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Archive for February, 2008

Real Life vs. Fun

I haven’t blogged in a long time. It’s mostly work-related: I’m spending a lot of time online at work lately, investigating social networking (which I don’t know that much about) and getting ready to send out our institution’s first all-alumni email (which sounds easy, but it so isn’t).

I have to say, I’m not really into the whole social networking thing. I do belong to Ravelry, though I don’t participate in any groups. I like it because I can organize my stuff; and when they provide mobile access, I can check what I have from my cell phone and not buy yet another pair of size 13 needles (I think I have four pair now). I belong to LibraryThing, but again that’s mostly to catalog what I have. I’ve been invited to a few groups, but I’ve never participated. And in both cases, I have a user name which has nothing to do with my real name.

The younger alums at our institution are all into Facebook and MySpace, which means I have to pay attention to it. When I blog, it’s fairly anonymously. I try to keep the personal stuff somewhat to a minimum, so I can talk about anything I want to without worrying who’s going to see it. I have never told even my closest friends about my blog; it gives me a freedom that this introvert really covets. I can sort of be me and someone else at the same time — a little schizophrenic, I know.

I now have profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn for work purposes, but I don’t want to connect my blog with any of them. I can blog about my love/hate relationship with my job, but not if my boss might read it!

If I had a different job that had less to do with social networking, I think I’d be much more comfortable being the real me in social networks. But for now, I’m going to stick with keeping as much of my privacy as I can.

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Wow

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO START WATCHING DAMAGES?!

Okay, I’ll stop shouting. When the commercials started last fall, it looked good, but I wasn’t really in the mood to watch. But I finally added the first season to my Netflix queue.

Damages is sort of a cross between Twin Peaks and Murder One — but better than both. It’s done extremely well; everybody is playing everybody else, so you have no idea who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. I suggest adding it to your queue immediately.

And no spoilers in the comments, please! I still have a few episodes to go.

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Only in America

Do you remember that episode of The West Wing where Sam wanted to get rid of the penny? Turns out, we should have listened to him. A recent 60 Minutes report shows that it costs $134 million to make $80 million in pennies.

That is really sad.

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RIP, Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider, perhaps best known for his role as Police Chief Martin Brody in Jaws, has died at the age of 75.

Jaws is a huge movie in our family. We’ve all seen it many, many times and we’re constantly quoting lines from it. It’s the first movie to ever gross $100 million and it created the summer blockbuster.

Scheider also had an Oscar-nominating role in The French Connection and played Bob Fosse’s alter ego in All That Jazz. I most recently saw him as a serial killer who may or may not have been Bobby Goren’s father in Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

He will be missed. Check out the original theater trailer for Jaws.

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Knitting Update

decon-sweater-body.gifI’m very ambivalent about my knitting. I often feel I want to do more, but I’m still struggling with anything except the most basic stitches or patterns. I’m usually the kind of person who can learn by reading, but that doesn’t seem to be happening with the knitting. And I certainly don’t do it often enough, which is also part of the problem.

At any rate, I’ve picked up the Deconstructed Jacket pattern again. One sleeve is done, and I’ve now started on the body. It’s super-simple — basically just a basic rectangle with a couple of slits for the sleeves. The good thing about this project is that I think I’ve finally figured out that I knit best with metal needles. Although I’m using a circular needle for the body, I’m not knitting in the round. But this is the first time I’ve used circular needles without having major problems with my stitches being too tight. Could be I’ve finally knitted enough to get my tension more consistent.

This rectangle has to be 42″ long before I’m done. Great — only about 41 inches to go!

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Promotion?

This is kind of one of those “if a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, does it make a sound?” kind of things.

I’ve recently been given more responsibilities at work — which I’m happy about — and my pay will be raised to reflect that. My title may or may not change. And I’m still reporting to the same person (well, two people, really). So I’m not sure if that’s really a “promotion.”

The weird part is that it’s being handled with kid gloves. I’ve been given new stuff to do primarily because the person who was doing it was doing a really bad job. He’s male, he’s older than me and he doesn’t really like losing power to a younger woman. Let’s just say he’s not taking it well. I knew about it two weeks ago, but the official notice to the rest of the department wasn’t made until today.

Working in higher education is just really crazy. I have to say, of all the places I’ve ever worked (and there have been a few), this is the wackiest — with the wackiest bunch of people. I thought I would be surrounded by really smart people committed to helping young adults learn. I was somewhat wrong about that. I’m painting with a pretty broad brush here; there are certainly some people who are smart and dedicated. But they seem to be in the minority.

Hey, it certainly makes the day interesting!

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Life Intervenes

Well, I didn’t really disappear. It’s just that everything else sort of took over and blogging got moved to the bottom of the list. Lots going on, actually, which I’ll talk about more this week. A promotion (I think), back to knitting, how my TV habits make me a bad Catholic, and maybe more!

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