The “Fun With Spam” Week That Was

Before I get started, I want to share a couple of the spam comments I received today. Both list the same URL as the source (which I will not dignify by linking to it), although they come from two different (and most likely phony) email accounts. The first one:

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Another comment exposed the way I think these are sent out: there’s a spambot being sold by someone that attempts to dump comments on blogs that attaches a random complimentary comment (with numerous SPaG errors) to the URL they want you to click on. Obviously, the person who left this comment hasn’t learned how to use the program (or most likely the app) and dumped all the bogus comments, which are evidently pipe-delimited (this is the pipe character: |). A small sample, as verbatim as I can make it:

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Blogging is fun! Anyway, this week’s Week That Was is sponsored by Kellogg’s Sugar Frosted Flakes. They’re GRRRRRRRRREAT!

The Week That Was

Fall arrived on Thursday, so of course it’s still hot and humid here in The South. We’re supposed to get rain tomorrow, then a welcome if temporary cool period.

(Click on the images to go to the posts.)

Our theme last Monday was “songs about music,” so I gave you five songs I thought represented the genre well. Mollie said that “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” was written by Eric Bogle, who also performed it in his odd Australian-Scots accent. Here it is so we can all enjoy the experience.

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I debuted my new “Two For Tuesday” badge this week, when the featured artist was June Christy. Uncle Jack said my grandfather used to go around singing “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy” when he was “foolin’ around the house.” She was singing with Stan Kenton in 1946 when it was recorded. Have a listen…

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This week’s one-liner was the refrain from Billy Currington’s song, which, incidentally, was one of the contestants in Arlee Bird’s Battle of the Bands. It won that contest, by the way. Uncle Jack said “Sounds like a perfect bedtime prayer for this particular political season!” Uh huh…

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

Speaking of Battle of the Bands, mine was won by Engelbert Humperdinck, who was born Arnold Dorsey. Just thought you’d like to know that…

One of Mama Kat’s prompts this week was “something you wanted to be when you grew up.” I wasn’t like normal kids, who wanted to be actors, doctors, lawyers, etc. I wanted to be a cab driver, mostly for the hat. As I got older, I wanted to work in TV or radio, a blow to my mother, who wanted me to be an engineer, the best reason I could think of not to be an engineer. I had considered majoring in Computer Science at Northwestern, but gave that up because it was an engineering degree, meaning I’d have to take physics, the other reason not to go into engineering. I ended up as a computer guy anyway. Those were the days businesses didn’t want Computer Science majors, preferring those with business degrees who had taken a couple of computer courses. Anyway, Kat said she agreed that you wear all kinds of hats as a blogger, which is why she loves it so much.

I dedicated this week’s Friday Five to songs you selected that went along with the previous week’s Stream of Consciousness post about songs with words that end in “-est.” There were eleven in all, seven of which were suggested by members of my family (brother Pat and sister-in-law Annette, Kip, and Uncle Jack). Thanks to everyone who suggested songs. It made my life easier.

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Buses were the topic of my Stream of Consciousness entry this week. Freyathewriter and A Darkened House mentioned they don’t drive, although Freya said she’s waiting until she has the time to focus on learning. Deborah mentioned she grew up in San Francisco, which has an excellent bus-and-trolley system, as well as the cable cars. It’s true: you can get just about anywhere on the bus there. Jacqueline said that, while she drives, she likes taking the bus occasionally, because she likes to watch people. I’ll have a story Mary told me about people-watching on the bus later this week. It’s a favorite of ours…

And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. This week, all the regular features including a Battle of the Bands, Wednesday for Mary, and a thing or two besides that. Have a good week, and I’ll see you soon!

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Author: John Holton

I'm a writer and blogger who writes and blogs about things that interest me.

5 thoughts on “The “Fun With Spam” Week That Was”

  1. That spam crap is irritating but I had to laugh at all the horrible spelling and grammatical errors and then asking you to visit them…..hahahaaa. Love Tony the Tiger and that commercial is funny. I watched and listened to that whole song …”And the band played Waltzing Matilda” ….it was very moving and sad because you never know how many will march as so many have passed on and WW1 is now all history since the men and women who were a part of it are all gone. Whew! Talk about a run on sentence:) Aside of the film Gallipoli , you should see The Water Diviner…..very moving.

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  2. The comments we get from spammers are somewhat mystifying to me though in a far different way than they were when I first started blogging. The ones with a link I can understand as something with nefarious intent. The ones with no link of any kind seem like a sender wasting their time. But I guess the criminal mind allows for all sorts of what would appear to be time wasting to me. And I do think there is a mindset of criminality behind the spam.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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