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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon Lately I've been on something of a personal crusade against spammers. Although it does no good, I've been changing all of the UCE-denying error messages in my email server to obscenities. It's useless, since only automated systems read the errors returned by my SMTP server, but it makes me feel better.

Not that I actually receive any spam, of course. I just happen to hate spammers. Between my server access rules and the magnificent powers of adaptive junk-mail filtering, I see nothing other than emails from you folks.

P.S. If you're a spammer, I sincerely request on behalf of the entire human race that you walk off a cliff somewhere. Don't step in front of a bus. That just traumatizes the bus driver.

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs So maybe sodium really is the key to life, the universe, and everything. Who knew?

Yaniv Rosner wrote in recently from Holon, Israel and mentioned the Hebrew text seen when our heroes visited Earth-orbiting Feynman Station waaaaaay back on Page 12. When I was designing Feynman, I decided semi-randomly that the station was Israeli-built and so some of the signs should be in the appropriate language. Tragically I never paid much attention back when I was six years old and my Uncle Herschel was trying to teach me Hebrew, so I was forced to instead log on to an Internet dictionary service to look up some fairly generic name ("Sky Restaurant," I think it was) for the sign in question. Yaniv pointed out, however, that the sign actually came out reading "GGHDTISIM". I think the lesson one should take away from this is to always listen to your Uncle Herschel.

Addendum: There will be a big MoS-related announcement on Thursday. Just so you know.