In further proof that Western society is teetering perilously close to the brink, here is the opening paragraph from a piece of spam I just received:
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Apart from being stunningly grammatical and well spelled for a piece of spam, the part here that has the Four Horsemen oiling their saddles is the priority of the pitch: Major networks, that’s kinda good, isn’t it? But heeelllloooo seen on Oprah! Oprah likes this product! Get it! Oooooopraaaahhhhh.
Oh, and some science-type people wrote something about the product. Oooooopraaaahhh. Buy it!
Posted Wednesday, 08 September, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.