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Scorn From Analog

Well, not really. But I did get a 35 day form rejection from them. I don't think I've ever gotten one of those from Analog before. They've always been say-nothing personals with my name typed in at the top. But the story is a little experimental in format, and I knew it was a long shot with the traditionalists that they are, but thought what the heck...

Incidentally, those of you who have expressed sympathies for my computing crisis, thanks much, especially Myke (incidentally, I'm not ignoring you, but the email I keep trying to send bounces back. Think it's a problem with my ISP.) I do appreciate the offer of your expertise, but I've managed a cheap work around: I managed to get the computer on and now I simply haven't turned it off. Power saver mode works nicely.).

For a bit of excitement in my otherwise dull life, a bunch (technical term for eleven) of Polish students and faculty are here in the country, visiting our department. They're here for two weeks, and I've been drafted to help cart them about. Not a job I mind: they're all very nice, and most speak some English. But it is disconcerting when across a room you notice two or three of them looking at you and speaking to each other in Polish. My paranoia creeps a little closer...