The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

You see, it's with this attitude that I'll never make money with my journal/blog.

From: XXX XXX <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>
To: "sean@conman.org" <sean@conman.org>
Subject: We want to buy links from your http://boston.conman.org/ website
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 15:50:31 +0200

Dear Webmaster

My name is XXX XXX, I am the Business Development Manager for XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXX

XXXXXXXXXXXX is currently offering several business opportunities for your website. We will pay you $5–$25 per month to place one or more links on various pages of your website to our clients' sites.

I would like the link placed at the bottom of the page. But, if you are unable to place the link at this exact location, I am certainly willing to find other areas that are acceptable for you.

If you are interested in becoming a partner with us, I will send you a detailed list of the available link advertisements, along with a breakdown of the different amounts we will pay for the links.

Please feel free to contact me with any other questions or comments at my email address.

Best Regards,

XXX XXX

Business Development Manager

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

The last time I received a solicitation, I only made $3.03 a year, but this one is willing to pay $5 per month (yeah, I really expect to get the full $25). Hmmm … bottom of the page, eh? I doubt anyone really reads that far down and the likelyhood of anyone seeing those ads are pretty slim so I'm guessing they're using me only for my PageRank™.

But I think I'll play along, and see just how far they're willing to go for a little PageRank™ juice. Who knows? I may even make enough to get two cups of coffee.


Good Lord, Douglas Adams may have been on to something!

This unexpected connection [that quantum physics and prime numbers are inextricably linked] has given us a glimpse of the mathematics that might, ultimately, reveal the secret of these enigmatic numbers. At first the link seemed rather tenuous. But the important role played by the number 42 has recently persuaded even the deepest skeptics that the subatomic world might hold the key to one of the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics.

Via YARGB, PRIME NUMBERS GET HITCHED (emphasis added)

I'm sure it was purely coincidental that Douglas Adams picked 42 as the Ultimate Answer to Everything, but still … it's … mind boggingly weird for this to happen.

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