You might be a spammer if…

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I just got around to deleting some spam comments for my blog. I had about a hundred or so, which is a lot. I’m not that big a blogging presence. For some reason, I decided to read them tonight instead of just deleting them. I’m kinda glad I did. It got funnier and funnier…

You might be a spammer if your comments go something like this:

  • “For your self-guidance, are able to go through top
    quality most-sought after available inside the market from the reputed pharmaceutical brands.” (Commenter links to an ED drug sales site.)
  • “Hi from United States!” (Um. Your email address says “.de” I don’t believe you.)
  • ” Wenn man bedenkt, dass Adulis einst dieselbe Rolle spielte, wie heute Massaua, in dem auch alle grossen Gebaeude fehlen.” Google translates this as: “If you consider that Adulis once played the same role as now, in which all the big buildings missing.” (It loses something in the translation.)
  • “Excellent Blog! gfkdkkeeecfegfba” (Thank you. fdasfdsaf)
  • “Thanks for sharing your thoughts about facebook. Regards.” (On a post about death and dying.)
  • “Thanks for sharing this interesting free payday loans post.” (messed up your html there a little, huh…)
  • “When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox now each time a comment is added I am four emails making use of the same comment. Possibly there is any way you’re able to eliminate me from that service? Thanks!” (From someone who runs a payday loans website. Sorry friend. You’re on your own.)
  • “i joined so numerous seo forum on the internet and they are truly quite useful and i have learned a good deal,”  (Well, you might need a review of punctuation and grammar.)
  • “Excellent blog here! Also your internet website loads up quickly! What host are you utilizing? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as rapidly as yours lol” (From a PC and tablet sales page.)
  • “Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude!” (I am not a dude. But thanks anyway.)
  • “He knew that it would be days short term loan payday loan which sir Frederic was killed.” (Another linking issue.)
  • “Its like you learn my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something.” (Wow…)
  • “I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this site.” (OK.)
  • “each time i used to read smaller content which also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am reading at this place.” (No clue. I think it’s a compliment?)
  • “I read this post completely on the topic of the comparison of hottest and previous technologies, it’s amazing article.” (This on an article about Lent.)

And finally, my personal favorite:

“hеllo there and thank you for your information – I’ve definitely picked up nothing new from right here.” (I’m speechless.)

And that, my friends, is why  you have to go through comment approval. I won’t be taking it off any time soon. Sorry. 😉


Monday Link Love

Ok folks, here’s this week’s list. I want to also let you know that I don’t mind opposing viewpoints. But if you are profane, disrespectful of another commenter, or simply are acting like an um… unpleasant person, I won’t publish your comment. That being said… As always, (Yes, this is the DISCLAIMER) no criticism or financial support is implied or promised by sharing these links. And my views do not represent my church, my family, my workplace or my cats’ reason for their latest hairball.

Without further ado (and in no particular order)…

  • There’s a conventional wisdom about the concept of men and women’s communication patterns. The old Mars/Venus dichotomy, you know? Well it has been taken to its extreme in a book that is wildly popular at Christian youth conferences. Jessica Crispin takes it to task. See what you think.
  • Food Day (October 26th) is coming! Here’s a great site for finding your closest Farmer’s Market! And read about how some companies put wood in your food.
  • Junk science abounds… but I never knew there was “mystery science” (other than MST).  Apparently electricity has been explained to fourth graders as a “mystery”… (You can’t make this stuff up — I just report it.)
  • Despite childhood dreams, most of us didn’t grow up to be astronauts. So if you ever wondered what you would see as your craft orbited the earth, here’s a video.
  • Kudos and giggles to the editor of this video!
  • OK, without comment… just go read about it… Apparently women are not crazy.  “The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century,” the press raved when we launched, and that was exactly what we were hoping for. Finally, “a cerebral, new media alternative” to glossy men’s magazines was born. In fact, The Good Men Project is not so much a magazine as a social movement; an ongoing in-depth discussion that has by now involved millions of people, all getting back to a core question of “what does it mean to be a good man in these modern times?”
  • The TV series “Glee” is not a fave of mine. Mostly because it reminds me of all of the issues I had with high school. The cliques, the acne, the teacher who played favorites. The choir drama. Yeah. I’ve not gone back and I probably never will. But I sure enjoyed Sesame Street’s spoof on Glee.
  • Stories from the Texas wildfires. This will take you to a firefighter’s blog and his story. It’s heartbreaking.
  • Humorous Latin phrases you always needed… beyond the one my family said (“Salve, nautae, novus in oppido?”)

Until next week — and thanks for all the links you send my way! 🙂

Hurricane songs

Well it started on Facebook, so I thought I’d move the list over here. I shared in my Friday Five about a hilarious rainy day activity we did on a very VERY rainy retreat weekend… coming up with songs about the weather. My friends and family chipped in their ideas after my status update yesterday…

Compiling my hurricane song list: Row, row, row your boat, Stormy Weather, Raindrops Keep Fallin, GoodNight Irene, more! sing along! #Irene

They added:

  • Jimmy Buffett – Feeling like surfin’ in a hurricane
  • Blowing in the Wind
  • It’s Raining Men
  • Careful with that ax, Eugene
  • And it’s a hard rain gonna fall
  • Singing in the rain
  • Mercy is falling like sweet spring rain
  • Dick Dale surfer music
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Sailing
  • Bridge over troubled water
  • Everyone knows it’s “windy”
  • Love me like a hurricane
  • Praise you in this storm
  • Let it Rain (Open the floodgates of heaven)

Play along in the comments if you’d like. 🙂

Vastly amused…

I looked at the dashboard for my blog and discovered that these are the terms which people use to get to my blog…

“had toe rings on”, camping symphony, ‘pictures of eyeore’, repentance vs confession, long suffering, vengeance, sandblasting


So if you ended up here from those search strings, the Google gods must be laughing at your predicament. Because I am…  But stick around a while and maybe I will mention something about toe rings. 🙂