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Thursday, October 31, 2002
Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Monday, October 28, 2002
Sunday, October 27, 2002
Friday, October 25, 2002
Update: I have fixed the above link. I'm not sure if the hackers messed it up, or I did!
Thursday, October 24, 2002
'And we're trying to mix it up. We're trying to use this as a powerful tool. I told my staff: "I no longer have any encyclopedias, any dictionaries, or any reference materials anywhere in my office, whatsoever, I don't need them. I've stopped using all reference materials because you don't need it. All you need is a search engine.'
Who said that? Secretary of State Colin Powell did, in remarks before President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, October 17th, 2002. Maybe this explains all the false information on Iraq coming out of the Bush administration these days! (link from Ross Riker)
Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Monday, October 21, 2002
This neighbor girl has an old 80's Volkswagen that wasn't running, so I asked her if I could check it out. She said yeah, and then I asked, could I take it to Honolulu if I fixed it. She said that if I could get it running, I could use it the rest of the time I am here. I had to change the alternator belt and jump start it, but the thing ran good for several days. This morning, it died again, but I think it is as simple as a loose wire or a dirty rotor cap. I'll have to check it out later.
That is just so Todd.
I find it interesting that right after saying he's a fan of the First Amendment and affirming Aaron's freedom of speech rights, he admits that they have censored him before, and probably would have done in this case, if they had caught it earlier. (Link from Tom Tomorrow via David)
I kind of laughed uncomfortably at that because my posts have been seriously lacking lately. I'm kind of caught in a catch-22 -- when I have something to blog, I don't have time, when I have time, there's usually nothing to blog. I actually have some stuff to write about (Fake British Guy), but I have been too pressed for time lately.
Sunday, October 20, 2002
Saturday, October 19, 2002
Friday, October 18, 2002
1. How many TVs do you have in your home?
Two. One is broken, the other is on it's last legs.
2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week?
At this time, just a few hours. I don't watch tv at home anymore -- bad tvs, no cable -- so I only watch when I'm at other people's places.
3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children?
Yeah, I worry about my little nieces who are watching way too much tv...
4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken?
There are shows that I would like to watch but don't have time, but I know that I can catch them later in reruns or syndication.
5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like?
I'll have to devote an entire blog entry to answering that question...
Thursday, October 17, 2002
Update: The interview lasted an hour and a half, and I felt really good about it. Now, I have to wait about a week to find out if I got it.
Monday, October 14, 2002
Friday, October 11, 2002
Wednesday, October 09, 2002
Tuesday, October 08, 2002
Guys would tend to pick out several porn mags, and then pick up a weekly news magazine to cover them with, U.S. News and World Report, or somesuch. It got to the point that if I saw one of those on top of a stack of magazines, I was actually surprised if there was not porn underneath. One day, I was ringing up a guy who was buying gay porn. No big woop. When I pulled away the second-to-last magazine, there was a car magazine on the bottom! Nothing like Automobile or Car and Driver, it was a magazine for guys who work on their own cars! I nearly laughed out loud in surprise. It was as if he was hiding the car magazine -- like he was embarassed to be buying it.
I love the part about the success of "cartoon novels from Japan, known as magnas." Magnas. Geez.
Sunday, October 06, 2002
Saturday, October 05, 2002
Friday, October 04, 2002
Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Andrew told me today about an incident that happened while I was gone last week.
There is a woman who works in end processing who is suffering from mental illness. If she took her medications, she might be fine, but she does not take them regularly. She could probably qualify for disability benefits, but claims that she really likes her job, and doesn't want to give it up. She is Catholic, and often writes long letters to the Pope -- we know, because she has asked people to weigh them, and tell her how much postage she needs to mail them.
In the latest staff newsletter, she read that one of the clerks in the children's area is a belly dancer, and teaches belly dancing. Well, this offended her in some way, and she called the girl's supervisor to say that the girl is a "godless heathen," and that she does not want her to come into her area to pick up materials anymore. After she finished that call, she asked an audio-visual cataloguer nearby if she had been too loud on the phone. He said no, and joked that he all he heard was the phrase "godless heathen," and that he thought that she had been talking about him, because he's an atheist. Horrifed, she backed away, and scurried back into her work area. Later on, she came out and glared at him for a while, then scurried away again when he looked at her.
It all might have ended quietly there, but she went into another department and told them about the phone call that she had made, and they reported it to the director of Human Resources. After talking to everyone involved, she decided to leave it up to the various supervisors involved as to whether the woman will be written up. Apparently the HR lady was a bit taken aback to learn about the belly dancing clerk, so we're wondering if that is going to have repercussions later.
Actually, there are quite a few bellydancing librarians.