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Campus Chatter – May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012

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Campus Chatter – May 4, 2012

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Pope Alexander VI divided the New World between Spain and Portugal today (1493). Also, Peter Minuit arrived in New Netherland, now Manhattan Island (1626), Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (1675), the Cornwall Railway opened (1859), the Haymarket Square Riot erupted (1886), the U.S. began construction of the Panama Canal (1904), Al Capone began his prison sentence for income tax evasion (1932), Marines intervened to stop a riot at Alcatraz Prison (1946), the first Grammy Awards were presented (1959), the Freedom Riders began their journey (1961), National Guard troops killed four student protesters at Kent State University (1970), Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1979), former White House aide Oliver North was convicted on charges related to the Iran-Contra Scandal (1989), and “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was sentenced to life in prison (1998). And the Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum opened (2001).

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The Janitor Professor of Astrology polished his telescope while researching this week’s Bippiescopes….

Taurus: Try to avoid distraction this weekend. Do that other thing first.

Gemini: Maintain your calm center this weekend. In spite of those idiots.

Cancer: This is your weekend to shine. Don’t forget the hubcaps and windows.

Leo: This is your weekend to be bold and decisive. Unless you’re not sure.

Virgo: Take your creativity to new heights this weekend. Paint the ceiling.

Libra: Your feelings may deceive you this weekend. Or you may outsmart them.

Scorpio: Reach out for your dreams this weekend. Yes, that sofa looks comfy.

Sagittarius: Be wary of emotional manipulation this weekend. Or else we’ll all feel bad.

Capricorn: Your present and future may conflict this weekend. Or maybe that’s next week.

Aquarius: Be skeptical of glib advice this weekend. Except this, of course.

Pisces: Don’t be ashamed of your idealism this weekend. If only everyone listened.

Aries: This is your weekend to lead. Maybe others will follow this time.

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Good morning! ::hugggggs::


  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe Self-Made Myth, Part I: Makers and Takers
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursdai Furries
    Campus QuestionWill the right ever acknowledge the human price of their hate speech?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureThe Self-Made Myth, Part II: The Built-Together Reality
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Friedai Critters
    Campus QuestionAre GOP austerity policies slowing the recovery?
    Our EarthEPA Implementing Smog Standards

  • addisnana

    Good morning!

    If you are a fan of National Geographic Wild Ely’s North American Bear Center will be featured in the series that starts May 6. The series is entitled Planet Earth Live and is filmed in partnership with the BBC.

    The BBC says that the series will “follow the real life and death struggles of baby animals from around the world. It is a critical moment in these young animals’ lives, as they try to survive the most challenging month of year.”
    The Ely bears, grey whales in the Pacific, meerkats in South Africa, baby elephants in Kenya, macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka, and lions of the Masaai Mara are being featured.

    The North American Bear Center has a variety of live web cams if you’re curious now.

    • winterbanyan

      Very cool, addisnana! I’m looking forward to it.

      I hope yesterday turned out better for you. :)

    • NCrissieB

      I’ll have to set my DVR to record that. I tried to look at their live webcam but it said the page had been removed. :(

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently 51 degrees here, and cloudy. We’re expecting rain again today, but it should be clearing up soon. On today’s project list is to drop off a bunch of supply requests, and make a run to the transfer station to get rid of the huge amount of paperwork/accumulated crap. I also have to file “a few” :roll: maintenance requests, along with seeing about getting rid of some old equipment. The supervisor who was a “pack rat” (he left about 3 years ago), managed to somehow keep around 2 old gas stoves, two washing machines, and an old water heater – which are currently in the HQ’s basement. Between those, and the stuff that’s supposed to be stored there, I have no room down there.

    I talked to my aunt last night. She’s still in the hospital, but has been moved to the cardiac care unit. The cardiologists have been over her with a fine tooth comb, and she doesn’t have congestive heart failure. She had a major heart attack. :shock: She’s scheduled for a cath and possible stenting on Monday. They’d do a bypass, but they said they didn’t think she’d survive it. :-( I think the reality of her condition has started her to (finally) understand that she can’t keep staying where she is, and that she needs to look after herself. Besides my talking to her, one of my cousins along with her youngest daughter and two of my sisters went to visit her in the hospital and also made that point clear. I know her sister (my other aunt) in Florida is also on the phone with her making that point. The “clan pressure” is starting to build, and finally she’s starting to listen.

    • addisnana

      It sounds like your Aunt is making progress. Is someone researching her living options for where she can go when she leaves the hospital?

      When you write about the pack rat former supervisor, it makes me wonder about myself and any savings tendencies I have. I’ve made lots of progress simplifying my life. My bookmark folder is however jam packed. I think I should practice deleting stuff on the next rainy day. :smile:

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        Yes, we are. ;-) In fact, she does have options, which is what we’ve been telling her for a couple of months now.

        I tend to be a “computer pack rat” as well. I have multiple folders loaded up with bookmarks. Organized mayhem, really. :razz: But that place is just beyond pack ratting, it went into major hoarding. The staffer who is helping me once worked for that supervisor, and has been telling me stories about that. I believe them, too, after going through filing cabinets and closets there. Cases of out-of-date blank forms, more boxes containing old reports and files, and “parts that might be useful someday.” :roll: No, I don’t need a handset for a rotary phone, and I already know that HQ is not interested in copies of files for the past 16 years. I also don’t need toner cartridges and printer ribbons for printers we haven’t used in 10 years. Yeesh…

        • Gardener

          Cyber hoarding doesn’t count. Ya gotta have real stuff! ;-)

    • winterbanyan

      I’m so sorry about your aunt. And from experience with my dad, I can tell you stents worked better for him than his original bypasses (two surgeries, five veins when all was said and done) so I hope this turns into good news for your aunt and the family.

      I’m glad she’s starting to listen. We reach a point in life where we not only owe it to ourselves, but owe it to those who love us, to do the wise thing even if we don’t like it.

      Your basement sounds like a nightmare. :(

      • Gardener

        TWO old stoves? Ah, the possibilities……. :smile: Sounds like a gas-fired B-B-Q waiting to be built!

    • NCrissieB

      I’m glad your aunt is starting to listen and weigh other options.

      As for the packratishnessitudality of your predecessor … at least he didn’t collect syllables. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • LI Mike

    I learned a new acronym last night — HAB, or Harmful Algae Bloom. At a packed room at the Westhampton Beach Library, Stony Brook Univ Prof, Chris Gobler, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, enlightened the community about our Brown tides, Red tides and the various harmful organisms that are creating havoc in our waterways.

    The really scary part: 90% of homes on the east end of LI use septic systems and cesspools. The scary stuff is leaching out, hitting our ground water and trickling into the bays. On average, it takes 10 years for the nitrogen effluent to reach our waterways. The brown and red tides we’ve experienced recently are the effect of 2001-2002 effluent.

    To compound matters. when the algae dies off, CO2 is released effecting the acidity of the water.

    As a community and political entity, we have big choices to make. On 5/15 there is a conference on new septic systems. New and improved systems will mitigate the problem. Prof Gobler also mentioned stategic placement of shellfish because of their poweful filtration systems, also replanting eelgrass will help. Of course, less development, less fertilizer wll help.

    If we start now, our grandkids can look forward to cleaner waters.

    :sad:

    • winterbanyan

      I’m glad you had that meeting. Sometimes we have to look facts in the eye and start acting, and it sounds as if your community is about to do that.

    • addisnana

      If I am understanding this, if you could wave a magic wand and put in city sewer and proper waste treatment or very good septics it would be 10 years before HAB would disappear? Wow! And it will probably take a magic wand to get some people to pay for the systems that will protect the water.

      • winterbanyan

        That is rather mind-boggling, never mind the folks who won’t want to pay for a change-over.

      • LI Mike

        Exacto, Addisnana.

        • Gardener

          Are they talking about converting to aeration septic systems then…?

    • NCrissieB

      Cue conservative outrage about government meddling in private property in 3…2…1….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • addisnana

        Except that if you had a multi-million dollar property on the bay or ocean, part of the value of the property is the water. I think that big mansions are rarely built overlooking sewage dumps. Protecting the value of their property may overrule distaste for government intervention. In this case everyone has to do it for it to work. Ha! We are all in this together.

  • winterbanyan

    Saw a fascinating movie last night (couldn’t sleep because back was out) and highly recommend it. Titled I AM, it is by the filmmaker who gave us ACE VENTURA and other comedies. He had a life changing experience and went around asking “What is wrong with the world?” and “What can we do to fix it?”

    He spoke not only to some very wise people, but to scientists as well. In the end, he concludes that a better world is not merely an impossible utopian dream. It’s in our genes.

    Very stirring and motivating both. :)

    • Gardener

      Wow! When did it come out? Can you imagine the possibilities if Hollywood had decided on a major PR effort for that film? I mean, yeah, as incongrous as a Dalai Lama theme park, but still…… ;-)

      • winterbanyan

        Since 2010, I know that much. Tom Shadyac is the producer, director and primary cast member. It was a fascinating journey, and what he discovered about the animal kingdom alone is enough to make us sit up and take notice.

        I saw it on the OWN network, so it may be available for viewing at their site, or they may list its next airings. I highly recommend it. It’s a truly progressive film.

    • NCrissieB

      I’ll have to watch that one sometime. Sounds fascinating. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • winterbanyan

        It was fascinating. By the time it was done I was full of hope and a little choked up, and determined to do my bit.

  • Gardener

    Good morning all.

    Missed being here yesterday, but logged 202M round-trip attending a funeral in beautiful south/central Missouri. A buddy I worked with on the RR lost his wife in a most tragic manner, and although he wasn’t a real close friend, I thought it would help him to just be there and thereby show support. Three minor children at home, is an awful situation……

    Wednesday saw a lot of progress on the conveyor carriage. Had to ask Kenny Wenny to help me remove from sawbucks and lower to shop floor. Was too heavy for me by myself. Nearly like the guy who built the boat in his basement……… Just a bit more fitting of the conveyor to the carriage, will be ready for paint.

    Garden drying well after the storms of last weekend. Guess will spend the day out there. Need to be in 2 places at once! Eldest daughter and SIL visited yesterday evening. SIL has lost his father, so memorial service Saturday. Gave them some rhubarb. Hoping fer pie!

    Hope all reasonably well with you this day. Life is precious!

    Best, G

    • addisnana

      It was so good of you to go to the funeral of your co-worker’s wife. Sorry to hear about your SIL’s dad. You are so right that life is precious. Hugs to you and yours, G.

    • winterbanyan

      I’m so sorry for your friend’s loss, Gardener. And very sorry your SIL lost his father.

      At least the conveyor is coming along!

    • NCrissieB

      Thank you for taking care of your friend, Gardener. I’m sure your thoughtfulness was and will be appreciated.

      As for the guy who built the boat in his basement … that sounds like the makings of a Tuesday’s Tale…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        Thank you all for your kind words.

        Best, G

  • Gardener

    I’d better get to work…….. ;-)

    Absolutely top-notch Eugene Robinson this morning. An accompanying cartoon features BHO in a mountain “HOTEL AFGHANISTAN,” with the words underneath, “You can check out any time you like, but….” Well-worth the read, IMO.

    Hugggs, G

  • Jim W

    We are in South Korea. We are in Afghanistan. We have Defense Attaches all over the world. Employment opportunities abound.