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Natalie McLaughlin: Beyond Crazy


Ladies and gentleman, I feel it is my civil duty as a fairly decent human being on this planet we call Earth to make you all aware of Natalie McLaughlin. Why you may say? All in due time my friends. All in due time. But if I may start by prefacing that in no way shape or form is this post meant to be malicious or vindictive. It is merely meant to hopefully educate others about this woman and her unsettling behavior.

You see, Ms. Natalie McLaughlin works as a recruiter in the Metro Detroit area and had added me as a contact on the popular social media site for professionals, LinkedIn. Over the past year I would get emails every couple of months saying “Congratulate Natalie McLaughlin on the new job!” and it sparked my interests on whether I was just getting overly spammed by LinkedIn because I never told my “good old pal” congrats or if she was actually going through THAT many jobs. Turns out, it was the latter. This person whose job it is to find other people jobs can’t even hold down a position with a company for more than a couple of months at a time. That’s pretty scary and concerning if you ask me.

So like I said, my interest was sparked as to what the heck was going on with her situation. I know I should have just minded my own business, but I just couldn’t so I messaged her to find out and here is the fallout and aftermath. Now I must state for the record none of these images have been doctored in any way shape and form. These are straight screenshots from LinkedIn’s Inbox as well as my Gmail account.

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Okay I will be the first to admit AGAIN that I probably could have phrased my initial question better and she had every right to fire back at me and I am even fine with her telling me to “go fuck myself”. I apologized and said my peace so I figured we were done and would both go on our merry little ways. OH HOW I WAS WRONG! This was only the start. She got ahold of my personal email address and what ensued was just pure madness. Now while I find this whole thing rather humorous, her comments were so over the line that she cannot even see the line anymore. I honestly feel sad for her and cannot believe that someone who deems themselves to be a professional thinks it is perfectly rational and/or okay to talk to anyone like this. I could see a punk teenager acting this way, but not a grown adult.

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My jaw is still on the floor in shock and awe over her comments from last night. I am very thick skinned, always have been and always will be, so while her comments did sting a bit I brushed them off. Originally I was just going to add her email address to my Spam list and block her on LinkedIn, but she took things to a whole new level. This morning when I got in to work I noticed the little light flashing on my phone indicating that I had a new voicemail. I open up my work email and proceed to see that it was from (734) 837-XXXX and I thought it was one of our guys out in the field looking for an update on a case or seeking assistance for a new issue. Yup, wrong again! I open up the audio file on my PC and immediately hear “YOU FAT FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!!” at which point I quickly hit the STOP button. Of course I am providing it to you all for your listening pleasure. This pretty much proves that she is unstable and has officially crossed the line from being an internet bully to a full on cyber stalker.

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#MINDBLOWN is all I can really say regarding this woman and what has gone down in the last 24 hours. Now my work is getting involved as she has officially harassed me at my place of employment. Honestly, if I can shed the light about her to just one company or client that has any inkling of interest in doing business with her I have done my job. Natalie McLaughlin, I am sorry, but you did this to yourself. I will forgive you because that is the type of man my Momma raised me to be, but I just hope you get the help you need to control that temper of yours before you bark up the wrong tree and something worse than this happens.

Posted by: Tim Kamen On October 22nd, 2014 Filed Under Randomness, Thoughts, Rants, and Babbles | Post Your Comments


Google Glass for the Public Sector


For those of you who are not very tech savvy or have been living under a rock, take a look at Google Glass.

Pretty awesome eh? Now imagine Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS and other First Responders being able to capitalize on this nifty invention. Well it may be more than just a thought and may become an actual reality. Software developers Mutualink are currently in the works on creating and testing an app that will do just this.

The app would allow public safety officers and officials to communicate in real-time via streaming video from the scene, as well as to receive and view key documents, including things like building schematics, medical records of victims, live feeds of security cameras in the area and more. It’s the ultimate on-demand intel platform for agents working in the field, and a way to stay in contact with HQ and other organizations even when radio systems won’t talk to each other.

The reason that this intrigues me so much is because I currently work for a company that develops software for the Public Sector and so instantly the gears in my brain started spinning and I can already see just how great of a tool this could be. Right now we have software that is used in squad cars to receive information about calls and other information related to the incident in question. Once you are out of the car though all you have is a simple radio connection to dispatch to get updates.

I can see how this app would be a great addition for when dispatch pushes out a BOLO that has a mugshot of the perp in question that would flash up. The officer would know exactly who to keep an eye out for instead of just a vague description of the person. When it comes to Firefighters it would be great for them to be able to pull up the floor plans of the building they are entering, information on any hazardous materials that may be present and/or how many tenants occupy the building. For EMS they could quickly pull up any medical history on the person they are transporting.

It’s not Robocop, but it’s a step closer.

Posted by: Tim Kamen On August 20th, 2013 Filed Under Technology | Post Your Comments


Sarlacc Pit Not Included


This apartment posted on Craigslist sounds like the perfect living situation, that is if you’re a non-heroin user looking to share a home that isn’t haunted, hasn’t been the site of very many animal sacrifices and doesn’t contain a Sarlacc Pit.

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Hi there! Are you looking for a room to rent in a nice, quiet home in a quiet area of town? Perhaps you are a college student looking for some off campus housing. Or (preferably), you’re an exchange student who speaks about 15 words of English and spends 14 hours a day at the library. Well if so, then do I have the rental for you!

I currently live in a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom standalone single family home by myself. The house is very nice, and comes ghost and demon free. There have been 0 murders and little to no animal sacrifices in the backyard. Rent is $500 a month and that includes all utilities. The house also has a washer and dryer, but does not include a Sarlacc pit (sorry!).

I work a lot and am not home that often. When I am home, I’m a relatively quiet person. I promise not to take pictures of you while you sleep and sell them on the internet (unless you’re Mila Kunis, in which case I will be installing 24/7 spy cams in your room).

Things I like:
Anime
Video Games
The occasional beer
Not doing heroin

Things you should like:
A clean house
Not doing heroin

Your room has a total of three (3) windows, all of which let in sunlight. If you are a vampire I do not suggest applying for this room unless you are a daywalker. I also would prefer if you were not a werewolf as I think that the damages to the house would eat into the security deposit rather quickly.

Pictures of your room are attached. See that shit? You’ve got a CLOSET, some bangin’ ass windows and your very own DOOR! That thing’s even got a lock with a key. How modern!

Please apply if you sound interested, and if you don’t do heroin.

Thank you!

P.S. – No heroin

….this message sent while not using heroin.

The reason for this hilariously unusual post?

I had a friend of mine who was staying with me who I was subletting a room to. I knew he was a recovering heroin addict and had been clean for a while. One day I woke up and found my XBox 360 gone along with my roommate. I instantly knew what had happened so I bought a bunch of security system stuff from Home Depot, and I changed my locks, thinking it would help the situation. I posted the ad on Craigslist right after that happened.

Two days later I came home from work to find my $1,500 TV missing. I moved all of my stuff out of my home and into my parents’ house, afraid that all of my stuff would get taken little by little. My roommate contacted me a few days later, apologetic and letting me know he wanted to pay me back for it. Two days later he went to rehab and I haven’t heard from him since.

Daniel says that after putting up the Craigslist ad he heard from the former roommate that “his other junkie friends knew about his location” and that he’s since decided to move to a new home.

Posted by: Tim Kamen On August 19th, 2013 Filed Under In the News, Randomness | Post Your Comments


Oh Facebook! You silly Goose you!


From CNN.com

A Palestinian researcher posted a message on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s page last week after he says the site’s security team didn’t take his warnings about a security flaw seriously.

“First, sorry for breaking your privacy and post(ing) to your wall,” wrote Khalil Shreateh. “I (have) no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to (the) Facebook team.”

Shreateh, who describes himself as an unemployed security researcher with a degree in information systems, said he found a hole in Facebook’s systems that let him post to any user’s page, including users not on his Friends list.

Such an exploit would be a virtual gold mine for spammers, scam artists and others seeking to take advantage of the site’s roughly 1 billion users worldwide.

Shreateh said he contacted Facebook security about the vulnerability before using it to post to Mark Zuckerberg’s page.

On his blog, Shreateh posted a series of e-mails he said were exchanged between him and Facebook security. After the first one, a Facebook employee responded that the link he attached was bad.

Shreateh had included a post — an Enrique Iglesias video — he says he posted on the page of a woman who went to college with Zuckerberg. He speculated that Facebook’s security team couldn’t see it because they weren’t on her Friends list.

Facebook responded to his second message to say the issue he was reporting was not a bug.

His response: “ok that mean(s) I have no choice other than report this to mark himself on facebook.”

Needless to say, that got their attention.

Facebook says the flaw was fixed on Thursday. But over the weekend the episode began making headlines on tech blogs.

On the Hacker News website, Facebook security team member Matt Jones wrote that the language barrier with Shreateh, who is not a native English speaker, and the volume of reports the site receives were partly to blame for the site’s slow response.

“Unfortunately, all he submitted was a link to the post he’d already made (on a real account whose consent he did not have) … saying that ‘the bug allow facebook users to share links to other facebook users,’ ” Jones wrote.

“For background, as a few other commenters have pointed out, we get hundreds of reports every day. Many of our best reports come from people whose English isn’t great — though this can be challenging, it’s something we work with just fine and we have paid out over $1 million to hundreds of reporters.”

Because he violated Facebook’s terms of service by hacking the pages of other users, Shreateh is not eligible to receive a reward under the site’s White Hat program designed to find and fix bugs.

Shreateh, who says he has been looking for work for two years, lives in the Palestinian city of Yatta, in a region where the unemployment rate is officially 22% and is higher among men in their 20s, like Shreateh.

“I could sell (information about the flaw) on the black (hat) hackers’ websites and I could make more money than Facebook could pay me,” he said in an interview with CNN. “But for me — I am a good guy. I don’t deal with the black (hat) stuff.”

In hacker circles, “white hat” is a term for people who report exploits they find so they can be fixed, while “black hat” often refers to people who hack to take advantage of those exploits.

He said he’s proud that, as a Palestinian using a five-year-old laptop with broken keys and a broken battery, he had the skills to find a problem with one of the world’s biggest websites. But he acknowledged hoping his tip would lead to a reward from Facebook.

“I never asked them, ‘I want $4,000 or $5,000’,” he said. “I didn’t deal with them like that … . (But) I really needed that money.”

Jones acknowledged that the security team should have asked Shreateh for more information.

“I have to admit that I have some sympathy with Facebook on this issue,” security analyst Graham Cluley wrote on his blog. “Although he was frustrated by the response from Facebook’s security team, Shreateh did the wrong thing by using the flaw to post a message on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall.”

He would have been better served returning to Facebook’s security team with more evidence and further explaining it or, if that didn’t work, taking the information to a technology journalist to report, Cluley said.

Posted by: Tim Kamen On August 19th, 2013 Filed Under In the News, Technology | Post Your Comments


Move Over Jaws!


First there was “Sharknado” an epic tale of a freak hurricane that hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in water spouts and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Now there is “Ghost Shark”, not to be confused with “Ghost Dad” starring Bill Cosby. I can see how you could get the two confused and think they were one in the same, but I assure you they are entirely different movies. The premise for “Ghost Shark” goes a little something like this.

Last Fourth of July, teenager Christy Bruce disappeared from a high school beach party. Her severed arm washed ashore a day later. Drunken sea captain Blaise Shaw became a hero to the small seaside community of Harmony after killing the great white shark that was deemed responsible, but the Christy Bruce murder was no shark attack. Blaise turns to ghost hunter Ava Conte, who is skeptical but intrigued by his ghost shark ramblings. With preparations for a massive July 4th celebration rapidly approaching, they soon find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy of sex and murder involving the town’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens. Unprepared to contend with a Ghost Shark that can hunt on land, sea, as well as anywhere there is enough water or rain to sustain its phantom form, Blaise and Ava must uncover the truth about the towns dark past or fall victim to the Ghost Shark.

Intrigued? I know I am! Make sure to set your DVR to record this cinematic masterpiece premiering August 22, 2013 on Syfy. And because I know you all cannot wait that long, here is a teaser to wet your noodle.

Posted by: Tim Kamen On July 30th, 2013 Filed Under Media & Entertainment, Randomness | Post Your Comments


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