Couldn’t help but think of the story of the Tower of Babel this morning reading this NYT article about the world’s digital library. Makes me want to resist it, just on principle. But then, that wasn’t my first impulse. My first impulse was: how could I search it? So I’ll have to resist myself as well.
Back before I was a computer geek I was a historian. A historian of ideas: literature, philosophy, religion. That kind of thing.
Then I discovered Perl. Which Made Sense to me, after a little while of hacking at it.
Larry Wall, who invented Perl, explains why that might be.
These spam are legion and unoriginal. But I love the pathos.
Greetings in the name of God,Pls let this not sound strange to you for my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.i prayed and got you email id from your countrys chambers of commerce which i have been with my late husband and liked to visit once more if God will in his infinite mercies.
I am Mrs Williams Uche,I am 51 years old,i am deaf and suffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.
I was brought up from a motherless babies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.My husband died in a fatal motor accident.Before his death we were true Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $18.5million dollars with a Security Company.
Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisticated.
Presently, I’m with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organisation of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home where i come from.I want you God fearing, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows.
I took this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receiveyour reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you will actaccordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hearing from you soon. Waiting for your reply here or at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Yours in Christ, Mrs Williams Uche