Thursday, October 30, 2003

Teter Quad...wasn't that where they shot the porno?

  A freshman in Teter Quad was busted twice last week for drugs -- the second time was when he came to the police station with three hits of Ecstacy in his pocket! The story really must be read to be believed...

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Coffman's Dream Realized?

  This is very interesting: Google searches of OCLC records

Could Steve Coffman's Earth's Largest Library be becoming a reality?

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Now with stereo sound!

  I just installed a sound card in my computer (a Dell PowerEdge 600SC server). My dad is a computer guy, and he usually takes care of hardware stuff for me, so this was the first time I actually got in there and did something myself. It works and everything! Yay me!

Monday, October 27, 2003

Cool Tee's

  These are also cool tee-shirts. My friend Mitch says, "They have something to offend everyone!"

Librarian Tee's

  These are going on my Christmas list

Thursday, October 23, 2003


  This is an honest-to-God email that I just got from my friend:
To: SpinsterLibrarian
From: Matthew
Subject: Panic attack!!!

I just fucked up majorly. I won the Miss Piggy puppet for my bid of
$15.00---that was good news--but the bad thing is when I tried to pay for it the Ebay site wouldn't give me any shipping and handling costs list. So I tried to pay by a check still it said I needed to have s and h. I did more searching and found something which said to enter my zip code so I did in the s and h blank space. NOW THE DAMN THING SAYS I AGREED TO PAY BY CHECK THE AMOUNT OF $47,000 SOME ODD DOLLARS!!!!! What the hell happened? I've already emailed the seller and told him/her the situation. Why does all this electronic shit have to be so damn difficult???!!!

Distraught and worried,
His zip code is 47714.

Update: Matt tells me that the situation is all straightened out, so I guess he's not going to have to change his identity and move to South America after all...

Monday, October 20, 2003

Too sexy?

  A few weeks ago, I linked this story about a Harvard librarian who says that her boss told her that she was too sexy and had a bad reputation, and that was why she was losing out on jobs to lesser qualified staff. (She is of course suing for discrimination.) Finally! A picture of the woman! How do you write a story in which a person’s appearance is very important, and then not include a picture?! It took the New York Post to get it right...go figure.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Midnight madness

  Part of the reason that I was so tired yesterday is that we went to Midnight Madness Friday night. It was fun, and now we're talking about going to an actual game some time.

Here's a little sample

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Future java junkie?

  I found myself getting sleepy today while working on my midterms, so I got out the single serve coffee bags that I keep for company, and made myself a cup. (As a rule, I'm not a coffee drinker, iced tea is my drink of choice.) With a packet and a half of Splenda, and a liberal dose of half-and-half, this stuff is almost tasty...and I feel a little perkier now. Back to the books!

Thursday, October 16, 2003


  I have two take-home midterm exams, one due tomorrow, and one due next Thursday, so don't expect much blogging until the end of next week. Back to the books!

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Takin' it off for a good cause...

  Sure, there have been lots of these "get (almost) naked to raise money" calendars now, but this one is for a very good cause -- to help a school system hit hard by budget shortfalls.

"You are OK."

  On AllLookSame.com, you can test your skill at distinguishing between different Asian nationalities. The average score is seven correct out of 18. I got nine right, so my result was, "Normal" with the comment, "You are OK." Glad to hear it.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Never fear...

  I can't believe that I have gone this long without posting about Angle Grinder Man. Now, where I'm from, they occasionally put "The Boot" on a person's car, but you don't feel sorry for them, because you have to have lots of unpaid parking tickets before that happens. (And the fact that it's usually being put on a Lexus SUV or similar doesn't hurt either...) Reading this NYT article* about it, it sounds like they clamp you on the very first offense, and it costs $150 to get it off!? And it is private companies that you call and then pay to take it off? This is a nice little moneymaking scheme that the businessmen and the politicians have cooked up... (links from David)

* login with: coporatemedia stillsucks

Monday, October 06, 2003

And she calls herself a liberal...

  A friend of mine started chatting with this girl after seeing her online personal ad. She is 19, from the Chicago suburbs, and identified herself as a liberal:
Her: if black people can spell their own names they get admitted to college
Her: well, when I was younger and more idealistic, I was all about it [affirmative action]
Her: I thought there was all this racism everywhere
Him: there is still racism everywhere
Him: or almost everywhere
Him: it's just not as obvious or severe as it used to be
Her: yeah right. then I found out what black people are refering to as "racism" is incidents like "that white girl just gave me a dirty look"
Him: well, don't judge the whole by stupid incidents like that
Her: yeah well everytime black people start some shit on campus and get stopped by cops or something it's racism
Him: yeah, i would not be surprised if that were claimed
Him: but, you need to realize that just because they're wrong to claim that that is racism,
Him: does not mean that racism doesn't still exist
Her: so what, the world's not fair
Him: no, of course it's not
Her: i have all black friends at college and every claim they've ever had to racism has turned out to be shit
Her: so I'm sick of trying to give people a leg up that they won't even use
Him: ok let me give you an example of what i'm talking about
Him: not long ago some college did a study
Him: they sent out a bunch of fabricated resumes to apply for various jobs that were advertised
Him: some of the fake applicants they gave white-sounding names,
Him: others they gave names that were more common among black people
Him: and maybe they used some others too, i don't remember
Him: but for a particular job, they made sure that the white-sounding and black-sounding applicants had effectively identical skill sets and overall qualifications
Her: i see where this is going, but it's still shit
Him: they found that the fabricated black applicants got significantly fewer contacts about these jobs than the white-sounding ones
Her: yeah, see if this study were decent at all, it would have been all over the news *
Her: plus, I don't believe whoever picks the "white sounding names" **
Him: ok then.
Her: if black people don't like that then stop naming your kids Bonecia Takeshia Lerisha Jennings
Her: look I don't really want to discuss this any further, it's just getting annoying

* actually, it was

** "The professors analyzed birth certificates in coming up with what names to use. The white names included Neil, Brett, Greg, Emily, Anne and Jill. Some of the black names used were Tamika, Ebony, Aisha, Rasheed, Kareem and Tyrone. "

Saturday, October 04, 2003


  I was trying out a new (new to me anyway) kind of Google search where you can see who links to a website. Most of the results were ones that I knew about, but a big surprise was a link on a page made by a professor at the University of Iceland. Maybe that explains the occasional Dutch Danish visitors that I get...

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

From Jessicat:

  Former Attorney General Ed Meese was on the Today Show this week to discuss the Patriot Act. When Katie Couric asked him about the ALA's position in the debate, his response was,

"We all know that librarians are more interested in making pornography available to children than they are to stopping terrorists."

Tell Ed what you think about this statement at edwin.meese@heritage.org. Better yet, send him a Librarian Action Figure! His mailing address is:

The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington DC 20002-4999
ph 202.546.4400 | fax 202.546.8328

With shushing action!

  The librarian action figure is now available for purchase...