Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Ask Yahoo's Top Ten Most Asked Questions of 2003

  Ask Yahoo has released its yearly top ten list. The number one most asked question was, "How many vacation days has George W. Bush taken to date as president?"

The answer? "Add the time spent at or en route to the presidential retreat of Camp David and at the Bush family estate in Kennebunkport, Maine, and Bush has taken 250 days off as of August 2003. That's 27% of his presidency spent on vacation. (I)n barely three years in office, George W. Bush has already taken more vacation than Clinton did in seven years."

Pizza delivery people say, Dean supporters are better tippers

Among political pizza findings, people with "Dean for President" bumper stickers on cars in their driveways tipped 22% higher than people with "Bush for President" bumper stickers.
This is a hoot. I have witnessed this Democrat/Republican tipping phenomenon in my own family. Many of my relatives are conservatives, and I have often slipped extra money on the table as we have left restaurants because of the pathetically small tips they leave, often after being rather demanding customers.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

All I want for Christmas...

  Last night, James and I went ahead and exchanged our Christmas gifts. I gave him a DVD, an out-of-print CD that he had been looking for and this t-shirt.

He presented me with a little box, like you put jewelry in. Now, I am not really into jewelry, I occasionally buy it, but rarely wear it. Also, I think most jewelry is ridiculously priced, and a waste of money. So, I opened the box with a bit of trepidation, but instead of a piece of jewelry that I would never wear, I found a 128 MB USB Flash Memory Drive! Now that is a gift that this girl can appreciate! Here's a pic.

Friday, December 19, 2003

  I'm working at the university library this afternoon, and the circulation manager is playing Christmas music. I'm not sure whether to protest on religious grounds, or on the basis of mental cruelty, since it is being sung by country music stars...

Monday, December 15, 2003

  I got an email from Buy.com:
Dear Valued Shopper,

We've noticed that you have not shopped at Buy.com in several months,
and we miss you! To thank you for being one of our past customers, we have
created a special coupon just for you. Why not use your coupon to buy
the perfect present at the perfect price for that special someone this
holiday season? We look forward to seeing you again!

Take $5 OFF the purchase of $75 valid in All Stores.
Orders must be placed on or before 12/15/03 11:59:00 PM PT.
See site for details.

So, come on in, check out our great holiday deals, and enjoy your
shopping experience. From all of us at Buy.com, we thank you for
your past business, and look forward to serving you again!
Hmmm. Yes, it has been some time since I shopped with them, in fact, it was over six months ago, when I ordered a set of speakers for my computer that have still not arrived! So, how can you get me back as a customer? Stop sending me ads in email, and send me my freakin' speakers already! Geez...

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

  My friend's brother died on Saturday, and I'm going home for the funeral, so I will probably not be blogging for at least a few days. I also have three final assignments for classes to finish up by early next week. Thankfully, after all that, I'm done and can enjoy Winter Break.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

  I had a very strange experience this evening, but first let me give you a little backstory...

At the little residence hall library that I'm running, we are still getting in the items that were ordered last year. Apparently, the students think that I'm buying these items, and they are not happy about it. A couple of them went to the community council and asked for money to buy some DVDs and CDs for the library. They mentioned in particular, wanting to get some art films. The money has been approved, and I'm looking forward to talking to the students, because I want to set them straight.

So, this evening, I was in the library when someone called and asked if I was there. Sarah said yes, and the caller said that they would come up and see me. So a few minutes later, a couple of guys come in and start looking around. I was on the phone with James, and I hung up with him to talk to them, thinking that this must be the students. As I approached them at the magazine rack, one of them asked me, "Are these secondhand magazines?" I explained that they were new magazines that had been undeliverable, and were given to us for free. They then questioned me, in a very snide, adversarial way, about pretty much every aspect of the library, right down to complaining about the heat and asking me why I didn't do something about it. I tried to keep a good attitude and be courteous to them even though they were being quite rude to me. When the taller of the two asked me what I thought about the new videos that were on display, I answered honestly that they had been ordered by the previous supervisor, and that I wasn't happy with some of them, that I felt that they were not appropriate for our patrons. The tall one laughed at this, and the shorter one kind of took over the cross-examination for a bit. It wasn't until he walked over to the bulletin board, pointed out Kyle, said that he knew him, and asked me if he was a good employee, that I knew who this was...the guy who was supervisor last year. The guy who ordered the stuff that I had just been criticizing. If he had been nice, I would have felt bad about it, but he wasn't, so I don't. I pointed out the 3-ring binder of printouts of items I have ordered, and they went over to look at it. I'm proud to say that they had nothing bad to say about anything in there. After they got done looking at it, they went over to the comfy chairs and started browsing the magazines on the table. Sarah told me that they hung out for ten more minutes after I left, and then left without a word. Does he (and his friend) have nothing better to do on a Saturday night? Sad.

Out with the old, in with the new...

  After my last assignment is turned in on the 15th, I'm going to be sitting home with not much to do until early January. Since this page has looked basically the same since I created it about two years ago, I'm thinking that I'm going to redo it and try to put the new design up around New Year's. Any suggestions? Comments? Contributions? What do you like? What don't you like?

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

An IM conversation...

  SpnstrLibrarian: http://home.pacbell.net/bettychu/2003allbreedbisris/BIS.html
Rhonda: k
SpnstrLibrarian: It says that they are rabbits, but I have my doubts...
Rhonda: Oh my land sakes!
Rhonda: poor thing is blind
Rhonda: OMG!
Rhonda: hideous!
SpnstrLibrarian: Genetic freaks!
Rhonda: We did this to them!
Rhonda: *Gasp*
Rhonda: what did they cross these guys with
Rhonda: sheep?
SpnstrLibrarian: I guess!
Rhonda: Wonder what their "information needs" are...How do I wipe my ass?
SpnstrLibrarian: heehee
Rhonda: Got ya!
SpnstrLibrarian: How would you find out? A survey? A focus group? A one-on-one interview?*
Rhonda: Which end would you talk to?
SpnstrLibrarian: Good question!
Rhonda: I got tears in my eyes!
Rhonda: Thanks Kate I needed a laugh!
SpnstrLibrarian: You're welcome!

* In class, we are currently studying assessing user needs...

  The Democratic convention is eight months away, but they are already hyping it. This article is about reporters going on a walk-through of the convention center to get a preview. According to the article, the media is expected to outnumber the delegates 3 to 1. Be sure to read the part about the middle-school reporters on the tour. I worked on my middle school newspaper, but we never got to do anything that cool!