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Campus Chatter – December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012

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Campus Chatter – December 28, 2012

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Westminster Abbey was consecrated today (1065). Also, Galileo Galilei saw Neptune and mistook it for a star (1612), construction began on Toronto’s Yonge Street, once the longest street in the world (1795), Vice President John Calhoun resigned (1832), South Australia and Adelaide were founded on the same day Spain recognized Mexico’s independence (1836), Iowa became our 29th state (1846), Midway Atoll became the first non-continental U.S. territory (1867), the Indian National Congress formed (1885), Auguste and Louis Lumière offered the first cinema performance on the same day Wilhelm Röntgen published a paper on what are now called x-rays (1895), Madison Square Garden hosted the first indoor professional American football game (1902), municipally-owned streetcars began running in San Francisco (1912), imprisoned Irish nationalist Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected to Britain’s House of Commons (1918), Maurice Richard became the first player to score 8 goals in an NHL game (1944), the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in the first ever sudden-death overtime to win the NFL Championship in “The Greatest Game Ever Played” (1958), Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (1973), and retail giant Montgomery Ward went out of business after 128 years (2000). And Arab Spring protests began in Algeria (2010).


The Professor of Astrology Janitor used his new self-buffing binoculars to research this week’s Bippiescopes….

Capricorn: Your sense of reality may be tested this weekend. Use a #2 pencil.

Aquarius: You may question your job this weekend. It probably won’t answer.

Pisces: Romance is in the air this weekend. Or it’s the holiday tree water.

Aries: You may ponder your life path this weekend. But you’re still on it.

Taurus: Com ni ati n wi l be im or ant this we end. Or something.

Gemini: Your thoughts may move quickly this weekend. Try to keep up.

Cancer: You may be misunderstood this weekend. Or they may be right again.

Leo: Don’t try to do everything this weekend. Just do their stuff.

Virgo: You may feel nurturing this weekend. The litter box needs it.

Libra: Reveal your feelings this weekend. Unless you feel that way.

Scorpio: Set aside old wounds this weekend. Focus on the new ones.

Sagittarius: Don’t run from your feelings this weekend. Do walk quickly.


Good morning! ::hugggggs::

40 Responses to “Campus Chatter – December 28, 2012”

  1. NCrissieB Says:

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureBudget Negotiations Are not a Game
    Furthermore! – addisnana with To More Articulate Outrage
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Fursday Furries
    Campus QuestionWhat did Romney campaign think OFA offices were doing?

    Today on Campus

    Morning FeatureSupport a More Progressive Dialogue in 2013
    Noontime News at noon
    Midday Matinee – triciawyse with Frieday Critters
    Campus Question at 6pm ET

  2. LI Mike Says:

    Good Morning,

    I see the Pope is de-enlightening the world again:

    The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people eschewing their God-given gender identities to suit their sexual choices – and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process


    And to think I was an alter boy.

    I still find no evidence that my marriage of 42 years has been threatened by same-sex marriage.

  3. Norbrook Says:

    Good morning! It’s currently 15 degrees and cloudy. Yesterday was spent shoveling, we had 14″ of the white stuff when it (mostly) stopped. It should be a good weekend for those who want to go skiing. It looks like we’re getting the usual (for a change) end of December/New Years cold spell, with temps hitting “highs” in the low 20′s for the next week. On the agenda today is finishing shoveling, including making a path back to the gas tank for the propane delivery guy.

    • LI Mike Says:

      Snow shoveling…a good reason to head to Fla in 3 weeks. Last winter was mild around here, let’s see what this winter brings. Good luck with that shoveling Norbrook, careful with your back.

      • Norbrook Says:

        Last winter was mild here as well. :cry: Mostly, my shoveling issues are due to cold, more than “back.” Because of carpal tunnel issues, I can’t spend as much time in the cold as I used to when I was young.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Shovel, shovel, shovel. I don’t miss it, I confess. Sounds like you got an add-on from the lake effect. Don’t push it too hard, and I join Mike in asking you to watch your back. That swinging movement with a shovel full as you dump it can be a killer.

      Good luck, and I hope it doesn’t take too long.

      • Norbrook Says:

        My landlady has a snowblower, unfortunately, the starter died just as we were getting it fired up for the first time. :cry: The joy of being off this week is that I get to take my time, so I’m not straining myself. Otherwise, I’d be in “I’m walking to work” mode. :lol: Mostly, the snow is very light powder, so a full shovel doesn’t weigh much.

        • winterbanyan Says:

          Time off? Did you actually say time off? Did the planets fall from the heavens???

          • Norbrook Says:

            I do get vacation/holiday/compensatory time, you know. ;-) It’s just the period from May through October that “time off” is a wistful memory. :lol: The last time I had a summer vacation was when I was in the military. Every other job since then seems to have summer being “crunch time.” :cry:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Has the light, fluffy snow that you shoveled blown back whence you shoveled it yet? ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Norbrook Says:

        No, but now that daylight is happening, I see we picked up another inch over the evening.

        • NCrissieB Says:

          Oh fun. I lived in upstate NY as a child, and one night we fell asleep with about an inch of snow on the ground and woke the next morning with over 40″. We couldn’t see our car. There wasn’t even a bump beside the road. It was just … level … all the way to the home across the road.

          Fortunately, I was too young to shovel. Instead I got to tunnel in the snow on our lawn and have fun. I liked that storm. My parents … not so much…. ;-)

          Good morning! ::hugggggs::

          • Gardener Says:


          • Norbrook Says:

            I remember those sorts of storms, and when I was young they were a lot of fun. One we were able to run up a drift on one side of my neighbor’s garage, over the roof, and jump into the snow bank on the other side. We also learned to make cheese and butter, since the neighboring farms couldn’t get their milk out to the processor. They had to bring in bulldozers to get the road open. It was great for us kids, but looking back, our parents must have been going nuts. :lol:

  4. LI Mike Says:

    Some notes from Christmas…

    School bus chatter has my granddtr asking about the existence of Santa Claus. As related by my daughter: “Mom, some of the kids on the bus are saying that Santa Claus isn’t real. I thought about it, though, and I decided that there has to be a Santa Claus because you and daddy are too busy to go Christmas shopping.”

    My dtr’s family has joined the ranks of 360 X-Box owners. Grandson was all GAME ON, let’s do this. My granddtr was content to spend most of Christmas day drawing with her “Blendy Pens.” Blendy Pens for the uninitated aren’t really pens, but, rather, felt tip-like writing utensils that can be used to draw from both ends. You can “blend” the colors by first holding the pen in a vertical position. The color from the top runs into the color of the bottom to “blend” allowing the drawer to create just the right color for the drawing in progress. Quite impressive. The young person attracts the blended colors to their person.

    I complimented my granddtr on her artistry and she informed me that she was “inspired” by a classmate who is really good at drawing.

    I get a kick out of these young ones growing up before our eyes.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Aww, these were adorable stories, Mike. :) Thanks for sharing them! Little kids are just marvelous.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I saw those Blendy Pens demonstrated at a department store in Germany two years ago and thought they were very cool. Alas, I was looking for a scarf for Herself at the time, and drawing one with a Blendy Pen would not have solved the problem. I hope your granddaughter enjoys hers. :)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  5. winterbanyan Says:

    Yesterday I dined on the most fabulous meal ever. :) Christmas gifts of crab legs and steak turned into a surf-and-turf meal that couldn’t have been bettered by any restaurant on the planet.

    I grooved. It’s been forever since I had crab, and this snow crab was some of the sweetest I’ve ever tasted, so sweet I mostly skipped the drawn butter. Incredible flavor. I hardly noticed the steak, of which I only ate a small piece (that was exquisite too) because I was in seventh heaven. Truly a feast!

    I rarely get into food, but I was into it last night. I hope nobody was filming. ;)

    Hugggs and good morning to all!

  6. LI Mike Says:

    Went to see Jean Valjean, Javert, Cosette, Fantine and the other Les Miserables characters yesterday. Les Mis never get sold with us. As good as the movie is, I’ll never forget when I first heard “Bring Him Home” on Broadway. Blew me away.

    • winterbanyan Says:

      The Broadway experience is quite different from a movie. :) I can get why you were more impressed with the play than the film. In my life I managed to see a few shows on Broadway and the films never created the same magic.

      OTOH, for those who won’t be able to see it any other way, I’m sure the film is perfect.

    • NCrissieB Says:

      I loved Sweeney Todd on Broadway (and later acted in it in a theatre school production). I turned off the Johnny Depp movie version after about 10 minutes … and I usually like Depp.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  7. addisnana Says:

    Good Morning. I slept in and enjoyed it.

    I marvel at the NRA ‘discussions.’ Now there is a headline about them Vowing to fight Arms Trade treaty at the U.N. The “two sides” of this seem to be 1) how do we get more weaponry in more hands in more places and 2) how to live we together in a safer less violent way. I do wish that the second side was creating as many headlines as the first side. Pollyanna here. Thanks for reading. :roll:

    • NCrissieB Says:

      If the media covered this as Gun Industry Lobbyists Oppose Illegal Arms Trade Treaty … the story would tell itself … and stick a whole lot better.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  8. Gardener Says:

    Good morning!

    We have clouds and 32 degrees. Was up way too early this day, got dressed, made my side of the bed, came downstairs, let the dog in, built a fire, then was called by the couch and a blanket, Zzzzzzzzzzz………….

    Split a little wood for the shop stove yesterday, also the clubhouse. Today’s the day for loading the wood cart for the house and dumping ashes. Just about time to start splitting for storage in the woodshed too. There’s a great big pile out back that needs some work…… This is the season for it. I think we might have snow on the way, it’s the season for that, too……

    Stay warm and well!

    Best, G

    • NCrissieB Says:

      Sometime I’ll have to travel from the main campus to the official BPI Garden of Envy … just so settle in next to the wood stove. You make it sound sooooooo attractive. Of course I’d also enjoy the company…. :grin:

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

    • winterbanyan Says:

      Wood splitting and carting time. :) How well I remember it. There was such a sense of satisfaction to it, too. I hope you enjoy your labors, Gardener.

      And I’m glad the couch called you. Waking up too early is not necessarily good for the rest of the day. ;)

      And maybe you’ll get to use that plow. The original prediction for this winter was “colder than usual.” But that seemed to fade away in November. Of course, the climate predictions say the east will be wetter than usual, the drought will continue in the SW and… where do you fall in all that I wonder?

      Have a safe and happy day!

    • addisnana Says:

      I loved “made my side of the bed.” Sounds so neat….