Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

When a felon's not engaged in his employment
Chorus: (his employment)
Or maturing his felonious little plans
Chorus: (little plans)
His capacity for innocent enjoyment
Chorus: (-cent enjoyment)
Is just as great as any honest man's
Chorus: (honest man's)

I've been seeing a lot of spam lately (about half my email, *groan*), but yesterday there was almost none.

I was surprised. Spammers take Thanksgiving off? Spammers are American? There go all my fantasies of sinister Romanian or Chinese spam gangs. Doubtless headed by people who dress like Dr. Doom and the Dragon Lady.

Then I realized there's another explanation. Most spam is probably mailed by bots on compromised PCs. If most of those PCs are in the US, then it's not the spammers who have the day off, it's the patsies with rooted PCs. Businesses are closed, employees are watching the ball game with Uncle Ned rather than dl'ing warez and hot chatting with Congressional pages.

But this still assumes that most compromised PCs are American, which I don't entirely buy. Korea and urban Japan, for example, have greater broadband penetration than the US, and you'd think those big pipe PCs would be a highly sought-after target of spammer trojans. I can't think of any reason offhand that Koreans or Japanese would practice better security than Americans. And they definitely don't take Thanksgiving off.

So the Great Thanksgiving Spam Shortage is still rather mysterious.

Words I Did Not Know, Dept.

Everyone knows what 'secular' means, and if you're on my flist, you probably know what in secula seculorum means.

But I had no idea where the term 'secular' came from, or what saeculum means today. 90 years, huh? And four 'seasons' of 22 years each.



meaning: beans, miniature

納豆 == natto == (noun) natto (fermented soybeans)
大豆 == daisu == (noun) soybean

Unclear etymology. Originally a pictograph of a footed food bowl. 'Beans' may be an extension of the meaning of 'food', or may be an unrelated borrowing. Henshall suggests taking this character as 'one' (一), a 'box' (口), and the bottom element as a variant of 'stand' (立), and as a mnemonic: 'One miniature box on stand, full of beans.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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