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October 27, 2009

Spam Attack, and Lisa's Back

Two events coincided this morning:

1. Lisa Rieck, our esteemed fellow blogger, returned to the office from some well-deserved time off.

B. Strangely Dim was besieged by spammers.

I don't link the two, except that one of the spam attacks was on a post from shortly after Lisa's birthday last year, which yielded the following multiple-contributor adventure in limericks.

From Tait Chamberlain, former intern:

There once was a woman named Lisa
Who just like the Tower of Pisa
despite all her faults
such as half-tilted vaults
was loved just like Mother Theresa

There once was a poem about "Rieck"
whose poetry some thought did reek
But the rest they knew better
He'd been forced to a fetter
for the rhymings were awe-ful-ly bleak


From Dave:

There once was a woman named Lisa
whose bank card was branded with Visa.
She enjoys when she thinks just as much as hot drinks
Her Secretary of State's name is Condaleeza.

There once was a last name of "Rieck"
Whose pronunciation was quite a trick.
Pick one vowel or the other, but if I had my druthers,
With the family's first names I would stick.


From Lisa:

There once was a guy folks called Chamberlain
Who interned until others came for him
They needed his skills;
They paid him in bills
And their workplace was never the same again.

You may have heard of our friend Zimmerman
Once a year he'd take pretzels and simmer them
In chocolate so sweet,
And then offer the treat
To his friends--whose waists weren't any trimmer then.

I knew of a fellow named Tait.
New macros he liked to create.
When he set a decree
British us would all flee,
Leaving books in a much cleaner state.

IVP has an editor, Dave,
Who works hard in an effort to save
An author's good name.
Dave will increase their fame
As each day on their book he does slave
Feel free to contribute your own limerick, in celebration of today's strange convergence of events. Keep it clean; that's all we ask.
There once was a genre called "limerick"
That plagued the strange-witted and dimly quick.
To rhyme stringy surnames--
Both his-names and her-names--
Proved not to be everyone's bailywick.
Posted by Dave Zimmerman at October 27, 2009 8:50 AM Bookmark and Share

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Behind the Strangeness

Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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