Job Scammers: Adaptive Start-Up.com

Dec. 8th, 2016 07:54 am
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Another one of these landing in my inbox. This time it was for the address I actually use for job search, so it took me a while to figure out this was an actual scam. Here's the details.

To: [my jobsearch address]
Subject: For $MY_FIRST_NAME
From: Hr Dep [u3011801]

(Note the lack of an email address one can reply to there. First hint of something being up)

Email body below the fold )

Okay, so how did I guess this was a scam?

1) The compensation is far too high for the work they're asking. $7500 per month (assuming a 4 week month, each week consisting of 5 x 6 hour days) comes to $62.50 per hour. Which is high professional wages, and not the sort of money I'd be expecting. Then there's potentially commission on top of that... yeah. Right.

From (the front page of) their website, this is the position they're offering:

Description below the fold )

So, they're looking for someone who's graduated high school, with no other skills or experience, and they're willing to pay over $60 per hour for someone to phone clients and try to sell their "product" (such as it is) to them. Yeeeah. Plus, of course, the "benefits" of "paid holidays, vacation/personal days" to an Australian who has been part of the workforce previously sounds a bit like advertising that a car "also comes with tyres on all the wheels!". (Paid public holidays and vacation are part of the standard Australian working environment. If an employer isn't offering you these for full time work, you need to be talking to the Fair Work people).

2) It's very difficult to tell, from their website, what this company actually does (or indeed, if they do anything other than attempt to separate fools from their money).

There's a lot of talk about start-ups, and the start-up sector, and leveraging the power of start-ups, but very little actual discussion of what it is they're attempting to do. Are they selling your business to start-up companies as a client? (They might be). Are they selling your business to start-up companies as a service provider? (It's possible). The way things are phrased means this website appears to be attempting to be all things to all people, and as a result it's even vaguer than the average political platform. Their "method", for example, appears to involve basically throwing buzzwords at the topic until either a solution is obtained, or more likely until someone gives them money to go away. The copy implies they have links with everyone and everything, and are able to act as facilitators.

Their "in the press" section appears to link to three separate articles, none of which appear to have any immediate relevance to this particular business. Then again, none of the "links" actually work, which means you can't check.

They don't appear to have an Australian presence - there's an office listed in the UK:

TREVIOT HOUSE 186-192 HIGH ROAD
ILFORD, ESSEX IG1 1LR

(A quick perusal of Google maps implies yes, there is actually an office at this address, but it's the office of an accounting firm with a completely different name).

There are phone numbers given for the UK (UK: +44 203 868 1873), USA (US: +1 (646) 880 3616) and either Canada or California (CA: +1 (647) 247 0825), but nothing for Australia.

On top of this, they don't appear to have much of a history on google, either. Googling the company name just gets the standard business filings (as in, the registration information for the company), but nothing else. For a company which is supposed to be making a name for themselves (and a quick bit of googling points out their domain has been active for at least 160 days - so at least five months) this isn't particularly good news.

3) The final scam marker: I never applied for the job they're offering me in the first place. The email is written in such a way as to imply they received my details in response to a job application, but I keep a record of the jobs I apply for. I haven't applied for a position as an Investment Assistant/Advisor at any time in the last three months (or indeed, at any stage this year).

If you're receiving job offers from this mob, be aware they're probably scammers - which means if you do the work, they're probably not going to pay you. They certainly read as being dodgy as a three-dollar bill.

Bad Timing

Dec. 7th, 2016 06:34 pm
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Armin Arlert was not an inherently brave person. But circumstance beyond his control, and a mysterious madman with an unusual box, force him to face fears he never thought he would ever have to deal with. Part of an on-going collection of stories revolving around Armin and his future adventures with the Doctor and other companions. Story is more interesting than it sounds, I promise. Rated "T", but may later be changed to "M" just to be safe.

Words: 4273, Chapters: 2/7, Language: English

Like Fools

Dec. 7th, 2016 06:17 pm
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Rose Tyler's world turns upside down when the Doctor shows up, in green velvet with blue eyes like summer skies and a smile like the sun.

 

[this is a reimagining of Season one with Eight as Rose's first Doctor]

Words: 20119, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

kickass moms in media!

Dec. 7th, 2016 06:46 pm
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Alright, party people, I emerge from the aether seeking some inspiration. I've got a vague kernel of a vid idea, and I need your help! Could you give me suggestions of badass moms/wives in media fandoms? Sci-fi/fantasy/action genres, preferably. And while my preference is mothers, wives / girlfriends are also awesome.

I'm trying to show the perspective of women who are normally pigeonholed into the "wife" or "mother" role who actually get some agency of their own. Along the lines of Molly Weasley (HP), Abbey Bartlett (West Wing), Dana Scully (X-Files). Main or supporting characters welcome. Preferably those who do not exist solely to be fridged (a la Amanda Greyson in the Star Trek reboot) since I've already made THAT vid, although since media sucks when it comes to women, I'll gladly take characters who at least get SOME agency of their own before they're killed off for the sake of the dude's angst (i.e. Freya in Thor).

And yeah, Ripley in Aliens 2 totally counts.

Any and all suggestions welcome! I'm so far out of fandom right now, I have no idea wtf is going on in media these days, but I'm trying here. And thanks in advance!

iPad for sale

Dec. 7th, 2016 03:38 pm
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I cashed in some credit card points to buy myself a new iPad for my birthday, and am going to sell the old one, but before I put it up on craigslist or whatever, I figured I'd see if anyone would like to buy it here. It's a 3rd generation iPad, I believe, so not the lightweight Air model, and it's up to date on the iOS--I'll DL the most recent one once I reset it for sale. Black face, silver back, Wi-Fi only, 16 GB of storage. I have mostly used it to read books and fic on, use Spotify, etc. and it's in perfect shape, with a purple faux leather case (back has hard shell with connected lined cover) you can take or not, as you wish. They seem to run for quite a large disparity in price but I'm going with the average of around $170. If you're interested, let me know.

I'm liking the slightly lower weight of the new Air I got, but the narrower sides make it annoying to hold when I'm reading in bed. Though that's definitely made up for by the fact that this one allows me to set it to a warm orange screen at night--I know I was seriously affecting my already incredibly terrible sleep issues with that blue screen at night, but that's the one time I had to read fic, so…it's not quite as nice as fLux, which I wish was available for Apple devices, but I do appreciate this feature probably more than almost anything else about it.

Weighted Blanket

Dec. 7th, 2016 10:54 pm
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Posted by amiablebowfin

I first learned about weighted blankets back when I visited England in summer 2013. I was visiting with the Austrian in Cambridge, and I tripped over a blanket on their floor of the bedroom. I expressed confusion about how a blanket could be so heavy, when I tried to move it out of the way, and they explained that that was the point, and that weighted blankets like this were used as a therapy for people with autism.

At the time, I already suspected I was somewhere on the autism spectrum, and I knew that I had a tendency to feel more comfortable when I had a whole pile of blankets (or sometimes a mattress) on my back, or when I was wedged tightly into a corner. The idea of a weighted blanket appealed to me, but when I realized that adult-sized ones cost about two hundred dollars, I largely lost interest in the idea. From time to time, I looked into them again, but I never went further than that.

However, last month, that finally changed. The 11/9 catastrophe stressed me out really, really badly, and one of the few things that made me feel better was burrowing into some friends’ couch and squeezing myself as tightly as possible into the crack between the cushions. This finally pushed me over the edge into buying myself one, and I finally settled on a twenty-four-pound flannel blanket from Magic Weighted Blanket.

The blanket is quite soft, and it’s filled with the beads used in Beanie Baby filling, which I was glad to find don’t feel unpleasantly hard. It’s also supposedly machine washable and dry-able, which I’m very glad of, given the price of the investment. The blanket I picked—their largest size and highest weight—is roughly the size of a “full” mattress, which unfortunately means it is a bit too long for my twin bed. And because it is twenty-four pounds, the end that hangs off the bottom of the bed has a tendency to drag the whole thing off the bed if I’m not careful.

The practical difficulties related to this have made me not use the blanket on a daily basis. However, it has definitely helped when I’m particularly stressed out, and it’s a tool I’m glad to have. I’m glad to talk more about it with people considering buying one, and glad to let friends who are near me try on mine if they’d like to.


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Daily Reading (12th December)

Dec. 8th, 2016 07:44 am
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What have you been reading today? Everything counts, from the user's manual to the back of the cereal box!

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Dec. 7th, 2016 06:45 pm
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Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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I need to go to bed

Dec. 7th, 2016 11:27 pm
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And I can't because I am laughing too hard at episode 10 of Yuri on Ice, which continues its work of redeeming autumn 2016. The most wonderful narrative rabbit of a plot twist has just been pulled out of a hat, undercutting the entire thing while making it make even more sense. Sublime + ridiculous. Fic is underway. Seriously, if you have been finding the autumn dust and ashes, this is the series of 24-minute episodes to make life just that little bit better.

My father has booked Edinburgh's Street of Light event for a fortnight's time. I'm not entirely sure I am going to cope with the delay this will occasion in my watching the final episode.

All Things South Asia Book Award

Dec. 7th, 2016 08:33 pm
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Just got back from a wonderful trip to D.C., where I accepted the 2016 South Asia Younger Readers Book Award for TIGER BOY. Here's my awkward speech.


Gauri Manglik of KITAABWORLD handled book sales brilliantly. If you haven't checked out their marvelous site that provides an easy way to choose books about South Asia, you're missing out.
What a delight to meet Mathangi Subramaniam, winner of the South Asia Book Award for Older readers for Dear Mrs. Naidu.  Watch for her adult novel coming soon. I can't wait.
The Program of Events. Delicious chaat and chai, too.
My beautiful glass engraved plaque.
Author visit with fourth-graders at Capital City Public Charter School.
A thousand thanks to Rachel Weiss of the University of Wisconsin, who serves with passion and dedication as the Award Coordinator, and the rest of the members of the Selection Committee.

wednesday reads 'n things

Dec. 7th, 2016 03:46 pm
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What I've recently finished reading:

Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff - This is the one I mentioned last week about a fantasy world Cornell University, with sprites and motorcycle gangs and a fraternity called Tolkien House and the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. There are a lot of narrative threads which intertwine, though sometimes the intertwining seems forced, as though Ruff decided his book wouldn't be long enough without another subplot. I won't argue that it's not inventive, but some of the threads were much less interesting to me than others, and really, the only characters I felt invested in were Luther (a dog) and Blackjack (a cat). Ultimately I finished it more because I was getting near the end, and not because I really cared how it ended (except for Luther and Blackjack). [Note: there is a great deal of animal harm and animal, sprite, and human death in this book.]

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - I picked this up on a whim from the library because I liked Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy. This is the one about the characters who aren't "the chosen one" who save the world etc., and - I had mixed feelings. Cut for length )

Also, the cover of the hardback edition I borrowed from the library glows in the dark. The fact that this is one of my favorite things about this book probably says everything you need to know.

What I'm reading now:

Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson, since I loved Spin and of the few books of his that the library has, this seemed to be the most well-regarded by people I know on Goodreads. So far...it seems a lot like Spin! (Both in terms of the basic plot set-up of people being isolated without warning for a yet-unknown reason, and in terms of the focus on genuine human drama against the SF backdrop.)

What I'm reading next:

Netgalley was pushing a book that sounded interesting (The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco) so I grabbed it, but haven't looked at it yet. ([livejournal.com profile] thistle_chaser, I have requested Gilded Cage but that's still pending.)

Also, I have a novel to beta-read, and so that will take up some of my reading time and brain. I figure I'll have the other for when I need to read less critically.

What I'm listening to and watching:

I didn't mention audiobooks this update because I'm listening to the Patreon-only (so far) chapters of Underwood and Flinch: Underground by Mike Bennett. I'm still enjoying it (and contemplating crossovers with Rivers of London) though I feel as though it tends to wander.

We have gone back to watching The Americans and are about midway through S3.

What I'm writing:

Yuletide story, of course! Unlike in the last few years I suspect it's going to be just the one (though I have a request bookmarked for what will be a NYR if I write it), since I got zero writing done on vacation, and my awesome idea for my awesome recipient requires a lot of words. I think I am within a few thousand words of the end, though. And I have a beta lined up, which I was a little concerned about for, er, Reasons.

ART: What Happens in the Desert...

Dec. 7th, 2016 04:58 pm
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Posted by Anonymous

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Mycroft gets elected as the new head of the World Security Council. The Holmes brothers meet the Avengers. Apparently John has already met one of them before.

Words: 0, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

For 2017

Dec. 7th, 2016 05:35 pm
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Don't often tick the Other/Genderqueer/Non-Binary box in my site's review gender fields. Can change that. What authors should I consider?

[added later]

I am also not exactly inclusive where trans people are concerned, so would not mind suggestions.

This may be useful.

https://twitter.com/trans_lit

comfy!!

Dec. 7th, 2016 11:27 pm
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Just some quick happy post.
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Check out my awesome socks :D My mom made those!

A while ago I visited a friend and it was very cold outside and we were inside where it was warm and cozy. We made some delicious food, pasta with pumpkin and cheese and then we watched Deathproof on their giant screen. Good times!

Hope you are all comfy and cozy as well!



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Стив был слегка раздражен, когда Наташа записала его на кулинарные курсы. Как оказалось, это были курсы для пар. Но его раздражение пропало в тот самый момент, когда он увидел Шефа - это был самый привлекательный парень из всех, что ему довелось встречать.
Шеф-повар Баки, одинокий Стив и их друзья, которые очень любят лезть не в свое дело.

Words: 12407, Chapters: 1/1, Language: Русский

Shaker Gourmet

Dec. 7th, 2016 03:00 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Whatcha been cooking up in your kitchen lately, Shakers?

Share your favorite recipes, solicit good recipes, share recipes you've recently tried, want to try, are trying to perfect, whatever! Whether they're your own creation, or something you found elsewhere, share away.

Also welcome: Recipes you've seen recently that you'd love to try, but haven't yet!
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