The Random Yak

Green Thoughts and Spam*

Filed under: Frivol — Random Yak @ 10:10 am on April 21, 2010

*(On the theory that anything recycled is “green,” and I’m riffing on the contents of the spam folder.)

It’s sometimes interesting to see what the most recent crop of web-crawling spiders tries to do with my topics.  (Note: particularly when we haven’t had any recent bits about naked luge or underpants.  When that’s the case, even I know better than to look at what gets caught in the filter before I empty it.)

The latest news:

1.  The words “golden calf” apparently contain a hidden subtext reading “spam money-and-finance-related comments here.”  For the record, everything that glitters is not an opportunity to advertise your super awesome, better-than-ever, “we know the economy stinks but please please give us the chance to rip you off too” get-rich-quick scheme.  In fact, the golden calf allusion had nothing to do with money (not directly anyway), either in its original source or as posted here.

In short: Webcrawler 1: Mission Fail.  Grade: D- (with partial points for at least seeking out the word ‘gold’).

2.  “Kids love being scared senseless” earned me … an ad for helicopter flying lessons.  Take a minute and think that one through.  Who programs a webcrawler about flight lessons to look for posts about fear?  In some ways, it’s actually kind of clever, though I’m not sure the whole “crazy clown + flight school” thing really inspires me to take a leap of faith.  (Here’s hoping no leaping is actually required.)

Webcrawler 2: Partial Fail (you’re still spam, after all).  Grade: C- for creativity.

The others, sadly, are less-than-printable, but those at least amused me enough to mention.

That said…I’m off to the weeds.


  1. Well, I’d certainly consider a “Crazy Clown Flight School”!

    Comment by David — April 21, 2010 @ 11:58 am

  2. BTW, thanks for catching my “error of transmission” re: defenestrate. Sometimes the little grey cells they sputter and spark but do not catch.

    Comment by David — April 21, 2010 @ 11:59 am

  3. Glad to be of help. You’ve caught more than one of mine – I know the syndrome. In fact, some days the spluttering is all I can manage.

    Comment by Random Yak — April 21, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

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