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My Inbox Reeks of Stinky Tofu

On his custom tour of Shanghai a few weeks back, Jeff Utecht provided sufficient warning to be wary of “Stinky Tofu” on sale in the streets. I never had the pleasure there, but cleaning out the email inbox brings up similar thoughts.


A few weeks ago I dutifully ignored and filed in the unwanted trash bin this random ad blurb generated mush:

I’d like the opportunity to introduce myself and my organization with the hopes of establishing a dialogue centered on exploring incremental revenue models for your Conceptually, I’d like to focus on integrating our free publication content feeds into relevant areas of your site. We offer a very compelling model that could seamlessly integrate into your site offering your audience high-quality content while also offering your organization a lucrative incremental revenue stream.

Maybe mroe translated would be, “Put adds for irrelevant crap on your site”.

So by not replying, I think I am sending a clear message.

Not interested.

But alas, the tofu vendor persists, today the message is:

I just wanted to follow up with you to see if you received my previous email detailing our opportunity.

I know sometimes the example links in the email can cause it to go directly into spam folders, so I just wanted to makes sure you received it.

Which is like adding a pile of old cabbage left soaking in wet tennis shoes in a swamp as a topping to stinky tofu. &@*#^# I have to explicitly tell you I am not interested?

So to make it perfectly clear I am not interested, your foul email is now a featured blog post on, where we are dedicated to lifting our leg and peeing directly on people who sell stinky tofu by email.

How much more clear can I get?

Which, while my leg is lifted and the bladder is full, another dousing goes for the emailers who want me to write a blog post about their product. That is the most positive approach to assure I will NEVER mention your wares.

I don’t blog by request.

I don’t want to monetize anything.

I write about what strikes my fancy or what gets under my fur.

Nuff said.


Maybe someone out there actually enjoys stinky tofu, but it ain’t me.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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