This week’s Loose Wire column is about spam and love:
FOR 10 YEARS NOW, our in-boxes have been bombarded with spam. Sadly there’s no sign that the situation is improving, but perhaps we’re looking at it all wrong. After receiving some very dubious e-mails containing links to very long and suspicious-looking Web sites, I wondered whether there wasn’t a deeper message in spam that we were missing. So I took a closer look at all the Web sites registered by one spammer, the possibly fictitious Carnegie Sun Ltd., allegedly registered in Barbados. My conclusion: If properly deciphered, the company’s registered Web sites reveal a manual to dating and love that is timeless in its simplicity and elegance. I reproduce it here in the hope that your love lives may benefit as much as mine.