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  • JMac 2:00 pm on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acronyms, , correspondence, email, , , , Washington DC   

    Acronym-ville 

    If you have worked or are currently working for the U.S. government or are being supervised by a U.S. government employee (as I am), you may be familiar with the acronym obsession.  Occasionally I receive emails that are almost entirely in acronyms.

    For example, just a few weeks ago I received this in my inbox:  “FYSA – wonder if POTUS will discuss this with Pres. SBY?”  The translation:  For your situational awareness, I wonder if the president of the U.S. will discuss this with the president of Indonesia (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono).  The most entertaining part about the acronym POTUS is that it consists of the same amount of letters as “Obama,” and therefore has almost no use outside of a habit of using acronyms wherever possible!

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  • shebna 3:43 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: be safe, homicides, Montgomery County MD, Washington DC   

    Montgomery County, MD- one of the top/safest US counties 

    Yesterday, my supervisor was presenting at Springbrook High School in Maryland and he asked me to come along. I’m glad I did, because although he has introduced me to a couple of things here and there, I learned a lot from his presentation.

    I learned about the different parts of a firearm; that what he really does is look at the microscopic markings on the firearm components to compare unknown components to known ones; and  that understanding physics is really important in understanding firearms.

    What stuck out the most was what he said about Montgomery County, MD, which is where I was raised and where I still live.

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