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EGR: another msg from the action man  clo-@panix.com
 Aug 25, 2005 09:04 PDT 

Valued Readers:

At long last, an actual EGR send! I've had to remove most of the grafix
and certain other elements from this, but you can experience the whole
magilla in all it's multimedia glory on <a
href="http://www.rageboy.com/blogger.html">The EGR Weblog. Do have
a look.




I'm happy, hope you're happy too...

face="arial, san-serif" size="-1">Do you remember a guy that's been
such an early song?
heard a rumor from Ground Control.
no, don't say its true.
got a message from the Action Man...

bowie - ashes to ashes - <a
target="_blank">scary monsters ~


face="arial, san-serif" size="-1">The last time I posted <a
target="_blank">something with a title like this,
a whole raft of people started blogs. It was on Nov 07, 2001 02:40 PST,
to be precise. That's what the datestamp says. Early days, even though
this list is now ten years old. Yeah, <a
href="http://www.rageboy.com/sub-up.html" target="_blank">there's a
too. Remember those? Before blogs? And there are still about 4,000
people on it. Used to be 5,000. Maybe it was something I said. Heh.

well I don't have the Next Big Thing, like blogging, to turn you on to,
but I do have some ideas that might prove mutually beneficial. Or fun.
Or something.
it's long history (I don't know about you, but for me it's been L-O-N-G)
EGR has made a habit of... let's just say toying
with the web. Just to see what could be done with a little imagination,
minimal effort, and not too much concern about results. One such Action
involved damn near bringing down sixdegrees.com -- an early (if <a
href="http://sixdegrees.com/" target="_blank">misguided)
shot at social networking -- by encouraging EGR's far-famed Valued
Readers (that's you) to link RageBoy® as friend, business associate,
significant other, insignificant other, sister, brother, mom... you get
the idea. Inside of a week, Mr. Boy had approximately a billion people
within his six-degree network. The CFO of the company called me up --
RageBoy was napping, as I recall -- and said: "Who are
you and why are you doing this to us?" The poor man seemed unduly
one was when me and some other guys put together <a
href="http://www.cluetrain.com" target="_blank">a website -- which
later turned into <a
target="_blank">a book
-- that brought down the entire U.S. economy. Well... it played a role.
How big is anybody's guess. It sure blew a hole in the old "Internet
Bubble"! We didn't really mean to do that, you understand. We
were just, you know, boys being boys.
well anyhow. Here's the thing. I posted a screed yesterday or
thereabouts on Amazon, called...

style="font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif; color: rgb(204, 102, 0);">So
you'd like to... protect yourself
from the Mystic Bourgeoisie
target="_blank">click to go see

of the more astute among you will already have guessed that that's
related to my other site -- <a
href="http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Mystic
Bourgeoisie. Damn straight.
now here's where you
come in. Following are the Action Items you've heard so much about.
Everyone always talks about the Action Items, but no one ever does
anything about them. Here's your chance to reverse this pernicious

<font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Go to that Amazon page by clicking <a
target="_blank">right here -- see how easy I'm making this for
you? Then, where it says "Was this guide helpful to you?" click the
button that says <img src="cid:part1.070000-@panix.com"
align="middle" border="0" height="16" width="34">.
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Currently, the page reports...
style="font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif; color: rgb(204, 102, 0);"><font
face="arial" size="-1">6 of 6
people found this guide helpful. Read 32 times.
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">The idea is to get both those tallies up!
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Of course, you may instead, if you feel so inclined, or are
just mean spirited by nature, click the button that says <img
src="cid:part2.000601-@panix.com" align="middle" border="0"
height="16" width="34">.
But if you do that, you really should read the whole thing first. Don't
you think? And that's probably more than you have time for. Am I right?
Of course I'm right. Think: your time is valuable. So fuck it, just
click <img src="cid:part1.070000-@panix.com" align="middle"
border="0" height="16" width="34">. Good. Now let's move on.

<font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Actually, you may not want to move on. In which
case, fine, you're done. And thanks for playing.
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Alright, now those of you with a bit more zest, a bit more joie
de vivre, a bit more perseverance listen up. You can create
    your own
     "So You Want To..." page. I hadn't done it till that one
just looked at, and it's easy. It's even sorta fun. And think of the
millions of people who will see Your Very Own Page -- on Amazon,
already! Wow, huh? Everything you need to know is right here in <a
target="_blank">the instructions.
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Or, you can slap together a listmania list. <a
target="_blank">Here's one that some of you (633 of you, to be
exact) looked at in a previous Action. Note that the page says:
style="font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif; color: rgb(204, 102, 0);"><font
face="arial" size="-1">3 of 4
people found this list helpful. Read 633 times.
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">Not bad. But surely we can do better on the finding
helpful front! At any rate, here are <a
target="_blank">the listmania instructions.

<font face="arial, san-serif"
style="font-variant: small-caps; color: green; font-weight: 900;">very
important: After you have completed Action #2, above, email me
the URL of your page(s) using <a
target="_blank">this mailto link (or manually put "I have
completed the necessary Actions, Sir!" in the subject line).
    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">I will post these on the EGR blog (i.e., <a
href="http://www.rageboy.com/blogger.html" target="_blank">here;
the one you are presently reading) along with your name, rank and
serial number, plus as much other revealing personal information as you
would care to provide. Or as little -- go ahead, be that way.

<font face="arial, san-serif"
style="font-variant: small-caps; color: green; font-weight: 900;">optional
- for VIPs only: If you happen to know Jeff Bezos, like
personally, please point him to <a
href="http://rageboy.com/amazon-pitch.html" target="_blank">this page
where I am begging & pleading for some much needed WORK, without
which I am about to become HOMELESS. (I wish I were kidding). And my
cat will die! Yes, the selfsame cat I once, in similar circumstances,
threatened to sacrifice if things didn't pick up...

href="http://www.rageboy.com/images/kitty-please-lg.jpg">[image of
depressed cat about to die]

    <font face="arial, san-serif"
size="-1">I suppose the rest of you peons can <a
href="http://rageboy.com/amazon-pitch.html" target="_blank">look too,
as now the jig is up; if you've read this far, you know my game anyway.
But you can still...

href="http://www.rageboy.com/mbimages/paypal-form.html"><img alt=""
src="cid:part4.060708-@panix.com" border="0" height="42"

Hmmm... Now that I've stayed up slaving
over the HTML all night once again, I'm not so sure it's such a hot
idea to post this. For one thing, I wasn't planning on using the bad
language this time around. Plus, I mean, some things should
remain private. Shouldn't they?
Nah! Go ahead and post it!. -->

<!-- Jesus,
RB! How'd you get out of the leg irons? -->

I was inspired to feats of by superhuman strength by your agonizing
over some belated sense of ethical propriety. -->

<!-- Get out
of here! Back to the dungeon with you! -->

<!-- Yeah,
yeah. But wasn't that you back up at the start of this talking about <a
href="http://www.cluetrain.com/" target="_blank">that website and <a
target="_blank">that book? Whatever happened to... -->

href="http://www.cluetrain.com/" target="_blank">12. There are no
secrets. Just fuhgeddaboudit.

<!--I never
said fuhgeddaboudit.-->

Whatever. -->

<!-- Get
out! Go! -->

<!-- So
what're ya gonna do? -->

<!-- I
dunno. It's awfully... incriminating. Or something. Embarrassing,
really. -->

<!-- Well, I
think you should post it. Just be sure to take these comments out
first. -->

<!-- Of
course. What do you take me for? I wasn't born yesterday, you know.

<!-- You
wish. -->

Well, on the one hand... but on the other hand... Ah, what the hell. I
guess I'll post it. Just have to add one more thing first. -->

Gonzo Marketing
Winning Through Worst Practices

<!-- Oh sure. That'll
make em think we're winning alright. "<a
target="_blank">96 used & new available from $0.50"-->

<!-- RB,
just shut up, OK? -->

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