The resident faculty put IP addresses in the space for ZIP codes on their personnel forms. It may have been a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana obsessed over Rocks! in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan was Studying Nature with a Rainbow in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive reflected on Playing For Keeps and Other Lessons from Wisconsin in Morning Feature, the Squirrel pondered Occupy: Ossification or Organization? in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: The Rain Dance in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Easing Stressed Ecosystems: Plant Fatty Acids in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, we offered a Nutshell: Congressional Republicans vs. Attorney General Eric Holder in Morning Feature, the Squirrel considered Pie, Political Choices, and Partisanship in Furthermore!, and addisnana spoke out In Praise of Bumper Stickers in Midday Matinee and tested us with Whose Government Is the Problem? Quiz 4 in Evening Focus.

On Thursday, we began a series on Risky Politics with Risk-Takers in Morning Feature, triciawyse shared Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan offered Girls and Boys, Puzzles and Math in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued the series on Risky Politics with Risk-Shifters in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw how Predators Influence CO2 Release in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded the series on Risky Politics with Innovation, Entrepreneurs, and Risk in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about Apples and Oranges? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we ran over Silly Sunday: Mittle of the Road in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought 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 oddly-completed personnel forms left by the resident faculty 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.

This is one of the Squirrel’s favorite times of the year. It reminds him that, although he took the roving reporter gig as a work-study program before he found out that BPI charges no tuition, at least he’s not alone. Each year the resident faculty and staff provide the relevant personal information and leave the forms for Mr. Godot in the Payroll Office. Then we wait.

Inevitably, we get bored and look at each others’ forms (Memo to Ms. Scarlet: Mr. Godot doesn’t need your dress size) and thus we discovered that this year the resident faculty put their IP addresses in the space for their ZIP codes. It seemed an odd mistake, and most of the staff quickly decided it must be a clue. (Others were still grumbling about a certain Size 3.)

We then began debating what the clue might mean, with much hemming and hawing. The Squirrel powered up BPI’s state-of-the-art High Energy Meta Mojo Elucidation Detector (HEMMED) Lab to search the Official Googlizationalizator, while the Professor of Astrology pored through our not-so-state-of-the-art High Apathy Washers En Dryers (HAWED) Lab (to see if a certain someone really is a Size 3).

The Squirrel’s search revealed that the resident faculty recently bought Networked: The New Social Operating System by Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and sociologist Barry Wellman of the University of Toronto. Rainie discusses the book here:

The staff agreed that the Squirrel’s search had sussed out the clue. As for the Professor of Astrology Janitor’s search … we’re still grumbling.


Happy Monday!