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Whoopee, our bank account has been cleaned out...*

So I was expecting a payment into the joint account that Peter and I share, and logged into online banking to see if it had come in yet. And saw:

Available balance: 0.00

Uhh… No, not really possible. Something a little over 0.00, something a little under 0.00, sure. But this? No. Possibly a system hiccup of some kind. So I call the helpline and ask what’s going on.

And surprise! What do they find, but, between Tuesday and today, a number of transactions that aren’t mine. Road toll payments (when we don’t have a car: amusing). Movie tickets from a Dublin-area omniplex (when we haven’t left the house since last Friday: I’m still fighting with this sinus infection and haven’t been out a lot.) And then a transaction at a point-of-sale somewhere in Ireland that emptied out the account. (There wasn’t a vast amount in there right then… but it’s all gone now.)

W. T. F. My bank card has been skimmed.

It’s toast now (thrown in the fire a few minutes ago, a new one ordered over the phone). But so much for the bills that needed to be paid this week. 2012 had better start getting its act together, as this is not an auspicious beginning.

The bank will cover this expense when its fraud department has digested all the details. But meanwhile, the household is skint. So: if you feel inclined to spit in the eye of the nameless rogue(s) who’ve briefly ruined the domestic tranquility around here, I invite you you to go over to the Ebooks Direct store and buy something using the discount code DDGOTSKIMMED, which will give you 20% off whatever you buy.

If you feel inclined to share this around, it’d be appreciated.

(mutter) Miscreants.

(oh, sorry, forgot the URL for the store. (You can judge my mental state from that, I bet...)

http://ebooksdirect.dianeduane.com
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Of course I went and did it differently when I posted it to Facebook. Ah, well.
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Colin Ferguson reports on Twitter that the Eureka news may not be accurate, but he has to find out more details before he can tell us what the truth is.
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but I was so hoping for more "Son of Gatoroid vs Super-Ultra-Mega-Shark" type movies...
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There may be water on Mars!
Striking new images from the mountains of Mars may be the best evidence yet of flowing, liquid water, an essential ingredient for life, says Nasa.
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+Philip Plait does an excellent analysis of the news: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/08/04/more-evidence-of-flowing-water-on-mars/

Could the Red Planet only be mostly dead?
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For as long as I can remember, my gaming groups have broken bread together -- whether we were playing board games, miniatures, or RPGs, we always have
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Official word from Syfy's Twitter feed: Although we don’t have a commitment beyond 6 episodes for the 6th season, we’re hopeful this will not be the end of the franchise. #eureka
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F**k. SyFy is cancelling (after concluding) Eureka.
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Of course, Eureka went into space at beginning of season, so Syfy has to get rid of it, otherwise people may think Syfy has something to do with Science Fiction
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Ahh, nothing like getting off the Red Eye, freshening up, eating breakfast, and coming in to work at the day job!
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Oh, yes, much caffeine has been and will be ingested. Of that there can be no doubt.
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