Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My E-Mail from 1969

Desire can transcend boundaries, ethnicities, classes. Has it the power to transcend time itself?

Apparently it can. Deep in my inbox, with the first messages that I ever received on my current desktop, there were five messages dated 1969. Two offered the opportunity to change my physique. A third was a source for "Viiagera [sic.]." One wanted to help me out of debt. Finally, someone wanted me to visit their site.

Before I ever had an e-mail account, before Viagra, before the existence of the internet, before the personal computer ... before I was born, someone reached out to give me these messages. I guess desire, at least sexual desire, can reshape the structure of the universe, allowing people to communicate across time. Maybe historians should look into tapping this power.


At 4:38 PM, Blogger johnny two-cents said...

"H3llo Firend. My name is Fletcher Ngosa and I am prince of Biafra. I respectfully request your assistance with an embarassing monetary matter which has recently come to light."

The mind boggles.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger josh narins said...

A bad (negatively signed) UNIX date often results in a Dec 31, 1969 result.

UNIX clocks run by counting the seconds since Jan 1, 1971. They run out of space in 2031. Another Y2K type problem, really.


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