September 2006


Football season’s back in full swing, which means it’s also chili season. So today I dug out the remnants of last winter’s huge batch, still in our freezer. This has to be the best batch of chili I’ve ever concocted. Though it wouldn’t meet any chili cook-off specs (beans and corn would disqualify you from most of them) it makes an excellent football companion. It’s hot enough to command respect, but not overwhelming.

The only problem with it is that I failed to record what I put in it. I’m sure it has habs and jalepenos, and I can taste horseradish. The meat is a mix of turkey and chorizo. There are 3 or 4 kinds of beans, corn and tomatoes. There is also the distinctive taste of those mysterious orange Goya spice packets.

It’s a shame I only have a few bowls left. With any luck, this winter’s big batch will be almost as good.

Tonight, I received more than one email with utterly meaningless confidentiality disclaimers attached to the end. There is one legal theory that attaching such disclaimers to non-confidential emails actually hurts you. All legalities aside, though, they’re pointless. Any disclaimers I encounter in the future will meet with the following response:

This message is digitally signed. Any confidential information sent to this email account should first be encrypted using the X.509 certificate included with this digital signature. The recipient of electronic communications controls neither the routers handling internet email nor the server upon which such messages will ultimately reside. Given the mechanics necessary for the transmission of email over the internet, it is impossible to compel any intermediary or recipient to delete or disregard information contained therein; the only reasonable guarantee of confidentiality is encryption. Failure to encrypt confidential information indicates that the sender accepts sole responsibility for any breach that may occur, regardless of any disclaimers or instructions that may accompany such information.