I do not like Donald Trump

I generally think that he's an egomaniacal idiot who has made a lot of his fortune the old fashioned way (inheriting it). His business decisions are questionable at best and I think he'd still been in bankruptcy if he and his siblings hadn't sold off the last of their father's assets.

I like him even less now after reading a yahoo news story which states that he's been in talks with Playboy about having Miss USA pose for the magazine. Despite the fact that she just got out of rehab for alcohol and cocaine problems, even she "feels it [posing for playboy] is inappropriate."

WTF? He's trying to pimp out Miss USA now?


Two disturbing things from the mouths of astronomers

1. The astronomer in the office next to me just said "I don't want to know how my computer works. I just want someone to set it up for me."

2. The speaker at colloquium said "the energy released is 10% of what happens in other situations... so the stars are given a kick that's only 40 km/s instead of 400 km/s."

Number one just pisses me off. There are a lot of people like that here and, as a result, the solution has been to go for the least common denominator and set up the computers so that the end users can't change anything at all.

The problem with number two is left as an exercise for the reader. Points to the first person who posts a comment with the problem identified.