Archive for August 10th, 2006

In Your Neighborhood

AOL search log user 6737265, step forward, please – you sound like a really deep and fascinating human being, to judge from your searches. “st paul prostitutes”, “escorts mn”, “sleep apnea”, “midgets”, “under age”, “motorcycle exhaust”, “free porn”, ocala fl escorts”, “escorts fl”, and “massage in mn”? What intersting and broad interests you display.

Oh, and searching for all those people with the same surname, who all live in Chisago Lakes and Chisago City? Do they know about your “interests”? Do they approve of your thing for kids, midgets, and “escorts”? Do they know what you’re really looking forward to during your trip down to Florida? What really happens during your weekly “massage”?

Better hope they don’t read the news, pal…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on August 10th, 2006 | Comments Off on In Your Neighborhood

Close to Home…

Thanks to AOL’s privacy-violating little gaffe, the world gets to see the search history of hundreds of thousands of AOL users over a three-month period. A lot of it’s mundane and uninteresting. Some of it’s sad. Some of it’s depressing and sick. And some of it’s pretty close to home.

Consider user 2860302. They almost certainly live in South Saint Paul, Minnesota. They’re interested in – I’d even say obsessed with – machine guns, automatic and semiautomatic pistols, military rifles, and 1930’s gangsters. They might own a 1967 Ford Mustang, possibly a convertible. They might own a motorcycle. They don’t seem to know much about plumbing, but were willing to learn. From some of the searches, they might have been renovating a house or trailer at the time.

They’re also interested in burglary, breaking into houses, lock picking (and Master Lock model 220 locks in particular), and how to manufacture methamphetamine. They also searched for a local woman convicted of forgery, by name.

On the other hand, they also searched for “police patches”. Police officer doing “research” online, or south-of-the-river scum with typical lowlife interests? You be the judge.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General | on August 10th, 2006 | Comments Off on Close to Home…