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“Reader” Mail

A warning to all now:  This post will contain very little on the subject of anything beer related.  Feel free to move along now.

Everyone gets spam.  If you have an e-mail address (which I’m guessing you do as you’re reading something on the internet) you’ve received it.  If you’ve ever started a blog then you definitely know about getting spam.  Back in the early days, the spammers would just harvest your e-mail address and the e-mail addresses of anyone who had posted a comment on your blog and spam those.  Then the spammers realized that while cramming the interwebs with e-mails for all sorts of questionable pills, products and money making schemes was great, it would be even better if they could somehow devise a way to get their seemingly-legitimate websites higher in the search engine rankings.  How better to do that than to make it look like a bunch of people were linking to their crummy site?  And so, blog spam was born.  The bots crawl the internet, looking for blogs and post seemingly random comments with buried links to sites that, unless your using a Linux workstation or a Mac (or a Windows PC you really don’t care about), you really don’t want to visit.

Luckily, some folks smarter than I have created countermeasures for this sort of junk, and it all ends up in a bucket of fail that I occasionally wade through, just to be sure I haven’t missed that one other fan that’s out there.  Most of it is, well, just plain stupid but some of it is slightly humorous…at least to me, anyway.  So, while blowing off steam from a rather crappy day at the office, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of these gems with you.  I’m sure they’ll be as funny as a Jay Leno monologue.

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Terrapin’s Georgia Theatre Sessions – Sound Czech

Terrapin Georgia Theatre Sessions – Sound Czech

Sound Czech is the third in the series of Terrapin’s Georgia Theatre Session beers.  If you’ve been a faithful follower of the blog you’ve undoubtedly read the posts about the first and second in the series, The Iron Tankard and Double Feature.  Those posts explain the […]

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

There was this one time … at beer camp ….

Yeah, beer camp.  Each year, Sierra Nevada takes submissions from beer lovers around the country who try to convince the powers that be at Sierra Nevada why they should be chosen to spend some time in Chico learning about the […]