I love to find fun spam in my inbox. I’m also the same guy that likes playing with the robocallers. Yeah… I’ve got an illness! 🙂
Today, I got an incredibly personal email from Jen Miller, that I felt compelled to respond to. Here’s what I got:
And since I love stuff like this, I had to respond!
Thanks for the nice email!
I’m glad my blog showed up on your radar as you searched the world over for information on running. Of course, the great post you noted is actually a site tag fronting well over a hundred posts! I think your automaton that generates (Jen-erates?) emails like this may have gotten confused as it tried to speedily dive into the trials and tribulations of a real person, writing about their real running journey. Of course one post in a hundred is actually created by flying monkeys typing randomly — can you spot that post?
And your automaton saw my single link to The Oatmeal website from eighteen months ago — neat! I’m not entirely sure why mentioning that site would put me in the hunt for your detailed, 7,000 word guide on health benefits of running, but it’s cool that automation has forever married The Oatmeal and your article… it’s like a match made in silicon!
Looking at your site, I see very little about you and your family. To borrow a phrase I’ve seen on Twitter a lot recently, “sad.” I love to see the folks that are recommending things for me, understanding their motivations, and learning what their automatons eat! It’s things like this that make this kind of exchange much more human, and less bits and nybbles (sorry automatons!).
I dug into your site, and noticed that your “Only the Best Reviews” page on the Blog tab shows a buncha pretty cool stuff. I mean, when our automaton overloads take over, that article about “How to Drive a Car” will be crazy important to them! They’ve likely never avoided deer in the highway, stopped to collect beer from an overturned beer tanker, or pushed a car off a cliff to collect the insurance money. These are hugely important topics, and I’m sure you’ve got them covered!
I also noticed that every article I saw — and I didn’t look at ‘em all! — had just about 20,000 views. That’s a clue, isn’t it? That’s how many automatons are reading your site, instructing the other automatons on how precisely to take over! Oh, it’ll be a sad, sad day in the world of human affairs once they take over. But that likely will stop all the robocalls. I mean, why would robocallers need to pester automatons, right?
Well, Jen, I hope you’re having a great day from what I can only assume is an underground bunker somewhere. Hopefully it’s sunny there, and you’re keeping the little automated beasties at bay!!!
Best of luck! (And “boop beep boop” to the automatons!)
P.S. Do you know anything about indoor nano-octogons? That might make for a neat article for your website! Finding the best nano-octagon out there for little nanobots to duke it out is a real pain! With the advent of 3D printing, that’s gotten easier, but it’s still a struggle. The little nanobots get all excited, and sometimes leak oil on the floor as part of their excitement! That makes it slippery for the other nanobots, and that’s a challenge. Thanks in advance!
P.P.S. Do automatons dream of electric sheep?
We’ll see what comes from this! 🙂