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March 8th, 2009


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10:58 pm
I got my first two spammer followers on Twitter. Aw, how cute. Look at 'em pimp out their FREE MACBOOK!!!1 scam.

Someone earlier today expressed pangs of conscience when deciding whether or not to deal with social networking spammers or simply live and let live, but I feel absolutely no remorse or regret immediately blocking them. It's a simple button click and it's not like they're going to get all sad about it. They didn't sign up for my incredibly witty and hilarious takes on everyday life such as "Just woke up. Oh drat." and announcements of impending migraines.

I also drowned a spider in the shower today and felt justified, albeit for a slightly different reason: the arachnid clearly broke the rules of détente by choosing to hang out in a place where there may also be naked people. I mean, let's face it: Webspinning in the ceiling corner? Go live there, little 8-legger, and be happy. Scuttling about where one might blindly reach for soap or shampoo? DOWN CAME THE RAIN AND WASHED THE SPIDER OUT. Hooray for handheld shower heads.

This all made me feel slightly productive for some reason.

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From:gee_tar
Date:March 9th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
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Yay! I'm in favor of one less spider living in the bathroom.
From:sernin
Date:March 9th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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One of the best qualities of my girl cat is her patrolling. When she finds a bug, she finds instant fun plus snack.

Previous cat let them scurry away. She liked eating webs.
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From:gee_tar
Date:March 9th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Man, Abbie really needs to get on the ball.
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From:derspatchel
Date:March 9th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, to be fair, the shower isn't one of his regular hangouts, but he has been known to chase down a skittering bug on the floor.

And one time he ate a house centipede. For that he deserves a medal and promotion to Sergeant.
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From:semer
Date:March 9th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
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I definitely have the same rule about spiders. I mean, sometimes I will remove them to the great outdoors under other circumstances, but in the shower or the tub? DIE DIE DIE CURSE YOU
From:unferth
Date:March 9th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
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My rule for most beasts is not in the bed and not in the shower.

Cats get an occasional exception for the "not in the bed" rule, but somehow the shower doesn't seem to attract their interest so much. At least not while the water is running.

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From:ravenword
Date:March 9th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
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I agree wholeheartedly with your spider policy. I had one that made a tiny web next the to the toilet paper roll holder in my bathroom, and I was totally cool with him hanging out there. Then one day I noticed him in the shower, and that was that. I don't need bugs jumping on me while I'm naked.

Same goes for the spiders that walk across the ceiling directly over my bed while I'm trying to sleep and not think about multi-legged abominations falling into my snoring mouth. DO NOT WANT.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:March 9th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
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One of the nice things about Twitter is that spam-followers are self-correcting--even if you're not taking active steps to keep 'em at bay, once enough people do the robot hive-mind will block them for you.

I'm wondering if there's a list of magic autofollow words available, like MONEY and SEO and MARKETING and MAGIC HAT and VOLDEMORT, that you should never say under any circumstances (although MAGIC HAT gets you a more interesting follower than SEO will).
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From:celestial_axis
Date:March 9th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
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What be your Twitter name? I'm CelestialAxis (big surprise). I'm on it all day at work...

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