December 12 Weekly Open Thread
The weather outside may be frightful, but here in the back of the garage it's so delightful--a perfect climate-controlled 72 degrees Farenheit. C'mon in and join the conversation.
The Car Lust Global Operations Center mailbox, firstname.lastname@example.org, like any publicly-posted e-mail contact, gets its share of spam. We got one last week that was amusing because the spammer's e-mail bot interpreted "carlustinfo" as someone's name and headed up the solicitation with a cheery "Hey Carl!" I guess the bot thinks "our" full name is "Carl Ustinfo."
I found this particularly amusing because just a day or two before, I saw a news story about another website which lists as its "Editorial Director" one "Susan Lee Ward," a woman who does not actually exist. Despite being wholly imaginary--they admit on their "staff" page that Susan is a "composite character"--she is credited with writing much of the site's content, and has a nicely-done professional headshot to go with her biographical blurb.
She's not the first imaginary executive to rise to a prominent position in a media organization. The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show listed the wholly ficticious "Ponsonby Britt" as its Executive Producer in the closing credits.
Still, it got me thinking. What would Car Lust's "composite" executive, "Carl," look like? What would his job title be? What kind of car would he drive?--or not drive, seeing that he doesn't physically exist and all that.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner