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Paul Graham

In case you didn’t know, Paul Graham came up with the plan for dealing with spam. He also likes to write about Lisp, hackers and start-up companies because he’s a lisp hacker who started a company.

I once wrote an email to Paul Graham about an idea for dealing with spam. Tara and I share Thunderbird as our email program, and when I wrote the email, I forgot to change the sender from Tara (the default) to me. The next day, Tara asked me who Paul Graham was. I told her and asked her why she asked. “Well, he sent me this email out of the blue.”

Tara enjoys teasing me about this. Whenever I mention Paul Graham she says, “Oh Paul? Yeah we email each other.” It’s particularly ironic since Tara has little interest in most of what he writes. However, his latest article was an exception. Paul Graham writes about where much of the mainstream news comes from. Tara was as fascinated by it as I was, so I commend it to your reading.

April 27, 2005 3 Comments.


  1. CJ Costello replied:

    I have a friend who just started working for a game company. They recently released a game for the Xbox. I think it is a Dungeons & Dragons like game. To make the game seem more authentic, they hired someone to create a brand new language for it. My friend wasn’t impressed with it – said it sounds like gibberish. The New York Times thought it was newsworthy though – wink, wink. Oh, and the article appeared the same week the game was released. You can read the article here.

    April 30th, 2005 at 5:52 pm. Permalink.

  2. Shannon replied:

    I recommend “Toxic Sludge is Good for You”.

    It is rather liberal in tone and I apologize in advance for the unsightly wording of the subtitle, but I thought it was worth reading, especially if it is available in the library.

    May 1st, 2005 at 7:44 pm. Permalink.

  3. Mark A. Hershberger replied:

    Re: spam… They keep coming up with better and better ways of dealing with spam. And the spammers keep jumping through the hoops.

    The latest thing is greylisting (, which you’ll be happy to know, I’ve just implemented.

    May 13th, 2005 at 11:13 pm. Permalink.

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