12.10.2009

Brics Apartment

I got an email this afternoon. It's addressed to gsc-parents@lists.wisc.edu and consist mostly of Japanese characters. The Grad Student Collaborative (GSC) is a real thing, and despite not being a student anymore, I still get their emails. None-the-less, the high Asian character content and my non-parental status led me to label it junk almost immediately.
Spam

Then the replies started coming in. As of 7:54 8:35 9:57 PM there have been 79 101 115 in all. Annoying at first, but then, as they continued, amusing. By my tally there have been 73 requests sent to the entire list to PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM THIS LIST. Intermingled with those have been roughly 17 responses directing people to the unsubscribe link at the bottom. Neither tactic seems to have been effective. And then there're the 26 requests for everybody to stop using the Reply All button, sent via the Reply All button. Very meta. This internet, so fraught with challenges!

A couple of my favorite responses:


From Shang,,,,,,,,,Ma:





From Jennifer Moore—provider of wise, yet irrelevant advice:










From TIM MACAFEE, who can not write in English:


I didn't want to be left out:

It's a lie. I'm very interested in this event.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

My theory is that it's actually an elaborate psychology experiment.

If so, I would call it quite the success.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, I'm on that list and these people are driving me crazy!

Anonymous said...

Can anybody translate the original message? Something funny is going on.....

wb said...

I'm really excited about what's going to happen next.

Anonymous said...

Here is what Google translate gives for the original message:
Only customers like Bric Apartment ☆ SALE ☆
>>> To: gsc-parents@lists.wisc.edu
"" "
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>>>> ☆ Brics Apartment ☆ Greetings from!
"" ""
"" "" At this time that the store renovation
"" ""
"" "" From this Friday
"" ""
>>>> 1F floor all women's floor giena
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>>>> 2F floor chey / veguas become men's floor,
"" ""
"" "" The birth of newborn Brics Apartment!
"" ""
"" "" So
"" ""
"" "" Always giena / chevy / veguas Sale only do customers like our customers Gratefully 頂I your patronage!
"" ""
"" "" Tomorrow December 11 (Fri) to 12 July 28 (Wed) to
"" ""
"" "" I like customers will be limited,
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"" "" Because we do not see any discounts 『saw Merumaga』 distant Please feel free to tell your staff! !
"" ""
"" "" Will guide you!
"" ""
"" ""
"" "" And this is always 頂I webshop to see how
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"" "" Make the sale only! !
"" ""
"" "" Here the period December 11 (Fri) to December 20 (Sunday) to a limited
"" ""
"" "" Let flat 20% OFF and bon appétit!
"" ""
"" "" How to display, easy to understand during the
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"" "" Items will be on sale only!
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"" "" Jupiter 』[『 TRIVE 』『 will be excluded. ]
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"" "" This is so not see any discount,
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"" "" You put the cart 頂Kere replies in the amount of discounts!
"" ""
"" "" Come to thank you for this opportunity! !
"" ""
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"" "" Has been so cold in the winter is also pretty hard everybody Now
"" ""
"" "" Please take precautions in your body well! !
"" ""
"" ""
>>>> ■ issued Brics Apartment
>>>> 〒 920-0997 Kanazawa, Ishikawa-cho 21 vertical Muronobiru 1F-2F
"" ""
>>>> ■ Brics Apartment news e_dm system they are using the issue
"" "" Masu.
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>>>> ■ NEWS is prohibited to reprint the article was published without permission.
"" ""
"" "" Portable HP (information stores from here
>>>> Http://e-dm.jp/gsc-giena
"" "" (Change the mail delivery, can also stop here.)
"" ""
>>>> ■ copyright earth co., Ltd. To provide information or
"" "" Belong.
>>>> Copyright (C), 2004 veguas
"" ""
>>>> =========================================== Silicon Valley Express
"" ""
>>>> ■ Brics Apartment ■ 076-262-5687 http://www.brics-apartment.com/

Cassandra said...

I just did a google search for Brics Apartment and ended up at your blog, which isn't what I was looking for, but I totally agree, this is cracking me up, the irony of using reply all to tell people not to reply all...

Anonymous said...

Are all of these grad students drunk?

Hey, cool blog.

Anonymous said...

Are all of these grad students drunk?

Hey, cool blog.

Anonymous said...

Are all of these grad students drunk?

Hey, cool blog.

Brics Apartment said...

114 replies later, it looks like someone with the power to do something about it finally caught on and put a stop to the messages :(

Anonymous said...

Wow, glad I spotted this. I removed myself right away via the link and missed all the fun. Nonetheless, my roommate has been bitching about it for hours and a few minutes ago I decided to tell him about the unsubscribe link.

Evan said...

118 now, by my count. Hilarious. It's like some weird piece of performance art.

wb said...

Thanks for that translation. We all witnessed the birth of newborn Brics Apartment!

Anonymous said...

I wanted to reply all saying, "I have a puppy. If one more person replies to all, I will shoot it." However, I'm sure someone would have thought that I was being serious and called everyone from the ASPCA to the ATF on me, despite the fact that I own neither a puppy nor a gun.

Anonymous said...

Please do not include JM's name there, with her phone number visible. It is very inconsiderate of you and for her privacy. It's not just a list that can see this now, it's the whole internet.

Alex said...

You're not a student anymore?

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