Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Past Comes Back To Haunt Me Again

My current boss is safe but my former boss is toast, if I ever get my hands on him. I’m referring of course to the guy who hired me to do copy-editing work for an alleged online encyclopedia that turned out to be a spam-writing outfit. (I had no idea those things were done on Internet assembly lines, did you?) I’ve spent the last half-hour on blog hygiene maintenance deleting spambot links: Blogger’s anti-spam program must’ve taken a serious beating, because I got hit with over 50 spam comments in the threads.

The bots admire my work, however. Commenter “Online Pharmacy” said: wr4NG2 Your blog is great. Articles is interesting! while “Buy Viagra in New Zealand” thought: CagOOe Wonderful blog. “Cheapest Motel in Salt Lake Ut” and “Dangers of Meridia,” meanwhile, both agree with my recent observations on politics and life: actually, that's brilliant. Thank you. I'm going to pass that on to a couple of people.

I don’t recognize any of those posters. However, I was strongly tempted to click on the links provided by commenters “Alaska Cruise Tours,” “Ringtones,” “Mesothelioma Lawyers in Chicago” and “Wedding Caterers” to see if they led to essays I edited back in the day, only I’m afraid of catching the computer-virus equivalent of Aids. But if ever I get the chance to surf the Internet on the Oval Office computer, I am so clicking on those links.

EDIT: Since I so rarely have time to post twice in one day (or even week) anymore, I just wanted to point out my other post about going to a Furries convention.


Anonymous smartass sob said...

I did click on some of those "links" earlier today and yesterday, but nothing happened. At least, I don't think anything happened. I didn't realize they weren't legitimate - I thought they were some foreigner's screwed-up attempt to post a link. One of them I copied and pasted into my browser's address bar to see where it would take me. It went to some search results page, so I'm not sure what to think. Probably my browser's search engine grabbed it and ran with it; it does that if a url is not a valid one.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous A MOose said...

I thought they were some foreigner's screwed-up attempt to post a link.

"Yeah..and I really didn't know what to expect when I saw 'bath house'...I just wanted a shower...really"-SOB

4:42 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

"Yeah..and I really didn't know what to expect when I saw 'bath house'...I just wanted a shower...really"-SOB

(Sigh) Obligations. Obligations. The things one must endure to live up to expectations. Ya see what happens when ya try ta be a "decent person" - d'ya see? :-)

7:45 AM  
Anonymous bakedpenguin said...

But blog is great! Articles is interesting! Syntax are overrated!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Indagare Wolf said...

I was just wondering, you mentioned positing your article here after it was taken down from the site. Given that it seems it's not coming down (and your own busy schedule) do you still intend to do so? If so would you be adding to it?

10:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm not sure what's happening with the story in regard to the Advocate site, Wolf; usually stories stay online for about two months (though only on the homepage for a week or two). I'll still cut-and-paste it into my blog post of the same title in a week or two, but I don't think I can really change the story itself because of copyright issues.

If I can find the time it might be fun to write a blog post about my additional impressions and observations of the Furrycon, the things I had to leave out for space reasons.

7:06 PM  

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