This is not a thread about Liam McEneaney, but rather a thread about all of the things that Liam McEneaney - the author of this post - appreciates.
Liam McEneaney will not be answering questions in this thread, nor will he be promoting any projects or shows. Also, he will alternate between writing about Liam McEneaney in the first and third person, depending upon his humour. He will, however, be using the British spelling for words like "humour" and "favour." Blame Liam McEneaney's love of bad Doctor Who novelisations during his developmental years. (ie, he spells the word novelisation with an 's' and not a 'z')
This first post will focus on a book that Liam McEneaney enjoyed; it's a memoir called 'The Phone Losers of America,' and is based on the long-running website/hacker collective of the same name: www.phonelosers.org Liam McEneaney has been a fan since the mid-90s, when his first ever Internet search in a college computer lab for The Jerky Boys and prank phone calling led him to that site.
In essence, it is the story of a young man who is, not to put too fine a point on it, a completely unrepentant career criminal. Liam McEneaney's favorite stories include the tale of how this young man was using his CB radio scanner to listen in on cordless phone conversations in his neighborhood, and was bored because only a handful of neighbors used cordless phones.
The guy decided that more of his neighbors should use cordless phones, so he started calling them pretending to be a radio station that was awarding lucky winners with the aforementioned phones. Then he went to WalMart, bought a bunch of phone batteries for a few bucks, cut out the UPC codes and pasted them over the codes for hundred dollar phones, which then scanned in at the price for the batteries.
One of his neighbors had just moved in, so he broke into her house, stole her regular phones and replaced them with cordless phones. When his CB scanner then picked up her call to the police, he phoned her pretending to be her landlord and assured her that he had given her the new phones as a gift.
Many stories include homeless bumming around the country, driving the employees of a convenience store where he wanted to work into quitting, stalking the staff of a 'Mark & Brian'-type morning zoo show, and generally breaking the law for nothing more than the hell of it. The author makes no excuses for his criminal behaviour (u!), and his stories veer from laugh-out-loud funny to disturbing to frightening sometimes all in the same paragraph.
Liam McEneaney highly recommends this book, and here's the Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Phone-Losers-A...5921786&sr=1-1