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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Taxes, and a Puzzle

I had to pay in this year on my taxes, thanks to the unintended consequences of working 3 jobs. Soon this kind of complexity will be a thing of the past!

While I was preparing to write my check (ouch!), I happened to notice some interesting language on the instructions page that went with my payment coupon.


I find it hard to believe that those $100 million checks are frequent enough that they need to devote an entire paragraph to it.

Must've been a slow day in the Forms Department that day.