April 6th, 2005

krazy koati

And you got yourself a lawyer with a three-piece suit?

So, I bought hospitalization insurance. There wasn't much to do, just copy my employment pass and fill out various medical history forms, which asked fewer questions than the blood donation forms do. The answers to all the questions were ``no,'' anyway.

While signing I wondered how much work it would be to set up a con game, presenting oneself as an insurance agent, going around ``signing'' people up, getting their credit card numbers or signed permission to make withdrawals from their bank account. All you really need is to design some convincing-looking brochures and forms, print them on high-stock paper and carbonless copy forms and such, get an overstuffed briefcase and dress the part. I've designed purchase order blank forms and staff ID badges good enough the Secret Service let people from my campus newspaper near the President, as though we had actual reporters. Other people have graphic design sense too, though none design web sites. The only costs would be color printing and dressing as an insurance salesman all day. I didn't want to think about that right then, honestly, but I imagine there are 2,038 flomptillion (thousand pratillion British) mystery and crime stories with the same premise.

Oh, and based on pictures from an upcoming Enterprise, Captain Archer hires Jen Walters, the Sensational She-Hulk, to represent him. This is wise; she's a fine attorney and opposing council is always more agreeable to your needs when you can credibly order his client bisected. Plus she's smart enough Archer can continue not to understand anything without being a problem.

Trivia: There are only two prime numbers between 100,000,000 and 100,000,100. Source: The Mathematical Experience, Philip J Davis and Reuben Hersh.

Currently Reading: Proteus Combined, Charles Sheffield.