December 11th, 2004

i'm ready for my close up mr demille

creative spamming

Location: Davenport, IA

This was in my mailbox this evening.  I have no idea what it's for.  Of course, I have settings set so that graphics don't download with the e-mail unless I ask it to, and since it's spam, I'm not going to... I have it on good authroity from someone who has worked in e-mail marketing how a lot of times a (sometimes invisible) graphic tagged in an HTML e-mail is a marker.  It isn't embedded in the e-mail, it actually points back to the graphic on the internet.  Anytime any file is accessed on a web server, lots of things can be told about who is accessing that file ( IP address, OS, type of computer, etc).  Of course, if done properly it can also cross-reference with the original mailing list that sent the spam and identify you as a sucker who opens his spam and there you go onto a marketing list.  Anyway, I digress.. What's interesting is the title and then all of the little pithy things contained therein. I actually dig some of these and figured that some of them were probably actual quotations, so I thought I'd look them up...  turns out they all are.

(My comments in bold).

From: Faithfulness F. Foreground
To: Soopageek
Subject: Reply: Mature 30 to 40 girls want to date

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Vladimir Lenin
Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends. You know there's something to that,  attributed to Lord Chesterfield
Speak the truth and shame the devil.  Francois Rabelais

Dear me! I must be turning into a god. Roman emperor Vespasian
Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose. John Stossell
Difficulties are stepping stones to success.  Google doesn't seem to know who said this
A malignant sore throat is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse. Would've been more clever if the "not" could've been entered without switching other words... I might would've tried "A malignant throat sore is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse"... listed simply as "an American proverb"
Follow your own star! Dante Alighieri

Action is the real measure of intelligence. American author Napoleon Hil... and I think that's bullshit

Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined. Amen... now where are my cigarettes? Said by 19th century American humorist Josh Billings
My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms -- will it return to my body when they scatter? Japanese poet Ookuma Kotomichi
Empty pockets make empty heads. William Carlos Williams... incidentally my favorite Williams quote is "It is as the edge of a petal that love waits."
I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't. Sir Nathan Rothschild

I play [golf] with friends sometimes, but there are never friendly games. American golfer, Ben Hogan

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucious say!
Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible. Frank Moore Colby... I think the internet has proved that.
No one wants advice, only corroboration. John Steinbeck... and I think Livejournal has proved this one.
It is a fact that you project what you are. Norman Vincent Peale
i'm ready for my close up mr demille

some top 5's

Top 5 Reasons Why It's Great To Be From The South
1. After making some faux pas, you can cover it by telling a Yank "That's how we do it in the South"... and they'll believe you.  And they think we're gullible and naive.
2. Fried chicken: we gave the rest of you the Colonel, but you've never had mama's.
3. Hot girls who drive pickup trucks.
4. We invented putting "the" in front of everything that is so popular on the internet these days:  "She got the cancer."
5. It is socially acceptable to put gravy on anything.

Top 5 People From Kentucky That I'm Proud Of
1. Hunter S. Thompson
2. Richard Hell
3. Les McCann
4. Johnny Depp
5. Ned Beatty

Top 3 People From Kentucky I Wish Would Stop Reminding Everyone In Sight Where They Are From
1. Rebecca Gayheart
2. Jennifer Love-Hewitt
3. Ashley Judd

I met a woman of Asian descent yesterday afternoon in her late 30's to early 40's.  She was a cashier at a fast-food place in Nebraska and had a really thick accent, so I'm assuming she is an emigrant and not a second or third generation descendent.  Now correct me if I'm wrong, but a lot of people of Asian origin adopt "Americanized" names in place of their given name, since their tongue is so very different from our own.  This is understandable.  The moniker chosen by this woman, clearly stated on her name-tag?


With the exception of the name Jezebel, I can't think of any other female name in our culture that carries such a specific, negative common-conciousness with it.  I mean, in what other context could someone from outside our culture have heard that name and thought, "That's what I want my name to be!"  Not that it's not a pretty name; it's the cultural baggage that comes with it in terms of jokes and long-winded blog entries by yammering assholes.  I'm guessing either someone played a horribly cruel joke on her by suggesting that name before she could be made aware of its context in Western culture.  Possibly she is familiar with Lolita Davidovich from films she has seen.  These are the only two I can fathom.  She didn't appear to be retarded... although she was working in fast food.