Off Campus

16 June 2006

proof of life, virtually

When last we left my struggle with and against The Pile it was virtually a tower of tapes and discs, slighly dusty from age, and gathering mass.

It appears to have reached enough critical mass for a virtual existence.

This week it sent and received e-mail, made purchases (expensive ones) on e-bay, and has developed a very respectable grasp of English language (for an ESL speaker or seemingly inert pile of plastic).

The evidence:

Subject: eBay-PayPal payment confirmation
Date: June 13, 2006 3:43:17 PM EDT
To: thepile

Dear valued member,
This email confirms that you have sent an eBay-PayPal payment of $397.85 USD to another comunity member for an eBay item.

Payment Details
Transaction ID: 2LC956793J776EIEIO
Amount: $397.85 USD
Paid to: thephisherking@yahoo.corn
eBay-PayPal Email Receipt ID: PP118

Item Information
Subject: "Sony PSP Ultimate Value Pack"
Purchased for: $397.85 USD
Seller's User ID: scratchandgnaw2
Seller's Name: thephisherking
Seller's Address (Not yet confirmed)

You have initiated this payment using your credit card or bank account linked to your eBay-PayPal membership.

Thank you for using &!
eBay Inc. & The PayPal Team

From: mn offcampus
To: thepile
Date: Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:03:15 PM EDT
Subject: RE: eBay-PayPal payment confirmation

Curse that pile! It's breaking me from the space and the time and the money! The gall of it all with the pile being so of self-wellness! Confusion of anger! Spirits!


From: thepile
To: offcampus
Date: Thu Jun 15, 2006 09:08:12 AM EDT

Don't those teachers very often love jogging?.
Do you hate shaving badly?.
Mr. Hanson isn't practicing working..
I didn't love dancing for two hours..
Did those students miss eating last winter?.
They aren't enjoying running..
Have the managers already loved shouting?.
John was enjoying sleeping near the tree..
Were those pilots practicing praying?.
Cathy hasn't practiced reading yet..
I don't miss jumping for three or four weeks..
I didn't hate dancing last night at eleven..
You know, for the last few months, John's been traveling around the country talking about his positive, optimistic vision for America, talking about his plan to move this country in the right direction..

Lawrence had already liked dancing..
That dentist is not enjoying writing near my home..

Best of luck to the rest of civilization, and your demons. We're moving to a secure location, offshore (and off the grid), praying for deliverace.