The Poetics of Spam

Delta VDelta V wrote on 11 Jul 2012 03:31

I just got the damnedest spam email. Presented without comment (and without nasty links):

It shall not be lawful for any Athenian or any metic in Attica, or any person
under their control [i. slave or freedman] to lend out money on a ship which is
not commissioned to bring grain to Athens. A second law, even more drastic,
forbids any such person to transport grain to any harbor but the Peireus. The
penalties for evading these laws are terrific. At set intervals also the Public
Assembly (Ecclesia) is in duty bound to consider the whole state of the grain
trade while the dealers in grain who seem to be cornering the market, and
forcing up the price of bread, are liable to prompt and disastrous prosecution.
79. The Adventurous Merchant Skippers. —Foreign trade at Athens is fairly well
systematized, but it still partakes of the nature of an adventure. The name for
skipper (naukleros) is often used interchangeably for merchant.

Many a man, however, who would not attempt to define _a man_, might venture to
say something as to what a man ought to be even so much I will not in this place
venture with regard to the fairytale, for my long past work in that kind might
but poorly instance or illustrate my now more matured judgment.I will but say
some things helpful to the reading, in right-minded fashion, of such fairytales
as I would wish to write, or care to read. Some thinkers would feel sorely
hampered if at liberty to use no forms but such as existed in nature, or to
invent nothing save in accordance with the laws of the world of the senses; but
it must not therefore be imagined that they desire escape from the region of
law. Nothing lawless can show the least reason why it should exist, or could at
best have more than an appearance of life.

They are constructed of narrow ribbons of lead, each element being made from
long lengths of the ribbon about or nearly 0.20 in. width, rolled together into
a flat cake like rolls of narrow webbing, as illustrated by the annexed diagram,
Fig. 1, the greater part of the ribbon being very thin and flat; but
intermediate thicker ribbons are also employed, as in Fig. 2, this thicker
ribbon being corrugated as shown, and affording passage room for the circulation
of the electrolyte. From four to eight coils of the plain ribbons are between
every pair of corrugated ribbons. They are wound up together tightly, and
pressed into the nearly rectangular form shown. The bar for suspending the coil
plates so made in the cells is soldered to the coil. The object of this
construction is of course to obtain large lead surface, and of course a much
larger surface is so obtained than could be practically obtained from plain lead
plates in the same compass.



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