January 30th, 2004

Nescafe rabbit

Inna-gadda-da-vida, baby, don't you know that I love you?

Surgery final exam: Check. Came out of it feeling drained, exhausted, abused, and as if I should've brought some Surgi-Lube with me to aid in proper administration of the exam. Kara tells me that's how it's supposed to feel. I probably did fine, she says. It felt like a Medicine exam - I wish I'd had Medicine first.
But it's over, and as soon as I finish this brief update I'm going to go sit in the lounge for an hour and play FFIX before going to a meeting, then heading home. Home for a weekend of guilt-free relaxation. I can't bloody wait.

TB test: Check. Totally negative, will recheck in 3 months.

School pictures: Check. $42 for wallets, a copy of the composite, and the privilege of having my hair fixed by the photographer. And Mike to grin at me and say "look out!" as I was leaving and he was coming in. Made me feel good.

Also felt good in the OR the other day when TJ asked me why I was going into FP. "You're really smart," he says. "You could be an orthopod, anything you want..." I could be an orthopod. Now there's a compliment.
See, there's a hierarchy in medicine, a list of smartness. And FP-Peds-Pathology-Emergency Medicine are all at the bottom of it. Orthopods, Paediatric surgeons (of any sort), and anyone who makes more than $300,000 a year without taking call are at the top of the list. They're smart. Because we're all smart, we had to be to get here. Smart or incredibly motivated or both. The trick, they say, is to get into a competitive specialty and make buckets.
Thanks, but I think I'll be stupid.
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Random geek moment...

Mailbox is being beseiged with virus-laden spam from addresses I do not recognise. Today, I got a second bounce stating that I had sent a virus-laden e-mail and would I please scan my system.
I do not have the MyDoom or Novarg viruses on my computer. I've full-scanned it three times to be certain, and I never open unknown attachments. My virus definitions are very much up to date. But the bounce today included full headers from the bounced message.
Full headers include the following:
Return-Path: The person to whom a bounce or reply should be sent.
Received: from The nominal domain and IP address of the sending server by The name and mail agent of the receiving server...</i>

The bounce headers included the following:
Return-path: < vita(at)mistwalker.org >
Received: from [A.B.C.D] (helo=mistwalker.org) by zipper.fastforwardnetwork.com with esmtp (Exim 4.24)


Mistwalker.org's IP address is W.X.Y.Z, not A.B.C.D. I am certain of this; as certain as I am that whoever is taking 'helo mistwalker.org' as authentication is being misled.
A.B.C.D resolves to an IP address on the home.cgocable.net network. Interestingly enough, http://www.cgocable.net times out and does not resolve. Even more interestingly, the last two items of virus-laden spam e-mail I've gotten (the only two since I thought to check headers on them) originate from A.B.C.D.

So, if any of you out there have the vita e-mail address in your book and are using cgocable.net for your ISP, please check your computer. Please please please. There's a removal tool right here.
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