Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Stinky Pipe (and our stinky sink)

So we have the plumber here taking apart our sink and stuff, due to some problems with food and suds backing up into our sink, although we are very careful to not put anything in our drain. In looking for the blockage in the main pipe (which in turn causes ours to back up), the plumber noticed that the pipe leading to our sink was completely rusted, and needed to be replaced. I've posted a picture of our yuck-filled pipe. I'm sure he'll be here fixing it until well after 8pm.

My sister got a Mac mini today. It's much much faster than mine.

Monday, September 18, 2006

still working on my applications

It's interesting how when one is working on a short piece regarding future work it can be difficult to revise said piece. I received some very valuable feedback on my "program of work" (aka proposal) but I'm having trouble actually making changes. The good thing is that the changes are relatively minor (although when a piece is only a couple of pages, a minor change is major). So, in case you were wondering, I'm still working on it.

I did receive some great feedback regarding what I would do during my post-doc and who I would be working with. I'm terribly excited, although I'm not even done with the applications.

Has anyone heard about how Google can delete Adsense accounts immediately with little warning (and with questionable accusations of abuse) and thus take back the total monetary gain received through the life of the account (I suppose under the elusive $100 needed to actually receive the money) even if it was gained legally? If this happens for some reason (say that I inadvertantly reload my blog page too many times) and they delete an account, then Google and its advertisers have "rented" adspace on your page FOR FREE for months.

Just thought I would rant. Feel free to comment.

Also, I thought I would just put my 2 cents in. I haven't read the original academic presentation that the Pope gave at a German university last week, but I support him. I think that his apology for any inadvertant offense should be accepted. People offend others all the time, in areas of religion and culture, and our world would be a better place if all people accepted apologies and tried to live WITH others rather than AGAINST.