Okay…, so who the hell is this "Mooj" guy and why is he hosting this web site?
Many visitors to The Official Web Site of Reactor and Engineering Department are confused as to why this site is affiliated with a fugitive New Age Swami. The truth is that it’s all part of an elaborate joke (gone bad).
It all started when a coworker pal of mine was desperately trying to find qualified personnel for his multi-million dollar project. The positions were extremely hard to fill because they required people with very unique backgrounds (they had to be trained in engineering, programming, and probabilistic risk assessment). As an April Fool’s joke I sent my friend a "fake resume" from a person calling himself "Mujaputtia Umbababbaraba" (I made the name up on the spot). This "Mujaputtia Umbababbaraba" guy was perfect for the job (he had a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, had published several journal articles on relevant topics, had chaired many oversight committees, and was basically an all around swell guy). My friend couldn’t believe his great luck as he read through the resume…. until he got to the end and it said:
For whatever reason this coworker pal of mine didn’t realize that the resume was a joke and, thus, I felt obliged to harass him further. This "Mujaputtia Umbababbaraba" person (by then I was just calling him "The Mooj") then began sending him "extremely obvious" scam letters appealing for money (cash only...to be sent to him at the Chester County Jail). (See the April 28, 1999 Mooj Newsletter for examples of these blatantly bogus schemes.) By then other friends and family members were being sent these prank emails as well. Sadly, no one seemed to "get the joke" or realize that it was I and most—including my dear sweet mother—threatened "The Mooj" with bodily harm if he didn't stop harassing them. But I couldn’t help myself; I felt that given enough time people would realize it was all a joke. My emails soon grew into weekly newsletters and soon there was a "Mooj" web site. (The original site was hosted on Fortunecity.com until I was kicked off due to all the complaints waged against me.) By April 1999 The Mooj had gained marginal popularity (i.e., people knew it was a joke and began regularly contributing to the newsletter) so I decided to buy the domain name "mooj.com" and begin the expensive and laborious task of hosting the official Mooj web site. That was about three years ago and Mooj.com is still around.
When I started this Official Web Site of Reactor and Engineering Department in March of 2001 I was basically too cheap to buy another domain name and figured that most of you wouldn’t care that it was hosted under the Mooj.com domain.
So go ahead and read the latest Mooj Weekly Standard and feel free to sift through all the archived newsletters. These newsletters are basically my personal ranting and ravings and serve no useful purpose whatsoever. Most of the "Mooj Mail" I receive is legitimate and I have hundreds of loyal followers. I can't for the life of me figure out why people think this "Mooj" guy is real (or think that he can really help them with their problems). So go out and spread the word! Get your friends and loved ones hooked on The Mooj. They'll love you all the more for it!
Some people have asked me recently about the original Mooj Weekly Standard issues. I deleted them from my archives so that the newer "Enlightenment" could be 'revised.' For those looking for a listing of the original files can find them here:
April 22, 2001 Newsletter
May 25, 2001 Newsletter
June 30, 2001 Newsletter
July 25, 2001 Newsletter
September 10, 2001 Newsletter
October 22, 2001 Newsletter
November 5, 2001 Newsletter
November 25, 2001 Newsletter
December 2, 2001 Newsletter
December 29, 2001 Newsletter
June 17, 2002 Newsletter