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Still more fun with spam

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 9:27 pm

I’ve gotten about seven or eight copies lately of a spam which begins: “DOES EMAIL ADVERTISING WORK? It just did.”

OK, so e-mail advertising may indeed work; I’ve several times clicked on ads in e-mail newsletters that I did sign up for. When you send the same ad to the same person repeatedly, without permission, and with a subject line written in Old High Gibberish, however…it gets a little annoying, to say the least.

And of course, it’s an ad promoting an e-mail marketing service. If it’s run anything like this, you’re discouraging potential customers from using it!

<mutters at clueless marketing types>


Proof this!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:45 pm

Ironic Zone38 search request of the day: “proofreader’s of america”. One would think the group in question would know how to use an apostrophe…

And I’m the #1 search result on Google/Yahoo, at that. Go figure.


Spam, spam, spam, baked beans and spam

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 8:57 am

<snort> Heh. I just got a great piece of spam in my mailbox.

No, it wasn’t all that extraordinary as a piece of spam. What was especially strange about it was that it was addressed to my friend,, and CC’ed to two of my addresses. How unusual, indeed.

Even better, though: one of the other addresses to which it was CC’ed was in the form [username]@nospaam4me.[domain].com. Y’think the addresses might’ve been collected by a rather clueless spambot?


Spammer Hall of Shame

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:45 am

Shame on you, Have you no better way to promote your website than to spam the comment pages of random blogs with your address?

Apparently you neglected to realize that I receive e-mail confirmation of every comment posted to my weblog, and that I can remove your completely irrelevant spams from my site at the click of a button.

Next time, try promoting your site via reputable means. That way, you won’t end up being humiliated by bloggers who actually maintain their sites…

Updated 15 April 2002: Apparently a lot of people have fallen victim to these guys. A Google search for “” turns up some rather interesting spam in guestbooks and comment threads, among other things— most of the victims, of course, having nothing to do with postal codes whatsoever. Sigh.

Similarly, here’s a Google search for “keep up the good work lookup zip code”, a key phrase found in these spams. The results are quite shocking, to say the least.

And now for some good news: apparently quite a few other bloggers have retaliated against these clueless marketers. Yay.


For a Good Time, Don’t Call

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 1:16 pm

I’m not normally the type to spread such memes as the Friday Five, but this week’s questions relate to a subject about which I’m quite frequently found griping:

1. Do you like talking on the phone? Why or why not?
Not really. I’m a horrible listener, especially given the distortion that a cheap telephone speaker provides (yes, there’s even a neurological reason for it). On top of that, I’m not exactly the greatest at speaking my thoughts either; I’m quite eloquent in writing, but my speech is typically littered with pauses, hesitations, and all the typical signs of shyness.

2. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
If I recall, it was my dad telling me he was ready to drive me back home for spring break. I told you I don’t talk on the phone much…

3. About how many telephones do you have at home?
Four at my actual house, generally answered by the parents; only one in my second home, better known as my dorm room, and it’s generally answered by the voice-mail service.

4. Have you encountered anyone who has really bad phone manners? What happened?
Well, I’ve been told by a number of people that my own phone manners are rather lacking. Nice way to build one’s self esteem, eh? <g> And if you’re talking about other people, I’d nominate any telemarketer who doesn’t understand the meaning of “I’m not interested” and who acts as if not wanting a credit card is some act of blasphemy.

5. Would you rather pick up the phone and call someone or write them an e-mail or a letter? Why or why not?
E-mail, by far. It’s pretty much instant, just like a phone call; yet at the same time, it gives me the opportunity to express myself in writing, to edit my words before I send it, and in general, to not come off looking like a fool.


My in charge?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:56 am

Really embarrassing typo of the day, found via a Google search: Check out the title bar on this page on a textbook publisher’s site.

And in case they ever fix it, here’s a screen capture of the title bar. D’oh!


But I want less heartburn!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:27 pm

Yet another badly worded ad I found on the internet: No, thanks, I’ll skip the free samples…


A perfectly cromulent word?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:36 pm

More fun with unintentional Bushisms: apparently embetterment is on a lot of people’s minds.

Children of the Commercials

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:04 pm

What exactly is the deal with businesspeople letting their young children have a starring role in local TV commercials? I’ve seen it in ads for nearly every type of business— auto dealerships, clothing stores, mattress retailers, plumbers, you name it.

Surely I can’t be the only one who finds some of these children to be rather annoying; besides the fact that many times they can’t enunciate worth anything or can only manage to read their few scripted lines in a rather stilted manner, they simply seem out of place in most ads. What business do kindergartners have selling cars or formal clothing? It’s not even as if the children want to be in the commercials; most of the time, they seem rather apathetic, and it seems to me that it’s solely because of the parents’ wish to showcase their children that they’re in the ad.

…Yeah, call me a curmudgeon, call me weird, but I’ve never really understood the phenomenon.


Dubya Dubya Dubya

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:40 pm

Unintentionally replicated Bushism of the week: weapons of mass production.

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