Poet of the Streets of Spam

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005 | Uncategorized

More poetic spam in my mailbox this morning. The author, Mr. Roscoe Baez, begins with what looks like a pitch to refinance, but then quickly digresses into neo-literate post-structuralist critique:

Good day to you sir, 

The real – Estate was Never so easy to get. 
Getting house and fixed assets refinanced is at its best right now. 
These people are giving from 3.25–4.25% but for people who ask for re-fiinance. 

You can take home USD 350,000 for $290pm.

Copy and paste the Below address in your internet browser: 


Mark at 27 months looked ?normal?. He came from a good family who provided lots of stimulation. Mark had one word–‘ba’ as in ‘Ball.’ Everything was ‘ba.’ After a few days of orientation in the classroom, I presented the computer. The first day he sat at the computer for 20 minutes and pressed the ball, bus, bee on the IntelliKeys keyboard over and over again. He then looked at me and pointed to the ball and said ?Ba? Then he pointed to the bee and said ‘Be’ and the Bus and said ‘Bu.’ I was astonished and his mother started to cry.. 

Don’t you hate running carelessly?. 

I am terribly hungry, do you want to get some food later on?. 

THE PARENT arrived back on the scene. She gave me a tape by Dr. Laura Meyers from UCLA. I listened to that tape eight times. I listened over and over and heard the same thing again and again. Ms. Meyers said, ‘These kids may need to hear a word many times (perhaps 72 times) before they ever say a word. A computer can be patient and say it the same way every time.’ Now I understood. I was not patient enough. I did not allow the student to hear the words over and over. I was interrupting their learning by interjecting, when they were totally engrossed in what they were doing. I was asking questions they were not ready to answer. They were just learning language. They didn’t have the answers yet.. 

Roscoe Baez

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