Raymond’s eagerly awaited spam-graph post went live today. Since he works downstairs I got a sneak peak at it earlier this week. Since then I have been thinking about spam a bit. Spam used to really annoy me. I have an old university account that does nothing but accumulate spam now, but I login and delete the 40 or so new spams everyday. They fall into several catagories:
Unreadable – I use mutt to read my university mail and it does not support any strange character sets. This is the catagory the majority of e-mails fall into.
Creatively Formatted – These are the ones that do stupid tricks to get through filters but in doing so give themselves away as spam. For example; V/i/a/g/r/* !?!!, [M | 0 | r | t | g | a | g | 3 |] a.p.p.r.0.v.ed!!, etc.
Creatively Subjected – These are the insidious ones that put things in the title like “Our meeting on tuesday…” and come from cs-admin@<myuniversity>.com. I can usually spot them.
Randomly Subjected – These are my absolute favorites. These are the mails that have a few random words in the title. These things make great rock band names. This is the reason for this post. Everything up until here was merely context. I got one today that was perfect: “oppressive fork clarinet.”
Anyone want to play drums in OFC ??