Monday, September 30, 2002

You are 42% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.
You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!
Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!
You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

Sunday, September 29, 2002

  This phrase in the latest True Porn Clerk Stories entry caught my attention:

"...but our customers, as a rule, do not hold degrees in library science."

  Jessica and Bartley got married yesterday.

Congratulations you two!

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Friday, September 27, 2002

  Happy Birthday, Google!

Be sure to check out their cool new News site.

  Is anybody else really excited about this? I want to go to a late showing on opening night, just like last year. Who wants to go with me?

  Remember the vibrating Harry Potter broomstick? A British comedian called Mattel to complain about it. (link from Davezilla)

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

  So, this evening I'm arriving at IU, in a huge hurry because I have, like, ten minutes to make final changes to my assignment and turn it in. I'm rushing across the parking lot, and a guy rushing the other direction asks, "Are you a blogger?" Huh? What the Hell? Am I wearing a sign?! Oh yeah, I am -- I'm wearing my Blogger t-shirt! "Uh, yeah." I can't stop, I have to get a computer lab, now. So as we pass, we tell each other our URLs, and keep going.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

  Whenever I go to KFC, they always get my order wrong, but not like this.

Monday, September 23, 2002

  What do you wear after you've lost your shirt in a Nigerian money scam? This. (link from Evan)

Sunday, September 22, 2002

  I'm working on an assignment for my web design class, so I will not be posting much until Thursday. I have been so busy lately that my entries have degenerated to simply being links -- no real content. I'm going to stop trying to post something daily, and focus more on quality instead of quantity. Rovidica should be morphing into CultureGeeks soon, so I will be posting there as well, and bringing the focus back to library-related matters over here.

BTW, I spotted Fake British Guy at the megabookstore last night, but couldn't get a picture because the batteries in my camera died. However, I did finally get to see what kind of car he drives, so that was some consolation.

Friday, September 20, 2002

Thursday, September 19, 2002

  You know how companies put out those calendars with sexy girls posing with their products? Well, it has gone too far. (link from Davezilla)

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Monday, September 16, 2002

Sunday, September 15, 2002

  A homeless guy with a homepage. This kind of thing has actually existed for a while, but this one is getting lots of attention.

Cool, huh? Click on the picture to go to the photographer's homepage and see more cool stuff.

Friday, September 13, 2002

  Videotopia: a travelling museum of video games

  Woohoo! My hits just broke 3,000! It was only two months ago that I broke 1,000 and that had taken three months. Do I have a readership? Or just one or two people obsessively checking for new posts? In either case, be sure to register yourself on my GuestMap. Thanks.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

  A library patron's comments about the film Another Day in Paradise:
"Very vulgar language. Sex and drugs. Not suitable for viewing. Burn it."
Gee, don't hold back...tell us how you really feel! Note: They didn't have a problem with the violence.

  We just got a call from the US Postal Service trying to get us to switch back to shipping our books with them. My boss told them that we have been very happy with UPS, and plan to keep using them. She told them the many reasons why we switched, mainly the number of items that were destroyed or simply disappeared in transit, and the fact that to insure items, we would have to make a trip to the post office and fill out paperwork. In the year and a half that we have been using UPS, there has only been one damaged item, and they paid us for it. When the USPS had damaged our items, they simply slapped a "We Care." sticker on them, and would not reimburse us. There were items that had obviously gotten caught in their processing machines and, my personal favorites, books that had obvious tire tracks on them from where they had been run over by trucks.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

  Tired of those boring traditional bonsai decorations? (Link from Jan, who got it from her son, Eric, who is studying in New Zealand)

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

  I just processed a request from a library in Arkansas for the video Kissin' Cousins. Arkansas...kissin' cousins... Just had to share that.

  My friend Todd sent all his friends and family this email this morning:

Hello to all,

I want to ask any of you who have not already, to not send me any poem or little ditty guilting me into forwarding ten more emails about remembering 911. It was tragic, and I am sorry, but let it go. I do not celebrate war. You know, I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said, "God forgives, America doesn't." I disagree. If that's America count me out. I don't choose to participate in this flag worshipping-genius-marketing-scam thats going on. Has anyone ever heard of worshipping a strange god? I think this is it. No, thank you, I wont do it.

Look up, and see the sunshine or the stars and just be greatful to be alive. Be happy!

So please DON'T send this to ten other people, and DON'T guilt them into remembering something they don't want.


Yeah, what he said. We all remember, we don't need reminding.

Monday, September 09, 2002

  The Great Firewall of China

Holy fuck! My website is filtered by the Chinese government:

Real-Time Testing of Internet Filtering in China
Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide
Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman - Berkman Center for Internet & Society - Harvard Law School

Please wait for testing results. Full testing can take as long as 120 seconds.

Starting testing...
Stage one testing complete.
Stage two testing complete.

Testing complete for http://www.spinsterlibrarian.net. Result:
Reported as inaccessible in China

I'm banned in China!

  Hey y'all! "It's Peanut Butter Jelly time!" (If I have to have that song stuck in my head, you do too. Link from Rachel via Davezilla.)

  Nessie! In a related story, I saw Fake British Guy again last night, but didn't have my camera at the ready.

Saturday, September 07, 2002

  Okay, so this guy I know is going to sell his sperm... *sound of needle scratching across record*

A friend stopped by my office the other day on his way to a fertility clinic to give his first "sample" sperm donation. If his semen is deemed acceptable, he can get $50 per "donation," up to twice a week. But first he has to go through a rigorous screening process:

-- a complete physical examination
-- an in-depth review of his medical history
-- a review of his family's medical history
-- a chemistry panel
-- a complete blood count
-- blood group and RH factor testing
-- urinalysis (Is this why he quit smoking pot recently?)
-- infectious disease screening

and his "sample" must be tested for:

-- sperm count
-- motility
-- freezability

If he gets through all that, he can make up to $100 a week. Sure, it's easy money, but what about the fact that he will have children out there somewhere?

Friday, September 06, 2002

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

  I can't seem to edit the last post... The picture link didn't work, and for some reason Blogger won't let me go in and fix it. Anyway, to (kinda) see Fake British Guy go to my photo album, click on the My Photos folder, and then the Fake British Guy folder.

Sunday, September 01, 2002

  OMG! After a long absence, Fake British Guy is back! He's here in the library, and I'm going to try to get a picture.

Update: Pics! Sorry for the blurriness -- I couldn't use the flash...
posted by Kate Sunday, September 01, 2002