Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Cast of Spamalot on Broadway (BBC)

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Probably my all time favorite movie is Monty Python's Holy Grail. I laughed myself into oblivion when I first saw it and repeat watching simply increases the brain damage. I'm not dead yet!

On the web, the love of Python is enduring and intense. From the very beginning of the internet's existence, the alternate reality of the Python gang has had great influence. This is why annoying emails are called "spam". "We've got spam spam spam spam spam scrambled eggs spam.." is of course, so famous, it is now a religious chant like doing one's Hail Marys.

Spam news for today comes from Mother Russia. From Mosnews:
Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.

Kushnir, 35, headed the English learning centers the Center for American English, the New York English Centre and the Centre for Spoken English, all known to have aggressive Internet advertising policies in which millions of e-mails were sent every day.

In the past angry Internet users have targeted the American English centre by publishing the Center’s telephone numbers anywhere on the Web to provoke telephone calls. The Center’s telephone was advertised as a contact number for cheap sex services, or bargain real estate sales.

Another attack involved hundreds of people making phone calls to the American English Center and sending it numerous e-mails back, but Vardan Kushnir remained sure of his right to spam, saying it was what e-mails were for.
He must qualify for this year's Darwin Awards. Talk about not getting a clue! I know that the vast majority of web users would just love to see this happen to the people who want us to help them fix bank accounts in Nigeria or think women need Viagra offers or fake Paypal and Ebay account fixes, if we could deep six the people flooding our cyberworld with this tripe, you can bet, they would not be on Noah's .com when the flood waters rise!

Maybe computer designers can come up with a computer that works like a roach motel. Someone starts to send spam and they get stuck to the keyboard or something. Fly paper.

Well, I am certain great minds will come up with some solution besides Gates making us pay him a penny each time we write, hey, wait, I think it could work if I were to get a penny for each spam. Heh. Gates has enough money already. I bet there are legions of people out there in the cyber world who would like to get a penny for each email.

I think I will send out a zillion emails about this...(clunk...club to the side of the head).

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