Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Opus 2014-76: Canned Spam

I have noticed certain spam flags. 

First, most of the spam I have bothered to read tries to appeal to my ego.  It starts off by telling me what a wonderful post this was.  It reminds me of something I do in class.  I use flattery as humor to illustrate what a conclusion should be like in their research reports.  I tell the kids this is where they thank the teacher for the chance to write and that the research has opened their eyes to the world around them.  Their lives will forever be better because I made them write this paper.  You get the drift.  Spammers do this seriously.  It can go any direction from that but it tries to get us to believe that we are wonderful.  Not that we aren’t, but really, I am a model of how to make excellent posts?

Second, English skills or shall we say lack of.  I feel like I am reading something written by one of my public school children.  As artificial intelligence improves this will get better but for now it has a long way to go.  I am reminded that the trend in standardized testing in schools is to have the computer do the grading. 

Third, vagueness.  If you read what they say there is no actual reference to anything you said.  Everything is generic praise not a response to you.

Fourth, they always invite you to their website.  That is where they are able to send back to you all kinds of infectious goodies that can ruin your life on line.

So, delete, delete, delete.  You are not really that good and they do not really care.

homo unius libri


  1. I've been getting email come-ons from "top executives" who are referencing Career Builder as their source for my name (I don't actually use it). They mention sky-high salaries and their interest in my abilities. The problem is, you can tell that English is not their first language, and none of them can spell. Nigeria, maybe?

    1. Or maybe Los Angeles.

      I have not had a reference to career or riches. Maybe the words in these comments will attract a spam robot.

      Grace and peace.


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