February 7, 2007

Retards Keep Mailing Me. Please Stop.

by Chris Randall

Just having a blog at all, even one of fair-to-middling popularity and narrow focus like this one, means you get a lot of stupid mail. Actual readers of the blog send in tips all the time, and I use most of them. But I also get a lot of "hot tips" from guerrilla marketing companies (ones that obviously aren't very good), Google Farm pages, and the like. This morning I was blessed with this:


I've found something on the internet that could be a good material for a blog post in your Music Blog. Take a look at "Top 10 Techy Sunglasses with Mp3 Players"

Have a great day

Best regards, Micle Mihai Cristian.

I left the link out, because I can't be bothered, quite frankly. So I actually replied to this one, something I don't normally do:

Why on earth do you think I or my readers would find that interesting?

Chris Randall

Positron Records, Inc.

A few minutes later, I get this back:

Because is related to sound and music, and I'm sure they love everything related to this.Don't you ?

Wouldn't it be nice if it was as simple as saying "you're a retard. Don't ever write me again?" (Which is exactly what I did.)

Another company that keeps writing me is an Indian software chop-shop that makes extremely dumbed-down versions of popular audio software (e.g. Soundforge, Cinescore, and the like.) They're as transparent as can be. They wrote me a month or two ago, offering NFR copies in exchange for a review on this site. I wrote back and said "listen, you really don't want me to review your software. Seriously. Take a better look at AI." They're like "okay, but do you want NFR copies anyways?" I didn't answer that, then a week later I get exactly the same letter as their original communication.

So, this can be considered an open letter to all the fucking morons out there that read a "get rich on the internet" book: stop writing me. Seriously. I don't have anything nice to say about you, and never will. I'm not going to put a link up to your site unless you make high-end audio gear or did something phenomenally stupid. So go away.




Feb.07.2007 @ 1:54 PM
"I'm not going to put a link up to your site unless you... did something phenomenally stupid."

I think that might be the problem.
Any publicity is good publicity when you have no scrupples about massaging the context of a quote.


Feb.07.2007 @ 1:55 PM
I'm still getting over the fact that there are 10 different sunglasses with MP3 players built into them.

Feb.07.2007 @ 2:29 PM
There are such fine lines between clever, retarded, and fucktarded.

If only that guy had a YouTube video of him playing 80s hair-metal guitar while wearing his mp3 sunglasses, he might have made it into the coveted fucktard category and been rewarded with a link.


Feb.07.2007 @ 2:33 PM
Chris Randall
No doubt. But I did look at his actual blog, and it's basically a textbook example of "Blogging For Fun And Profit (But Mostly Profit.)" If I don't make any money from this bitch, nobody else is either!



Feb.07.2007 @ 3:39 PM

You do make money from this bitch. I would not have purchased any Audio Damage plugins had I not found out about it on this blog. I can only imagine the same is true for a lot of people.


Feb.08.2007 @ 4:12 AM
Bjorn Vayner
I come for the porn.
There hasn't been enough of that lately.
FMOF is fun too...

All that stuff got kinda blown away by the breeze of belize.


Feb.08.2007 @ 4:14 AM
Bjorn Vayner
btw. Is there a way to get an RSS feed from the comments?
This would be very helpful. Unless i'm missing the correct way to view recent posts in older topics.


- Bjorn


Feb.08.2007 @ 7:26 AM
MP3 sunglasses = the new BluBlockers
(can't wait to see the cheezy late-nite adverts)

Feb.09.2007 @ 12:34 AM
Those Indian guys pitched me too: ?Since your blog is some what related to our programs, ie., it is based on learning music centre. we can offer you free licenses to any two of our programs.?

I told ?em I'd take a look when I got a chance, and I actually did download one of their programs. It looked like a Windows 3.1 hack a high schooler might have done.

Every few weeks after that, on some kind of automated schedule, they?d write back to demand, ?Have you reviewed our software yet?? My favorite follow-up was the one titled something like ?Third Notice--Request Review.? Like they were collecting on a debt.

Keep waiting, Ms. Gayathri.




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