In Inbox We Trust

In Inbox We Trust

Inbox Trust (TM) is one of those things you have to be really careful with. The reason people are able to spread malware and bilk too many people out of money is the same reason people sometimes take the wrong person home at the end of a date. The person crying over the “perfect guy” who disappeared after leaving a false phone number  is the same sort of person who cries over the Nigerian prince who abused the bank account numbers they shared – Both sets of people misplaced their trust because they wanted something to good to be true to fast. You need to know whose links you can trust, which attachments can be safely opened, and to whom you can share minor confidences without fear of forward. What always gets me is the people who try and force...

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T’was the Week After Christmas

T’was the Week After Christmas

Twas the week after Christmas, when all through the halls Not a student was stirring – they’d gone out to the malls The professors were all doing their research with care In hopes that peer review would be gentle and fair. The servers were whirring all snug on the cloud While theorists muttered their equations out loud With data in columns, I figured and plotted Checking every t’s crossed and every I dotted When from the fax room there arose such a clatter I sprang to my feet cursing what ‘er was the matter Away to my door I flew in a flash Slaming it shut, my actions perhaps a bit rash The noise from my stomach on this once quiet morn Told it was time for a break for popcorn When, what on my microwave snack should appear But a schematic sleigh,...

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No one can shoot a satellite down!

Was the title provocative enough for you? For the past several days headlines all over the web have read “US to shoot down satellite.” Ok, first off, that satellite is on its way down no matter what. That would be the problem. It doesn’t actually need shot “down.” Second, after it gets nailed by whatever our government and military, in their wisdom, decide to fire at it, the satellite is going to hopefully smash apart into a bazillion little pieces, and some of those pieces will end up going up, while others stay in orbit, so in reality we are shooting the satellite in all directions. An accurate, and still fantastic, headline should read, “US plans to blast satellite into little bits” or “US plans to blast...

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Totally Random

Random 1: Tomorrow I fly out to Boston for a meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. I’ll be their until mid day Sunday. If you want to get together, let me know. I may be planting myself at a pub on Sunday to work and chat. Random 2: There is an interview of yours truly over at Books and Ideas with Ginger Campbell, MD. Give it a listen 🙂 Random 3: I was traumatized by tricker-treaters tonight. Over 200 kids in 3 hours. We went through 8 bags of candy, and reduced our selves to pulling out our personal candy stashes, and when we were bombarded with 15 kids at once and only had 5 pieces of candy left, they got snack bags of potato chips. We then turned off all our lights and hid. And this was night 1! Our town has TWO nights of...

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Statistics and Sweepstakes

Today I was bad to myself and stopped by McDonald’s on the way into campus and got a soda and fries. (If I’m going to go to campus on a Saturday I feel ok being bad to myself). On the bag they handed me their was a code and a website and an invitation to participate in a sweepstakes. My first thought was, “Wow, they’re working hard not to give away money.” My second thought was, “I miss the monopoly game.” Here is why. With the monopoly game I had a 1 in (something like) 6 chance of instantly winning something. This means that if I get a soda and fries 3 times, I’ll probably get 1 free something. This will actually work in getting me to go to McDonald’s over Wendy’s or the Quikie Mart when I want a soda...

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Randomness

1) Harry Potter is 759 pages 2) Jupiter & Venus are high(ish) and gorgeous(!) in the sky – That is a hint you should go out and look at them 3) Sagittarius is at its best. If you have never scanned it with binoculars on a clear summer night, you are missing a great chance to randomly discover for yourself a star forming region or a young cluster of stars. (7×50 binoculars will do the trick from a dark area) 4) August 12 is the Perseid meteor shower. Plan ahead – It is supposed to be truly spectacular! I’m now going to go read number 7

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