Just took my 1st shower with our new Rinnai tankless water heater. Not amazing (I’d prefer hotter & faster) but more energy efficient
Hard G, like “Graphics”. Obviously.
I just found this combinatorial comment trapped in my spam filter. It’s interesting to see how the raw script is composed, so they can randomly select phrases, perhaps to throw off spam filters; this one was obviously a misfire.
It’s like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure or Ad-Lib, but for spam. 🙂
I was impressed that it did have some minimal contextualization, automatically pulling in the title of my previous post and of my blog itself (â€œAnnotators Anonymous ï¿½ Reinventing Fireâ€), but was disappointed that theyÂ don’t have some sort of topic map to try to pull in related terms to truly customize the comment in a more sophisticated way.
It’s much longer than a typical spam, and pretty repetitive, with several greeting intros, so I assume that Â in addition to selecting phrases, whole paragraphs were included or removed. It’s not clear if this was posted by a bot, or by a human who was meant to manually select the phrases and context; I hope for the sake of some underpaid person that it was a bot.
I’m rather skeptical about the topic of the link they chose, to â€œburberry outletâ€, which seems to be some sort of knockoff purse vendor, and is unlikely to appeal to my audience; I’d have preferred something like a knockoff electronics shop in China, which would have had at least minimal appeal.
It linked toÂ songsketches.com (a relatively cool domain name, presumably once populated with more compelling content), and it was posted by “email@example.com” (IP addressÂ 18.104.22.168) onÂ 2014/04/05 at 11:22 am ET.
Some of my favorite highlights:
- It asks if I get a lot of spam, and how I combat it (very meta!)
- There is a section with a variety of smileys and winkies, giving them the emotional range of a fine actor
- The adjective options (and there are a lot of them!) are all very positive and encouraging, a touch I appreciate and which flatters my ego.
C+ for content, D for spelling (quite a few errors, which I’d guess would make the spam more detectable, and which frankly grates on my nerves), F for Â execution. However, I will give them a passing grade overall, because they did show their work.
Hard to believe it’s already 4,540,002,014, and we’re still arguing about whether we should rely on science or superstition
RT: Web Annotations and Elephants! and talk the 5 Ws at the Annotation Workshop. http://t.co/FJAVa9â€¦
Our hot water heater died. We’re inclined to replace it with a tankless water heater. Any experience or advice? #LazyWeb
â€œThe Web is falling! The Web is falling!â€ said Chicken Little.
Debunking a fable for our times: schepers.cc/the-recline-ofâ€¦
I’ve seen much chicken-belittlingÂ of the future of the Web on mobiles, be itÂ ruminations on its declineÂ orÂ wishful thinking. Regardless of the intent, such opinion pieces always point to the same factoids:
- people are using apps on their mobiles more than they use the Web
- mobile is the future
I don’t contest either of these claims. I just think they’re irrelevant.
Working fromhackerspace in SF today. It lives up to its name, but it’s a friendly place to work downtown, full of characters
Had a great time talking about annotations with a smart group of folks at #ianno14 and the Annotations Workshop! And tomorrowâ€¦ hacking!