About Me

Lee SonkoI’m Lee Sonko. I like to do stuff. I write here generally when I’ve found something I think is useful, unique or productive and I want to share it with the world.

Want to reach me directly? You can email Lee at Lee dat org or call me at 415 – three zero six – 2151.

You can find me all over the internet with my pseudonym “Gadlen”.

About My Name

Lee: My father is Lee Joseph, before him was Lee Mathew, before him possibly Lee Edward, before him possibly Lehel (spelling?)

Sonko: 2017, my dad tells me that the Sonko name was originally Sonkovic and that my grandfather was born in New Brunswick. I see there is a village in Croatia named Sonković. In 2009, we suspected that the Sonko name is originally from the Hungarian word for sled, “szánkó”.

A Hungarian woman at the Crucible tells me of two possible spelling/pronunciations of the name:Sonko 1 and Sonko 2

Comments about my blog
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  1. John O'Connell says:

    Thanks for saving all the old NERO stuff from the 1990’s. I had forgotten so many of these people in my old age.

    John O’Connell

  2. lee says:

    John, you are very welcome! Are you talking about the NERO stuff from the “reading” section of my website? Groovy! I rarely link to that stuff but it’s still there!

  3. Jo says:

    BTW Lee.. I love that name.. it’s what I named my boy 17 years ago!!!

    It was the first name I thought of when I found out I was having a boy… then I read the entire 40,000 baby name book and then went back to my first choice. You would think I wasted 9 months reading all those names, but you know what? I write alot of stories (and someday a best selling novel.. oh please, Dear God, please!!!)and it is just great to think of all those names for carachters! But yeah, Lee is my favorite name!

  4. Rob says:

    Hi Lee, you probably knew that your “how to enjoy Burning Man…” piece is making the rounds. It’s brilliant, kudos. It’s how I found you blog.

    Next time you’re up in Oregon, drop a line and let’s tweetup.


  5. Tami says:

    are you coming for thanksgiving??????? did you get my message on facebook…? are you in calif ?????

  6. lee says:

    Tami, I just got your message on Facebook. I’ll probably be there in Nashville for Thanksgiving!

  7. Chuck says:

    This is a nice blog, but …

    looks like someone else likes your site … I got a “claim your millions” junk mail from Rev Mark Agu (info@lee.org)

    seems that I should email this guy at info@lee.org and claim my mysterious millions that I must have forgotten about in an African account. Happens to me all the time… So hard to keep track of all my stupid accounts around the would.

    Just figured you would want to know…maybe check your server for updates and stuff. This email account may not exist on your server … but you might want to check that too.

  8. lee says:

    Thanks for telling me about this. I am certainly not a spammer or scammer. The info@lee.org address isn’t in use, emails sent to it should bounce.

  9. Hi Lee — we missed you at the big birthday bash, hope to see you again soon! Give us a call and come on by — all best, Kathleen

  10. Billy says:

    Lee I love your blog, you’re so creative. Do you have a boyfriend? I bet you already do. If not, I’d love to chat more :) – Billy

  11. lee says:

    Thanks for the compliment Billy, I appreciate it. I’m available but straight, sorry!

  12. John says:

    Hey Lee,

    Nice blog. Will you be doing any more Flame Effects Workshops in the LA area anytime soon?

  13. lee says:

    John, I’m working on finding a good location to teach the class where we can use fire safely and with proper permits. I’ll put you on my “Call when LA fire is happening” list.

  14. Brad says:

    I received an email from the Nigerian embassy wanting me to claim millions of dollars that is owed me but they were clever enough to use the email address info at lee dat org to cover their tracks. That led me to your site. Cheers.

  15. lee says:

    Sorry, yeah, it’s spam. There isn’t even any account at info at lee dat org.

  16. Steve Quez says:

    Please Take Notice: I received an email supposedly from the “Mrs. Janet Napolitano the Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security (DHS”) wanting me (same as Brad) … to claim millions of dollars that is owed me but (I was also suspicious when the origin point did not have a ‘.gov’ domain tag, also that they were clever enough to use the email address info at lee dat org to cover their tracks. That led me to your site. Please check into this and let me know if there may be any legal Libel involved in there doing so? This is disturbing to me that they are scamming under the auspice of a US Goverment agency!

  17. lee says:

    Steve, it’s spam.

  18. Steve Quez says:

    LEE:: I WAS CURIOUS THAT WITH THIS Misleading and Pretentious greeting:

    “Desk of Mrs. Janet Napolitano
    Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security Washington D.C.”

    AND THIS EXPLICIT Salutation:

    Mrs. Janet Napolitano.
    Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security
    Address: 245 Murray Ln Sw # 14, Washington D.C.

    AND THEN Pretentiously Authenticating the SENDER with this Misrepresentation of ownership (which at this point is AFTER the FACT that IDENTITY THEFT HAS BEEN commited,
    (I hope this wild method survives autoscreening masks to offer you a solid reference of the Pretentious authentication they use their misrepresentation of your Domain):

    “About Me website: h_t_t_p=:’/’_’/’
    ((underlines, =, and apostrophees embedded by me to attempt transmitting a hyperlink))
    ((then followed by )) a WorldlWideWeb, datDHS vsdot, and a datGov ((-DomainName)), followed by the actual existant path to the REAL JANET NAPOLITANO’s webpage which is …/xabout/structure/gc_1232568253959, ((and a final)) datshtm” ((tag)).

    What is the chance a GOOD lawyer could get a guilty conviction for IDENTITY THEFT?
    These kind of injustice and deception tick me off and I enjoyed learning that you got a kick out of kicking some telemarking butts! ;)

  19. lee says:

    Steve, it’s spam and there’s nothing I can do to stop any bad person from using whatever From: email address they want. I wish I could, but I can’t.

  20. chris says:

    Hey Lee! I recently arrived in the Bay Area and came to visit The Cruicible’s open house which was amazing and very inspiring! I stopped their the other day and the woman behind the desk referred me to you because a friend of mine and fellow Burner is working on a large fire scuplture in Austin and is in need of a specific 12volt silicon nitride igniter, that he has been unable to find anywhere else, apparently they’re not instock anywhere in the US. I was wondering if you might personally or know if the Cruicible has any such parts that you/they would be willing to part with for whatever their value if possible? It would massively help him out and would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    Please email me if you have any insight or info about this part! Cheers!

    Big love,

  21. Dan says:

    SO, why am I getting the old Nigerian scam emails
    from “info@lee.org”?? Think you have a problem.
    Yes, return address was different. Did try to
    forward back to you but did not go through.

  22. lee says:

    I emailed Dan. And if you came to my website for the same reason, please look below to help me out. Thanks!
    Thanks for asking, actually!

    This past week I have been increasing the security on my email system, using SPF. Some of my legit email was being marked as spam, probably because of the Nigerian spam problem. And I’m working with my web host (Dreamhost.com) to get DKIM working. (sorry about the acronym soup). That should greatly reduce the amount of spam that claims to come from @lee.org!

    Please tell me that you didn’t get that spam today since the system should be working now!!

    I’d definitely appreciate it if you could send along the headers of the spam so I can diagnose the issue.
    To do that in gmail:
    – Look at the email.
    – In the upper right corner, click on the “more” triangle (it’s next to the “Reply” arrow.
    – Click “Show Original”
    – Click “Copy to Clipboard”
    – Then start a new email to me and paste it.

    Thanks in advance and have a great day,

  23. Fred says:

    Got another Nigerian scam email from info@lee.org

    Thought the email source might be useful to you

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    Subject: FROM Central Bank of Nigeria
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    From: “Mr. X”
    Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2018 16:37:58 +0100
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    This might come to you as a surprise but what I’m about telling you is noth=
    ing but the reality about your fund which has been held for so long with th=
    e Central Bank of Nigeria. Do you know that all the money you have been sen=
    ding to the officials for one certificate clearance or the other is being u=
    sed against you? well this might sound strange but am taking this bold step=
    because of my religious belief as a christian.

    The truth is there a lots of forces working against you right from the last=
    CBN Governor Prof Charles Soludo, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the current Gov=
    ernor Mr. Godwin Emefiele with other top officials of all the commercial ba=
    nks here in Nigeria,they have been frustrating you by delaying your payment=
    . There is a way I can assist you get your fund without further delay and a=
    void unnecessary expenses,it is risky though but one has to take it, I have=
    directed many people through this way,and they receive their long awaited =
    outstanding payment.

    What you have to do is to open a bank account any where, if you can open it=
    around your country, it will be nice, but what you have to bear in mind is=
    that you have to re-transfer the fund to another account immediately you c=
    onfirmed the transfer from me into your account, I know why I want it this =

    If you want me to go ahead, let me know as soon as you get this mail,if the=
    transfer is made into your account this week, it might be next three month=
    s that they will find out and by then, you have re-transferred the fund int=
    o another account.

    Get back to me as soon as you get this mail so that I will be in a better p=
    osition to know what to do.

    Reply here: veronicaamadi19876@outlook.com

    Dr. Mrs.Veronica Amadi [JP]

  24. lee says:

    Fred, thanks for sending that along. I see that the SPF is “neutral”. But my SPF at lee.org should be set up so that the spam should have had a hard time with SPF. Ugh! This summer I’ll look into getting hosted by another webhost, one that can set this stuff up for me.

  25. Dave says:

    hi Lee,
    It seems that some smart-arse is sending more Scam emails with “info@lee.org” as his return address.
    Here it is for your readers:


    I have instructed my secretary Mr.Col Adams to release some funds
    in a Cashier Cheque to you.Write him through his
    Email:(coladams1@hotmail.com) and forward your details to him.

    1. Full Name:………
    2. Country:……..
    3. Delivery Address:……….
    4. Telephone:………./Occupation………..
    5. Your Age……/Sex……….

    Thanks Dr William David.”

    This clown is now trying the UK for suckers… Ain’t Happening.

    Great page Lee.

  26. lee says:

    Yeah, sorry about that. I’ve turned on all the protections I can (see here) but there’s no way I can stop it directly. If you got the spam, you should ask your mail provider to enable SPF, DMARC, and DKIM.

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