Saturday, Debtember 14, 2002
Nigerian scam, meet Cthulu …
From: “DR DAVID EHIZOJIE”
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 079:1429:44 -0400
Subject: God is above all things
… Another thing is that, you must take the shining trapezohedron and keep it in a safe deposit box, until you are ready to come to Nigeria. I want you to bring it with you to Nigeria. You know that a lot of people here are very experienced in this kind of matter over here, therefore when you bring it here we will consult the wise ones for them to tell us what it is and what you should do with it. Now that they know that you have it and they have not come near you but they have shown themselves t you, then there is an edge you have over them. In this case you must not take anything for granted. Keep the thing in a safe deposit box and also keep the key to box far away from where you are goimng to sleep this night, let us see if they are after you or they are after the stone. Which ever way we have to get to the bottom of this. I am very positive that this will put your name in the front pages for a very long time.…
Oh my god. This may be the most gullible person in the whole world. I should be trying to scam him for money. I mean, I'm not even writing good Lovecraftian fiction here. You'd think anyone with an IQ greater than that of a bag of hammers would see through this. If I'd know the guy was this gullible, I would have planned out a longer story arc.
I have a few friends (Hi Jeff, hey Rob) that will get a kick out of this. And I think this predates a story line at User Friendly.
But I'm seriously wondering just how long the Nigerians can keep this up. Mass emailing random people just makes the scam more known and as more and more people take sport and try to reverse scam the scammers, at some point it's going to be more cost effective to get a real job than attempt a 419 scam …
It wasn't the Wrath of Khan, but neither was it the Final FrontierSpring and I went to see Star Trek X: Nemesis and as an even movie, it stands a very good chance of being half way decent.
It does have an interesting premis—after all, the Romulan system is a double planet consisting of Romulus and Remus and all we've seen so far are the Romulans (who branched off from the Vulcans long ago) and never any Remians ... until now. But we only get glimpses into the political situation between the two systems, which is a shame. I will say, though, that the space battle is one of the better ones I've seen (almost as well done as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) and I just couldn't believe the amount of damage done to NCC-1701-E (“There goes Picard's premiums,” I said to Spring).
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Perhaps if you like eyecandy space battles (my only complaint—the design of the Enterprise-E—there were parts when I could tell it was computer generated and what's with the Aztec design? The peak in design was still Star Treks I & II) it's worth seeing on the big screen, otherwise, it's a rental.