The resident faculty clue this week was a bulldozer outside the mail room window. Not exactly subtle…. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, addisnana mused on Messy Mother Nature in Midday Matinee and winterbanyan reported that Wind Farms Affect Temperature in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Smartypants shared Romney Concedes on “Likability,” Will Run on His “Credentials” in Morning Feature, the Squirrel saw that the Right Waves Red Tin Foil Flags in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: Oh Koi Then in Midday Matinee, we summarized a report by the Florida Task Force: Change “Stand Your Ground” in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan noted A Climate Change Refuge in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Smartypants warned of The Trap of Either/Or Thinking in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted as Right Rejects Obama as Commander-in-Chief in Furthermore!, addisnana avoided Flying Off the Handle in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan spotted a new Study: How Lightning Affects Clouds and Climate in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began a series on Brian Miller and Mike Lapham’s The Self-Made Myth with Makers and Takers in Morning Feature and triciawyse let in Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we continued our series on The Self-Made Myth with The Built-Together Reality in Morning Feature, triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan celebrated the EPA Implementing Smog Standards in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on The Self-Made Myth with Fairness Is Not Class Warfare in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked More or Less? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive brought us Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, addisnana offered Graduations congratulations in Midday Matinee, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: Run for the Rose Garden! in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan provided our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

That leaves the bulldozer outside the mail room window, which the faculty must have heard as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

The bulldozer’s roar was loud enough to wake the Squirrel and his family. That is surprising as they set their clocks to Squirrel Standard Time, where the day starts at the exact moment that a nut fell onto the head of Isaac Newtufts in Greenwich, England. In other words, they’re usually up at 3am East Coast Human Time.

Having been awakened early, the Squirrel was grumpier than usual when he came into the mail room. Chef and the Professor of Astrology Janitor were not thrilled with the noise either. (We will not comment on the disposition of your lowly mail room clerk.) Pootie the Precious was sitting on the mail room window, watching the bulldozer with a chilly glare that said “Sumdai u will be asleep an ai will jumpz up an paw ur face an see how u likez it.”

We know her glare said that because she texted it on her iHazPhone.

The good news is that Chef’s coffee grinder did not drown out our morning conversation, because we couldn’t hear the coffee grinder. So the staff relied on text messages to share our bewilderment and frustration. Finally the Professor of Astrology Janitor could take no more, and went outside to ask what they were doing and why it couldn’t wait until at least sunrise. When he came back the bulldozer had stopped. The silence was … deafening.

“I guess the Venerable family made another donation,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said. “They’re rebuilding Venerable Hall.”

Venerable Hall is where most of BPI’s classes would be held, if we held classes. We don’t, so the students use it as a hacky sack training facility. Or at least that’s what they call it. We wonder if “hacky sack practice” belongs in the same category as “hiking the Appalachian Trail” and “on assignment in a Bogota hotel,” but we’ll leave such speculation to others.

Regardless, the renovations are already underway. At the top of your screen, for example, you now see the dark grey WordPress menu bar with BPI Campus next to that. That signals our upgrade to the latest edition of WordPress, which the construction crew laid as the foundation for the new Venerable Hall. You may see other changes in your Dorm Room. For example, the Authors Notepad is missing. (We think the vibration from the bulldozer shook it off the wall.) Once we find it, we hope to put it back.

We’ll have slightly different design than what you’re used to, as the WooThemes architects no longer support our previous theme. The new design will not have the familiar More News Bar, so you’ll have to buy drinks – and navigate between the most recent articles – at WooTabs. That’s an improvement, as the bartender at WooTabs will also let you see the most recent comments. (Despite the name, we’re not sure if he’ll let you run a tab.)

The new Venerable Hall will also display the Squirrel’s latest tweets, which he insists is a vast improvement. We agree, and even if we didn’t we wouldn’t say so until he’s finished breakfast and the rest of us have had another coffee.

The main entrance at the new Venerable Hall will have a revolving door with our latest Morning Feature, Furthermore!, Midday Matinee, Evening Focus, and Our Earth articles there to select. Beyond that and down the stairs you’ll find our latest Campus Chatter, Campus Question, Noontime News, and/or Things We Did This Week. And in the basement, as always, our RSS news feeds will be clacking away (we hope not as loudly as that bulldozer).

And speaking of, the bulldozer crew just went back to work. Apparently they plan to build the new Venerable Hall by the end of this week. So please pardon our noise.

As for what the resident faculty will discuss … I doubt even they can hear their game where the underwear goes flying planning conference, so we’ll just have to see….

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Happy Monday!