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Monkey see, monkey spam

Filed under: Spam — codeman38 @ 10:35 am

Y’know, spam just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Here’s one I got yesterday; I’ve obscured the top-level domain of the spammer’s URL to avoid promoting their site, but everything else is verbatim:

Subject: Long time
From: “Chris Reilly” <>

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“Hi conceit?” “Anteater exact?” “Tina Pagan, baboon?” Come to think of it, that last one does make sense; these spams are so nonsensical that they must be written by monkeys!



Filed under: Spam — codeman38 @ 12:19 am

Two spams, which obviously are from the same source, taken from my junk mail folder tonight:

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From: “Kris Jimenez” <>

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Confessions of a dyscalculic

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:16 pm

Argh. I hope the next three differential equations tests go better than this first one that I took today. Because I did so badly… I haven’t even gotten the grade back, but I know I didn’t even get around to starting a few of the problems. I understood theoretically how each problem was to be solved; I just couldn’t remember how to do the integration quickly enough, and spent several minutes on each problem trying to figure it out, and by the time I’d used those minutes, I didn’t even have time to start on some of the problems.

And yes, I’ve been reviewing calculus notes quite a bit over the past week. Obviously I should’ve put in a lot more time reviewing or something. Come to think of it, I’m not even sure we were expected to remember some of these integration formulas in calculus class!

Argh, sometimes I wish my brain could do this math-type stuff faster; it’s not that I don’t know it, it’s just that I can’t recall it within the time limits of the test. I probably need to go to Student Support Services and get a time extension; it would definitely be helpful here.

Ah well; at least we’re allowed to drop our lowest test grade. I can only hope the remaining ones will go better; if nothing else, I’ll have had more practice!


Yet it’s still the most popular browser…

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 8:36 pm

If you haven’t noticed, I dislike Internet Explorer’s broken rendering of pages about as much as I dislike its lack of security.

Broken how, you ask? Well, here’s a collection of tests from to demonstrate:

No, Internet Explorer did not handle it properly


Dr. Newsletter, I presume?

Filed under: Spam — codeman38 @ 4:19 pm

Note to spammers: Check that the template you’re using doesn’t try to do something clever with the sender name you spoof. Otherwise… well… you end up looking like fools.

Subject: Degrees from an Established,Prestigious College – peruvian
From: University Newsletter <>

So far, so good. Unfortunately, they failed to realize that that name would also be substituted into the message like this:

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[URL deleted]

You will be able to leave all of your details so that one of our qualified registrars can call you back with a response to your evaluation.

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If you prefer not to receive such offers please go here:
[URL deleted]


Spam gibberish of the day…

Filed under: Spam — codeman38 @ 12:29 pm

Once again, I am not making this up:

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From: “Zubin Alden” <>
To: “Barret Tranter” <>

[attached image containing the text “Lowest online price for Vicodin / Click here”]

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…And they expect this to convince people to buy medications? O_o



Non-sequitur, anyone?

Filed under: Spam — codeman38 @ 7:35 pm

Once again, from the spam files:

Subject: The Ultimate Online Phermacy!
From: “Staint Lottie Ospital”

The actual advertising spiel in this spam was an attached image that was linked in the HTML file. Following the image was this rather incoherent paragraph, which seems to be a collection of random quotations scoured from around the ‘net:


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