Alternate Realities

What has amazed me since Jesus told Dubya to invade Iraq (to take away their WMD…, no I mean, to attack the al Qaeda there… no, I mean that Freedom is on the march!) has been the popular misconception that Saddam Hussein’s regime was directly involved prevacid with the 9/11 attacks.

According to a Knight-Ridder survey in 2003, 44% of Americans surveyed believed this. In September 2004, that number had plummeted to … 42%. In effect, almost half the population has a misconception about one of the most important events in recent American history.

For some reason, during the past two months, this number seems to have dropped off to around 20%, which I suppose represents some kind of an improvement that only 1/5th of America has bad information.

Should I be surprised about the information gap between the Kerry supporters and the Bush supporters? It’s a rhetorical question. Don’t answer.

Work Harder, Perl Hacker!

Just got this in my inbox from the Perl jobs list, which I really ought to cancel my subscription to.

Developer with extensive knowledge of PERL and ability to code 7.5K to10K
lines per day needed at this large financial services company in Stamford,

7-10 thousand lines of Perl per day

!??! Oh, and you have to know VB as well.

Uh… Perl… VB… culture clash?

Crazy Indeed

Does this seem like it was written in 1999?

“Over the past few months all the folks at Left Right Marketing Technology, Inc. have been preparing tirelessly for October 1, 2004 and now we are ready to take on the world,” noted Chairman Rock Newman.


“Soon will be your destination to purchase everything from ‘a Rolls Royce to roller skates’ in the way that best suites you, the consumer.”

Ok, just stop before you embarass yourselves any further.

In 6 months, they’ll be taking on the world from their lofty perch on Ebituaries.

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Back Home Again

Back from Ireland and England…. got quite a lot of email to deal with here. coumadin toxicity
The main problem, however, is that I didn’t have my Mozilla Thunderbird mail filter since I was using webmail for the past 10 days.

Thunderbird successfully flagged about 17,000 of these messages, leaving me with approximately 1000 spams that it wasn’t able to recognize. Quelle waste of time.

As it turns out, this is about 1,800 spam messages per day… and much to my surprise, after more closely watching what Thunderbird is doing today, this seems pretty normal for me.

SpamAssassin upgraded with no trouble to 3.0 and seems to be much better than 2.6 at recognizing stuff.