Stuff That Makes Me Wonder
Some shit just makes me wonder, like why there’s a guy with a British accent on the Weather Channel doing the weather for the Midwest U.S. Or why chicken tastes like chicken along with every other mysterious meat but chicken is not mysterious. Or whether or not the dirt you sometimes find on soap is dirty. Sometimes I wonder about Canada.
I spend a minute or two daily doing maintenance on my blog. I’d probably spend more but Mrs. BrainRants normally has stuff for me to do that involves being tall, having a strong back and a weak mind. So lately I have noticed a huge up-tick in my spam comments. What gives? I do appreciate the Akismet tool here. It’s very effective and so far has caught every single spam comment.
I suppose I could just ignore the spam folder and let it boil along by itself. Unfortunately, I’m just not built that way. I’m the type of person who generally manages his email closely, sorting it into organized folders and religiously marking stuff as ‘read’ before deleting. Yeah, one of those types, and I’m sure that I could expand that thought into a full-up five-part blog entry.
That said, I fully understand email spam. I “get it.” The analogy is pretty clear: you get bullshit junk mail in your snail-mail box, and so we do in our virtual ones. But on a blog? With comments? I’m obviously in the wrong line of work if there are people out there getting paid to mass-spam bloggers. I guess there’s no clear analogy for my brain to wrap itself around.
So far, there are a lot of people where they don’t speak English who want me to so something, but for the life of me I have no idea what since the spam comment isn’t in English. Then there are the folks who want to sell me RSS tools (WTF?). And the wing nuts with tee shirts (I have plenty), research site access (I have a Masters’, so I’m done researching shit), OTC drugs (I need the illegal kind, not the legal type), and an assload of other wacky shit of which I have limited if not illegal requirements for. And then there’s the Baldheaded Cop or something, whose personal site is a link to a movie database. What gives?
Somebody clue me in here because I’m not smart enough to figure this shit out.