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Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)
Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
Don't let fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage, not the proof of cowardice.
McCain, John (2004, September). In Search of Courage: Finding the Courage Within You. FastCompany, 51-56.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
J. Irwin Miller, Chairman of the Board (1951-1977), Cummins Inc. From 1983 letter about diversity at the company.
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March 26, 2006
My weblog owns a part of me...only a small part though
Does your weblog own you?
February 15, 2006
Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II - A Wednesday Meme
|You scored as Babylon 5. The universe is erupting into war and your government picks the wrong side. How much worse could things get? It doesn't matter, because no matter what you have your friends and you'll do the right thing. In the end that will be all that matters. Now if only the Psi Cops would leave you alone.|
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February 03, 2006
I am cream pie...nummmy
|You Are Cream Pie|
Those who like you live for understated pleasures
p.s. Cream pies are my absolute favorites.
Because I like angels
January 30, 2006
Here it is, the four things meme
Via Anya here is the 4 things meme or at least my take on it, part of the reason I usually don't do these is I either can't think of 4 or can't limit the list to 4. LOL
4 Jobs I've Had in My Life
Waitress (at a Pizza Joint)
Bank Teller (way more times than I can remember)
House Cleaner (which is probably why I'm so terrible at it in my own home)
Human Resource Manager (the work would have been great if you just didn't have to deal with so many people. LOL Actually I usually loved the job just did far to many layoffs and firings for my soul.)
4 Favourite Movies
(Well I have so many, so I'm going with ones I own and can watch repeatedly.)
Anything Audrey Hepburn, especially Breakfast at Tiffany's
Ever After (Cinderella for real women)
You've Got Mail (CMC goes to the movies)
French Kiss (Kevin Kline, need I say more?)
4 Favourite TV Shows
Gilmore Girls (though I teach on Tuesday's this semester)
Lost (If purgatory = Hawaii, send me now please)
West Wing (Martin Sheen is my president! Hey a girl can wish can't she?)
(Yes I tend to trend more with the teens I study than with my age group on my TV viewing habits. Also did you notice that I like one hour formats with ensemble casts?)
4 Favourite CDs
(I have most everything in MP3 now so I don't actually listen to individual CD's but rather to artists or genres of music.
Dan Fogelberg (it's nice to have a soundtrack to your life and Fogelberg has certainly written mine.)
Mary-Chapin Carpenter (a woman who writes for and about women.)
Nanci Griffith (if she weren't a songwriter she would have had to have been a novelist as her songs tell such great stories.)
Anything Broadway (yes that's five but it's my site so deal. LOL)
4 Places I Have Been on Vacation
(In a dairying family you don't vacation much so I'm pretty new at this concept.)
London UK, particularly Notting Hill
Durango Colorado (love the four-corners area in general)
Asheville North Carolina (went with friends to the Bluegrass Festival, great place and venue.)
Gatlinburg Tennessee (broke out one year and spent three days in a hot tub in the mountains in late May. Ahhh I should do that again soon.)
Big Island Hawaii (paradise)
(I have a thing for mountains, green mountains.)
4 Things I Love to Do
Read...you know non-academic books, particularly historical fiction and sci-fi.
Play one of my Native American flutes (never get enough time for this, probably not possible to ever get enough time)
Do next to nothing (I have two speeds, full-ahead and complete stop.)
Spend time with friends. (Also something it is probably not possible to overdue.)
4 Favourite Books
Number one all-time favorite book = To Kill a Mockingbird. Having written such an incredible book I can understand why Harper Lee hasn't done another.
Number two all time favorite book = Jane Eyre (ok she's not the strongest female lead in the world but she comes dang close without being a "super hero."
My favorite author is Diana Gabaldon, if she write it I will probably read it. p.s. She's an academic who went "straight" in popular fiction.
Anything by Parke Godwin, I recommend Waiting for the Galactic Bus and The Snake Oil Wars along with the King Arthur series.
4 Websites I Visit Daily
Bloglines (I do all my daily reading in RSS)
December 16, 2005
A Friday Night meme
You are The High Priestess
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December 10, 2005
Masculine or feminine or both
From Sarah. As though any of this makes a huge amount of sense. I mean come on we are what we are after all.
You scored 76 masculinity and 63 femininity!
|You scored high on both masculinity and femininity. You have a strong personality exhibiting characteristics of both traditional sex roles.|
|My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test|
December 06, 2005
My temperament...a meme
|You Have a Melancholic Temperament|
Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.
At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you. You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others. You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.
November 23, 2005
Lois “is thankful for”...a meme
Well back in October I jumped on the
Just a note so some of the original material makes more sense...Lois' tend to be over 70 and avid (possibly even rabid) church goers, I - of course - am neither.
- Lois is thankful for the grace God has given her throughout her life. Thank you to all deities...I'll take grace where ever I can find it. Likewise for peace...since the world could use more than a little bit of that too.
- Lois is thankful for dogs because they teach us. Ok I'll bite...what do they teach us? I mean come on all our dog does it sleep and fart and she can do both simultaneously...which might be an interesting trick to learn though it would probably make me a single woman again fairly quickly.
- Lois is thankful for any contribution you wish to make. Any other year I would be making a joke about being a poor grad student but this year I can't because lots of folks are far worse off than I am. So make holiday contributions to the Red Cross or Oxfam...they need the money.
- Lois is is thankful for the roof over her head. Yah baby!
- Lois is thankful for many things including "the entire artform that is comics, which at its best is the perfect intersection of pictures and story, art and commerce, passive and interactive entertainment." Ahhh whatever you say. *nods agreeably*
- Lois is thankful for the comfort and sympathy she receives from a tall handsome stranger in black. Hey if you see one of these he's mine. *points to the bullet point* See see it's there in black and white...MINE! LoL Mine, mine mine.....
- Lois is thankful for family, health, and friends. In spades.
- Lois is thankful for a great teacher. Lois is thankful for many great teachers and even for the awful teachers I have had over the years. I've learned different things from the bad ones, than the good ones, mostly how I don't want to be as a teacher. The great ones give me goals to aspire to met.
- Lois is thankful for the voters of Southampton East. Simply don't know what to say to this one. Go voters?
- Lois is thankful for the church. Depends on the day, month, year, and especially which church.
- Lois s thankful for the parents who raised her and for the education she received. *nods*
- Lois is thankful for any and all offers to assist other members. Members of the human race...cause we are all swimming to the other side.
- Lois is thankful for the philanthropy and generosity of the community in helping to create this lasting artistic, educational, cultural and economic impact on our region. Clancy has a good post today about teaching technical communication ...this falls right in with it. Sounds like this line was said by a Miss American candidate. *does her beauty pagent wave while Vaselining her teeth* So they slip smoothly and evenly across the gums.
- Lois is thankful for pastors. So totally depends on the pastor. LOL
- Lois is thankful for the support you have provided. MONEY PLEASE..More...more...moremoremoremoremore MONEY!
- Lois is thankful for the privilege of serving the church. *yawn*
- Lois is thankful for the help of the many library volunteers. Library volunteers are cool.
- Lois is thankful for the break. Oh yes...always happy for breaks.
- Lois is thankful for the entertainment. Life is entertainment...and I do enjoy the show.
- Lois is thankful for the backyard pool. Just what I would want in late November when it is snowing. LOL Well unless I was in Pagosa Springs and my "backyard pool" was a hot spring. Nummmmmy!
November 21, 2005
A Monday night meme
Shamelessly stolen from Elijah. The top 20 geek novels, ones I've read are in bold.
- The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (One of my favorite books/series of all time. Do you have your towel?)
- 1984 -- George Orwell
- Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick
- Neuromancer -- William Gibson
- Dune -- Frank Herbert
- I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
- Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
- The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
- Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
- Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
- Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
- Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
- Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
- Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
- The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
- American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
- The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
- The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
- Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham
November 10, 2005
Thinker quiz, a balanced result
Thinker quiz, apparently I test out as Renaissancely balanced.
Some people have a strong preference for one style of thinking, and find some skills come more naturally than others. Other people tend to adopt different thinking styles in different situations.
This test gives you an idea of what your current thinking style or styles are. But remember - the brain is a very adaptive organ. You should be able to improve your performance in any one of these categories with practice.
The Renaissance idealThe leading thinkers of the Renaissance were not just experts in their own field. The renaissance scholar was expected to master all branches of knowledge.
With his insatiable desire to know everything, Leonardo da Vinci is often held up as the ideal Renaissance man.
You are an Interpersonal ThinkerLike interpersonal thinkers, Leonardo had lots of friends and contacts, and was a popular figure at the Italian court.
Interpersonal thinkers:* Like to think about other people, and try to understand them
* Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives
* Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues
Other Interpersonal thinkers includeWinston Churchill, Mother Teresa, William Shakespeare
Careers which suit Interpersonal thinkers includePolitician, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor, Teacher
You are an Intrapersonal thinkerLike intrapersonal thinkers, Leonardo worked hard to improve all aspects of himself.
Intrapersonal thinkers:* Spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to understand themselves
* Reflect on their thoughts and moods, and work to improve them
* You understand how your behaviour affects your relationships with others
Other Intrapersonal thinkers includeSigmund Freud, Gandhi, Grahame Greene
Careers which suit Intrapersonal Thinkers includePsychologist, Teacher, Pilot, Child care worker, Explorer, Drama therapist
November 04, 2005
Friday afternoon meme, life ain’t so bad
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Boringly average on most things, my family is a bit less than average but no shocker there. LOL Hubby, of course, breaks the bank. Oh and I should exercise more...jockying a computer all day ain't the best for the ole bod.
November 01, 2005
What kind of postmoderist am I?
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the
postmodernists, you collect avant-garde
Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal
articles for breakfast. You positively live
for theory. It really doesn't matter what
kind, as long as the words are big and the
paragraph breaks few and far between.
What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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October 28, 2005
Why I’m staying away from buses for the next 6 months or so
A Friday morning meme
Taken from to many places to credit. To play you enter your name and "needs" into Google and see what comes up. Here is the list of comments that were on the first page of my search.
- Lois needs a new hair style! (the exclamation point was in the original) - LOL No I do not...haven't had this one for all that long.
- Lois needs quality - Personally? Gezzz what a diss.
- Lois needs facility - Somedays that is so so true.
- Lois needs a date - Ahhhh Not. Dating was hard enough when I was single I can't imagine doing it when I am married.
- Lois needs help - So so true.
- Lois needs rescuing - Oh now here is one that fits. LOL Me as Janette MacDonald. Save me, Save me. LMAO
- Lois needs to do something - Lois needs to do A LOT of things
- Lois needs a two-piece business suit (skirt and jacket, blouse) - Ahhh A two-piece suit, assuming that you want to be covered, would have to include a jumper and a blouse. LOL A "skirt and jacket, blouse" combination is a THREE-piece suit, ok a three-piece ensemble. And no I don't need one of those either. I've gotten rid of almost all of mine from my management days...Never was a good pantyhose and suit kinda girl.
- Lois needs the help of Superman - You just knew he would have to be in there somewhere. I'm just gratified that he didn't appear until #9. See #6 above...which probably refers to Superman too now that I look at it.
- Lois needs to be contacted - Aliens, oh aliens.
- Lois needs to stop going nuts - Well and then there is that. *Sigh*
October 21, 2005
Blog valuation figures
I think these valuation formats that are based on links are rather interesting...and of somewhat questionable utility. But what the heck it's amuzing. BlogShares lists the valuation for prolurker at $18,008.95. I have no explanation for the difference...I have no real explanation for the original valuations either. LOL Oh well the blog is not for sale so a valuation is mostly a vanity thing.
If they had a version of the above block that was continuously updated I would stick the whole thing in my "badges" section on the right side bar...but since they don't it seems silly to put it there with a static number as I would undoubtedly rarely update it. LOL
October 10, 2005
Redhead by design...a meme
Something fun in the middle of all this work. A meme that shows what I've said for years. "I was made this way." LOL Redhead by birth and by design, and happy as hell about it.
|Your Hair Should Be Red|
You're a total smart aleck who's got the biggest personality around.
October 05, 2005
A Wednesday morning meme
September 29, 2005
Prolurker as an "evil" site
I picked up this meme from One Bright Star (1B*), make of it what you will. In truth the site's discussion - see belows - is kind of interesting though the whole thing is pretty scary. Very weird that 1B* is much less evil than I am. Humm does goodness come along with the tenure-track position?
The Gematriculator is a service that uses the infallible methods of Gematria developed by Mr. Ivan Panin to determine how good or evil a web site or a text passage is.
Basically, Gematria is searching for different patterns through the text, such as the amount of words beginning with a vowel. If the amount of these matches is divisible by a certain number, such as 7 (which is said to be God's number), there is an incontestable argument that the Spirit of God is ever present in the text. Another important aspect in gematria are the numerical values of letters: A=1, B=2 ... I=9, J=10, K=20 and so on. The Gematriculator uses Finnish alphabet, in which Y is a vowel.
Experts consider the mathematical patterns in the text of the Holy Bible as God's watermark of authenticity. Thus, the Gematriculator provides only results that are absolutely correct.
September 26, 2005
Welcome to UBC students
Welcome to students in Mary Bryson's Graduate Seminar Diversity, Difference, and the “Digital Divide”: Media and the Possibilities for Democratic Public Pedagogies at the University of British Columbia.
Prolurker is listed as a site to visit on their class calendar.
September 18, 2005
Cramping my style
I have a gigantic cramp in my blogging style, can’t make any of my desktop clients work. *Sigh* So that means I have to blog the old-fashioned way, by entering the admin pages to create and code a post by hand. Oh well. This to shall be fixed at some point, until then expect posts but may not as many as usual.
September 16, 2005
A visionary soul
One Bright Star pointed me to this meme, and I like it it's a pretty good fit. *S
|You Are a Visionary Soul|
September 14, 2005
No more touchee the blog
I just need to stop trying to block more spam because everytime I do something to the blog I muck it up. *sigh* Tonight I tried to install a new plugin that everyone is raving about...it apparently kills spam dead. Which would be a good thing. But of course me being me I messed up the index somehow and now I've lost my spiffy design on the main page and my sidebars. It's still there on the others but not on the main.
Oh how I want a blog manager. *double sigh*
Well I fixed it...found a old copy of the index and copied it in. Which sounds WAY easier then it was. Stress released.
August 26, 2005
Apparently I'm a Nerdy gal. LOL News to me
Via One Bright Star:
78 % Nerd, 34% Geek, 21% Dork
For The Record: A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia. A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one. A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions. You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.
The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.
My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating
July 28, 2005
New posting categories
I've created three new categories for posts now that I have more capacity for such things. They are called: Memes...rolling along, Native American Flutes (NAF)...and the people who love them, and Software & Hardware...Oh my. I'll be adding more categories shortly to better describe the content of the site. Of course I'm still debating on the use of tags...we shall see on that one. Links are also available on the left sidebar under "Categories".