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Monday, 29 June 2009


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Umm that comes out to .015 second. Isn't a nanosecond 10 to the −9 seconds ?

I'm sure Andy said I'd get 900,000,000,000 nanoseconds

Well, I certainly hope this isn't Geoff's *entire* Warholian allotment of fame.



One nanosecond is 1,000,000,000th of a second. Thus, 15,000,000 nanoseconds is only 0.015 of a second. Not sure if that was your intent or not. 15 minutes is 900,000,000,000 nanoseconds.

Rather than split hairs (or nanoseconds), how about just throwing out some congratulatory sentiments to Geoff for this noteworthy accomplishment!

I don't mean to brag but I've had four letters to the editor published in Macleans magazine. That means nothing to you unless you're Canadian (Macleans is a Cdn weekly newsmagazine, similar in concept to Time and Newsweek). So, since Canada is roughly 1/10th the size of the US, by population, I guess that means I've had 4 times 1,500,000 ns of fame.

I am secretly hoping to keep sending them longer and longer letters till one day they mistake me for a columnist and mail me a cheque.

Way to go, Geoff.

I'm old enough to remember when you had to buy Spy Magazine if you wanted to read letters to the New Yorker.

"Owing largely to a widening pay disparity, today the proportion of medical students entering primary care is falling like a stone, even as the older cohort of family physicians retires en masse."

Nicely stated. Geoff's reasoning on health care costs, the subject of his letter, also makes good sense.

Robert Roaldi: I've actually heard of Macleans, and have some idea of its cultural importance there. Glad to hear it's still around (I've never subscribed to it, or to Time or Newsweek; but we do get the New Yorker).

But then I'm in Minnesota; we're not part of Canada...but most of the population of Canada lives south of us :-).

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