Year: 2007

Conan’s Audition Tape

I tried to upload this to YouTube, but with words like “letterman” and “conan” on it, it didn’t stand a chance. Which I don’t get — how does NBC plan to make any money off this clip in the future?

Well anyway, I downloaded this in like 2002 from some Conan video site. There’s this great moment when he’s interviewing this first guest, and he’s idly staring at his desk, fidgeting with his pencil, being agreeable, and you watch this realization come over him, that despite feeling out of place and unworthy of being behind even a fake desk, he’ll never make an impression unless he says what comes naturally to him.

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Happy Birthday, Forum SpamBots!

In dealing with spambots as the administrator of a couple phpBB forums, I’ve noticed that most of them, when registering, give the birthdate of March 28, 1983. I thought there might be some explanation for this consistency — like the January 1, 1970 dating of phantom phpBB posts — but a Google search for “march 28 1983” only turns up threads on various forums mentioning the coincidence, without offering any explanation.

I did find out that these spambots are likely the product of XRumer, a spamming tool, so my guess is that March 28, 1983 is the default value of a configurable birthdate, but I’m not really interested in installing it to find out.

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