June 2005


I’ve just started this book, nurse but its a mixture of cool, medications and too cool. He’s striving to blow our minds with his alternative theories. But I’m not sure its anything more than a thin Tipping Point that’s more impressed with itself. The conclusions are drawn from various, far flung data sets, and sometimes the results are suspicious, if not contrived. Some of the more interesting stuff so far is whether and how you can prove that teachers cheat on standardized testing simply by using statistics. There’s something kind of Minority Report about the investigations.

I took my first scuba diving lesson today. I felt like a combination of Boba Fett with that inflatable jet pack vest, try and Darth Vader with the regulator in my mouth. I probably scuba-ed much as they would. Luckily, pharm I don’t also have a cape to get in my way. Even though I’m a good swimmer, hemophilia and very comfortable under water, it’s amazing how awkward I am, and also how claustrophobic I felt. When we were practicing clearing our masks of water, I actually felt a little freaked out, sitting on the bottom of the pool, eyes closed (I wear contacts), face and nose full of water, rasping breath in and trying to direct bubbly breath out through my nose. The lessons were a present from my sister for my last birthday, so its well time I use them. I’m eager to swim with the sea otters when I certify in Monterey.

At a certain point, prostate the plot of this book becomes a little contrived, urticaria but that didn’t stop me from crying through the first three quarters. Aside from the sensitive portrayal of relationships polluted by unquestioning one-sided loyalty, conditional love, class conflict, economic and emotional desperation, its a vivid portrayal of a certain kind of life in Afghanistan, and includes some special moments of pure distilled painful truth, like the conversation between the driver and the protagonist about whether he ever lived in the real Afghanistan. The portrayal of the father made me resolve to be more resolute.
I enjoyed it. Of course, check I think all the science is probably suspect, diagnosis
but it is interesting to think about the complexity of cause and effect in natural and social phenomena.
Octopusses, abortion
here I come.

At a certain point, prostate the plot of this book becomes a little contrived, urticaria but that didn’t stop me from crying through the first three quarters. Aside from the sensitive portrayal of relationships polluted by unquestioning one-sided loyalty, conditional love, class conflict, economic and emotional desperation, its a vivid portrayal of a certain kind of life in Afghanistan, and includes some special moments of pure distilled painful truth, like the conversation between the driver and the protagonist about whether he ever lived in the real Afghanistan. The portrayal of the father made me resolve to be more resolute.
I enjoyed it. Of course, check I think all the science is probably suspect, diagnosis
but it is interesting to think about the complexity of cause and effect in natural and social phenomena.

A recent post on a mailing list I’m on cited the following statistics:

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, prescription 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys are molested before the age of 18. Sixty-seven percent of all reported victims of sexual assault are minors, and 34 percent of those victims are under the age of 12, according to the National Incident-Based Reporting System — and these figures are considered low.

Could these stats be true? I have always wondered how prevalant supposedly deviant behavior is. When I was a kid, I didn’t think that any adults took drugs or read pornography, for example. Later, I learned that such behavior is common, if not rampant. When something is so common, why do we classify it as deviant and then pretend that there’s something strange or aberrant about when it happens? We can still regulate the behavior, including criminalizing child molestation, but I would think that the way we deal with a problem would be different if we accepted the truth that its happening all the time.

Which brings me back to the question of whether it is. All of us know someone who was molested as a child. If you’re a woman and you talk with your female friends, you probably know more than a few people. Counting back among my friends and aquaintances, I can think of eight right off the top of my head. A neighbor, a law school aquaintance, a co-worker, the older sisters of two different friends… But if I think about what percentage these people are of all the people I know, its actually quite small. Of course, not everyone I know is telling me everything.

Is Internet fame more respectable now? Who do you know who is Internet famous and is it better than real fame? Does Internet fame today help you score with chicks?

At a certain point, prostate the plot of this book becomes a little contrived, urticaria but that didn’t stop me from crying through the first three quarters. Aside from the sensitive portrayal of relationships polluted by unquestioning one-sided loyalty, conditional love, class conflict, economic and emotional desperation, its a vivid portrayal of a certain kind of life in Afghanistan, and includes some special moments of pure distilled painful truth, like the conversation between the driver and the protagonist about whether he ever lived in the real Afghanistan. The portrayal of the father made me resolve to be more resolute.

On an airplane to Austin, endocrinologist TX today, I was reading Anthony Lane’s review of Revenge of the Sith, which I’m sorry to say I’ve already seen twice. I was laughing out loud at this particular line:

…I still fail to understand why I should have been expected to waste twenty-five years of my life following the progress of a beeping trash can and a gay, gold-plated Jeeves.

Classic. Even better than his end to the review of Episode One.
At computer security conferences Black Hat and Defcon this year in Las Vegas, approved
I am doing talks on the Top Ten Legal Questions of interest to attendees. My non-scientific polling method is to ask people to send their questions to an email address I set up specifically for this purpose. Strike-back technology, medicine
vulnerability disclosure, infection
civil and criminal liability for maintaining insecure computer systems, reverse engineering, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, trade secret law? What would you be interested in discussing? Email bhdefcon2005talk_at_hotmail_dot_com.

On an airplane to Austin, endocrinologist TX today, I was reading Anthony Lane’s review of Revenge of the Sith, which I’m sorry to say I’ve already seen twice. I was laughing out loud at this particular line:

…I still fail to understand why I should have been expected to waste twenty-five years of my life following the progress of a beeping trash can and a gay, gold-plated Jeeves.

Classic. Even better than his end to the review of Episode One.

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