Wire Wire

August 9th, 2016

If you don’t know what “wire wire” is, you should read the paper James Bettke and I just published, Wire-Wire - A West African Cyber Threat.

Wire Wire Infographic

If you came here in order to learn how to do wire wire, you should rethink your life - wire wire is just plain stealing, and wire wire boys are just thieves. At least with yahoo yahoo scams, the “yahoo boiz” could pretend they were just cheating the greedy, or taking back from rich westerners, whose banks would replace the money. But with wire wire, no one puts the money back for the victims, and they are not greedy - they are just businesses trying to pay their employees, and people from countries who never did anything to hurt Nigeria or West Africa at all are losing their livelihoods to fraudsters.


August 9th, 2010

So rather than take my wrecked bike to the body shop to fix the dented gas tank and bent handlebars, I decided to fix it on my own, with nothing more than body filler, spray paint, new emblems and a lot of banging and bending. Not exactly a professional restoration job, but I don’t think it turned out so bad.

Vulcan 800 after DIY repair


May 21st, 2009

Last Wednesday, just after leaving work, a minivan travelling in the opposite direction turned left in front of me. The short stopping distance required, compounded with being on a curve at the time equalled me skidding sideways, tipping over and landing on the pavement. No broken bones, just some road rash, a sprained foot and ankle, and a nasty-looking bruise on my inner thigh that looks strangely like the Kawasaki logo in reverse.

Although I don’t believe in mandatory helmet laws, I wear mine pretty much all the time - also my motorcycle boots and gloves. Together, these left me a lot better off than I would have been without them.