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Campus Chatter – November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012

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Campus Chatter – November 23, 2012

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

Tens of thousands of Egyptians headed to the atrium of the Sphinx Mall to ask the information desk what holiday they were shopping for, today (1219 BCE*). Also, John Milton published his Areopagitica decrying censorship (1644), fugitive former Tammany Hall leader William “Boss” Tweed was returned New York City after his capture in Spain (1876), the first jukebox began operation in San Francisco’s Palais Royale Saloon (1889), Life was reborn as a photo magazine (1936), the BBC broadcast the first episode of Doctor Who (1963), representatives of the People’s Republic of China were seated at the United Nations (1970), President Ronald Reagan signed a secret directive authorizing the CIA to recruit Contra rebels in Nicaragua, defying an act of Congress (1981), the first Smartphone, IBM Simon, was introduced (1992), Rachel Whiteread won both the Turner Prize for best British modern artist and the K Street Prize for worst artist of the year (1993), 28 nations signed the Convention on Cybercrime (2001), and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected President of Nigeria, the first female leader of an African nation (2005). And after 11 months of protests, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to transfer power to his vice president in exchange for legal immunity (2011).

(* The historicity of this event is in question as only one internet source documents its occurrence.)


The Janitor Professor of Astrology did his holiday shopping earlier this week while preparing the Bippiescopes….

Sagittarius: Avoid distractions this weekend. Wear blinders at the mall.

Capricorn: You may face a dilemma this weekend. Go with the green one.

Aquarius: Avoid rash decisions this weekend. Plan your impulse purchases.

Pisces: Noise and chaos may distract you this weekend. In the parking lot.

Aries: Others may reach out to you this weekend. They want that Wii U.

Taurus: The Moon is in your House of Secrets this weekend. Try the attic.

Gemini: Cleverness is your friend this weekend. That LED Santa tie isn’t.

Cancer: Don’t resist change this weekend. Do count it.

Leo: This weekend may test your courage. Guessing sizes is like that.

Virgo: Trust your hunches this weekend. They want slipper socks this year.

Libra: Stick to your plan this weekend. Some store, somewhere, has one left.

Scorpio: You may sense déjà vu this weekend. You can return the other one.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::

28 Responses to “Campus Chatter – November 23, 2012”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureThank You for … a Year!
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Happee Fangsgibbin Pooties
    Campus QuestionThe most momentous Thanksgiving ever?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureA Message from Your Conscience: Consider the Retail Workers
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Evening Focus at 7pm ET – Winning Progressive with Way to Go, Minnesotans!

  2. trs Says:

    Good morning. Up until after midnight last night – or should I say this morning. We went and saw Jeckyll & Hyde at the Kennedy Center last night. Overall the show was good, but a mixed bag. Was not impressed with Jeckyll/Hyde, but Emma and Lucy were outstanding. Set, lighting, projections, and costumes all were excellent and appropriate. Sound had some issues: Jeckyll’s mic was not tuned in properly and you could not understand some of what he sang/spoke, particularly in the first act. There were also balance issues with the orchestra sometimes overpowering the singers. In the second act, the show got too loud at times, especially on some of Jeckyll/Hyde/s songs. I think this was a case of the sound guys trusting technology too much. They were using a digital sound board (it actually is the big brother of one I own), and just went with what was dialed in and programmed. They didn’t make adjustments, or if they did, didn’t do it enough. Otherwise, a good show.

    I’m working for a few hours today and tomorrow, I didn’t have to, but since I’m not eligible for paid holidays yet (you have to be employed 30 days to be eligible), I figured I’d pick up a few hours so we don’t have to play catch-up so much on Monday. Later today we’re going up to the land, then we’re going to stop at a home improvement store so I can talk gutter guards and ladders with my sister-in-law.

    Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving, and that family events were peaceful.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      The devil is in the details, and when you’re an expert on some things, the details kind of leap out at you. I’m glad you at least thought the show was good overall though.

      That’s good of you to pick up some of the slack over the weekend to make Monday easier on everyone. I somehow suspect that wasn’t expected of you. It sounds like you have a decent boss, a miracle unto itself.

      Have you decided about the foundation yet? Gutter guards sounds like you’re well on your way in the planning.

      • trs Says:

        The gutter guards are for my sister-in-law’s house in Memphis. I’m just giving her advice.

        Still discussing foundation on house. Shop is going to be a treated wood floor (comes with building). Going to do packed gravel to level the land. All shale and rock in that area for ground. Will give good base for our leveling with rock.

        • winterbanyan Says:

          With that kind of substrate, gravel ought to be just the thing. :) At least the home improvement store shouldn’t be mobbed today, but I don’t envy you the traffic. We need to venture out for cat food. We’re wondering how many hours it will take to exit our subdivision.

    • addisnana Says:

      Good of you to pick up some slack by working today and tomorrow. Does your S-I-L have expertise in gutter guards and ladders? I only go to the top of a step ladder. Much more than 11′ off the ground and I get kind of dizzy. Good luck at the home improvement store.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      It sounds as if you have the same issues with life theatre that authors do with novels: every not-quite-perfect point leaps out because you know what to look and listen for. Others might have a vague sense that something wasn’t quite right. You knew exactly what was wrong. Kind of a busman’s holiday…. ;-)

      I hope you had a great Thanksgiving meal and have plenty of leftovers when you finish work today and tomorrow. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  3. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning! It’s currently 26 degrees and clear. There’s supposed to be rain later today, turning in to snow (maybe) tonight. So I guess we could say the weather prediction is for “slush.”

    Yesterday’s trip to my sister’s went off well. Weather was clear, roads were in decent shape, and traffic was moderate. It was interesting to see that there was a band of snow on the ground in the southern part of the county, because farther north or farther south, there isn’t. Thanksgiving is one of our “big get-together” holidays, so sizable percentage of the family was there. The usual amount of food – we’re always ready for drop-in family, guests, random strangers, the 10′th Mountain Division… :lol: – so I now have a take-home platter sitting in my fridge for tonight. On the menu: Turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, cheese potatoes, sweet potatoes, various rolls, breads, and I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting some things. For dessert, pies. Apple, cherry, blueberry, mincemeat, pumpkin, and chocolate mousse.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Ah, leftovers are the best! :) Glad you got to bring a platter home. It sounds scrumptious.

      We’re cold down here, but only temporarily. I was a little shocked to check the temp at 5 am and see it was 38. A bit early in the year for that, I would have said. Maybe not so much anymore. Regardless, we’re headed for Chamber of Commerce weather: it’ll hit 72 today. Tomorrow and Sunday not so much, but I don’t think 69 will bother our snowbirds!

    • addisnana Says:

      I feel full again just reading your list of food. The 10th Mountain Division made me laugh. Sounds like a feast and a good time.

      • Norbrook Says:

        It’s a function of having a large family, most of whom can cook, and those who can have a habit of preparing “enough for everyone, and just to be on the safe side …” :lol: We’re actually much better at coordinating what we bring these days, so there’s no overlap. It’s also not uncommon for various relatives to drop by, or someone brings friends. The reaction is “the plate’s are over there, help yourself, find a chair.” :lol:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I’m glad I’d just swallowed my coffee when I read this….

      The usual amount of food – we’re always ready for drop-in family, guests, random strangers, the 10th Mountain Division…

      :lol: :lol: :lol:

      We had enough food for the 10th Mountain Divisions’ extended family. When the refrigerator says “I feel stuffed,” maybe you made too much….

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  4. winterbanyan Says:

    A great Thanksgiving was had by all. At least I assume so. :) No complaints and plenty of conversation and laughter. We managed, somehow, not to get at all frenetic with the prep, and we had a veritable buffet of selections. I also highly recommend wild rice stuffing made with craisins, mirepoix and some giblet juice. :)

    It was a day on which I was truly grateful, a very welcome feeling. I hope you all enjoyed your days as much!

    Hugggs to all!

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Thanksgiving was (urrp) wonderful (ahh). When last I looked, there were enough leftovers to be tonight’s dinner. Some might call this “cooking too much.” Others might call it “planning ahead.” ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. addisnana Says:

    Good morning. So after the joy and blessings of the day, last night I watched “Doomsday Preppers.” I’m quite sure it wasn’t intended as a comedy but I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. I am told that someone bought the National Geographic channel. The real National Geographic people of days gone by would probably be appalled at this. The same guys were featured in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. What an odd combination of “fear” and wackiness. My favorite was the woman who was holding her divorce decree where she was awarded custody of the prepper goods but he was holed up with those goods and all the guns.

    Laughter aside and granting that a certain amount of emergency preparedness is a good thing, this was also very sad. What a terrible way to live. Having drills to practice killing your neighbors?

    Okay, enough of that. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving! A bunch of people working together in a kitchen is so much fun. Watching a master chef at work is even more fun.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I saw a few minutes of Doomsday Preppers once, several months ago, and had the same response. Their promo this season has one prepper looking at the camera and asking “Am I crazy, or are you?” Umm, I can answer that, if he’d really like to know….

      As for this …

      Watching a master chef at work is even more fun.

      :oops: Thank you!

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Those Doomsday Preppers are something else. The ones I really worry about are the ones who raise their kids this way, complete with “bugout” bags and gas masks, and plenty of training on how to escape when it comes. Whatever “it” is.

      I sometimes think child welfare services should be looking into whether this is a healthy way to raise children. While I realize that all over the world there are parents who have no choice in such things, we don’t have that excuse here. An unnecessary environment of fear an paranoia can’t be good.

      Aside from that, I’m thrilled you had a great time yesterday. :)

    • Norbrook Says:

      Survivalists are the fruitcakes that take what could be a good thing, and turn it up to 11. :roll: They also ignore that people aren’t “lone survivors.” We’re social animals, and we’ve got where we are by cooperation.

    • Jim W Says:

      Pandora treated me to Be Prepared while I read this.

  6. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    Cannot tarry! We’re having our eldest daughter and S-I-L for a 1:00 PM turkey dinner. PW stays up late making preparations, my job is to get up early and combine the ingredients and make the stuffing, then get ol’ Tom into the oven. Better roll……..

    Yesterday at Kenny-Wenny’s was great. But I would say, “If your BBQ is so large that it can only be moved by a tractor, you might be a redneck!”

    Will check in later. Adios!

    Best, G

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Okay, that line about the BBQ had me rolling. :lol: Enjoy your second Thanksgiving with SIL and eldest daughter. This is the one where you get the leftovers, right? (Not that I consider leftovers and important part of this whole deal. Always better the second day…)

    • addisnana Says:

      Enjoy your second turkey dinner and your family today. The redneck BBQ comment was too funny. :lol:

      Photos still stuck in my camera and the cord which connects camera to computer still not found. If it wasn’t black Friday, I’d just go buy another cord. A new cord may be a possibility after this weekend.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Okay … finally drifted back through and saw the BBQ-towed-by-a-tractor. Soooo glad I was out of coffee. Having to buy a new keyboard today would be … messy. :lol: :lol: :lol:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  7. Gardener Says:

    :smile: Sounds like everyone had a good time yesterday!

  8. Gardener Says:

    Tom is in the oven, and 5 minutes early at that. Didn’t add the giblets to the stuffing this year, so we’ll see……….

    Best, G

  9. sjterrid Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! :smile: Sounds like you all had a great Thanksgiving. We spent Thanksgiving at my cousin’s house yesterday. Great food and good time had by all. My husband and I are leaving for Greece today. We’re going to be there for a week, so we can be there for his mother’s first year’s memorial. Unfortunately, two days will be spent on traveling.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Enjoy the trip, Terri! Take lots of photos and share with us when you get back? :grin:

      Good afternoon! ::hugggggs::