Q. Have you any qualification for the posh situation at UBC?
A. Public schooling: Steveston Senior Secondary, diploma 1968.
Registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, 1982.
General Test Verbal Score 630, percentile 87.
General Test Quantitative Score 680, percentile 82.
General Test Analytical Score 530, percentile not provided by GRE.
Engineering Test Total Score 730, percentile 87.
Biology scaled score 12, percentile rank range 91-97.8.
Chemistry scaled score 12, percentile rank range 90-95.8.
Physics scaled score 13, percentile rank range 93.8-97.8.
Science Problems scaled score 13, percentile rank range 95-98.4.
Skills Analysis: Reading scaled score 8, percentile rank range 40-54.
Skills Analysis: Quantitative scaled score 7, percentile rank range 34-47.
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Q. Why is your domicile at Pender Island? It seems remote and inconvenient.
A. 48.7693d N, 123.3053d W, 30 m to be more specific. I'm not satisfied with the urban lifestyle. It facilitates obliviousness to the biosphere, destruction of ecosystems, inefficient use of resources and a generally crass mentality.
Q. Why did your eaddress change from peter_easthope... to egeria... to shark...?
A. About the middle of September, 2003 the GulfNet account began receiving messages, apparently generated by the swen virus. During the weekend of September 20/21 my account received enough bogus messages to fill the disk drives and put GulfNet out of commission for a few hours. GulfNet is a small system maintained by volunteers. The only workable solution was to close the original account and open a new one with userid egeria. Not long after resubscribing to a few mailing lists egeria began receiving spam. The account name was changed to shark. The problem wasted about 16 hours of my time and more time of the voluntary administrators of GulfNet.
Swen has capabilities never seen previously. Any author of a virus can aim to incorporate similar and worse capabilities in his code. Swen appears to be the miniscule tip of a big iceberg. The number of viruses continues to grow without bound while the time available for execution of virus scanning software is bounded. The prospect is not good, even for people who refrain from using the operating systems in which these viruses propagate.
Q. Where did you find the odd names, egeria and shark, for previous email addresses?
A. Refer to a chart of the Pender Islands and vicinity. Canadian Nautical Chart 3452, Moresby Passage to Gabriola Passage, for example.
Q. You have brothers?
A. Siblings Reta, Shelley and, left to right, Christopher, Allan and Peter. We also have ancestors .
Q. Aside from lottery tickets, a fortunate inheritance & etc, how can I ever become a millionaire?
A. Just solve any of the Clay Millennium Prize Problems except for the Poincare Conjecture.
Q. Why are the X-ray images posted?
A. Earlier X-ray films were lost in a clerical error. In the event that the femur is fractured again, these images will be helpful to the surgeon. They might also interest candidates for similar repair and orthopaedic residents.
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