knox snooze

Succotash my Balzac, dipshiitake.

Presidential Search Webcast

Wednesday, March 31
The University of Tennessee will webcast its proceedings for selecting and interviewing the candidates for the presidency of the University. The first meeting will be April 5 at the Nashville Public Library (hmm...wonder why they won't be at Lawson-McGhee). That's where they'll choose which candidates to further interview (6-10).

Next will be the interviews (April 13-15) and a recommendation of 4-6 final candidates. That's what the Advisory Council does. The Search Committee will then look at those finalists and recommend no fewer than 3 of them for final interviews (April 20).

Finally, the Board of Trustees will have a gander at these last three, interview them, and make a selection. All of this will be available via webcast. Shocking, I know.

If anyone understands all of these steps, please let me know. I say we just take a vote right now. All in favor of Joe Johnson, raise your hand.

Today's dorktivities

snippity:
What, Where, When, and Who: Redesigning the Reference Environment for
Digital Libraries, presented by Dr. Michael Buckland, co-director of the
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative at the University of California,
Berkeley, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. TODAY, March 31, Hodges Library Auditorium.
The first Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture hosted on the UT campus by the
School of Information Sciences. http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/~buckland/

Letters To and From the Front: World War II Correspondence between
Soldiers and Their Families, lecture by Judy Barrett Litoff of Bryant
College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, 4 p.m. TODAY, March 31, Hodges Library
Auditorium. The fifth annual Charles W. Johnson Lecture sponsored by the UT
History Department's Center for the Study of War and Society. The lecture
is free. For more info call 974-0128 or visit http://web.utk.edu/~csws/
:snip

I would love to go to the WWII correspondence lecture, but I have a damn astronomy lab. Damn you, astronomy! (sorry, Greg)

happy paper trails

The Office of the Registrar at UTK has announced that the Summer 2004 timetable of classes will be the last printed on paper. From now on, they will be available only online. This is, of course, something that the University has been working toward for quite some time. The Undergraduate Admissions Office implemented a policy last semester of no longer mailing undergraduate catalogs to individuals. It's all available online in the same detail, only in HTML or PDF format.

It's a bit of a hassle to adjust to, for sure. I don't understand the overall "mixed reactions" of the student body, however. You have to be pretty damn short-sighted to think that this is not a good thing for the university. Right now, due to the size and weight of the undergrad catalog, it can cost upwards of $5 to mail a copy to an individual. The timetable is generally not mailed, but it's 8.5x11, over 50 pages, and there are over 20,000 undergrads. You do the math.

I don't know if it was done with a mind toward this, but Spring 2005 is the "Environmental Semester" at UTK. Perhaps not churning out a buick-sized pile of paper waste every week will look consistent with that.

meme alert

Tuesday, March 30
I can't help it. I'm a sucker for blogadgets. I'm doing TV Tuesday now. In your face, homework!

Reality TV is everywhere, love it or hate it. From Survivor to My Big Fat Obnoxious American Idol - Oh, sorry, there are too many to keep track of!!! So do tell- what's your take on the topic???

1. Do you consider yourself a "fan" of reality TV?
No, not really. The missuz watches some, so I catch an episode every now and then. I've never gotten into it too much, though.

2. What's your "can't miss" reality TV show (or shows)?
The ones I'll watch for awhile are Newlyweds and The Apprentice. I watched a good bit of Dream Job on ESPN too.

3. What reality TV show do you suppose the devil plays on the TV in Hell as punishment?
Good lord, Fear Factor, I'm sure. Worst. Show. Evar. I'm a barfer, though, so I can't even watch it all the way through without honking.

~Bonus~ If you were given a free ticket to be on any reality show, which one would you choose?
Hmm...does Tyra banks still have a show? That one.

Thanks for playing, evidently fear is not a factor for you!
You're welcome, mysterious meme maker


Public Shooting Ranges

Say Uncle mentions a bill today that is proposed by State Senator Ron Ramsey. In short, it would open Police and Sheriff Department gun ranges to the public. Access would be fee-based, and when the facilities are not being used for training.

While I'm all for the freedom to own and use firearms, I think the use of Police ranges by the general public is probably not the best idea. Do we really want these training facilities given the same treatment the general public gives libraries, greenways, parks, and other publicly-owned facilities? That is, for the most part, ignorantly, carelessly, and without regard for other patrons. A little more is on the line, I think, when it's a training facility for those women and men who spend their lives maintaining safety and order (for the most part) in our communities.

There are other issues too. How much would insurance costs increase with civilian shooters present? How would other security issues be addressed (facility access in secured areas, mainly)? Why is there a bill to get people into a publicly funded shooting range when there is not a localized, publicly funded firearm safety and awareness training program?

Not all publicly funded facilities should be accessed freely by the public. I don't think people should be allowed to work out at the county jail weight room when the inmates are in bed. I shouldn't be allowed to borrow Bill Haslam's laptop because he's not using it during a meeting.

Maybe there should be a public gun range, coupled with a training program in several counties. Maybe tax dollars should pay for this. It's possible, but I just don't think it should be something our cops have to share with us.

Baseball is upon us, sort of

Did anyone watch the Yankees-Devil Rays "biggest thrilla since Godzilla" in Tokyo this morning? I sure didn't. I wouldn't exactly call it an abomination against all that is good and wholesome, but that's probably what I'm thinking.

I hate the Yanks, but I do respect their tradition. You have to. Seriously, the Babe, Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Maris, 26 World Series titles...
And what youngster doesn't envision himself one day hitting a game winner for the boys in pinstripes; the non-English speaking crowd cheering America's team playing America's pastime, their crisp Ricoh logo-emblazoned uniforms waving in the foreign, climate-controlled breeze.

I'm no fool. I know baseball is the world's game now, and that the league is probably only a few years from expanding in some fashion into a third country. But seriously, let's have the season opener here for a change.

Damn domain thief

Monday, March 29
Never would I have thought that Ashby2004.com would be taken. I was just messing around, and there it was. Needless to say, I think I need a bumper sticker.

Vote Ashby for President-King

So, yeah. Me for prez.

Ashby really isn't too bad a guy on the issues. I think he might have an electability issue, though. Reading his stance on the issues, however, I have a hard time figuring out what makes him such a lover of the Republican Party.

Torchbearer">From the new Torchbearer

The Alumni newspaper lists the top 25 most checked out books from the UTK Library (presumably Hodges). The top 5 are all textbook types, but Catcher in the Rye comes in at a solid sixth. I know, it's probably a textbook in a class or two as well, but if we're lucky, there are a few nutjobs incubating around campus.

There's also an blurb in the paper about Jason Meyers, who is the curator of The Museum of Funeral Customs in Illinois. I'm not going to lie to you, that's a freaky-ass job. I wonder if he could get a job as a creative consultant for Six Feet Under.

That reminds me, a friend of mine I met in college (that's college v. 1.0) lived in an apartment in a funeral home. He may actually still be living there. It was owned by his stepfather, and he worked there part-time. He was a morbid bastard, though. He loved it. Freaked me the hell out.

Quote of the morning

"If we are going to Mars with humans, we are going to have to be a whole lot more careful than when we first sent men to the moon." -- UTK planetary geologist Harry McSween to a group at Georgia Tech on the possibility of a manned mission to Mars

I know this was last week, but I didn't find out about it until this morning. It was followed closely by my number two quote from the same article:

"Looking back, we may have made it look too easy." -- Buzz Aldrin, on why the Apollo program was abandoned

That's right, Buzz. You were just too much of a badass for us to succeed you in any meaningful way.

Library

Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries at UTK, emailed me a link to an online user satisfaction survey for the Library. I assume this has something to do with our communication last week, but maybe I'm thinking too highly of myself. Did anyone else get this? If not, go fill it out now.

Orkut

Orkut's just trying to be helpful:

Today's fortune:
You are talented in many ways.

That's not a fortune. That's more of a vague compliment.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind">Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Saturday, March 27
I saw it last night. It was pretty good. I wish the plot resolution would have been a little less apparent about 40 minutes into the film. The fact that it was still fun to watch in spite of that probably says something about how good it was. Kirsten Dunst was cute, but not very good. Elijah Wood was distracting because he's, you know, a hobbit and everything. Jim Carrey was great, and so was Kate Winslet. David Cross, in his 49 seconds of screentime, was hilarious. I don't know who was on the soundtrack aside from Beck, but it was great.

Good as it was, I think the best part was the trailer for Garden State. Maybe I just love JD, but I really want to see this movie. Even if it sucks, it has one of the two or three best trailers I've ever seen. Good music on that one too.

So, yeah. Go see a movie.

How bored am I?

Friday, March 26
Precisely this bored:

Goths, Trixies
Circle I Limbo

Oakland Raider Fans
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Scientologists, General asshats, Militant Vegans
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Parents who bring squalling brats to R-rated movies
Circle IV Rolling Weights

Osama bin Laden
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

NAMBLA Members
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Qusay Hussein, Uday Hussein
Circle VII Burning Sands

The New York Yankees
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Saddam Hussein
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Greedy Bastard

Yes, I now have an Amazon paybox. Because you'll never know if you never ask. Besides, Instapundit has one. It wasn't fair.

technology is too sexy


The JoyDress is integrated with flexible vibrapads that vibrate by programmed impulses from a thin, user-controlled command pad connected by tiny wires. It enhances the feeling of body consciousness with pleasant sensations that energize feelings, stimulate blood circulation, and give you a gentle massage.

Yeah...gentle massage...that's the ticket.

Stanton Out

The Johnson City Press is reporting that ETSU President Paul Stanton has removed his name from consideration (requires registration) for the top position at the University of Tennessee. Among other things, Stanton cited love for his current job as reasons for withdrawing.

Stanton is not a bad guy, unless you were an ETSU football fan. I don't think he was ever really into it. He hasn't been a ETSU for very long.

Thanks to Palmer for the heads-up.

looking

Thursday, March 25
Anyone have thoughts on how the layout/colors look?

messing around

Sorry if there are any glitches for the three of you who read this blog. I'm playing with the style a little, and since I know precisely jacksquat about css, it probably won't be as smooth as it could be.

Why don't you cry about it?

Free b00z3?

I kind of doubt it, since it will be at Ewing, but if you sneak a flask in, I won't tell.

snippity:
Ewing Gallery will host the MFA thesis exhibitions of sculptors Candace
Lewis and David Jones and film and media artist Trish Brady through April
2. An artists' reception will be held 6-9 p.m. TONIGHT, March 25. For more
info, call 974-3200 or visit http://www.ewing-gallery.org
:snip

Correction:
The reception is scheduled for Saturday night.

Need a car?

snippity:
UT Transportation Services will hold a public auction of surplus
vehicles at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 3. The vehicles may be inspected 8
a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 2, on Stephenson Drive. UT employees may bid
on the vehicles. A list of vehicles to be sold is available at the
Transportation Services Office, 1201 UT Drive.
:snip

Smoke if you got 'em

Some of the first things I noticed when I came to UTK were the smoking lounges in the Hodges Library. There were three of them, one each on the third, fourth, and fifth floors. They were tucked away in centrally located, but completely isolated rooms. The area around the rooms never smelled worse nor was it notably dirtier than any other part of the library. There were almost always at least three or four students in the smoking lounges, not surprising when the percentage of smokers in the student population is considered.

Yesterday, the lounges on the third and fourth floors were closed. There had been no prior notice, nor had there been any noteworthy discussion of it among fellow library patrons that I was aware of. In fact, among those with who I have discussed this at length, a Hodges Librarian, a graduate student in the Library Science program, and other library "rats" like myself, no one knew of this until yesterday. In fact, the librarian did not know until the matter was brought to his attention by those of us already discussing it. No public explanation has been made yet, either.

I called the Hodges Library and spoke with a friendly and helpful, yet poorly informed, librarian. She had only just heard about it as well, and was unsure who had made the final decision, and who had been consulted along the way. She thought that there might be an email notification regarding it, but she wasn't sure about that either. There was no such email.

So I emailed Barbara Dewey, the Dean of Libraries at UTK. In spite of a hasty spelling error in my subject line (no, I don't know where "Hidges" library is), Ms. Dewey replied to my email very promptly this morning. Her response was, essentially, that the closure of the lounges was part of a larger and longer term plan "to address student and faculty concerns expressed to me and the administration about the environment in Hodges Library as well as to increase usable group study rooms."

I can appreciate the motivation behind these closures, even though I disagree with them. My biggest concern, however, is the manner in which this was carried out. Dean Dewey said this plan was "reviewed" by more than one committee, including the Dean's Student Advisory Committee. Did it not occur to anyone along the way that some sort of invitation of public opinion should be made, at the very least apprising the library patrons in general of these significant changes? I wonder if the Library's Diversity Committee was consulted.

Moreover, what consideration was given to how this would influence who uses the library and how often it is used? Dean Dewey cited a desire to "increase usable group study rooms" as part of the reasoning for the smoking lounge closure. I support this desire. To that end, I would like to see rooms that can be used by those who want to smoke and those who do not. A smoking lounge is available to all students who would like to study in relative privacy, not only to those who smoke. A non-smoking area, however, is available only to non-smokers.

Dean Dewey is misguided if she thinks that these closures will change the smoking habits of students. She should, however, consider how it will likely change their study habits.

Metro Lapse

The new MP is online, but someone forgot to linkify the Urban Renewal column correctly. That's ok, you can find it here. Sneaky, sneaky.

In other news, I fell down last night: four cigarettes. Damn. Restart the Quitclock® at 10 p.m. last night. I was almost 48 hours, too. Just for good measure I also had four beers and a chicken salad sandwich. It was like the opposite of working out and eating well.

Environmental Semester

Wednesday, March 24
The Spring 2005 semester is slated to be the semester of environmental awareness and programs at UTK. We have these themed semesters now, which pretty much means that all the events that most students ignore have a sort of common thread other than lack of participation.

Anyhow, there is a list of activities and projects online that are associated with the semester. Go check it out.

That's right, this is how we justify our existence. No wonder this is such a girly town. (please note that Infozo is upstream of this, and is therefore more of a man than you could hope to be.)

the end?

I've been thinking about quitting, and I've quit for a week or two before, but never for more than two weeks in the last 4 years. Mayhaps it is time. Current watch: 26 hours. I'm no kap'n, but I try.

Don't we all?

so delicious

Christine...

Tuesday, March 23
Knows who she is, and knows that she is in the house. Thanks for the ftp goodness.

more presidential candidates

Alright, so you should really spend some time finding out more about the candidates for the presidency of the University of Tennessee. Elsewise, ye got no bitchin' rights down the road. And I know you're not willing to give those up. Not that you actually get a vote on it, though.

The Tennessean has an article about Kenneth Olden, a nominee for the position, and a black man from Cocke County, which alone should qualify you for a Congressional Medal of Honor. Read all about him. Sounds like a pretty good guy.

And yes, I know the article is orginally from the KNS, but I hate making you chase links through user registration over there.

Quote of the morning

"The point of the funding is to get as broad a penetration into the Tennessee population as possible." -- Michael Zemel, PhD, Executive Director Tennessee on the Move

I'm totally not laughing at that.

Rug B

snippity:
The UT Men's Rugby Football Club has qualified for the Sweet Sixteen of
collegiate competition for the first time in their 34-year history. The
location and team they'll face in the Sweet Sixteen competition will be
determined by their match against the University of North Carolina, at 1
p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Fulton Bottoms. Everyone's invited to attend
(and cheer).
:snip

I plan on being there, and I'm trying to get a few of my favorite 'heels to go with me too. Send an email or comment here if you're interested in throwing down with us.

A little more from UT

Monday, March 22
snippity:
Japan and America: Differing Approaches to Problems of Abortion and
Medicine, a lecture by Dr. William R. LaFleur of the University of
Pennsylvania, 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. TODAY, March 22, in 132 College of Law
Bldg. Also, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium he'll deliver a
lecture titled Informed Dissent: Why Japan Questions the Ethics of Some
American Medical Technologies.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago will perform at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, March
22, in the Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The company's presentation preserves
traditional African dance, but also includes innovative work. Free
admission. Sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee.
Co-sponsors are the UT chapter of the NAACP and the African American
Studies Department. For more info call the Black Cultural Center at
974-4738. http://web.utk.edu/~bcpc/

Writers in the Library series continues with readings by regional
authors at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, March 22, in Hodges Library Auditorium. Jeanne
McDonald, Katherine Smith, and Arthur Stewart will read from their works.
http://www.lib.utk.edu/announce/writersinthelibrary/
:snip

I would suggest hearing Jeanne McDonald. She's one of the better writers around here.

The other one

snippity:
You'll find biographical summaries of confirmed UT presidential
candidates posted on the Presidential Search Web site.
http://pr.tennessee.edu/presidentialsearch/candidates.asp
:snip

There are 26 candidates in all, but only 18 have any info listed on the UTK site.

One of them that stands out is an ordained Methodist minister, which I have no problem with, whatsoever. However, I do think it's a little strange that he took a leave of absence from his ministry (a life-calling, I can only assume) to run for governor. That didn't work out for him, but fortunately his passion has switched to becoming the president of a major public university, which coincides nicely with our current need for a president.

Other notables: A dentist (whose real passion is to write fiction, I think), a poet, and someone with actual presidential experience.

I think the male/female ratio on this search stands at 23:3 right now. We've got it narrowed down to boys. Now we just have to make sure they're good and old. I wonder if they play checkers.

You like me when I'm cynical.

PBS Goodness

Friday, March 19
The producer of Nova is going to speak at UT in a couple of weeks. His topic is "What's Hot and What's Not in Science Programming."

I love dorky science shows as much as anyone else, but come on; what's "Hot?"

Next, on Fox: Chemistry Gone Wild.

Daggummit!

Even though it doesn't fit me anymore, I broke out the old ETSU sweatshirt to watch the Bucs game today. I'm home from work with some kind of stomach crap, so I was hoping I could at least get an upset of the evil Bearcats to go along with my upset gut. Not so much.

Oh well, they did better than I would have.


On to the next team. Whoo...go Red Raiders.

Fantasy time

Thursday, March 18
Play fantasy baseball? Yes, actually, I do. To an unhealthy degree, as a matter of fact. If you're like me in this, then you, also, will doubtless be thankful for our holy grail: a hard-bound periodical in which one can find comedy, literature, and fantasy baseball insight.

Ok, not normally, but in this issue you can. Hurrah for McSweeney's.

This week's Metro Pulse

I know he's one of the better writers in the area, maybe the best, but has anyone else noticed the new issue of the MP is something of the "Neely Weekly?" Seriously, I love his writing, and he covers some great stuff, but we gotta have a little variety. So does he. We don't want to burn out our best resource, do we? Here's this week's Neely rundown:

1) Citybeat story about the new downtown library
2) Secret History
3) A Gamut story on composting
4) A movie review of Hidalgo

I mean, it could be worse, but don't you think four stories, including a piece on composting, for Pete's sake, in a weekly newspaper is a bit of a stretch?

Maybe I'm just bitter about not having a paid writing gig. Dammit, Jack. Share the wealth.

The Man

Did anyone else see John McCain on the Today Show this morning? Katie Couric was gone for some reason, so it was bearable to watch.

Though Big Mac did skirt a few questions before answering them outright, he answered all of them pretty honestly. Issues dealt with:

- Decline of the U.S. in popularity around the world under Bush's watch
- Kerry on defense (decidedly not weak)
- Not running for vice-president, and not running as part of a Democratic ticket

He also spent a good deal of time criticizing both campaigns for their mounting negativity, citing a desire to see more voters at the polls this year. It's so nice to hear somebody with a political ass to protect actually put honest opinions out there. Kind of makes me want to move to Arizona now. Actually, I wonder what we could do about getting him to move to Tennessee. Now you're talking.

He also mentioned himself as a member of the "party of Abraham Lincoln and Theordore Roosevelt." Now, I know both of those presidents are served up in the collective memory with a healthy dose of nostalgia, but weren't they also responsible for a couple of the more misguided wars in our national history? Not that I am complaining about their respective outcomes, nor do I think they were eveil men, but I never have been a big fan of a war as a means of keeping a country together...that's more of a British thing.

For the record, however, I think McCain would make one hell of a president.


Adopt-a-Quitter

Wednesday, March 17
Today is "Adopt-a-Smoker" day at UT, wherein a non-smoker will do a smoking friend a "favor" by helping him/her stop smoking for one day. In my experience, I have found that this leads to two likely conclusions:

1) The violent death/dismemberment of the non-smoker

2) Many, many cigarettes smoked at 12:01 a.m.

But whatever eases your conscience, man.

Indie Tux

It's a bit old, but there's a great article/forum/interview thing on slashdot about the current hand-wringing over IT jobs being outsourced to India. Only, this is written by a /. user who was at LinuxAsia 2004 as a speaker. Pretty unique perspective. Well, unique probably isn't the right word...several million people consider our 'offshore outsourcing' to be 'onshore insourcing' as Roblimo describes it. It's a good piece.

Oh yeah. There's also a link to the Delhi Linux User's Group there. They win the award for sweetest tux icon.

Get out and do something

if you do nothing else, go vote for the UT Tartan. They're all horrible, so go with the least horrible...est.

snippity:
UT Libraries will be involved in the Tennessee Library Association
annual conference March 17-19 at the Knoxville Convention Center. A
highlight is the public lecture by children's book illustrator and
watercolorist E. B. Lewis at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, March 17, at McClung Museum,
sponsored by the UT Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature. For
conference info go to http://www.lib.utk.edu/announce/tlaconference.html
AND for Lewis info go to http://www.lib.utk.edu/announce/EBLewis.html

Opportunities in Public Service: Government Internship Fair, 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Thursday, March 18, University Center Ballroom. Representatives from
the United Nations, Department of State, FBI, Peace Corps, Department of
Defense, the Library of Congress and many other agencies will be on hand.
Sponsored by UT's Baker Center, the UT Office of Federal Relations, and UT
Career Services.

Deadline is TODAY, March 17, to vote for the Tennessee Volunteer
Tartan. The winning tartan will be unveiled on April 17 at European
Splendor, the spring fundraising gala of the Department of Consumer
Services Management. To vote, go to
http://www.utalumni.utk.edu/tartan.html AND for details on the gala go to
http://csm.utk.edu/news/EuropeanSplendor.html

Distorted Thinking: Common Pitfalls in Thoughts and Logic, a lecture by
Dr. William Nugent, UT professor of social work, noon-12:50 p.m. TODAY,
March 17, in the Sequoyah Room of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the
ag campus. Sponsored by Veterinary Social Work Services.
http://www.vet.utk.edu/socialwork/

Jack Gilbert will read his poetry at 7 p.m. TODAY, March 17, in Hodges
Library Auditorium. Gilbert is a visiting professor in the Department of
English spring semester. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry
Review, Poetry, Ironwood, Kenyon Review, and New Yorker. For more info call
974-5401.

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo
O'Farrill, music director, 8 p.m. TODAY, March 17, in Alumni Memorial
Auditorium. Sponsored by the Cultural Attractions Committee. Call the UT
Central Ticket Office at 974- 3381 for ticket availability.
http://pr.tennessee.edu/news/article.asp?id=1915
:snip

I doubt I'll be able to get to the Jack Gilbert reading tonight, but I'd love to. If anyone goes, let me know how it is. I've heard some rumors that his special topics seminar this semester has been less than expected.

St. Patty's

Happy Saint FatDrunk's Day.

By the way, have you ever stopped to consider the many abbreviations for Saint Patrick's Day?

St. Pat's
St. Patties
St. Paddys
St. Pattys
St. Blaaaaargh

That last one is more of a less formal last-call greeting.

So, yeah. What kind of green be ye wearing today? I broke out an old bright green VBS t-shirt. Represent.

Old n00z

Tuesday, March 16
Some good guys from the AMSN Project over at Sourceforge had their site hacked last week. How low do you have to be to hack an open-source project? Disgusting.

Ides

Monday, March 15
Oh, yeah...beware today. Tis the Ides of March.

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him."

I always heard, "Lend me your rears..."
It flows a lot better when you hear it that way.

In hindsight...

A grad student in law had her laptop swiped from a table at the law library a couple of weeks ago. She saw the guy who had taken it carrying it around, walked up to him and took it back. Pretty ballsy...

Especially considering he is a Brushy Mountain Pen Alum.

To any convicted felons who may be reading this: if you take my laptop, feel free to keep it. Seriously, it's my gift to you.

UT stuff

snippity:
Members of a UT Libraries program for minorities have won the 2004
Cultural Diversity Grant from the American Libraries Association.
http://pr.tennessee.edu/news/article.asp?id=1942

Opening reception and awards ceremony for cARTe blanche, UT's 57th
annual student art competition, 7-9 p.m. TONIGHT, March 15, Ewing Gallery.
Exhibit will run through March 23. http://www.ewing-gallery.org/
:snip

George Mason

Georgetown...George Mason...it's all the same. UT travels to scenic Fairfax to play the Patriots on Wednesday in the opening round of the NIT. That's six times in the last 7 years we've gone to the NIT.

Ain't our mammas proud...

Damn comments

As anyone can plainly see, comments are adding to all posts, which is not how they should work...as if I needed to tell you that. I haven't heard from enetation yet. Anyone recognize the problem? I've fiddled with the plavement of my script a bit, but no dice.

It's really starting to irritate me.

Argh

Saturday, March 13
Astronomy homework is not your friend, no matter what anyone tells you. I'm at a coffee shop in Knoxvegas with a big fat open wi-fi signal, and the best I can do is read my online astronomy text.

Also, my comments are still jacked up.

AOD

Friday, March 12
I'm watching Army of Darkness on AMC right now. What a classic.

Faith has actually fallen asleep in the middle of it. This is a woman who can knit for hours on end...but she can't even endure a couple of hours of Bruce Campbell goodness.

"Good? Bad? I'm the guy with the gun."

heehee

comments

Sorry about the comments fields right now. They're a bit messed up, but I'm working on it. I just upgraded to the non-cheapo version of enetation, and I think there might be a problem with the conversion. I should have it taken care of in a few.

Enetation is good people, though. Feel free to email me in the meantime.

I'd like to thank the people of New Zealand...

Wow, yours truly has been given a little place in the halls of greatness. South Knox Bubba officially welcomed me into the Rocky Top Brigade of bloggers. I am beside myself.

Look at me over there.

Muchas gracias to the good words of Dr. Infozo.

Infozo: 2

Ashby: 0.08

jeorb

There's an excellent employment opportunity at the Hodges Library, and I might just apply for it. I wonder how old the post is and how many applicants they've gotten.

In other words, how desperate are they?

snippity:
SENIOR LIBRARY ASSOCIATE I-Library- Pay Grade 35, $9.79 hr. Regular, F/T Minimum two years of college or equivalent technical processing experience required. Supervisory or training experience required. Cataloging experience or training in database maintenance preferred. Familiarity with government documents preferred. Ability to work independently and interpret and apply standards and procedures. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Experience using Microsoft Office required.
Position Number: 03-767141K
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enetation

Hurrah for Infozo, master of all he surveys. I lost a couple of important little strings of code when I did this little face lift thingee. He has recovered them in short order. If I didn't have so much crap to do this weekend, I'd treat him to an old-skool bender.

Infozo: 1

Ashby: 0

Dowski

Thursday, March 11
Holy shnikes...a friend of mine from when I was a kid in Ohio has a blog. The world has officially shrunk...shrinked...shrunked...gotten smaller.

Yeah, try not to do too many comparisons between our sites. His is a hell of a lot nicer.

How's it going, Chris?

Greenways

Wednesday, March 10
UTK is apparently going to grant easements to Knox County for Greenway expansion. This is somehow in connection with the University's acquisition of 7 acres by the dairy farm, upon which they plan to build a golf course for our golf teams. I have no idea where the connection is, but it sounds good to me. I wonder what sort of easements were requested, and how the county plans to expand the greenways. Anyone know?