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Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? A voyage into the strange underworld of spambots, shady marketing, and non-human intelligence.
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Am I the only one who read that as: Why Did 9,000 Pony Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler?
posted by Omon Ra at 4:38 PM on November 25, 2013 [9 favorites]


I'm guessing against hope that this is the first time the word "porny" has appeared in The Atlantic.
posted by The World Famous at 4:40 PM on November 25, 2013


Omon Ra: No. No you are not. The story is somewhat less surreal than I expected.
posted by rmd1023 at 4:45 PM on November 25, 2013


I'm not sure I like the term "porny". It is either porn or its not. I don't know. Maybe it makes me cringe in the same way "folksy" does or "artsy".
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 4:45 PM on November 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's my favourite ending to an article in some time.
posted by chrominance at 4:45 PM on November 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


So that's where all the “beearholics” and “coffee evangelists” and other plastic startup douchebros come from...
posted by acb at 4:50 PM on November 25, 2013


There are places where porny, artsy and folksy come together.

No I am not going to link to them. What is wrong with you?
posted by poe at 4:54 PM on November 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Am I the only one who read that as: Why Did 9,000 Pony Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler?

agentlebrees! *shakes fist*
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:56 PM on November 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pony Spambots is the name of my next band.

Pony Spamboys is the name of my next all male dance troupe. Thanks, autocorrect!
posted by eriko at 4:58 PM on November 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


There are places where porny, artsy and folksy come together.

I assume it's somewhere in an enchanted forest, where they live together in a cottage, waiting for adventures to stumble upon them.
posted by The World Famous at 5:04 PM on November 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


There are places where porny, artsy and folksy come together.

...northern California?
posted by The Whelk at 5:06 PM on November 25, 2013 [12 favorites]


So the Atlantic just found out about @horse_ebooks?

Seriously though, that was a good read.
posted by graphnerd at 5:07 PM on November 25, 2013


I'm guessing against hope that this is the first time the word "porny" has appeared in The Atlantic.

7th time...
posted by cosmac at 5:10 PM on November 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


She was following @MarsPhoenix, a long-dead robot on Mars;

21st centuriest sentence EVAR. *future shock*
posted by Tom-B at 5:23 PM on November 25, 2013 [20 favorites]


Possibly only the 6th, depending on whether or not we consider "ruin-porny" a different lexeme.
posted by Earthtopus at 5:25 PM on November 25, 2013


I think that "acronymically uninitiated" cancels out "porny" so it's something of a draw.
posted by leftcoastbob at 5:35 PM on November 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


There are places where porny, artsy and folksy come together.

No I am not going to link to them. What is wrong with you?


Well for one thing, it sounds like it might be the sorta thing a fella could watch with the missus...
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 5:37 PM on November 25, 2013




BECAUSE LEMONS ARE DELCIOUS U JERK
UNFOLLOWED
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:44 PM on November 25, 2013


Hey, man- these dildos aren't going to whittle themselves.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:07 PM on November 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


So the Atlantic just found out about @horse_ebooks?

My Little Porny™
posted by charlie don't surf at 7:08 PM on November 25, 2013


Yeah, the result of this article is now I kind of want to follow Olivia on Twitter. She sounds fun.
posted by maryr at 7:33 PM on November 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I want to be bacon certified.
posted by kiltedtaco at 8:23 PM on November 25, 2013


I looked her up too, maryr.
posted by Songdog at 8:56 PM on November 25, 2013


Possibly only the 6th, depending on whether or not we consider "ruin-porny" a different lexeme.

I totally read that as "rum-pony"
posted by Fig at 4:20 AM on November 26, 2013


There are places where porny, artsy and folksy come together.

Why not bring your love of macramé into the bedroom?
posted by sebastienbailard at 5:25 AM on November 26, 2013


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