Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

October 26, 2006

Spam darkly: the new writing game!

Filed under: creativity,Poetry,Spam,Technology,writing — secretmojo @ 2:56 am

I never thought I’d see the day when I said, “I like spam.” Either the compressed meat or the e-mail kind. But today is that day.

Anybody notice a significant change in Spam 2.0? No longer do I get Nigerian business opportunities or chicks who are “so lonely!” In fact, the exclamation marks are all but extinct. I’m now dealt the innocuous: “Re: your tickets”, or “Your account,” or simply “[none].” Whispers from the subject line yawningly promise dull quotidian maintenance ensconced within. How thoroughly boring. Are those the new findings on what people deign to click on? If so, it may be time to give another species a chance to do great things on Earth.

However, there is hope. The results of a random number generator and basic linguistic construction offer spam haters like me to at least take a second look before pressing delete. Like random tarot cards or a cybernetic form of bibliomancy, Spam 2.0 subject lines offer moments of zen-like insight. Possibly even inspiration:

Klutz operator.
King of Pharrmacy (I really enjoyed that double-r slur)
Banana dispassionately.
Ashen jet lag.
John Broadly.
Sandblast concession.

I almost want to save my spam, with its brilliant names (Nora Grace, Montagu Singleton) and neuron-kinking subjects, to use as a pick-me-up during a day of idea drought.

Almost.

I’m tempted to run with spam inspiration the way this person did. But for now, I’ll be pressing the delete key. I’ll hold out until Spam 3.0 is released — from the white paper, bayesian profiling will give it the power to title itself after the embarrassing moments in your past you never wanted anyone to find out about.

I can’t wait! Nor can I resist:

ashen jet lag
creates this klutz operator
drowsy, absent and hallucinating
a banana, dispassionately.

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3 Comments »

  1. well, this is cute and inspiring! 🙂 If you join NaNoWriMo, you will not have a problem with finding a daily scene to write about.

    Comment by victoriaeva — October 26, 2006 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  2. Ha! I did NaNo last year, and by god, you’re right. It was almost as if the forums with their endless writing games were set up explicitly to tease me away from my novella… A subterfuge I apreciated greatly!

    Comment by secretmojo — October 27, 2006 @ 3:58 am | Reply

  3. hey, a quick, unrelated question. i am new on this blog service, and cannot figure out how to put additional links on the side…?

    also, is it possible to create new pages?

    thanks!

    ps so, did you win nano? are U with us this year? 🙂

    Comment by victoriaeva — November 18, 2006 @ 12:13 pm | Reply


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