Re: And Today's Winner Of The Internet Is...

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So you're applying for that security clearance, are you? Don't tell them about this place, OK?


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:23 PM
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So you're applying for that security clearance, are you?

Ha, my immediate thought as well. I had to call the housing office at my alma meter to find out a street address for my freshman dorm.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:25 PM
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Stalkerific!


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:36 PM
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You could've used zabbasearch.com to search for yourself. It's kind of scary. (It has every address I have ever lived at, and every phone number I have ever had. You might be more "off the grid".)


Posted by: Stroll | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:38 PM
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4 - It's missing more than half of the twelve (yes, twelve) addresses I've had the last 10 years.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:40 PM
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4: That thing is creepy.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:46 PM
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I am apparently completely off the zabbasearch grid.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:55 PM
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Zabasearch has some really off-the-wall information for me -- they have me listed at my brother's old address, at some other address with my dad's birthdate, etc. I thought about asking them to remove it all, but they ask for your real address and I had no interest in validating any of their information, so I left it in for obfuscatory purposes. (It doesn't hurt that there are a few other women named Magpie Nest in California.)


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 5:57 PM
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Damn, I don't like Zabasearch. My name is unusual enough that I match well. I looked up someone else, and his name was a lot more common.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:04 PM
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7: Zabasearch does not believe that I exist either.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:08 PM
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Huh, google maps has a street level view of my house now. And there are both of our cars in the driveway and the little plastic slide in the front yard and I'm just a little creeped out. At least the grass was mowed when the surveillance truck came by.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:09 PM
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At least that creepy website has only the surveillance image from my two-addresses-ago address. Still: creepy.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:10 PM
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Zabba has about half its info wrong for me (at least 2 incorrect addresses, wrong relatives) but has my wife's details all right, even though her name is more common than mine.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:12 PM
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Zaba has all my most recent addresses. It's a curse and a blessing to be probably the only person in the world with my name. Send me cookies, stalkers!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:17 PM
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No listings for me! Thank god.


Posted by: felix | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:30 PM
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Zaba's got everything on me. the one that really squeams me is zillow, where they not only have a super close picture of my house, but they are all ready to tell me exactly what I ought to get for it on any given day. Not mention what I paid for it.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:33 PM
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How do I prevent sites like this from aglomerating all of my data and life? It doesn't have my latest address (yay!), but given that it has everything else, and precise details about my honey and seven of his relatives, few of whom have even fucking lived in this country recently!, I'd really like to drop back off their radar.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:35 PM
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Oh, and good work Becks. That's impressive searching.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:35 PM
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16. Sybil- zillow is the shits for value. Really, don't pay any attention to what it says your house is "worth". Depending on the state you live in, what you paid may be public record/ searchable.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:39 PM
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I thought Sybil was a grad student? You have a house, Sybil?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:42 PM
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Nothing for me in Zabba. But I learned that there are at least 20 people in the U.S. with my relatively unusual name, which is more than I'd have figured. I have them all beat at Google, though, despite strict pseudonimity in all my online endeavors. Take that!


Posted by: xyzzy | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:43 PM
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Pseudonymity. Damn it.


Posted by: xyzzy | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:44 PM
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i'm not listed anywhere, nice
but there were 12 people with my name


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:47 PM
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or it seems two who moved half that many times


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:48 PM
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Masslandrecords.com. You can find not only how much property sold for but how much the mortgage is and on what terms. Of course, those have always been public records, they're now available to casual stalkers instead of only those motivated enough to go to the registry of deeds.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:51 PM
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thousands of bastards share my name. take that, Zabba


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 6:51 PM
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Yeah, hundreds of people seem to match even my full name. Some of the entries are me, but someone looking for me would have a hard time figuring it out. My girlfriend, however, seems to have a unique name; all of the matches are her.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:12 PM
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I thought Sybil was a grad student? You have a house, Sybil?

A bunch of grad students in my department owned houses well before I did, which I thought was a little weird.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:26 PM
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A bunch of grad students in my department owned houses well before I did, which I thought was a little weird.

A bunch (okay, maybe not a bunch, but more than two or three) of grad students at my institution had "summer homes" in Canada, which I thought was a bit interesting. Yeah, my family has a winter home, I guess you could call it.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:32 PM
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How could you not know what town you lived in? Your college life was a lot more exciting than mine.


Posted by: mike d | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:34 PM
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Sybil is married, ain't she? Women like good providers, you know.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:36 PM
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Sybil's married?

Guess I can cross her off my list.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:38 PM
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A search on Zillow for my house turns up a google map at the correct address, but it's out of date -- prior to the construction of the house -- so it looks to prospective buyers like a lot of money to pay for a tract of empty ground. This is a bummer because I may be looking for prospective buyers. God help me in this market, I suppose.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:39 PM
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Guess I can cross her off my list.

Read is the matchmaker around here, Ben, but it's good of you to care.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:41 PM
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The Gonerills are moving?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:41 PM
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Sybil is a full-fledged PhD now.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:41 PM
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The Gonerills are moving?

Possibly. Occupational hazard of having an extremely smart Mrs Gonerill.

(Cue low-hanging fruit joke about how she finally found me out.)


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:45 PM
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Call her Doctor Sybil. Like Heebie and B., she's now empowered to ask you to drop your trousers and bend over.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:46 PM
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19: But I *want* to believe in zillow! it values my house at sooooo much more than I paid for it. Don't take that away from me.

I'm married. Not strictly for the house-providing, jerkface.

And yes, now that I am full-fledged PhD, the graduate school pays my mortgage. It's a good system we have here.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:46 PM
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I wondered the same thing as 30, and drew the same conclusion.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:47 PM
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God help me in this market, I suppose.

Admittedly, it's not the best time to be selling a house. But you probably shouldn't let the grim news overall discourage you. There are still markets within the market, after all, and while some of them, obviously, have crashed and burned, some of them are still doing fine.

Ogged's still hoping you move in with he and his mother, and also, and more recently, bpl.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:50 PM
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A good twist on Ogged's light-in-the-eyes thing. Zefrank's one is good.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:53 PM
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52 listings for me including my middle initial, but a lot of multiple listings and only about 35 individuals. My address is obsolete but not terribly far in the past.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:55 PM
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Where might Mrs Gonerill be taking you, then?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:55 PM
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That site isn't responding at the moment.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 7:56 PM
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Ah, ok, I see it. That's cute. They did that in my high school yearbook, with friends recreating childhood group photos.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:00 PM
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I really like the one from mgjosefsen.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:03 PM
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Where might Mrs Gonerill be taking you, then?

To Paradise, to Para-- uh, what? I'm sorry.

My thinonymity makes me shy about specifics. I don't mean to be coy.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:03 PM
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Regarding grad students owning houses, parents financing school can buy houses for their kids and have them live in it and rent out part to other students. I big chunk of grad school costs are paid for at almost no cost for the parent, and they end up with income-producing property.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:04 PM
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I do have non-married female friends (gasp!) who own homes as grad students. It happens.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:06 PM
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Bah, zabasearch is crapping out on me, but I already know that my name is not uncommon -- for which I'm actually thankful.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:09 PM
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48: Paraguay is a wonderful place! Their quaint hybrid narco-terrorist-Nazi-GuaranĂ­-Hispanic culture is a laff riot! You'll never be the same!


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:09 PM
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"Paradise" is probably stretch, if she's being courted where I think she's being courted.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:13 PM
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49: It depends on the location, too. The joke at my alma mater was it was the only place where the scant grad stipend meant the grad students owned their own homes *and* had stay at home wives.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:14 PM
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Regarding grad students owning houses, parents financing school can buy houses for their kids and have them live in it and rent out part to other students.

Never mind grad students. In some (if not many) cases, it's actually cheaper (or a better financial investment, or however it's called) for the parents to buy a house for their undergraduate offspring to live in, and rent out the extra rooms, what with college housing now being so expensive.

(I fear the high cost of college. We put a bit of money away each month, but will it be enough by 2020?)


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:16 PM
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A friend of mine from high school ended up at grad school in pittsburgh, and was able to buy a house for something like $75k. I don't know if she had parental help, but even if not, regular payments were certainly cheaper than the rent I paid on a grad student stipend in Cambridge.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:16 PM
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"Paradise" is probably stretch, if she's being courted where I think she's being courted.

There is that. But one thing has led to another. See, now I am being coy. I'll stop.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:19 PM
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Sweet, only 56 comments in this thread went to the inevitable Pittsburgh mention. Love. The Steelers got a real shit schedule this year, I put out there for any takers. And yes, real estate in that town is ludicrously cheap.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:20 PM
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Pittsburgh's real estate market is absurd. It's calibrated my internal sense of real estate prices way too low.

57: Hehe. Good for her. Up old Narnia, and all that.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:24 PM
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Up old Narnia

Shove it Up Old Narnia, more like.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:28 PM
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I thought that Pittsburgh was still full of coal mines, steel plants, Pinkertons, and murderous Hungarian anarchists. Am I behind the times?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:30 PM
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60: I meant it as a stodgy vague cheer, but if she can shove it up old Narnia, we will cheer louder!

61: You're forgetting the rebellion over whiskey.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:33 PM
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Is there more than one Narnia? Do we each have our own personal Idaho's Narnia's? I guess it is possible that Gonerill's Narnia is the same as Alameida's? But it seems unlikely.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:36 PM
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Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:37 PM
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We all have personal, philosophical Narnias.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:38 PM
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I now have Your own, personal, {Idaho/Narnia/Jesus/} as an earworm.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:42 PM
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Reach out and touch a universal.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:47 PM
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Our Narnia was home to some kindly and great-minded Princes, but also a rather larger number of other little fuckwits.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:49 PM
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I had an autumn house for a few months in grad school. Also known as commuting 2 hours each way by a bus-rail combination until the building on campus I moved into was finished.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:51 PM
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Zabasearch is creepy, but there's a send message feature that's just unreal. Here's one sent to a person who shares my common family name:

I am not sure if you are the same Sharon XXXX who assisted me with the injured woodpecker around 5 or 6 years ago. If you are, please contact me ASAP


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:51 PM
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College costs

Saving partly in gold has been OK for us so far.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:52 PM
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Gold hidden under the bed?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:56 PM
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Watch out lw. Emerson is known for his mad ninja skilz, and would certainly burglarize you, were it not too far from Lake Wobegone.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 8:59 PM
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More or less, though even if the house is cleaned out or burned down, it'll still be there. There's an ETF with options as well, useful for catching 1-day spikes or valleys, or for saving hassle, though the tax and FAFSA advantage disappears that way. The booby traps will have me digging one more pit behind the furnace, I guess. Wear nice jewelry, please.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:04 PM
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I wish to pierce the veil of Gonerill's thinonymity, because I wonder if he was an uppity grad student at around the same time and place that I was an uppity undergraduate. Email? Or I can just wonder.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:04 PM
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64 is quietly great.

A grad-school friend of mine bought a house in Baltimore for $19k. Quite a shitty house, but he fixed it up okay.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:07 PM
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He who burglarizes me steals trash. A smart burglar could probably get $10-20,000 from my library over the course of a few years. They'd need a U-haul.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:10 PM
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I'm wasted, man. I love you guys! I love you all!


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:11 PM
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Gonerill is... Gonerill!

It all makes sense.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:13 PM
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The flipside of 76 is my friend who's worried about his Baltimorean mother's financial situation. "Maybe you should sell, the house, ma." Appraiser says $30,000.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:18 PM
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You guys are encroaching on Elgin's home turf, you know.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:20 PM
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If anyone wants to buy my house for what zillow says it's worth, I think I can close tomorrow.


Posted by: NĂ¡pi | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:26 PM
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"Maybe you should sell, the house, ma." Appraiser says $30,000.

Charm City, eh? Well, fucketty.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:46 PM
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Damn I would totally live in Baltimore. Somebody give me a house!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-17-08 9:49 PM
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78: What's wrong with this place? Will no one reciprocate the love of the drunk?

I will. I love you too PGD.


Posted by: Otto von Bisquick | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 12:48 AM
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Excellent stalking skillz Becks!


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 2:40 AM
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I have an all-too-common name, and zaba has me dead to rights. The weird thing is that, of 62 records, teh final 3 are me; are there really no JRoths in WV, WA, VA, or other post-PA states? Seems so unlikely.

My wife's name is unique per zaba, and the first 65 Google hits for it are all her - but she used to be a bureaucrat dealing with public matters, and now writes food reviews, so....

Around the 65th hit, you start getting pseudo-legit links - on a web page for some musician with her first name, there's a free ad that links to one of our reviews. Weird.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 5:05 AM
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Oop, I was counting Google pages wrong. Replace "65" above with "55." As it happens, the actual 65th hit is the first one that really has nothing to do with her, but rather with the German town that is her surname.

RE: Housing prices, I've showed y'all pics of my $60k house before - 7 BR, nice woodwork, etc. 3 blocks from Whole Foods. Zillow says $189k, but is definitely wrong. Maybe $120k.

Further investigation reveals that it's gone up $14k in zillars in the last 30 days. I'm getting richer by the moment!


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 5:14 AM
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Zaba search is freaking me out. It has me at my dad's house, my mom's house, and my grandmother's house, all with my little brother's birth year. The hell?


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 6:04 AM
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Zaba search is freaking me out. It has me at my dad's house, my mom's house, and my grandmother's house, all with my little brother's birth year. The hell?

And the best part is, Republican secretaries of state all around the country are hiring private sector contractors to use databases not unlike this one to decide whether to strike you from the voter rolls.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 6:18 AM
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What's wrong with this place? Will no one reciprocate the love of the drunk?

This place is full of cold, cynical bastards. Except for you, my brother!

I don't feel as good now. Not hung over, though.


Posted by: PGD | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 6:32 AM
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i reciprocated showing a big concern about your future happiness, if you read the other thread


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 8:22 AM
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91: that's good. Vicodin hangovers suck.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 8:26 AM
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My wife's name is unique per zaba, and the first 65 Google hits for it are all her - but she used to be a bureaucrat dealing with public matters, and now writes food reviews, so....

You're not DOOM, are you?


Posted by: CN | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 8:28 AM
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Searching by my full name, Zabasearch doesn't find me, but it does find both of my parents. Searching by the name I usually use, Zabasearch finds 41 listings. Most of them have the same first initial as me and the same last-name-I-usually-use, but I don't know any of them. Verdict: secure.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 04-18-08 8:48 AM
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