Friday, July 01, 2005

Hummm . . . .
Doesn't this seem familiar? It just goes to show Dumbya never had an original idea in his life.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Library Jargon
For the past couple weeks the ISO ILL gateway in OCLC has been down. What does that mean? Besides the fact that it means the communication between myself and other libraries is cut off, I dunno. I use a computer program sold by the Research Libraries Group which is a competitor of OCLC. But OCLC grew so fast the only way RLG could compete was to try to appeal to the Ivy League, private schools, expensive schools. So RLG is basically an elitest OCLC. Because though OCLC got everywhere first, the RLG program I use has to use part of OCLC, the ISO ILL gateway, to commuicate with libraries that aren't members of RLG.
Does this make any sense?
Basically this means I have very little work to do, which is demonstrated by the fact that I have posted twice today. It makes me a little nervous because my boss may decide I need more to do, and duties assigned in these situations are sometimes not reassigned when things pick back up.

Fitness Regimen (Possibly Temporary)
I worked out last night for the first time in . . . well, quite a while. So long, in fact, that I only did one set of everything. And it still felt like a workout. But you know, it's weird for me to say this, I missed it. I didn't realise I missed it until I did it again.
(Don't tell anybody - but I have an idea to quit smoking and pack on all the weight I'll gain as muscle - but don't tell anybody in case I don't really quit.)
When I say I worked out, I mean with weights. I have always been swimming laps several times a week, as you diligent readers know from the on-going hunky lifeguard comments. I just don't refer to that as a workout, although sometimes it feels like one.
I'm sometimes amazed by all this, because I was the most unathletic teenager you ever saw.
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Monday I sent the general manager of the dealership a letter describing how the salesman was wrong about the car I bought, and how this made me question what else he might have been wrong about, and made me suspicious that I got ripped off somehow. No response so far. I have a little concern that the salesman is going to call me and cuss me out.
The guy gave me a bad impression of car salesmen, but then who ever heard of a car salesman making a good impression?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

"Empire" was good, although the artistic license started right from the get-go. Julius Caeser was taking Cassius, Brutus, Marc Antony, and Cicero to a gladiator fight. Caeser admired one of the gladiators and afterwards hired him to be his bodyguard. But the senators' hired thugs kidnapped the gladiator's six-year-old son to lure the fighter away from Caeser. That was when they killed him. The gladiator got back from rescuing his son in time to find Caeser still alive. Caeser told him to protect Octavius. So the gladiator went to Caeser's villa outside Rome, grabbed Octavius, and they fled.
That was just the beginning. Another artistic license highlight was Caeser's body being burned by a mob. I don't think that really happened. And I flipped through Augustus Caeser's World and discovered that Octavius was actually in Greece at the time of his uncle's assasination.
But they had a good Cicero. He was very fitting.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Oh boy, ancient history fans, tonight ABC premiers a new mini-series, Empire.
But be forewarned - I've read the writers sometimes substituted historical accuracy with drama.