?!

I mean, what's their logic here?

"Hey, they drew Muhammed, and Muslims, in a bad light. We'll show them! Let's go riot and tear things up and really make an ass of ourselves!"

Could they possibly be doing anything more to give the cartoon credibility? First, they're drawing worldwide attention to it, and then, they're portraying themselves in the same way they're angered that the cartoon is portraying them!? Amazing, isn't it?

No. Just very, very sad.


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 8:14 PM
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Friday, February 03, 2006

Yea! I just got in a CD I ordered a few weeks back, Monster Ballads, because I'm a total sucker for some sappy, 80's rock hair-ballads.

So the Superbowl is this weekend, and I honestly only know this because I'm dating Baret, who's a football fan (though not a rabid one - he could go a season with only seeing a game or two). I still don't know where we'll be or who we'll hang out with; regardless, I'm sure we'll have a blast.

Well, I have recently completely re-designed skatoolaki.com; hop on over and check it out. I like it; it's simple and clean. I'm really getting the hang of Dreamweaver - it could possibly be the best purchase I've ever made.

So you heard about the tornadoes that hit the New Orleans-area (mostly surrounding) this week? Can't catch a break in SW Louisiana these days, folks. There are still people without electricity, phones...and, worst of all, homes. Even as close as Baton Rouge is, we still don't realize how terrible things still are down there for thousands of people; they're still living this nightmare daily.

And hurricane season starts back up in a few short months. -sigh-

Ok, I'm outta here for now. Hope you all have a great weekend.


- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 7:43 AM
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