Monday, May 20, 2019

Why Is That?

I spent a chunk of the weekend reorganizing the bookshelves. Between the random shelving of new arrivals and double-layered shelves, they were a mess. I couldn't find anything!

I looked for a book for a friend the other day and finally gave up because I simply could not find it. That's pitiful. (The same thing happened with my swim fins, mask and snorkel, but that's a different post. No snorkeling for me until I figure that out.) 

Mid-way through this re-organizing project, however, what's evolved are a bunch of stacks on the floor and the couch, grouped by subject. The shelves do look better, but the rest of the room has deteriorated, looking even worse than before.

That got me thinking: why do things seem to get worse before they get better? It's a proverb that it's always darkest before the dawn and all that, but seriously: why do things seem to continue to worsen after we intervene, before we turn things around? Why can't we just recognize a trend and stop it in its tracks?

Definitely food for thought while I'm moving the books around. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

And . . . Nope

Announcing the first casualty of my recently-formed determination not to read books that don't interest me, just because they're on some reading list somewhere.

It took less than 100 pages to decide that the best thing about this book was its small size, which made it perfect for toting back and forth to the office and reading on the train. So I put it down without a backwards glance. That felt quite liberating!

I have nothing against Faulkner but will save my intricate-sentence-and-intense-vocabulary thrills for his other works. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spammy Comments, Yuck!

I've been getting some spammy comments lately. If they're not advertising, they're enthusiastic but vague comments tossed in a word salad. It's quite annoying.

Temporarily, I've put moderation in place -- but I don't expect that to be a great solution because it creates extra e-mail for me.

How do other bloggers avoid spam? I'd love some suggestions!

(By the way, I resisted including a picture of Spam in this post. You can thank me later.)

Monday, March 25, 2019


Overheard in the classroom, after class:

Student: I'm sorry I missed class last time. I just couldn't get out of bed.

Professor: Oh dear. I'm sorry to hear that. Did you have that flu that's going around?

Student: No, but I've only been sleeping about 3 hours a night and it caught up with me.

Professor: That sounds terrible. I'm concerned about you. You can't get by on so little sleep. Are you worried about something?

Student: No. But my friends and I are in the middle of a really great adventure in Dungeons & Dragons, and I'm the Dungeon Master.

Professor: Well, I played when I was in college and I know how engrossing it can be. Just be careful you aren't jeopardizing your grades and your health with too much D&D and not enough sleep. Keep things in balance, you know?

Professor (thinking): Let me tell you about the time we found a +3 magic war hammer! 

Friday, March 22, 2019

I Think I'm Going to Like It There

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that participation in March Madness is officially and enthusiastically supported at my new workplace.

Who knew? Suddenly I care way more about the FSU v. Vermont basketball game than I ever have before.