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April 30, 2007

Random Web Marketing Poetics

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Readers who've tried to post comments here in recent months know that there can be delays ranging from a couple of minutes to several hours before the comment appears on the 2Blowhards site.

That's because we sometimes get bombarded with spam comments. So we inspect prospective comments (when we happen to be on the computer) and only post those that are legitimate, relegating the others to the trash bin.

Too bad my incoming e-mails aren't so carefully vetted. Actually my MacBook has software that tries to sort junk from okay e-mails, but I still allow the software to display the complete list of incoming rounds just in case there's a misidentification (and every week or so there is one).

The war between spammers and scanners is interesting, each side innovating to try to get a step ahead of the other.

One spam dodge is to include randomly-generated word sequences to cover the message about, say, "meds." (Well, that's the sort of spam I seem to get. Hmm. What do they know about me that I don't?)

Sometimes those random-word blocs can be interesting -- almost poetic. Here's one I received today:

and beaujolais some katz ! warfare the you're try quadrille
the marketwise a retaliate it's eardrum it's criss and detest
it dubhe a cameron a idol , lifelike may albrecht

And one from a few days ago:

be chile may glisten ! bloodhound may bank ! fluoridate ! pica , brothel some powerful it's chantey it derate some for but britannic and conglomerate be gigahertz try universe a crease some lennox try christie and saturater on instance or tuscarora the charm the birthday the cyclorama it's amerada may yea it astatine try implicit , barnacle a southampton a adhesion some zeroth some invariable , athlete on severe but wainscot but cochlea ! chromosome may abound or atop

Who knows ... some day this stuff might get collected, published, and proclaimed as edgy, trangressive literature.



posted by Donald at April 30, 2007


What's worse is that, by posting that stuff here, you've just upped the probability that you'll get many more of those type of spam comments (and I know that from personal experience).


Although, some of it is almost sublime in its randomness, ain't it?

Posted by: Mark D on April 30, 2007 10:07 PM

Why don't you just use captcha like everybody else in the blogosphere?

Posted by: JewishAtheist on April 30, 2007 10:36 PM

James Joyce lives!

Posted by: ricpic on May 1, 2007 6:13 AM

If Lennon and McCartney had set this to music, people would spend the next 20 years trying to figure out "what it really means."

Posted by: annette on May 1, 2007 12:53 PM

Not sure if this is too nerdy for you or not:

Posted by: SFG on May 2, 2007 7:19 PM

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