Friday, February 02, 2007

Morphine Emails

I really can't believe I found these emails. Below are emails from a daughter to her father here in Ann Arbor. Googling of the sender and recipient's names tells me that "Dad" was born before the 1920's and the daughter now has kids of her own and has moved away across the country. [I'm fortunate that both of these people are known enough to have webpages that mention or profile them]. I don't wanna give too much else away about the letters' content. But if this were a book, I would read it.

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Sorry that I had to blur so many names. I wanted to be extra careful.



Anonymous poly c said...

Are these real emails, or do you think these could be fabricated, for an assignment that was, like, "write a novel in the form of an email" or something? You know, like text-message novels. The format looks a little wacky to be real emails.

That said...great!

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the descriptions of morphene and depression and withdrawal had me shuddering the whole time. I can't imagine living like that...

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Skullturf Q. Beavispants said...

I am such a language dork -- when I casually glanced at the word "morphene" in the header, I honestly thought it said "morpheme".

1:35 PM  
Blogger meg said...

i agree with poly c...don't seem like real emails, esp. considering the lack of responses included. might explain the well-known parties as well?

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Dana Khan said...

Demonstrate the nannies?

3:58 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

Why these aren't fake:

1) When I google the sender's name, her bio page of accomplishments from a local HS comes up. She has two kids that are mentioned by name in the story. Her current location matches that of her email address

2) The recipient also has profiles online that explain why he's still in this area and why he has a university email. He's in the directory.

3) Neither of these people are anyone I've heard of before, and they're so obscure that I would imagine that only, maybe, 10 people at the university would know who one of them is.

4) The text formatting looks like how a program (mulberry maybe?) prints out an email

5) All the inside morphine info

6) I feel like if it were fiction, its flow would be different or the author would try to cram in too many facts.

On a another note, skullturf: I kept doing the exact same thing. I was telling someone about finding this and i actually said "morpheme"

Plus, the original title of this article was "morphene emails" before I caught it just now.

4:32 PM  
Blogger meg said...

points taken :)

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted said...

Was that supposed to be funny? because it's not at all. I think the Daily made a mistake by mentioning you in the paper, because the "fame" has obviously gone to your head. I admit, some of your stuff is funny, but you’re going overboard (like going through someone’s USB drive? What the fuck?). You’re stealing people’s personal property, stalking them on facebook and google, and posting your findings. Stop being such a jerk and stick to picking up your own papers.

3:07 PM  
Blogger whit said...

oh, disgusted... did you show up on this site or what? ahfb is great about privacy and what he does is meant for amusement. so you may now got off your high horse. kthanks.

5:44 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

No, idiot, this site is not just about making fun of people. It's called left behind in the fishbowl, not make fun of papers at the fishbowl.

Sometimes I really like the objects left here that provide a small look into someone's life. I liked the USB post because it was fun to imagine the kind of person that linked all the different things together. And i thought the ballet recital was cute.

As for these emails I think they're really striking.

Do you see anyone posting "lolololol" no. This stuff's just interesting. Not funny.

If you don't like it, don't read.

Also, how about you go berate the fishbowl staff: they take "people's property" and recycle it every day when these people don't pick it up.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Another Idiot said...

"Let's cross a brand new line of creepy-ness, shall we?" Are you admitting that you're creepy, or is it just my imagination?

"it was fun to imagine the kind of person that linked all the different things together." You're obviously posting all this information for amusement/entertainment. What other purpose is there? What's the point in showcasing those morphine emails if not for the shock value?

You're clearly violating people's private property (e.g. purposely looking through someone's USB drive). "This stuff's just interesting." These people's lives are not toys you can play with.

If you think this is so harmless, why do you have to be "extra careful"? Someone can really sue your ass for this.

"they take "people's property" and recycle it every day when these people don't pick it up." What's your point? There's a vast difference between recycling and posting everything on a public blog for people to peruse and comment on. The former is what a decent human being would do, the latter is what you do.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Mark at GVSU said...

Sue? For what?

I know one thing for sure, if one of my papers appeared on this site, I'd be very reluctant to sue. I would never want anyone to know I was the one who wrote "Hygiene of Swedish and American Culture."

I thought about this issue before I scanned in a paper for AHFB to post on this site. You see, I could have kept the paper and passed it around to my classmates so we could marvel at the writing. Nothing illegal there. So why can't I post it on the internet for everyone to look at?

Is it illegal to make electronic reproductions of found items?

Is it illegal to display a reproduction of a found item?

Is it illegal to (harshly) critique poor writing?

Instead of worrying about AHFB, I'd be worried about a world-class university that admits students who CAN'T WRITE A HALF-DECENT PAPER.
Who the hell wrote their admission essays? They sure didn't write the essays themselves.

If people were that concerned about their own privacy, they wouldn't leave this stuff laying around.

You understand that AHFB's reference to recycling wasn't literal, right? Fishbowl staff don't recycle in the manner a decent person would.

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the USB drive may have been over the line because leaving it in the fishbowl was clearly an accident. That's like searching someone's purse before you return it. But if you leave your paper sitting in the printer, you obviously don't care so much who sees it.

12:48 AM  
Blogger whit said...

oh, a war. the pettiness of it all.

12:51 AM  
Anonymous curious said...

"Fishbowl staff don't recycle in the manner a decent person would."

so how do they recycle it then?

i've seen that wall of shame thing where they post stuff that was left behind in the scanners...

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Mark at GVSU said...


I meant the USB drive. Had fishbowl staff found it, they would have "recycled" it to a new owner - themselves.

Or at least that was the case ~10 years ago when I lived in Ann Arbor. Maybe things are better now than when I was there.

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hang on, why is it repeatedly said here that these were found on a usb drive... i went back to look at the actual post and didn't see mention of that. .....?

2:44 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

The USB Drive is a post about a week or so before this one

4:36 PM  

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