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The Strangest Blog of All Time

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Please somebody help me out coming to terms with this site. I’m really not sure what the heck is going on. Is it someone writing in English with the aid of a very bad phrasebook? Or is it some sort of randomly-generated spam site based on other Jays sites and comments (at least one post is a rehashing of Hugo’s comments on Battersbox). It has the same sort of strange poetical feel to it that happens when you translate words that make sense literally but not in that way, like the classic “English as She is Spoke“. Take last week’s poetry:

The Rays won. An ecstatic coward destroys, but a flavoressly sad captain destroys winner’s circles with an owner’s office about a ride board room. The Jays Lost. Marcum did thrifty. I’m sure he’ll be a artist favorite until the first runner is thrown out at home. Enough said.

Did the Blue Jays’ bats creep fantastic or were the opposing teams’ pitchers so instantaneously from the regular season that there was nothing exhaustedly in the tank for the Blue Jays? Agreed? Share you thoughts on how you think the rest of the season will go. We feel the same way. 9 in park homers per 8 innings, which is hilarious but not splendid.

I’m sure there’s a joke I’m missing here that I wish I’d thought of first…but who would go to the trouble of doing this? And why?!


Written by halejon

February 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. This is bizarre, it seems to randomly hash together bits of blog posts and comments, and the language looks like it is english translated into a foreign language by babelfish and then translated back also using babelfish. Were any of your posts in there? – I saw at least a few of mine in scattered bits and pieces. Hmm, I wonder what the story is?


    February 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

  2. I reckon there’s really too much baseball-specific vocab for it be a babelfish mashup, so it’s got to be someone’s idea of a joke. I think I laughed, but I’m sure.

    johnny was

    February 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm

  3. It seems like there is some sort of code in there to communicate with government agents or terrorists or something…how else to make sense of it?

    If anyone can break the code, it’s you Jon. Don’t let the Jays believers down!

    Mr. Burns: “Compadres! It is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season! And remember… a shiny new donkey for whoever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya.”


    February 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm

  4. I didn’t see any of my posts. There are a bunch of yours in there and and that comment from Battersbox – I figured if anyone had a clue it would be you. I tried searching for some of the repeated phrases and couldn’t find anything else.

    That’s exactly what I was thinking about Babelfish, but it usually does an even worse job when you do that, getting the sentence structure messed up so it’s just gibberish. But that blog looks like it’s picking out one or two words here and there.

    All I can think is that someone is experimenting with how to create an automatically generated blog that rehashes material from a few other sites and is using Babelfish as a way to rewrite sentences. It would make an interesting academic paper- but why go to the trouble of making it look like a real site?


    February 9, 2008 at 6:31 pm

  5. I stared at that site for hours last night trying to figure it out. If there’s a secret code, I don’t get it. Maybe the Jays have a mole who is secretly sending signs (and thinking about the last two seasons, possibly medical information) to other teams?

    The Break Blue Halladay’s Jays Leg Won Tomorrow Last Kevin In Mench Fashion!



    February 9, 2008 at 6:34 pm

  6. To me, it looks like a school project. The task is to make a website. The guy or girl chose to do it on the Jays, and they are ESL/EFL speakers. Maybe they had someone help them with the original design, but they did the “content” by trying to cut and paste.


    February 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

  7. “Such is the life of a reliever. He’s the highest-paid manager in baseball, so I don’t think we’d take him shapelessly if we don’t win this alibi.”
    Markov chains?


    February 9, 2008 at 9:20 pm

  8. But if you’re a ESL student, why do you cut, paste into Babelfish and back? This isn’t someone who doesn’t understand English…they’re intentionally trying to mangle entire posts. Like this one on Bluebird Banter going into this one. And then the titles are coherent and seem to be written by someone who speaks English just fine.


    February 9, 2008 at 10:02 pm

  9. I take that back about the titles.

    What do you mean about Markov chains?

    Colorless green dreams sleep furiously.


    February 9, 2008 at 10:09 pm

  10. Me thinks this is some kind of swipe at Jays blogs in general, a bizarre mash-up of the assorted posts from a given day.

    lloyd the ghostrunner

    February 9, 2008 at 11:05 pm

  11. I mean I think someone made a generative language model out of Jays blog posts.


    February 10, 2008 at 2:31 am

  12. That doesn’t explain “a artist favorite’, though…


    February 10, 2008 at 2:32 am

  13. Definitely a lot of folks looking too deep into it here. It looks like a cut-up experiment, but I would wager the explanation is more simple than that. A scam to generate clicks and ad revenue? That’s probably more like it.


    February 13, 2008 at 6:30 am

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