What I Think About When I Think About Spam Comments

I’ve received over a quarter of a million spam comments over the years and I really enjoy the ones that keep me humble, like the recent one below. The only real problem with it is that was left on a 12-year old post.

Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts have been kinda boring? I miss your super writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

There is also something about these spam posts that they mostly seem to be left on a handful of really old posts. They definitely are not relevant to the content of the posts at all. The comments are still mostly about porn, online pharmaceuticals and now CBD products.

Updated Credit Card

Years ago I started getting new credit cards with chips embedded in them. This was to improve the security over the old magnetic strip, which still exists on all credit cards. It turns out that the chip is old technology too that has long been hackable as well. But I finally got my first card without the numbers embossed on the front. Why did it take so long for those to go away. The rollers and the carbons that took advantage of those raised numbers have long since gone the way of rotary phones and dial-up internet.

The Wrong Word

Words are precise. Words are nuanced. I spend my days trying to find the right word. So when I encounter the wrong word, it stops me in my tracks. I read two different articles about COVID vaccines that used the word jab in describing people deciding to get the virus. There is such a high incidence of people saying that they will refuse a vaccine, and the word jab does not help assuage them that this is something that should do.

Comfort TV

Some say it is the Golden Age of TV, or at least it is Peak TV. There are so many shows worth watching across Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO, which are all channels that I have. Instead of all the great dramas that I have wanted to watch for a while—some of which are the reason that I got HBO—I find myself watching a sitcom from 1972. This was the heart of my childhood Saturday night viewing. I’m rewatching The Bob Newhart Show, in order, episode by episode. That was not possible before streaming TV unless you bought the DVDs.

Synchronize Your Clocks

Clocks should be set for the correct time, especially in a world where computers and phones are synced to an official, standard time. But if you can’t get your clocks set on the right time, all clocks in a house or at least in a single room should be set for the same time. For example, the oven clock and the microwave clock—both digital—should read the same time.