Saturday, December 24, 2005

Holiday Joy Season

So it's been a long few weeks here... I apologize, as I have been too busy to keep my five readers up-to-date on content.

School:
Done with my last real term, I can finally sit back and breathe easy. My grades were okay, I got a C, two Bs, and an A so far. English is still out, so I don't get to celebrate just yet (in spite of being confident of A or B level work). I did nothing but write papers for the last three weeks of the semester, so I don't know how well they ended up, especially the later of the series. Next term I'm registered for Germanic Mythologies and the survey Shakespeare course. That's it, then: done.

Work:
I'd been getting done preparing for the next Coordinator to take over while I stepped up to be interim supervisor of classroom support operations. I continued doing nice things for the people I thought deserved it, but in my race to get out of the office Wednesday night, I forgot to run reports for the winter term. Oh well, I'll have to do that when I get back. No big deal.

Utah:
I'm in Sandy right now. I've been going ape about the birds outside, though it's led to my Quixotic quest to retreive a reasonably close picture of a magpie. They're afraid of me; it's somewhat depressing. The blue jays here are very tame, though. They'll come down and grab peanuts while I'm standing between six and eight feet away. I've never had a bird do such a thing before, so that's a neat experience. I'll have to share the better pictures of both the jays and the flickers when I get them developed.

I return the fifth of January. Until then, I'd recommend you contact me by way of phone.

For what it's worth, Happy day of rest of your choosing or no day of rest at all depending on your tastes and customs.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Fun with IM

Nat: i'm all about formula sheets and not knowing anything else going in to it
Nat: into
Nat: but
Nat: should you try to learn, I bid thee good luck
Caleb: haha
Caleb: thd
Caleb: x
Caleb: I think
Nat: wink
Caleb: good luck to you also
Caleb: wink
Nat: WHOAAAAOO
Caleb: what were YOU thinking
Nat: WHOOA HO HO HOOOOO
Nat: :-!
Caleb: sure
Caleb: santa

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Oh and only the internet

Saddam's trial?
Look at that. No wonder everyone says Saddam Hussein won't be able to get a fair trial, no matter where it's held.

Friday, December 9, 2005

Pointers

So the original name scheme:

Ron: Microwave Madré
Caleb: Gamma Ray Gorge

or M-squared and Garage, respectively

Then:
Me: Steve the Microwave Madré
Ron: Gamma Ray Gorge
Caleb: "John" Oat Bread, then Stick Chaw
Jeff: Loco Guapo Fernandéz

Has become this:

Me: Steve the Microwave Madré
Ron: Gamma Ray Gorge
Caleb: Radar Rodriguéz
Jeff: Nameless Nate

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Nat: caleb gets to be radar rodriguéz
Nat: because "John" Oat Bread was apparently not funny enough
Nat: we should thus call you nameless nate
Jeff: haha
Jeff: which is even funier because you actually are a nate
Nat: yeah you know what, I like that

Monday, December 5, 2005

I FREAKIN TOLD YOU SO

According to the R.H. Smith School of Business's Administrative Phone list, 4-SNOW is a real campus number. However, this afternoon, as snow was falling at its peak rate, calling 301-314-7669 resulted in "You have reached a disconnected number at the University of Maryland, College Park." 5-SNOW was, however, successful.

What is it, college? Huh? I wanted to go home!

Sunday, December 4, 2005

I found a bird

Preemptive shut the hell up.

I watched "Winged Migration" last night... that movie is incredible, especially because I'm a bird nerd and a photographer. If you are either of those things, I'd suggest you watch it, but if you are either of those things, you've probably already seen it and I'm just basking in being behind the times and having movies recommended to me based on the (what I feel to be substandard) pictures I put up in the office.

Ducks

It's going to snow tomorrow. 4-6 inches total, they say, though I don't know how much of that might melt off during the storm. Go snow, cancel tuesday morning.

...

Actually, if you could just cancel my family studies class tomorrow, that would be fantastic.

Friday, December 2, 2005

I've seen global warming

I found a great deal of amusment and wonder in this radar/surface condition map from weather.com on the 28th of November... I saved it, but I forgot to show anyone until tonight. You'll notice crazy frontal systems, weather of every type onboard, and well I guess that's it.

No alt, you have to actually see this

Thursday, December 1, 2005