Friday, September 28, 2012

Spam Me Maybe

How r u doing new friend?
I am Carly Rae.
I've seen ur picture at the site a few days ago.(;
So, I suppose that you're not against making new friend)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My Ballot

My ballot in the Expert Witnesses improve on Pitchfork's poll is below. The full results of the poll can be found here. My ballot divides the 200 points evenly among the 20 albums, each album getting 10 points:

Dramarama - Hi-Fi Sci-Fi
Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle
Luna - Penthouse
Fugees - The Score
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
The Coup - Steal This Album
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
Moby - Play
Hammell on Trial - Ed's Not Dead -- Hammell Comes Alive
Bob Dylan - "Love and Theft"
Orchestra Baobab - Specialist in All Styles
Buck 65 - Talkin' Honky Blues
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
Four Tet - Rounds
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Kanye West - Late Registration
Wussy - Funeral Dress
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark

Apologies to these fine artists who should have been on the ballot, but there were only 20 albums: Pavement (Brighten the Corners was the 21st on the list), OutKast, Sleater-Kinney, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Old 97s, PJ Harvey, Tricky, Youssou N'Dour, Todd Snider, Imperial Teen.

Notes: Did I mention that Dramarama is my platonic ideal of a rock band? The Archers of Loaf got a boast from last year's re-issue. The Fugees album was one I relistened to - it stands up. I may overrate that Belle & Sebastian album, bThe Go!ut the heart wants what the heart wants. I didn't need this year's soak the collector reissue of Mermaid Avenue to remind me why I loved the first album, but the leftover songs on the third disc aren't bad at all. Nothing either Billy Bragg or Wilco have ever done come close to those sessions. I discovered Boots Riley on Steal This Album, so he'll always be freshest there. Don't hold Moby's marketing against him. Hammell on Trial's live album is my favorite live album of the last twenty years, although Todd Snider's may join it at some point. You don't know who Orchestra Baobab are? There is no better or easier to find introduction. Buck 65's isn't just Cancon n the list - it's both ambitious and fun. I like songs - Magnetic Fields, Fountains of Wayne, Drive-By Truckers. That Four Tet is the best album to work to. Kanye West stands like aa colussus among us, or he did before he became full of himself. I won't go on about Wussy. The Go! Team is my own little secret - get the British version of the album - 3 songs shorter so the momentum never stops.

License to Spam

My name is Bond, James Bond. Probably you think that this is pretty strange but anyway sometimes I search through the internet looking for interesting people so that is how I found you. I don't lose anything but I can acquire something doing this, do you agree?)
I hope you aren't afraid of things like that. So I found you, and I don't know why but I'm pretty sure that u r an interesting person and also I'm sure that it will be an exciting experience for both of us.
As you can see I am an open-minded, very sociable and kind-hearted secret agent. I really enjoy travelling and meeting new people. It was like a short introduction and I will tell you more about myself when you reply. Now, please tell me a little bit about yourself! What r you interesting in? What singles you out? Can you tell me something special about you?
I really hope you will write me back. Now the world is your oyster.)
Unfortunately I gotta go now but I'll be waiting 4 your answer!
Can't wait to talk to you!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

H. P. Lovecraft's Lonely Hearts Club Spam

Howdy, mortal! How are you? What's up?
I'm Cthulhu.
So, I really do not know from what to start. Maybe from it...
One of the great old ones showed me your photo shots and I liked them so much!
I look for intelligent, serious pal for such a long time but there are tons of assholes who are just performing old rites and then staying me alone.
I hope u r from their quantity!
So, if u r a good fellow then I am waiting for your message.

Monday, September 10, 2012

I'm Tired of These Clowns As Well

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Note: This is an advertisement and a promotional mail strictly on the guidelines of CAN-SPAM act of 2003. We have clearly mentioned the source mail-id of this mail, also clearly mentioned the subject lines and they are in no way misleading in any form. We have found your mail address through our own efforts on the web search and not through any illegal way. If you find this mail unsolicited, please reply with "Remove" in the subject line and we will take care that you do not receive any further promotional mail.

Chris here: Now that they've rewritten the last paragraph into something approaching English, I understand what they're trying to say: "We've met all the criteria for not being spam". Except it's all a lie. They didn't find me through their own efforts. If they did, they would know I'm associated with a university library's web site, and consequently not selling anything tangible. I'm not a businessman, but they don't know that because they bought my email address on a list. Secondly, I've followed their instructions for unsubscribing, but in two days I will get a follow-up email asking why I haven't responded. God help anyone who gives these people money.

I'm Tired of Getting These Announcements...

Reminder: Last 15 days Remain for Abstracts Submission


February 2013
Freezing Cold University of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

Dear Hurst Christopher
We would like to invite you to the “5thWorld Conference on Spamming Sciences” which will take place on February  2013, at the Freezing Cold University, in McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. The main theme of the Conference is announced as “Spamming for all”. This conference aims to bring together educational scientists, administers, counselors, education experts, teachers, graduate students, and civil society organization representatives to share and to discuss theoretical and practical knowledge in the scientific environment. The proceedings of the conference will be published by Procedia Spamming Sciences Journal (Elsevier) (ISSN: 0000-0666) and will be indexed in Science Direct, Scopus and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science). In addition, keynote speakers discussing cutting edge research and education initiatives, and workshops.

You will also have the chance to discuss personally your research and publication possibilities with the editors from highly respected international journals. We would like to invite you to share your expertise, your experience, and your research in spamming sciences with colleagues from your country and others. The possibilities for engaging discussion and valuable professional experiences are very promising!

Let’s meet in the historical and holiday location of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

Best regards

Prof. Dr. Spam Them All
President of the Conference
Freezing Cold University
Due Dated Abstract Submissions: September 20, 2012
Start here to submit an abstract to this conference
Step one of the submIssIon process
The abstracts should be submission over the conference web site or mailed to:
For more information please visit the conference official web site:

Lots of People You Don't Want to Meet in a Chat Room

All submissions are subject to a peer-review process.
·         Full and Short Papers
·         Reflection Papers
·         Posters/Demonstrations
·         Tutorials
·         Panels
·         Roundtables
·         Workshop
·         Virtual Presentation
·         Product/Services Presentations

WCSS-2012 Papers
Procedia Spamming Sciences Journal
Volume 46, Pages 1-5940 (2012)
4th WORLD CONFERENCE ON SPAMMING SCIENCES (WCES-2012) February 2012 McMurdo Sound, Antarctia
Edited by Three Temp Workers

·         All accepted papers of the conference will be published in Procedia-Spamming Sciences Journal(ISSN: 0000-0666) by ELSEVIER and will be indexed ScienceDirect, Scopus,and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI Web of Science).
·         All proposals will be subjected to peer-reviews. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for extended version publication in the supporting journals. The selection rate for publication in supporting journals is 11.8 % at WCSS-2012.

Deadlines & Important Dates
Abstracts Submission           September 20, 2012*
Full Paper Submissions          November 30, 2012**
Early Registration                  December 20, 2012
Conference Dates                  February 05-08, 2013
Camera-ready Submission     February 28, 2013(For Elsevier Publication)
* After the submission date, the authors of abstracts will be notified in 4 day.
** After the submission date, the authors of full paper will be notified in 20 day.
Authors of selected articles are welcomed to submit extended version for publication in regular issues of the following reputed journals, in addition to publication in the conference proceedings. New copyright forms must also be signed and delivered to the appropriate journal.
The journals that has been confirmed so far (further replies are expected in following days):
·         Australian Journal of Spamming (Indexed in SSCI)
·         British Journal of Spamming (Indexed in SSCI)
·         Asia Pacific Spamming Review (Indexed in SSCI)
·         Spamming in Higher Education (Indexed in SSCI)
·         British Journal of Spamming (Indexed in SSCI)
·         Spamming Research and Development (Indexed in SSCI)
·         South African Journal of Spamming, (Indexed in SSCI)
·         Journal of Interactive Spamming, (Indexed in SSCI)
·         Cypriot Journal of Spamming
·         International Journal of Human Spamming
·         World Journal on Spamming Technology

Researchers who are unable to resolve the funding issue concerning the conference expenses will be provided with an alternative approach for participation, namely, Cheapass Online Presentation.
Those who would like to make their presentations online from their home countries will also be awarded with a certificate and their papers will be considered for publications similar to other participants as if they were present physically. Those who would like to make use of the Cheapass Online Presentation facility will be requested to send their virtual posters or other soft copy materials such as power point presentations to the secretariat. In addition, these participants who would prefer to make use of the Cheapass Online Presentation facility may also contribute to the conference through video conferencing.

Start here to submit an abstract to this conference
Step one of the submIssIon process
For more information please visit the conference official web site:

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Pitchfork and 33 1/3

I haven't felt like writing about music. I don't have many discoveries to report that haven't been covered by Robert Christgau at his Expert Witness blog/site/whatever. We haven't been doing music polls for at least four months, although there is one now in reaction to the Pitchfork poll. So, I've been content to make fun of clueless spam in this space.

Except, I didn't vote but I have been reading.

The good folks at Pitchfork decided to hold a poll. The poll let the site's readers vote for any album of the last 15 years, but Pitchfork made it much easier to vote for certain albums, albums with a Pitchfork sensibility. So, it's hardly a surprise that these albums did much better in the poll. If this was a social science experiment, you'd have to reject the data as biased. But, really, it's just a slapdash poll to get the music blogosphere talking. Mission accomplished.

Of the top 100 albums in the Pitchfork poll, I've heard 84 of them. I don't like all 84 - about half of those I find either boring or just too art rock for my taste. In general, the Pitchfork list leans very heavily on the resurgent art rock strain in alternative music. Why do Pitchfork readers like Neutral Milk Hotel more than Sonic Youth? Alas, I suspect that means the Neutral Milk Hotel album that finished 4th (?!?) is in my future listening. 

Our library has acquired the entire 33 and 1/3 series (up to early this year) published by Continuum books. Each book discusses a single album. The book are short enough to be read in a single afternoon, and that's been a good length for me this summer. The quality of the writing varies, and a lot of the albums covered strike me as unworthy of being included in the series (there's a book on that Neutral Milk Hotel album). I just wonder if there's a readership for these books beyond someone like me. The books aren't rigorous enough for scholarship and not breezy enough for the casual reader.