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Campus Chatter – March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

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Campus Chatter – March 29, 2012

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Brazil’s first capital, Salvador da Bahia, was founded today (1549). Also, Swedish colonists established New Sweden in what is now Delaware (1638), President Thomas Jefferson authorized work to begin on the Cumberland Road, the first federal highway (1806), Queen Victoria assented to the British North America Act that established the Dominion of Canada (1867), John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola (1886), the North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement took effect (1941), the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México was founded (1946), the Twenty-third Amendment was ratified (1961), Mariner 10 flew past Mercury (1974), and Prince Edward Island’s Catherine Callbeck became the first Canadian woman to win a provincial premiership in a general election (1993). And 35 countries and over 370 cities participated in the first Earth Hour (2008).

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

51 Responses to “Campus Chatter – March 29, 2012”

  1. winterbanyan Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning Feature – Winning Progressive with Progressives and Democratic Primaries
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with Health Care: Who Gets Polled?
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with A Numbers Game
    Campus QuestionDoes either of Sharpton’s roles undermine the other?
    Evening Focus – Winning Progressive with ObamaCare, Its Benefits, and Why Its Critics Are Wrong
    Our EarthExtinction: Gradual and Abrupt

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureImagine, Part I: Creative Individuals
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee at 2pm – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Evening Focus at 7pm ET – Smartypants with SCOTUS: All or nothing on ACA?
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Deepwater Coral Damaged by Deepwater Oil Spill

  2. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning. It’s currently 33 degrees here, and supposed to get up to 40 later today. They’re saying we might get rain, or up to an inch of snow. :roll: My hot water heater is still not fixed, I’m hoping for today. I have to remind my landlady, it’s not just showers I need the hot water for. I sort of like to do my dishes as well.

    Speaking of Mariner and Mercury, we have a probe orbiting the planet, MESSENGER. It’s finding some very interesting features there. That’s what I always find so interesting about space exploration. We go out looking for answers, and come back with more questions. :lol:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Dishes? You want clean dishes? So much for that college dorm man-cave with the pizza boxes and paper plates stacked all the way up one wall and clothes that walk to the laundry while you’re asleep…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Norbrook Says:

        While I’m not a neat freak, I never went down that path. It’s not so much “dishes” as it is “pots and pans.” I have a limited supply of those.

        • NCrissieB Says:

          I think most men outgrow the college-dorm-man-cave at some point, and many never go there at all. It’s been fascinating to watch the evolution of the Springoffs’ rooms. They all went through a Why Bother To Clean It Up When It Will Just Get Messy Again phase. That usually ended when they reached the Why Can’t I Ever Find Anything I Want phase … or when they moved out and hit the Maybe Mom Wasn’t Such An Idiot After All phase.

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • Norbrook Says:

            I tend to be one of those “binge cleaners.” There’s a point where I suddenly go and clean everything, then I go back into “meh” mode. But I never get to the point of “man cave.” :lol: I remember wanting to kill the people I shared an apartment with, after I returned from a six week TDY, only to find every single dish and pan in the place piled in the sink, with garbage can overfilled with paper plates and take-out containers. There’s difference between “I waited a day or two to do dishes” and “I don’t do them at all.”

          • trs Says:

            If I could only get Kidlet out of the “Why Bother To Clean It Up” phase. I realize a lot of it has to do with her ADHD (I know this from experience – you should have seen my desk yesterday).

            • NCrissieB Says:

              The key is to remember that it is a phase – for most people – and she will grow out of it on her own at some point. My experience was that I couldn’t do much about it in the meantime, except to step in when the messes got too messy … leaving food scraps in their rooms, or ‘their’ mess spilling out into the rest of the house.

              Some of it may be ADHD. Most of it is probably NCBS … Normal Childhood Behavior Syndrome. ;-)

              Good morning! ::hugggggs::

              • trs Says:

                The rule here is that iriti does not go into Kidlet’s bedroom for any reason. If any parent has to go into the bedroom at any time, it is me (with permission). Just like the rule will be iriti will not be in the car when Kidlet is driving. I will be the parent in the car with her then. I have more patience, I am told.

                • addisnana Says:

                  My rule for my sons was no food or pop cans in the bedroom. As a demo I let them see just how many ants came for the not empty Mt. Dew can and asked them if they wanted to sleep with ants crawling all over them.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      That was a fascinating photo, Norbrook, and I agree with you about space exploration. It often shows us things we’ve never seen before and raises questions. We think we know so much….

      Sorry you’re still waiting on the water heater. Bad enough having to go to another apartment to shower, but having a problem doing dishes would be beyond enough.

  3. winterbanyan Says:

    Good morning, everyone. :)

    It’s going to be an interesting morning. I forgot to get more soy creamer for my coffee, so there is no coffee, at least until later. I think I’ll survive. ;)

    I got sandbagged on my taxes over the tuition credit. It seems my daughter’s former college reports tuition on the academic year and scholarships and grants on the calendar year. I need to call them about this. I don’t see how you can use two different years on your reporting to the IRS. In fact, upon reading 1098T instructions, it clearly says to use calendar year for both. And since she transferred to a new college because the previous one had reduced her grants so much last fall that she had to pay huge sums out of pocket, it’s even more maddening. I wonder if I’ll get anywhere when I call this morning.

    I know my son’s college didn’t report this way.

    Hope you are all well this morning! Hugggs. :)

    • NCrissieB Says:

      To err is human. To really foul things up, you need a college financial aid department…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • Norbrook Says:

      See, that’s why I drink my coffee black. That way I don’t have to suffer more than the few minutes it takes for the pot to brew. ;-)

      • trs Says:

        I drink coffee black, or with sugar, or with cream, or with cream and sugar. Depends on what mood I’m in. Today it’s Splenda and chocolate caramel fake cream.

    • Gardener Says:

      Make mine black please…..

      Last night I read that Willard had cancelled the car elevator for his new mansion in La Jolla. That’s roughing it! I don’t see how a person could possibly survive without a car elevator, do you?

      Best, G

      • NCrissieB Says:

        Now the chauffeur will have to take the stairs! :shock:

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan Says:

        I guess he figures the car elevator would be difficult to explain to the public. Never mind that he’s still going to have a basement bigger than the house for his cars…

      • addisnana Says:

        I feel bad for the car elevator lobbyist who put in all that time getting special permits and now his project gets scrapped in a futile attempt for his client to seem more like Joe the plumber and less like a vulture capitalist.

  4. addisnana Says:

    Good morning. It is 40 here and some rain likely but mostly tonight. The expected high is 59 degrees.

    Paul Ryan’s Path to Poverty will be voted on in the house floor today.

    House Republicans are poised to vote Thursday to drastically transform Medicare and spark another potential government shutdown battle.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Okay, I’m in despair mode again. The constant assaults on this country are wearing me out. And that’s what they are: assaults.

      • addisnana Says:

        I get the despair mode, winter. I switch between time to write to my congress critters (despair and please don’t let them get away with this) and the need to read a nice escape novel or take a walk in the woods and forget about it.

        • winterbanyan Says:

          Good common sense, addisnana. Sometimes it just seems to hit hard. When it does, a break is definitely in order.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      The GOP Path to Poverty abrogates the debt ceiling agreement both the Senate and House approved last August. Apparently House Republicans don’t much worry about keeping their word….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • trs Says:

        The TGOP has been going back on that agreement ever since it kicked in. They’re treating it like, “Wait a minute – you mean we actually have to DO those things we talked about? We didn’t actually mean it, you know.”

        • NCrissieB Says:

          And that’s a message we Democratic activists must emphasize when we talk with voters over the coming months. Polls show trust in government nearing all-time lows. To restore that trust, we must elect people who follow through on their agreements.

          Note: that’s not quite the same as “people who keep their promises.” All candidates make promises based on conditions that may not develop or continue. But when elected officials make agreements, and the conditions on which those agreements are based have not changed … we can and should expect them to keep those agreements.

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. trs Says:

    Good morning. 52 here, predicted to get up to 60. Fun day yesterday with thunderstorms coming through. Two lightning strikes at iriti’s work – one hit the shipping trailer, where she had spent the previous three days covering for the guy that is usually in there. She was in her office when it hit, which is about 100 yards from said trailer. The other strike hit the electronic entrance gate for the plant. No injuries, but there is no power to the shipping trailer currently – the electrical system is fried.

    Gave the photo CDs from Friday’s portrait session to the piano teacher Tuesday. She relayed them to the student. So far, everybody seems happy with the results. Kidlet’s piano teacher is a harpist that performs for weddings, etc. She has a web site and is thinking about having me do updated photos for the site, and help her update the look of the site as well.

    • addisnana Says:

      Was anyone in the shipping trailer when the lightning hit? Glad that iriti is safe.

      The photos sound wonderful. Do you have a website for your photography? I’ve gotten to see some here but maybe it is a business?

      • trs Says:

        I believe the guy that supervises the shipping yard was in the trailer at the time. He’s OK, other than being understandably shaken up. Iriti was in the process of getting quotes on a new shipping trailer office anyway – this may speed the purchasing process up a bit. I think they should build a building, myself, but they want flexibility for now.

        I don’t have a photography website. I used to when I lived in Illinois and did more actor headshots and model portfolios. If this keeps up I will create a new site – I may do one anyway in the next few weeks.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Lightning strikes are why I went to law school. The apartment I was living in got hit three times one summer, and several appliances got fried. I asked the apartment manager what he could do about it, and he just shrugged. I called a lawyer and explained why I thought the apartment manager should have to put in surge suppressors. (Back then you couldn’t get individual ones.) The lawyer said: “Well, that’s not the law … but it’s a really good legal argument. Have you thought about going to law school?”

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • trs Says:

        The word “lightning” ended up getting me second place in an 8th Grade spelling bee. I misspelled it “lighting.” I think it was foreshadowing my future theatre and photography interests.

      • Norbrook Says:

        One of the things I used to have to do for people was write up “computer was struck by lightning” statements for their insurance companies. Usually it was because they didn’t have a surge protector on their modem lines. Given the number of lightning storms in the area, I had it down to a science, along with a pretty good business selling replacement modems if the rest of the computer didn’t get fried.

        • trs Says:

          I’ve done that statement for light boards and dimmers that have caught on fire. They can be finicky. I can imagine how many you wrote with that business.

          • Norbrook Says:

            When I worked in a hospital’s IT department, one of the things I tried to get the consultants who were designing the new server room to do was to put in surge protectors and breakers for the phone lines to the dictation servers. They assured management that “those weren’t necessary,” there was “a lightning breaker on the main line,” and of course they were too expensive. :roll: Just after we started up the new room, a major storm system hit, with an incredible amount of lightning. Which fried every port that had been in use when it it. Considering that 24-port phone cards cost $15K apiece (at the time), and three of them had to be replaced, suddenly “surge protection” became a necessity. :roll: Even then, I had to have the company that had the warranty contract throw their weight behind it. They told the VP that if it wasn’t done, the next time it happened – and it would – they weren’t going to cover it. :lol:

            • trs Says:

              I ran into a similar issue when revamping the light booth at the college I used to work for. We had just bought a $4000 sound board, another $3000 in processing equipment and amplifiers, and the VP for Finance (who later on went on to be the college President, much to the detriment of the institution) didn’t want to spend $1000 for power conditioners/surge suppressors to protect the new equipment (ignoring the fact that a $250,000 lighting upgrade was already on the books for the next year, with $8000 of that being a new light board). I went to the then-college President, who was a big fan of the theatre department. She overruled him. He went to the Board of Trustees, where he had a couple pet board members. I ended up going to a board meeting to justify the purchase of the power conditioners/surge suppressors. I came in armed with statements from the head of the Sound Design program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (who was also the USITT Sound Program chair), the lead designer of Meyer Sound (who also is on the USITT Sound Program committee), and the President of ETC (who was making out lighting equipment) – all saying basically that they would be nuts NOT to get this stuff. They still argued over it – but I ended up winning by a 5-2 vote. That VP (now President) never did like me after that. (It also helps to know people in high places).

              • Norbrook Says:

                The consultants argument was that there was a lightning protector on the line. But what it was, was a “blowout fuse.” That is, if lightning struck the line, the fuse would blow. Fine, except that it did nothing for surges due to nearby lightning strikes, and even with a direct hit, by the time it blew, the boards would have been fried. Still, there’s nothing like telling a VP that there’s $45,000 worth of damage, and at that, we were lucky. It didn’t fry one board, didn’t cause any other problems (like burn out the $20K RAID board), and the backup server, with 2 boards wasn’t affected. As I said to my boss, “he had a conniption fit about spending $2K on surge protectors, and we damn near lost a $100K mission-critical server because of it.”

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Lightning strikes are terrifying…and kind of exciting, I must admit. We had one near the entrance to our community that left a power line on the ground sizzling and a grass fire. The fire department arrived first, but all they could do was keep people from getting too close. Not until the power company came could anyone do anything about the fire. I mean, who is going to spray water on a hot, sparking electrical line? Hours later the ground was still smouldering.

      I’m glad iriti wasn’t in the trailer, but the strike being so close must have startled her.

      You are a great photographer, trs. It’s so nice that girl has photos she’s pleased with. And I hope you get the job of updating the piano teacher’s website. :)

      • trs Says:

        Iriti went on an anxiety med over the winter. It proved its worth yesterday. She stayed calm and handled the situation well.

        Thanks for the compliments on my photography. I think it may be genetic – my mother and father were both photographers. When I still lived in my father’s house, I had a darkroom set up in the basement. I was using my mother’s enlarger. My all-time favorite black and white photo that I’ve done was printed in that darkroom. It’s a waterfall from a local state park in Illinois that I shot one early morning in March, 1988 (I was a midnight radio DJ at the time). There are only three prints in existence. One is hanging on the wall about 4′ from me right now, one is over a fireplace at a friend’s house in Illinois (they asked for it as a wedding present), and the third was buried with my father. It was his favorite photo out of my work.

        • winterbanyan Says:

          That was a touching tribute to your father, trs. If you still have the original negative, maybe you should consider marketing that photo (and some of your others). You are truly gifted.

          • trs Says:

            I do have the original negative, but it’s in Illinois. Next time I go home I need to go through my negatives (and a ton of Kodachrome slides).

  6. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    A solid 60 degrees, clouds, and a threat of rain. State tax refund check arrived yesterday. Will deposit and use to ransom P/U truck in shop for tires, A/C. service, and tuneup. Ought to just fit!

    Finished painting the food conveyor frame yesterday. Have some odds and ends to go, but painting is nearly complete. Will need to start on carriage next week. Also must travel to the pantry and make a hole in the closet wall to accept the upper end of the conveyor. Hmmmm…. there’ll be some head scratching involved. Mebbe a warm bath?

    Taters are coming up in garden! Tied the peas to the bottom of the fence. Hoed around in the spinach, and trimmed part of it back to nubs, hoping to delay bolting, we’ll see….. New-sown lettuce, spinach, radishes, kohlrabi, and kale are sprouting just fine. Carrots are lagging, as is normal. L-o-n-g germination time for carrots! A few shoots of sweet corn were out yesterday, but the soil could be warmer for them, I guess. Worked on reviving an old lawn mower, mowed our prairie patch at the request of PW in PM. Showered and still made Lenten service!

    Regards, Mr. Busy ;-)

    • trs Says:

      You are busy, G! Congrats on the refund – we’re paying in, thanks in part to my unemployment. We knew we would be and are prepared for it.

      You had a busy day yesterday and make a lot of us look like slackers. All I did was start on spring cleaning (which I hate to do, but with the right music can get through it). I’ll be doing more of that today.

      • winterbanyan Says:

        One hand giveth and the other taketh away. Considering the size of unemployment benefits (small) I wonder that we continue to tax them. That has to be a serious burden on some.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      A warm bath may indeed help with figuring out how to make the hole in the wall for that conveyor. Or you could use the Mythbusters approach…. ;-)

      Glad to hear the Official BPI Garden of Envy is coming along nicely. When will you have photos?

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      It’s so nice to hear about your garden, Gardener. :) Very nice. I love the updates.

      Congrats on the refund. The timing seems very fortunate.