Friday, November 01, 2002


I got spam today in a language I don't read or write or speak. I just looked at it, noticing how it was completely impenetrable. It was totally without meaning for me, I had no feeling about the words, except that I wish they had not arrived in my mailbox to take up space. It might have been trying to induce me buy something, or enlarge something, or go to some remote university, but I'll never know. I found it very interesting that we can put a bunch of letters together in our own language and they can be as powerful as "I love you" received in email from the right person at the right time and then we can take the same alphabet soup, stir it up again and the results are utterly meaningless, they move us in no way whatsoever. Strange.