Today’s Featured Spam (#2): Sweet as a Rose

Today’s Featured Spam #2:

Excellent items from you, man. I have consider your stuff prior to and you are just extremely fantastic. I really like what you’ve got right here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way by which you assert it. You’re making it enjoyable and you continue to care for to keep it smart. I can’t wait to learn much more from you. That is really a great web site.

(Submitted on 2013/06/27 at 2:54 pm)

Yellow Rose

Now tell me, who could resist such accolades? I know that I am “just extremely fantastic,” but it’s really nice to hear it from someone else from time to time.

This spammer also “like[s] what [I]’ve got right here.” This phrasing is almost Zen in the way it brings one to consider the here and now–makes one live in the present.

I also, ostensibly, am “making it enjoyable and continu[ing] to care for (sic) to keep it smart.” I have been courted by less habile speakers, and with some success, I might add…

And finally, being a teacher, I feel my life’s direction validated by the line, “I can’t wait to learn much more from you.” Wow.

The whole thing just makes me feel loved. This spammer should start a dating service, where he (or she) coaches suitors on what to tell their dates. Or work in the diplomatic corps. Such talent should not be wasted on spam messages.

And just so you know, there is great sincerity in my apparent sarcasm.

Honoring Spammers: Today’s Featured Spam

Today’s Featured Spam

I truly wanted to develop a small message so as to appreciate you for some of the fabulous facts you are writing at this site. My long internet search has now been recognized with extremely good tips to share with my great friends. I would point out that most of us readers actually are extremely blessed to live in a notable site with so many outstanding people with great things. I feel really happy to have encountered your entire web site and look forward to tons of more excellent moments reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.

Red bush

I am a ruthless protector of my privacy and right to not be solicited. I am on the “Do Not Call” registry, and if a representative of some organization or company has the temerity to call me anyway, I think nothing of hanging up immediately upon discovering the nature of his or her call. As rudely as possible.

I find it somewhat paradoxical, therefore, that my feelings about spam on my blogs is less cut and dried. Perhaps this has something to do with my profession.

I, as all of we bloggers [yes, the subject pronoun “we” is appropriate here], get a lot of spam comments on my blog. But hitting the “Delete Permanently” button seems so final and so uncaring. It negates the existence, and the full verbal and emotional expression of its originator. Let me explain.

As an English teacher, I feel it is important to appreciate writing regardless of the form or language level at which it appears: to recognize the abilities, and more importantly the intentions, of the author, instead of just red-lining through all of the mistakes. Writing is, after all, a very personalized form of expression. When reading, I look for the kernel of truth, colored by the personality of the author. I seek to know the writer through everything that makes him or her distinct. To miss the message due to the imperfect form of its delivery, would be unfortunate.

Now to the point of why I actually like the content of spam messages:

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How fragile

(Time lapse view from space: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center)
 
 

How fragile,

how small,

this blue and golden ball

seems from up above,

a Christmas ball of love

with scintillating sparks,

and rainbows in the dark …

If you could see up close,

you’d see the smaller sparks

that mark the death of hopes

and leave a trail of dark…

and every day the ball turns

to face the warming sun,

reminding us to hope and heal

because this is the one:

A mother’s earthen ball of love

with everything we need:

food, and warmth, each other:

we hold paradise’s seed

And if only …

fear didn’t lie,

pride didn’t bleed,

if we could all believe our eyes,

then greed wouldn’t breed,

and if instead of teaching hate,

we taught everyone to read,

we could all ascend to see …

The glittering golden networks

more romantic than Paris

One common earth:

We must love it.

It will spare us.

 

 

Space Yoyo

OK, so I was browsing astronaut Chris Hadfield’s YouTube videos, and I came across this one–it’s a fellow ISS crewmember demonstrating advanced yoyo techniques in space… every bit as entertaining as the video referred to in my previous post. Enjoy! (Pay attention at the end for tricks on picking up members of the opposite sex!)