Inquiring spam wants to know

There were a series of strange spam comments on the blog recently, each in the form of a question. Here are some of them, with my answers: Do you think about dying? Are you scared?

I don't think about it any more than is usual, I think. I don't want to die, but I also don't think it makes much sense worrying about it. If you live your life in fear of death, then the life you live will be poorer for it.

I also thought this could be a not-so-subtle mob threat. If that's the case, Jimmy, I swear I'll have the money for you by next Thursday.

How has being a parent changed you?

Uh oh. I wasn't aware that I was a parent. Does this have anything to do with the research study I participated in last year? The one that collected my genetic material? I never read the fine print on that. I did think it was weird that the lab was in a decrepit castle in the middle of the woods.

If you were a time traveler and could only go back in time or forward in time, which would you choose?

Forward. I love history, but I want to see where we are going. Also, jet packs and laser guns.

Most exciting experience thus far in your life?

Probably going to Rome last year with my wife. We saw a lot of amazing history, architecture, and culture; ate amazing food that was cheaper than what Olive Garden charges; and drank lots of fantastic wine that went for $4 a half liter

Second-most exciting was being kidnapped by a tribe of gorillas at the Philadelphia Zoo. But I don't like to talk about that.