Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Here, Spammy Spammy Spammy, Here...

As those of us who use blogger know, comment spam is a huge issue. For an example, look at the comments to the last post here (where I have posting, but no editorial priviledges, so I can't, like take it down, even though all three members are off the poker due to having jobs and such. Ah, the easy days of Law School...). Of course the whole word verification thing has largely removed the issue. However, they seem to be getting more clever. Yesterday, I got an email from "Lauren" with the heading "Spartan Total Warrior." I opened it because it could have been from Lauren whose blog I visit and comment on occassionally, though how she would have gotten my email, I don't know. Of course, it wasn't from her:
I just found your Xbox blog entry: link and I think you may be of some help to me. I'm reaching out to you on behalf of M80 & Sega regarding Spartan Total Warrior. This award-winning game is the first console title from the Total War series. Since you are a fan of Xbox, I thought that you might be interested in posting the press release or a review of the game on your blog? You seem like a reputable influencer, so I think you'd be a big help to us.

Please let me know if you're interested!



Almost got me there. Except, the blog post in question is more a rumination on my fluctuating rotundity and the effect that has on my wardrobe, with the sum total of XBOX related material being:
During lawschool, this did not present much of a problem because my morning clothing decisions were generally A) Go to class? Bullshit, I'm eating pop-tarts and playing XBox today. (Hence the weight bouncing). B) Which hoodie goes with these ratty jeans?
But it doesn't hurt to ask does it? Especially if I'm "a reputable influencer".

So for those keeping track, I am now a felonious, reputably influencing, beer drinking mormon. My life is a mad-lib.


reader_iam said...


So far, I've gotten just two spams on my strictly blog-related gmail account--one in Chinese characters (yeah, right, I can read Chinese! Not!) and the other translated into the most goshawful English from what was no doubt originally in Chinese characters.

But my favorite spam of the week was a missive that came into one of my personal (real) e-mail accounts yesterday. It was an exquisitely personalized (you know, name, etc. etc.) plug for Cialis, which expressed great, deep, and sincere concern over my problem with, well, lack of perk.

The only problem is, being a FEMALE (which is absolutely obvious from my REAL e-mail addresses), the only parts of me that age and gravity have robbed of youthful perkiness won't respond to Cialis, unless there's something I don't about that no-doubt-estimable concoction.


Frankie said...


I will be working that word into my regular rotation. Thanks!

Fletch said...

I have to say that Lauren is realllllly good at working the Google (as a verb) action, but even I would be amazed if your email would come up through searches of "pooh." I in fact would prefer not to know what sort of sites come up when you Google "pooh."

Pooh said...

Wait, is that a scatological play on my nickname? I've never heard that one before...


In all seriousness, I don't think it would be that hard to find with a little research. Of course, she doesn't seem like an XBox kinda girl. Way too midwestern...