I hate SPAM. SPAM is annoying and it makes one's work day inefficient. How many of us spend valuable time during the day to train SPAM filters to make sure they go to SPAM folders? One's mailbox gets clogged with messages that are marked SPAM whether they go to the deleted folders or not. Gone were the days when all messages one gets are real.

The past few days, I have been getting SMS SPAM. The first one I got, I let it go. I just deleted the message. But then more came and I was really getting ticked off. This morning, I called my mobile phone carrier, Cingular. I told the Cingular Customer Care representative that they should block SPAM SMS and asked what they are doing about it. The Cingular representative, Sandra, told me she put my mobile phone number under DO NOT CALL list/DO NOT SEND SPAM SMS list for Telemarketeers and other kind of organizations that bug and spam you. Apparently, by default, one's phone number is open for telemarketers and spammers. So, unless you are in Cingular's "DO NOT" list, one is open to all these SPAMMERS. Cingular's list is different from the National Do Not Call Registry. Hence, it does not matter if your mobile phone is registered in the US National Do Not Call Registry that is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

So, if you don't want to be SPAMMED and you are a Cingular or a former AT&T Wireless customer who got integrated with Cingular, make sure that you have your mobile phone "BLOCKED" - I believe that is the term the Cingular Customer Care Representative used. If you are not with Cingular, ask your wireless carrier.

I will have to wait and see if I get anymore SMS SPAM, now that I'm in that list or am "BLOCKED". If I do, Cingular will definitely hear from me.

SyndIsphere or SyndOsphere

The folk over at BetterBadNews say

Yes but if you and 999 other bloggers spell "syndosphere" with an"o"as in blogosphere you become a member of the syndorati 1000 and the betterbadnews panel will share the future value of the domain name with you when it's sold.end quotation

Hmm, well, yes, that would be nice. Let's see, syndisphere, with the original "i" is up to 809 references on Google; syndosphere is only BetterBadNews. 'Tis good to be unique.

Maybe it should be Cindy's spheres?


Generally, I have mixed feelings about professional certifications. With some, especially certain vocational certifications, I've developed a cynicism over the years that certification has replaced ability and experience.

Others, such as professional certifications requiring a combination of education and experience, with ongoing CEEU gathering, can be worthwhile, whether they are professional engineering using state or government criteria or something similar from the IEEE or ASQC.

The PMP from PMI elicits feelings between the two for me. I've never seen much value in it. Some potential customers and employers like it, prefer it, or even require it. We don't require certification of our PMs, but prefer good experience and a solid foundation in a variety of project and resource management techniques, as well as a willingness to learn our 6D™ Methodology. Jack, at his Project Blog, is obviously against it, from his post on Saturday. I would agree that the PMI comes off more as a marketing machine than a professional society. My partner, Clarise, disagrees.

Way back in 1979, I was hired at Thiokol Corp as a QA Chemist and Reliability Engineer. They had funding for the former, but needed the latter, as they were getting pressured by NASA to do more advanced reliability & risk assessment studies of their STAR solid propellant rocket engines, before they would be allowed in the STS Shuttle bay to be used as apogee and perigee kick motors for various satellites. My educational background in Chemistry and Mathematics [also Philosophy, but it didn't count as much] made me a good choice to John Callahan, the Director of QA. [John was a great boss.] The last time Thiokol had a reliability or system safety program was during Apollo. Over the next few months, Thiokol grew quickly, I become a certified reliability engineer, acted as a Program Program Manager on various NASA, commercial and military projects, and was promoted to Manager of System Engineering [Reliability, Availability, Maintainability & System Safety] before 1980 dawned. I doubt that the certification had much to do with my promotion, but I did maintain it over my 13 years in that field.

Gastric Emptying Study

Today, I ate radioactive scrambled eggs with toast. No, it is not a figure of speech for eating a rotten egg, as my niece Christine thought that I was using. I went for a Gastric Emptying Study.

This medical procedure helps to evaluate how quickly food is emptied into the intestine. The test consists of eating scrambled eggs that have been mixed with a very small dose of radioactivity. Scans are then taken to see how much of the eggs remain in the stomach. Based on my readings on Gastric Emptying Study, when normal, it should indicate that usually about half should pass into the intestine within 90 minutes. Anything longer than 110 minutes implies poor gastric emptying function.

The procedure was very simple. I just laid on the examination table under the machine, which captured the images. I read my storybook in my Palm until Joseph came over to see how I was doing. So laying there for 90 minutes did not get boring. I could not see the monitor display while I laid there, so Joseph took pictures for me with my phone.

At one point, Joseph became tech support and worked with the technician because there was a software error. It scared me for a moment. I thought, I’d have to eat another egg and repeat the procedure. But, they just rebooted the machine and everything was fine. Yes, the wonders of reboot...

In the Nuclear Medicine department of the hospital, we were told that they are not famous for their cooking… They are a different kind of gourmet chefs. They may not be famous but they surely cook unforgettable radioactive scrambled eggs.

The Image of Spring

When disappointments seize my careless heart,
And dark thoughts enwrap my soul in gloom,
The thought of spring provides hope ethereal balm
For spring renews life,
with flowers and butterflies
and impressive colors that calm ...

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