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….it’s my first piece of blogspam. Isn’t it cute? I think I’ll name it George.

It looks like George is from Israel, and George is a ADSL user in Petach-Tikva. Or at least, that’s what this search shows…. if you were curious, “Petach Tikva is located in the center of Israel, seven miles east of the Mediterranean Sea. Petach Tikva is the country’s fifth largest city and its most highly industrialized area. ” It is also a sister-city to Chicago, all you Windy City types out there….say hi!

Perhaps George works at Intel. In any case, I think he’s cute…maybe I’ll keep him. None of the links seem active, and there’s no whois info on the URL’s in them…so I’m not quite sure what the point is. Anyone? Just someone with a fetish for odd prose and trademarked names of drugs?

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “Awww…look…..”

Oh boy can you… The Movable Type people have been arguing about it for a few months now. Since the comment system is a CGI app, it isn’t too hard to automate the process of posting “comments” like George. Usually the spammer posts a comment like “I agree” or “you said it” and there name will be some drug linked to the site they sell it from.

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