They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me
dr_phil_physics

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Isn't It Loverly?

Not to get into any details, but I had a somewhat surreal experience this weekend. Checking my e-mail on my HP iPaq 4705 PDA in the wee hours of just past midnight Sunday morning, I was one of several people addressed by an e-mail from the other side of the world in Cambodia, asking for information on a person in Chicago whose phone was apparently disconnected. I wrote back and said we hadn't been in contact for about two weeks, then brainstormed and send a message to friends in Wisconsin, who replied in the morning about what they knew, and forwarded the missing person's work number. Still have to find out all of what happened, but apparently forgetting to pay a phone bill was involved, regarding the disconnection.

But sitting in the dark of my living room, with the soft backlight glow of my HP PDA, connecting via 802.11b Wi-Fi to a base station hooked up to a DSL modem and thence to the Internet... Connectivity is a strange and wonderful thing. When it works, of course.

Out, Out! Damned Light!

The SES (Service Engine Soon) light on the "new" 1996 teal Blazer finally went out after about half a tank of premium. Whew. It's not so bad, I've fed all my vehicles premium to get rid of knocking, since I consider 87 octane "regular" gas to be substandard. I was just trying to be cheap on the new Blazer, but even its manual warns that 87 octane is an absolute minimum... plus the SES light subsystem is real big on responding to knocking and pre-knocking conditions.

Okay. Gas is "only" three dollars a gallon plus anyway... (double-taxed-grin)

And A Referral

If you aren't reading the online Internet Review of Science Fiction, then you should check it out. You have to subscribe, and it used to be free -- might still be to new subscribers. The current issue, a combined April/May, just came out and there's a number of nice articles. I particularly like the one about Cold War movies and a generation which has grown up without the Cold War, plus commentary on two of my favorites: Dr. Strangelove and Colossus: The Forbin Project. The latter was wonderful and scary when I saw it on TV in the 70s, but some of my current students don't figure those in charge would be that stupid... (au contraire mon ami grin)

There's also a nice piece on SF awards they'd like to see. (more grins)

Later,

Dr. Phil
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