Monday, June 29, 2009

I like Spam. Doesn't everyone?

Spam is one of those foods on my “I like” list. However if I eat it too often, It becomes something that I really don’t care for. It’s the same with a lot of things too. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. And I'm not just talking food here.

I don’t mind computer spam either as long as it isn’t disguised as an email from a long lost friend. You know, one of those emails that says “Hello Greg” only when you open it, it is a link to someone that wants to send you money if you will just give them your account information. I must get about 40 emails a day and most of them are legit but I still do get a few spam emails and sometimes it is hard to tell which are which. I can live with this though because like all things in life, I can just delete the ones I don’t want and go on with my life.

Lately though I have discovered another type of spam. I actually knew it was out there but it is getting worse. I am talking about the kind of spam that lives in search engines like Google and Yahoo Search. These are the ones that really make me angry because I am not searching for the fun of it. I am searching for business reasons or to find something important. It is a form of false advertizing and it is very aggravating. Let me explain.

You know when you go to Google in an effort to find something, let’s say a Diamond Ring. So you type in “Diamond Ring” and up pops 10,000 sites. Well the first one just happens to be something that says “Get great deals on Diamond Rings at Fred’s.” You think “wow that is just what I was looking for” so you click on the link and it takes you to an auto parts store that has nothing to do with Diamond Rings. Or you search for “Tropical Fish” and the link says “Everything tropical” but it takes you to a p@rn site. I mean come on, this wasn’t a mistake. This was intentional. So why isn’t something done about it since it is false advertising. I will tell you why.

Well in the last presidential election, the candidates did the same thing. They used false links to take you to their own websites when you were looking for the other candidate’s site. Both parties were guilty so I am not taking sides. If you heard something bad about Candidate McCain and tried to look it up to verify what you heard, the link would take you to McCain’s site where there would be no mention of what you were looking for. And on the other hand if you tried to verify something negative about Candidate Obama, the link would take you to his website and again you would find nothing you were looking for. So it all started at the top. So the next time you try to look up a recipe for Tuna Casserole and you end up at a site that takes Glamour Photos, you can blame the President. I’m just saying.

Oh we had a good weekend despite the grueling heat. Apparently it is never too hot to drink wine. Plant sales were down but flower sales were up. I guess it is too hot to work in the garden so everyone is going to sit inside in the air conditioning and drink wine and look at flowers. That’s what it looks like anyway. What type of wine goes with spam? I am thinking something in a box.

Have a great day,
Greg

19 comments:

Truth4thejourney said...

Loved this post! Wine in a box does sound like the right thing for spam! LOL!!

You certainly have a way with words.

Hope you have a spam free Monday,
Sonya Lee

PS. There's even spammers on Twitter! It's everywhere.

Terri Tiffany said...

I think you need to have your own column in a newspaper--that's your style!! Good post!

AirmanMom said...

outstanding post!

~AM

My ADHD Me said...

Ha! You know, I just starting running into the google spam very recently. We've been having pop-up problems on our computer so I thought it was just a problem here. VERY FRUSTRATING!!

Oh, and if you ever want to make some candy, whatever you do, DON'T google CANDY unless you are VERY careful about which ones you open!

As for Spam in a can, never tried it. BUT I have had my share of wine in a box...with a fox....in a house ... and a mouse .....

Jenny wren's nest said...

I agree with Terri Tiffany, you should be a newspaper columnist.
Jenny

skoots1mom said...

drink for spam....
koolaid, of course

glad you had some sales...sorry to hear about the biting flies. they hurt...i've been bitten by flies and it isn't pleasant. don't let them pick you up and carry you away!

Jenny said...

Wine in a box and spam...mmmm good ;)

I am so sick of spammers as well and bloggers issues. I downloaded Firefox today in hopes of fixing some of this. Hopefully they don't spam me as well.

The Dental Maven said...

You got that right Greg! Never too hot to drink wine!!!

Stay cool, my friend.

Chatty Kelly said...

When it's really hot, I like to mix wine & sprite over ice. A "mixed drink." The sprite cuts the wine so you can drink 2 glasses and not get tipsy. (What can I say, I'm a light weight!)

So glad to see you on Twitter! As Sonya said, you will find there are even spammers there and people who follow you who are really p@rn sites. BLOCK them!

Edie said...

I like Spam too, but not the kind that tries to redirect me. Grrrr.

I discovered a long time ago that there in nothing that you can google without running across at least one p@rn site. It is SO frustrating!

sara said...

i can't believe you posted on this today because I was just complaining about this this weekend. We were in Memphis and I was trying to look up a place we thought we might want to visit and was so frustrated when I kept getting sent to other sites!!! ugh!

Marjie said...

Don't knock the box wine! It stores nicely, and you never know when you might need it to chase unwanted visitors away!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Yes, wine in a box would be perfect with ham in a can!

Glad you had a good weekend! : )

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Funny that even in a recession wine sales stay strong.

Debbie said...

You know, wine in a box is not bad anymore! Especially if you are gazing at some flowers.

Wanda said...

Spam, Spam...my mother used to fry it! It was a good subsitute when money was tight. I also remember span sandwiches.

Love your posts always, Greg...someone said it well, it's like going to my favorite newspaper column....

Keep it coming.... More "rain" flowers blooming in my yard.

LOL:Wanda

Kim said...

I get a craving for Spam about twice a year. But it has to be sliced real thin and pan fried in a little butter until it's crispy around the edges, then made into a sandwich with a little mayo. Nothing else. It is a sodium burst of perfection :-)

2Thinks said...

You're too funny. Wine and flowers works for me. Spam? Not so much. It's too much like ground worms all packed together and flavored with the way fish smell. Maybe it's just coming back from vacation and all that fishin', I don't know. I feel the same way about the electronic spam though. It stinks.

Heidi

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