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September 30th, 2002

I was absolutely blown away during lunch today by, the webpage of the Sisters of Carmel of the Resurrection, in Indianapolis. The sisters have a PR agency that is helping them recruit new members — there are only 11 of them, and their average age is 70. It has been 12 years since anyone new joined their order.

The most fascinating part of the webpage is The News, which is updated once a week. The sisters choose one news item from the previous week, and then several of them post their prayers about it. While I might wish for a little more meat (and higher frequency), the sisters’ perspectives are fresh and surprising.

[links via Girlhacker]


September 27th, 2002

NASA TV is available on the web. It looks like I’ll be able to catch that launch after all.

So relaxing

September 27th, 2002

In the town I used to live in, we got NASA TV on cable. I frequently had it on, especially when a shuttle was up. It was nice as background, and there were frequently amazing pictures of the earth or odd pictures of the astronauts doing crazy things.

I don’t get NASA TV anymore, something I am really going to regret on October 2.

Why? Because when Atlantis blasts off on October 2, there will be a camera mounted on the big orange external fuel tank, looking down at the engines. It will be a cool look at what happens when those engines ignite. The camera will transmit pictures for about 30 minutes, at which point it will burn up in the atmosphere as the big orange tank descends back to earth.

Cool. Anyone with NASA TV willing to tape it for me?

Missing the Point

September 25th, 2002

Eudora Welty Library in Mississippi has banned an ACLU poster advertising Banned Book Week (from the Jackson, MI Clarion-Ledger).

[Executive Director of the Mississippi ACLU Gail Chadwick] said a library official rejected the poster’s images of a Playboy magazine cover and a comical drawing of Chicago’s late Mayor Harold Washington clad in women’s underwear.

[link via]


September 25th, 2002

If you have been to grad school, are in grad school, or are thinking of going to grad school, you really should be reading Piled Higher and Deeper.

It’s funny because it’s true.


September 24th, 2002

While eating my lunch today, I started wondering: “how is cottage cheese made?” (and “how on earth did people answer these questions before the web? I mean really, how many people would go to the library to look up something about cottage cheese? And I’m a big library patron, it’s just that when I’m there, cottage cheese is not typically on my mind.”)

A few minutes later, I was looking at the Lancewood Farm Cheese page, with slideshows of how cheddar, cream and cottage cheese are made, at least by this one company in New Zealand.

I also found some instructions for making cottage cheese at home.

And the good news

September 24th, 2002

Hooray! California becomes the first state to offer paid Family leave to workers. Even though it is just a gaurantee of partial pay, even though it is just some workers, and even though it won’t be implemented until 2004, this is a very good thing. [from the San Jose Mercury News]

Isn’t there a war on?

September 24th, 2002

Doesn’t Bush have some small Middle Eastern dictatorship to overthrow? Why can’t he leave Oregon alone?

The Bush Administration has asked a federal appeals court to strike down Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

In papers filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Justice Department argued that the Controlled Substance Act — the federal law declaring what drugs doctors may prescribe — prohibits doctors from prescribing controlled substances except for “legitimate medical purposes.”

And “the attorney general has permissibly concluded that suicide is not a legitimate medical purpose,” the Justice Department said. [from The Newark Star-Ledger]

I would not be surprised if this turns out to be some idiotic attempt to protect federal drug laws against anything that might weaken them. Am I too cynical?

Where have all the words gone?

September 24th, 2002

I blame my lack of updates on the logophage.

Reno Concedes

September 18th, 2002

Janet Reno conceded defeat today in last week’s Florida primaries. She vowed to (a) support the Democratic nominee, Bill McBride and (b) reform Florida’s electoral system.

I think it’s time for a little more Concession Obsession (yes, yes, I know it’s not that kind of concession. But it works for me.)