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Campus Chatter – March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

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Campus Chatter – March 30, 2012

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The Sicilian Vespers rebellion against Charles I of Naples began today (1282). Also, Joachim Murat issued the Rimini Declaration that inspired Italian unification (1814), the U.S. created the Florida Territory (1822), Dr. Crawford Long used ether as surgical anesthesia (1842), Missouri “Border Ruffians” invaded Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature (1855), the Treaty of Paris ended the Crimean War (1856), Secretary of State William Seward bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million (1867), New York City’s Queensboro Bridge opened (1909), the Treaty of Fez made Morocco a French protectorate (1912), Toronto’s Yonge Street subway line opened (1954), the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was signed (1961), and John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan (1981). And the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act became law (2006).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology consulted colleagues Yin and Yang in researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Aries: Deal with legal matters this weekend. Like your plan to trademark “one of those days.”

Taurus: Try to blend intellect and intuition this weekend. Call it “intellition.”

Gemini: Base relationships on honesty, loyalty, and affection this weekend. Unlike last weekend.

Cancer: Strive for optimal health this weekend. Put off a home improvement project.

Leo: Explore your artistic side this weekend. Finger paint with spilled juice.

Virgo: Investments may look good this weekend. Good looks aren’t everything.

Libra: Base relationships on practical matters this weekend. Wipe the seat after flushing.

Sagittarius: Strangers may admire you this weekend. If only they knew.

Scorpio: Rework your budget this weekend. Remember to carry the square root of -1.

Capricorn: Visualize a long-term project this weekend. Take a nap afterward.

Aquarius: Entertain friends and family this weekend. Prepare several humorous excuses.

Pisces: The world is your oyster this weekend. Beware of seafood allergies.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • winterbanyan

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureImagine, Part I: Creative Individuals
    Midday Matinee at 2pm – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus QuestionWill Douglas’ passionate, well-reasoned message pierce the din of climate change denial?
    Evening Focus – Smartypants with SCOTUS: All or nothing on ACA?
    Our EarthDeepwater Coral Damaged by Deepwater Oil Spill

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureImagine, Part II: Creative Groups
    Furthermore! – The Squirrel with Who Gets Polled: A Follow-Up
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Friday Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Hominin Species Lived Together?

  • LI Mike

    Good morning

    Today I find out if I can navigate my way around the Boca Golf course w/o getting my ball wet. Those water hazards have a way of sneaking up on you.

    Let the kids rule. Our dtr sent us a picture of our grandson taken at the pre-school he attends. 4 boys standing next to the village they created with a block set. The 4 of them arm-in-arm. Each of them distinct by their racial and ethnic features. They only know that they’re buddies.

    • winterbanyan

      That sounds like a wonderful photo, Mike, and it speaks to something very important: racial prejudice is taught, not inherent. How wonderful. I watched my youngest kids grow up in much the same environment.

      Enjoy your day on the course.

      • trs

        Rodgers and Hammerstein had it right: you have to be carefully taught.

    • glendaw271

      Good luck with the golfing today.

    • Gardener

      Awwww……. :smile:

      And yes, keep yer balls dry!

    • trs

      One of the many reasons I gave up golf – my golf balls, like me, can’t swim.

      I also didn’t want to move my clubs 750 miles. My truck and iriti’s car were both full when we moved me here.

    • addisnana

      More kids in more photos like that would help our world be a much better place.

    • NCrissieB

      Try to remember that golf is a game invented by sadists for the enjoyment of masochists, Mike. That may make the splashing sounds less … irksome…. ;-)

      Sounds like a great photo. Buddies, indeed! :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning. It’s currently 29 degrees here, after a somewhat snowy day yesterday. It snowed, but it wasn’t a heavy one – more along the lines of “hmm… yup, there’s snowflakes.” I do now have hot water, I got it fixed yesterday afternoon. Now, off to a dental appointment for a routine cleaning.

    • winterbanyan

      Glad you got your hot water back. :) Life will be so much more comfortable now. I almost said “enjoy your dental appointment” then realized that’s an oxymoron. I hope it’s easy. ;)

    • addisnana

      Yeah for hot water. Good to hear that it’ fixed. :smile:

    • NCrissieB

      I’d say enjoy the dentist, but no one really does. So enjoy the hot shower when you get home. :smile:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • trs

      Glad you have hot water again. I know what a pain it is to be without it!

  • winterbanyan

    Good morning. :)

    I got curious yesterday and went apartment shopping. Not because I want to sell my house, but because I was wondering how the housing crisis has affected rents. My suspicions were right, rents have gone through the roof. It would cost me as much as my mortgage to rent a two-bedroom apartment far smaller than my house. I widened my search area and found nothing any better.

    It saddens me and angers me both. Obama’s attempts to keep people in their homes has been stymied at every turn by banks and mortgage lenders. So you lose your home and have to pay as much or nearly as much to live in a tiny apartment. I can only wonder how people are dealing with this.

    • Gardener

      Seems to me I read that BofA has some sort of program where they’ll rent you the house they just re-po’d from you….. Sorry to hear about the rents though. It’s a business I wouldn’t want to be in on either end…..

      • trs

        One of my brothers once owned a couple houses he rented out. He tried talking me into buying one of them from him and renting it out (it was divided into two apartments). I have always been glad I said no.

      • winterbanyan

        It’s an experimental program. They’re trying it with 1000 houses. You get a three-year-lease at a reduced cost, by which time they hope to have sold the house – so you’ll likely get a new landlord and an increased rent. Sounds to me like delaying the inevitable, although I suppose it could be less traumatic.

        The problem with renting houses though is that you’re still responsible for a lot of the upkeep, like appliance repair.

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Just a quickie today. Gotta blast outta here early. My pal Kenny-Wenny has a day off and we are, hee hee, going down to buy an AR-15 (you read that right, an assault rifle), for his daughter to give to his SIL as an anniversary gift. I figure well, I moved to Southern Illinois, not the other way around…… ;-) This is fairly, uh, unique, as far as anniversary gifts go, IMO…….. Oh well…… There’s a breakfast stop on the itinerary, and the town that has the gun store also has a favorite antique store.

    Hmmmm, PW and I have #42 coming up in October….. Mebbe a twin .50??? Happy anniversary dear, we can throw away the chainsaws, and mow ‘em down with THIS! Ta-da! Better think this one over……….. ;-)

    Best, Gardener

    • NCrissieB

      Umm … maybe you should rethink that anniversary present. The squirrels might not like dodging the ‘mower.’ ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan

      That IS a unique anniversary present. Have a good time shopping. Especially at the antique store.

    • addisnana

      Guns and Roses maybe?

  • trs

    Mobile home parks are not any better. We live in a fairly upscale one. We pay $500 a month for the lot rent – and we’re in the less expensive section of the community. Prices on the mobile homes are similar to those of conventional homes of the same square footage. It’s one of the reasons we decided to buy land and build – we own the home outright, but don’t want to be paying lot rent in our retirement.

    • Gardener

      I had a big idea to move a mobile home out here while we built the house. My wife said, “Well, you can do that if you want to, but I’m not!”

      End of discussion…….. ;-)

      • trs

        They’ve come a long way. I’ve worked on several out here – installing doors, and doing work on ours. A lot of the double wide ones, if you didn’t know it, you would not guess that it’s a mobile home. My major complaint about this one is it only has two bedrooms. Not bad, but means the mother-in-law ends up sleeping on a pull-out sofa bed when she’s here. Fortunately, if anybody else is visiting, there is a decent hotel about 2 miles from here. We had talked about moving this one out to our land while we build the house, but the covenants won’t allow it. That’s ok, though – it means my workshop gets built first (with a bathroom and shower!) so we can camp in there while we’re building the house.

        • winterbanyan

          Down here mobile homes suffer so much in storms that the state finally got around to passing a law to reduce (and perhaps stop) the spread of mobile home developments.

  • addisnana

    Good morning. I saw a new bumper sticker yesterday. It is the symbol for empathy. I did not know empathy had a symbol. You can see it here.

    I can’t figure out how to copy just the symbol so if someone else can, the help would be appreciated.

    • Gardener

      Interesting!

      I wonder what the symbol is for: You’re on your own! ;-)

      • NCrissieB

        I think it’s this, Gardener. :shock:

        Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • NCrissieB

      I love that symbol, addisnana! Thank you for finding it. :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • LI Mike

      Interesting symbol, Addisnana. Blue reaching over to Red, and vice versa, crossing a border to do so. Empathy, could sure use more of that.

    • winterbanyan

      Love the symbol, addisnana. :) Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Now I need to find out how to get one!

    • winterbanyan

      If you click on the line that says get the symbol for free, and don’t have Photoshop, you should get a message that asks if you want to search the web for available software to open the image. If you don’t get the message let me know, because I found free software for downloading a Photoshop file and I can find it again if you need it.

  • trs

    Morning. Have a case of grumpy this morning for some reason. Probably all the cleaning I’ve been doing the past couple days. Going to attempt to enjoy my last day of quiet for the next week and a half. Kidlet has spring break next week and the following Monday. I love her dearly, but teenagers can make a lot of racket – just watching TV. It’s worth it, though. Like I said earlier, I have a case of grumpy today.

    • http://bpicampus.com The BPI Squirrel

      I understand that feeling. When Nancy and Michelle get going, I sometimes wish I could find ear plugs. Alas, my ear tufts get in the way. Sigh. Would you like a macadamia?

      Good day and good nuts.

    • winterbanyan

      Sorry you’re feeling grumpy. That’s never any fun no matter what causes it.

  • Gardener

    Gotta scoot! Later………….G

  • LI Mike

    Speaking of empathy.

    My dtr went to see her boss the other day and explained that she’s really having a hard time juggling a career and tending to family obligations. (My dtr travels a lot for her job.)

    Her boss’s response: We have just the position for you. We’re were talking about creating a new position in the finance dept that would be perfect for you. Less travel, can work in flex hours. It’ll be a lateral move. Spoken like a boss with 2 teenagers.

    Someone pinch me.

    • addisnana

      I love hearing stories like this and I think our kids’ generation has a wonderful sense of being entitled to work-home life balance and making it work. Kudos to her boss and the organization.

    • winterbanyan

      That is really great news, Mike! :) I’m so happy for your daughter, and so pleased her boss was understanding. Wow! We don’t hear enough stories like this.