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News Roundup
August 30, 2006, 10:14 am
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[Update: Why doesn’t WordPress save my changes? Why?!]

Some items for your perusal:

1. Apparently I’ve volunteered to work at the Science booth at the County Fair this Sunday… I’ll be making animals out of pipe cleaners. Anybody got a suggestion for an animal?

2. New highlight from the graduate program: You choose and meet with your dissertation committee within your first 8 weeks.. even if your dissertation takes 5 years. The idea is that your chosen committee choose your plan of study, no other faculty. Together you choose what courses will fulfill the program requirements, then they sign a lil sheet of paper, and (Voila!) no one can ever make you take a class that is irrelevant or sucks. The same committee designs and grades your qualifying exam. (Which, by the way, is open book) To me, this system shows an impressive degree of mutual respect between the faculty.
3. There’s something strange going on on my coffee cup.


Stolen Meme
August 28, 2006, 9:08 am
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It’s the first day of the semester! However, our class was cancelled for today, so I don’t really have to be anywhere. Ah well.

So I’m gonna kill some time by stealing Brazen Hussy’s ‘Statistically Improbable’ Meme.

Ten things I’ve done that you probably haven’t:

1) Dropped outta high-school at 16, moved to New York City and worked as a receptionist in the law office that represented Winger and the Goo Goo Dolls.

2) Once travelled to Ireland to see family compete in a film festival.

3) Moved approximately 23 times before going to college.

4) Was arrested in Zambia.

5) Briefly dated a Muslim man who had worked for the South African police during Apartheid. (Yeah… guess what I didn’t know right away.)

6) Had an invisible friend named Claude when I was a child.

7) Used to speak Yoruba fairly fluently.

8) Have had Botflies burrow in my stomach and shoulder. One I squeezed out, one had to be surgically removed.

9) Dressed up in an elaborate California Raisin costume for Halloween in 1988. It was huge! Thanks, Mom.

10) Lived in a split house with a large Laosian family from ages 6 to 10. Having so many kids in one place, running around, literally climbing the walls, was awesome.

OK. I think I’m going to try to figure out where my office is…

Oh My Yes
August 27, 2006, 10:24 pm
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WFMU’s blog supplies me with more sheer joy than baby animals. OK, maybe not that much joy, but close.

It’s how we found Rolly, the beatific Japanese glam rocker (this video may not have his ‘Rolly’ guitar, but he does change from a lil sailor suit to red hot pants).

Oh, and Blixa from Einstürzende Neubauten doing commercials for the German equivalent of Home Depot.

Today’s offering: A hilarious Spanish cover of ‘Space Oddity’. No really, it’s awesome, go listen already!

More egregious photo posting
August 26, 2006, 7:03 pm
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Waking up inside an extinct volcano at 9000 feet is O.K. Even if it was at 5:30am. It was so misty. The campsite rings around a large emerald meadow, with lots of wildflowers.

Aspen is quickly becoming a favorite tree.

Needless to say I stayed up late drinking beer over the campfire. How nice it is to meet new people who haven’t heard all my dumb jokes yet!

Oh, and there were Smores. Mmmm.

However, I am so tired. In fact the word tired doesn’t cover it. I’d say that I’m ‘really tired’. Hiking, beer, socializing and high altitude. Hmph.

Retreat Retreat
August 24, 2006, 11:14 pm
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Ahem. Tomorrow is the fellowship orientation and retreat. We’re going camping and hiking for Friday and Saturday. It’s going to be awesome.

Of course, it’s also probably going to rain and I don’t have rain gear. Folks here seem to snub umbrellas, they like wearing the ponchos. Any gear I have is in Nicaragua though, cos I was too lazy to drag it back and I doubted I would need it in NY. So I’ll be damp.
At the orientation we’re going to be asked to give a little spiel about ourselves and answer the following questions:

1) What do you bring to the program?

2) What do you want from the program?

My answers:

1) Large student loans and a lot of ideas about Conservation.

2) Money and Help.

Sweet Lovelies
August 23, 2006, 8:32 pm
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Go check out Rochester Library’s ‘Beauty for Commerce‘ rare book collection! My favorite period is the 1880-1889…

Thanks to Bouphonia!

Today in Comedy: Cock of the Month
August 23, 2006, 7:22 pm
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Today’s post was going to gleefully describe some awesome software — I just found my University has RefWorks, a vastly more useful alternative to EndNote. It’s all online. It’s beautiful. I know you would all LOVE to hear about it, but something much more interesting came up.

We have a great candidate for Cock of the Month**!!

If you shoot over to Boing Boing or Wikipedia you’ll get a summary of the hubbub over Michael Noer’s recently retracted articles for Forbes, “Don’t Marry a Career Woman” and “The Economics of Prostitution“.

A few gems from the former article rescued by agreatnotion over at LiveJournal (link above):

“Guys: A word of advice. Marry pretty women or ugly ones. Short ones or tall ones. Blondes or brunettes. Just, whatever you do, don’t marry a woman with a career…

To be clear, we’re not talking about a high-school dropout minding a cash register. For our purposes, a “career girl” has a university-level (or higher) education, works more than 35 hours a week outside the home and makes more than $30,000 a year.
If a host of studies are to be believed, marrying these women is asking for trouble. If they quit their jobs and stay home with the kids, they will be unhappy (Journal of Marriage and Family, 2003). They will be unhappy if they make more money than you do ( Social Forces, 2006). You will be unhappy if they make more money than you do (Journal of Marriage and Family, 2001). You will be more likely to fall ill (American Journal of Sociology). Even your house will be dirtier (Institute for Social Research).”

**as devised by Lil Rebel for LUPEC NYC following her essay on Larry Summers, “Why is Larry a Cock? Or, in the interest of fairness, Is Larry a Giant Cock?” In this Wiki entry on Larry Summers you’ll be happy to read that Summers was not fired, in fact received a raise, and Steven Pinker was one of the folks that defended Summer’s comments. “There is certainly enough evidence for the hypothesis to be taken seriously.”