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And a Senator snagged for some severe plagiarism: http://retractionwatch.com/2014... - his conclusions are taken nearly word for word with no attribution, but he doesn't believe he plagiarized because he "didn't do anything intentional." Oh, my.
Also, what's the deal with a 14-page masters thesis? - Stephen Francoeur
We have a new plagiarism tutorial coming out this fall, and I got a little giddy reading about this - will provide a great way to capture student interest. - Jen
my question, how did it take them this long to figure it out? - Sir Shuping is just sir
why would anybody notice? - RepoRat
Yikes. "Intent isn't magic", dude. - YvonneM
How do you unintentionally copy someone else's work and claim it as your own? - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
He was unintentionally intentional. - Joe
Stephen Francoeur
Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League http://j.mp/1A2B7Wg via @instapaper
Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League http://j.mp/1A2B7Wg via @instapaper
What did you think of this article, Stephen? I was sympathetic to some of his points, but I thought he didn't really marshall much convincing evidence. - Steele Lawman
I agree about the lack of evidence and the over-reliance on anecdotes and impressions. But I do agree that there seems to be a ridiculous ratcheting up of efforts by parents and kids to get their kids into these schools by any means necessary. Worse, those means are increasingly complex, time-consuming, and expensive, further widening the gulf between the haves and have-nots in this country. - Stephen Francoeur
"So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them, disorients them" sounds very much like my experience of the people at Vassar. (I'm only partway through reading--I really like William Deresiewicz generally). - laura x
I was unclear by the end if he was advocating state universities or small liberal arts colleges, so yes, I agree about the wandering nature of the piece, but I still found myself nodding along. But then I'm one of those people who will ever be swayed by a Platonic idea of college. - laura x
I guess I'm most sympathetic to the points that Stephen brings out. Some of the stuff about the environment leading to students who aren't passionate about ideas or who have little interest in the broader goals of education leaves me more skeptical. - Steele Lawman
Well, I'm always skeptical about 18-22 year old having a great deal of interest in the broader goals of education--some are, of course, and some (like me) are intermittently, between friendships and crushes and learning to drink beer--but a lot of people are simply interested in getting through and getting on. I think he's talking about a very specific set of students, who strike me as... more... - laura x
maʀtha
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CATHERINE!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ME TOO!!!!!!!! - Uli
Happy birthday! - Pete
happy happy birthday catherine! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Many happy returns! - Megan loves summer
happy birthday! - RepoRat
Sorry you already found my early birthday present (that surprise extra room in your house). Hope you're having a great day. - Stephen Francoeur
Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!! - lris
Happiest of Birthdays!!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy Birthday, Catherine! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Happiest of birthdays, Catherine! - laura x
Happy birthday to you! - Meg VMeg
Happy birthday! - Joe
YAY! Happy birthday! - Marianne
Happy birthday! - LB says, "TGIF!"
Happy, happy birthday! - Galadriel C.
Happy birthday! :-) - YvonneM
Happy birthday - hope you are off having fun! - Jen
Happy birthday! - Steele Lawman
Happy birthday!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Thank you, everyone! We're at our annual week at the lake with family, and it's glorious. Yesterday I got my first sunburn in twenty-odd years, and today we picked 12.6 pounds of blueberries. - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy birthday! (Also my son Daniel's 19th!) - John Dupuis
Hippo birdy, two ewes! - Deborah Fitchett
Many happy returns of the day!! - Lily
bonne fête, ma belle! - jambina
Happy Birthday Catherine! - Hedgehog
Stephen Francoeur
A good read: "How to Invent a Person Online" Curtis Wallen - The Atlantic http://theatln.tc/1nopUcX
A good read: "How to Invent a Person Online" Curtis Wallen - The Atlantic http://theatln.tc/1nopUcX
The author refers to this article, which is now on the "to read" pile. "Government Surveillance and Internet Search Behavior" http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3... - Stephen Francoeur
aaron
So was watching a interesting video on Openrefine. How do you guys use it in library work? hmm can't even get it to run on my work pc.
I used it to clean up student entered backlogs of reference desk data. I have taught a couple workshops on it, would you like the handouts? - Hedgehog
We use it to find the searches in our discovery layer of databases, websites, etc and add them to best bets. - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
Hedgehog definitely would be interested. Jaclyn, that a great idea, since I have access to Summon's logs and various Google analytics accounts etc - aaron
I've used it to clean up a list of journal names - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Our GIS librarian just published this article in Code4Lib about using it to clean up ZipCode data. http://journal.code4lib.org/article... - Stephen Francoeur
The handouts would be loverly... - Aaron the Librarian
Meg VMeg
OH GOOD, KIDS OUTSIDE PLAYING WITH AN AIRHORN. AGAIN.
Maybe there's a kaiju approaching from the Atlantic. #toomanymonstermovies - Stephen Francoeur
two minds, Stephen...with one thought. - Big Joe Silence
i sort of want an airhorn now. - kendrak
I instantly thought of you. - Meg VMeg
you know what i like. being loud and obnoxious for the world to love. - kendrak
I would have paid good money if it were a minimalist Scandinavian performer/composer and not kids. - Meg VMeg
OMG Stephen, have you ever heard this: https://soundcloud.com/d-j-det... (have to listen through 0:40) - Meg VMeg
Kendra, you'll like too, if you haven't heard, though the airhorn isn't until 2:43 - Meg VMeg
why haven't we started the librarian nowave band to make all the $$$$$$$$? - kendrak
because we're the only ones who would buy the records? - Meg VMeg
I mean, I'm open to a SWOT analysis. - Meg VMeg
Obviously. - Meg VMeg
We could be called OMGCLC. But it's not offensively grammatically/technically incorrect enough. - Meg VMeg
there would be other librarians who buy the records. they are the ones who slouch and look annoyed at the librarians who karaoke to taylor swift. - kendrak
HEY, I KARAOKE TO TAYLOR SWIFT - Meg VMeg
I love you all. - laura x from iPhone
OMGCLC 4EVA - Meg VMeg
that's too many letters for my knuckles :( - kendrak
have to include thumbs :( - Meg VMeg
OMGCLC ... that's so underground :p https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Hedgehog
Meg, the DJ Detweiler song is awesome. The recorders reminds me of when Mr. 11yo was in 4th grade and they learned a number of songs on recorder that year, although nothing as much fun as this. - Stephen Francoeur
I found the DJ for our band: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Can you click this link for what I hope is a stable URL for my search in our not-yet-launched instance of Primo and let me know if you are seeing the results for a search for "turtles?" Thanks....
seems to have worked for me - lris
Great! Thnx. - Stephen Francoeur
Yep, looks good. - Steele Lawman
turtles all the way down! - RepoRat
^ - Marie
all turtles. - Lnorigb
Awww, no pics. Just turtles. - Alix May
...Okay, so how did you do that? - Deborah Fitchett
Do what? Get a stable URL for the search? I just copied the one in the address bar. If I'm not mistaken, in most discovery services this works. - Stephen Francoeur
Ours is defigured by a session id. (Bloody session ids.) Seems to work in the short term, will see if the session timeout breaks it. Extracting the session id from it works fine too of course, just harder to explain to lecturers. - Deborah Fitchett
Deborah, are you talking about Summon at your library? http://lincolnnz.summon.serial... - Stephen Francoeur
No, about our own not-yet-launched Primo: http://primo-direct-apac.hoste... ...Which now does a search for me without session id. What? I swear it was there before. - Deborah Fitchett
Are you guys switching from Summon? I think one of the discovery services that don't have stable URL is EDS. very annoying. - aaron
EDS is same as all other EBSCOhost: permalinks are available but copying url from address bar doesn't work - JffKrlsn from Android
Yes really annoying, I always forget. - aaron
Yeah we're migrating from Voyager/Summon to Alma/Primo. - Deborah Fitchett
We're sticking with our ILS, Ex Libris Aleph, but are dropping Summon locally (later on) and picking up Primo consortially. While other schools in our consortium (the City University of New York) may provide Primo fairly quickly, we're going to keep going with Summon for a while until the Primo instance is as good (in terns of UX) as our Summon v1 instance is. - Stephen Francoeur
Turtles on Arrested Development! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
One of the reasons why I use turtles as my default search term is my sister, who helps keep the little fellers out of harm's way at JFK. http://www.nytimes.com/2014... - Stephen Francoeur
kaijsa
Those of you who do library instruction: who is on your wishlist of speakers at an instruction-related conference? I'm hoping to bring more than the usual names to a brainstorming meeting, and you're our target audience.
Maria Accardi, Anne-Marie Dietering, Randy Hensley, Carrie Donovan - Catherine Pellegrino
Char Booth, Iris Jastram, Kristin Partlo, Catherine Pellegrino - RepoRat
Lauren Pressley, Repo Rat. and a metric ton of Public Library Trainer Folks. Julie Strange, but she is mostly baking these days. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
Oh! Also Andromeda Yelton. And Char Booth is on my list, but I think she's headed into "usual names" territory at this point. - Catherine Pellegrino
Are you talking instructing Staff? Public? Students? Academia? Special Libraries? - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫
I'm talking mostly instructing students in higher ed. - kaijsa
I'll add Randy Hensley to the list. (seconding Catherine) - lris
Emily Drabinski - Stephen Francoeur from Android
Thanks, all. I'm familiar with many of those names :) and will look up more info on the others. If you've been mentioned in this thread and are interested in speaking, I would love to be able to link to relevant speaker info you have online. Feel free to DM me! - kaijsa
well, okay, I'm pretty sure I'm not anywhere near the top of your list, but http://dsalo.info/present... and the nearest one to on-point is probably http://www.slideshare.net/cavlec... - RepoRat
All of the above + Meredith Farkas - YvonneM
Jay Turner Georgia State Library Commission. - ♫Jorge Covert, Trainer♫ from FFHound!
Meg VMeg
Just registered for the lap swim program at the nearby park. 25 miles and I get a free t-shirt!
Trying to figure out where I can buy a lock and a swim cap on short notice... - Meg VMeg
Gotta go to Mo's! - Stephen Francoeur
Dammit, and I have no idea where my swimsuit is packed. I am totally going to Mo's. - Meg VMeg
Today I swam 0.3 miles. I think. - Meg VMeg
Do you ever use the pool at NYU? - Stephen Francoeur
I haven't! I'll definitely consider it, if I can keep this up for the summer. - Meg VMeg
Oh, wait, I swam 0.6 miles. Thank goodness I did that math wrong! - Meg VMeg
I've been thinking about swimming in the mornings here at Baruch. A number of my colleagues in the library do the same. Maybe we'd have impromptu discussions about linked data, etc. as we pass in lanes - Stephen Francoeur
Do it! We can race to 25 miles! - Meg VMeg
Or, you know, have discussions about our separate impromptu discussions about linked data, etc. - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
Story on Bucknell U's controversial web redesign, http://www.nngroup.com/article.... Interested in how this shaped its lib site, too. #libux
the little clock thing is creepy-treehouse liek whoa. lemme use my dang back button; don't track me. - RepoRat
The good thing is that probably no one will ever notice that clock icon or think that it represents a web history function (as opposed to a time/calendar function that the icon is more typically used for). - Stephen Francoeur
I would have assumed it was the schedule of campus events for the day - ellbeecee
JffKrlsn
Is anyone holding off on migrating to the LibGuides v2 because it's "too beta"? (Rather than because e.g. it's a big job that requires extra care.) I was planning on just doing it, and now getting a little worried that so much is not quite there yet...
We're migrating tomorrow. I guess we'll see how that goes. - kaijsa
How about both reasons you mention? - aaron
Our content was migrated at the end of June. We're scheduled (by us) to go live August 1. I haven't heard that it's too beta from my coworkers, but I might when we meet about it next week. - ~Courtney F
it's definitely too beta (I'd say still a wee bit alpha). We migrated in June, not sure when we're going live - because some essential components aren't built or ready yet. My Springshare love is pretty tainted by the way this rolled. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm holding off until the end of the year, partly because I'd like the dust to settle on the new platform first and partly because I want to use these intervening months as a time for us to clean up the guides on the current platform in advance of the migration. The longer we can spend on the latter, the better off we'll be. In other words, the migration is giving us a convenient excuse to do the kind of clean up work we should have been doing all along. - Stephen Francoeur
Our guides are still fairly small in number and only a few librarians are even creating them right now--I like the idea of switching over asap so as not to have to train folks twice... just now getting cold feet from the stuff I'm seeing (and in some cases, reporting) in their Ning (!) community. - JffKrlsn
Springshare's has a Ning community? - aaron from YouFeed
Springsharelounge.com is Ning, isn't it? - JffKrlsn from Android
Oh.. Right. - aaron
Meg VMeg
Dear Taxi Driver: You can't tell me that driving me to my house is basically taking money from your pocket, then in the next breath, complain that Uber is destroying the entire business. Or, you can, but I'm not going to be very sympathetic. Love, Meg
He said that because it's a short trip? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They usually say that if you take them to a neighborhood where they can't pick up a customer going back the way the taxi is headed. - Spidra Webster
Yes, I know why he said it (it's a long trip, Starmama, but he can't get a $$$$ fare in Brooklyn, because of a variety of reasons). In fact, I have had taxis refuse to drive me to Brooklyn before, which is illegal. The thing is that this is why people like Uber. - Meg VMeg
So much for that guy's tip. - Stephen Francoeur
Sorry, Meg, I was responding to Starmama. I very much understand why you'd be upset by that and that's why Uber and others are able to eat so much of the taxi cos' lunch. - Spidra Webster
Ah, gotcha! I also just got off a red-eye, so everything makes me crabby :) :( - Meg VMeg
Hated that when I was living in queens....rude cab drivers who didn't want to take me home - Hedgehog from Android
Man, a lot of times they could easily pick up fares in Brooklyn when they have to go out there, but they purposely avoid the hotspots and drive straight back to Manhattan because they don't want to risk having to go even deeper into the outer boroughs. - Mark Trapp
Yeah, and they could easily pick up fares if anyone in the outer boroughs ever expected to see them or get picked up by them, which we don't, so they can't. It's a very interesting ecosystem of politics/economics/logistics (especially now that green taxis and Uber are here), and I would have been happy to discuss it with him, but I think he wanted to "have a debate" or something (or make me feel bad or tip more). Who has the energy? - Meg VMeg
Stephen Francoeur
Meredith Broussard, "Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing," The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/feature...
Pull quote: “In the meantime, there are a few things the district—and other flailing school districts in America—can do. Stop giving standardized tests that are inextricably tied to specific sets of books. At the very least, stop using test scores to evaluate teacher performance without providing the items each teacher needs to do his or her job. Most of all, avoid basing an entire education system on materials so costly that big, urban districts can’t afford to buy them.” - Stephen Francoeur
maʀtha
Happy Birthday to our Marie!
Happy birthday, Marie :) - Pete
Happy Birthday! - lris
yay :) - Julian
Happy Birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARIE! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
happy birthday! - Marianne
Happy birthday! - Jen
Happiest of days! - laura x from iPhone
Happy birthday! - LB says, "TGIF!" from Android
aw, i luh y'all. thanks. - Marie
Happy Birthday!!!! - Katy S
Phew, still have a few more hours to get my birthday greetings in. Hope you're having a great day. - Stephen Francoeur
Happy birthday!!!! - Galadriel C. from Android
Stephen Francoeur
Listen To The Most Desperate Cable TV Rep In America http://gothamist.com/2014... via @
Listen To The Most Desperate Cable TV Rep In America  http://gothamist.com/2014/07/15/listen_to_the_most_desperate_cable.php via @
o_O that's the most f'ed up thing ever - Sir Shuping is just sir
The comments on the SoundCloud page where the audio recording was posted illuminate a bit about the world of "retention specialists" at cable companies. Bunch of rat bastards if you ask me. - Stephen Francoeur
"I'm moving out of your service area" seems to cut way down on the shenanigans. What with all the mergers and stuff, it's harder to use, though! - RepoRat
When I went to the TimeWarner customer service center a year ago to ask about a cheaper bundle of channels, they gave a me a 2-year deal to get the same package at nearly half as much money. When that deal ends, though, I'm cutting the cord. - Stephen Francoeur
I've never had a problem, but I've always left TWC/Comcast to go back to Canada and they usually accept that pretty quickly. - Andrew C (✔)
Steele Lawman
My 12-year-old son seems to be coming across YouTube videos filled with misinformation about feminism. I don't want to raise another aggrieved privileged white boy, so any recommendations for videos, channels, sites that are pro-feminist and boy-friendly?
*father of 11yo boy tunes in* - Stephen Francoeur
Recommending this with some reservations because of a recent poorly-considered and poorly-handled site merger, but: http://www.themarysue.com/ - RepoRat
this post is probably too "on point" to be of interest, but it made me feel better than I had in ages about video game sites, and eurogamer, in particular: http://www.eurogamer.net/article... - Marianne
I wish it were A LOT EASIER to answer this question! - Marianne
I'm planning on having my 14 yo kid look at http://mic.com/article... when he gets back from his week away at camp. - Joe
Crap, all I can think of is Target Women: https://www.youtube.com/playlis... But I don't know if that's too adult or (even worse) too boring for 12 year-olds. - Meg VMeg
I wonder if John Scalzi's "lowest difficulty setting" post would be too preachy for a 12yo? http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012... - Catherine Pellegrino
Thanks, everyone! I have a lot of watching/reading to do. (And thanks, Catherine, because I knew that I'd read that analogy before but didn't know where. The analogy might resonate for him, even if Scalzi's delivery might not.) - Steele Lawman
Interesting article, Marianne! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Yes, the Brain Scoop! that's what I was trying to remember, e.g., http://youtu.be/QTP3wRzJXBM - maʀtha
(You're welcome, Steve! I thought the analogy might communicate well. And honestly, depending on how you feel about salty language, a LOT of what Scalzi writes might be good for him to hear.) - Catherine Pellegrino
this is just a list of facts, related to that post, but they are IMPORTANT facts: http://www.jimchines.com/2012... I found when people eyeroll at the analogy, some solid facts from solid sources are a good way to make them rethink. especially if they've been getting a lot of misinformation. - Marianne
on a related topic, when the time comes, you know about Scarleteen, right? http://www.scarleteen.com/about_s... - maʀtha
Feminist high school boys ask: Are you a feminist? http://youtu.be/9Vh60p4p2QM (perhaps a little dry, but, relevant) - maʀtha
and what about some anime? Spirited Away, perhaps? - maʀtha
Might be something useful toward the bottom of http://geekfeminism.org/2011... - RepoRat
What sort of misinformation is he encountering? I am just curious. - laura x
and are you able to discuss it with him? or is he too sulky teen for that? - maʀtha
He brings it up, so it's something he's interested in and apparently he wants to talk about it. By "misinformation," I mean the notion that feminists think that women are better than men, or that violence against men is funny. I think he's also encountering the "not all men" point of view that feels unfairly targeted. - Steele Lawman
It's going to be hard to find a lot of video channels, because YouTube is one of the most hostile places to women posting feminist content. Will think on it and recommend if something comes up. - Rachel Walden
The "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series? https://www.youtube.com/playlis... (I haven't actually watched very much of it so no idea if it's suitable for him or not but came to mind when Rachel mentioned YouTube as a hostile place for women...) - Deborah Fitchett
Adventure Time - who's main character ages each season and is now 15 - deals with the emotional life of a teenage boy in a remarkable way (caveat: not having been a teenage boy, this opinion is just a hunch) and the Vlogbrothers channel is great too, although the advice is usually the same: "use your words": an example: Why I love makeup: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - copystar
Jim Hines's cover-pose series is a great way to talk about representation, while also getting across the idea that men can be feminists: http://www.jimchines.com/cover-p... - RepoRat
I definitely do not think of Adventure Time as explicitly feminist or educational about feminism. Vlogbrothers can occasionally get the point, but it would be nice if we could come up with some recommendations of actual women for him to listen to. Most of the feminism 101 materials I'm familiar with are going to be too advanced for him at this age, as are most of the books I would... more... - Rachel Walden
I didn't mean to suggest that Vlogbrothers or Adventure Time were explicitly feminist. But I think that they are "boy-friendly" media where relationship matters are addressed in a serious way that I think most feminists would respond positively to. - copystar
Read this before you recommend it to Mr. 12, because there's some pretty intense stuff in it, but maybe Strong Female Protagonist http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/ - RepoRat
Zamms
The more hashtags in your Twitter bio, the less I trust you as a person.
Or a "person", as the case may be. - Zamms
This #person needs to take out the #beer from my #profile, right? - Joe
Stephen Francoeur
Got that phone call at home tonight where someone says they are from a cybersecurity monitoring service and that they've noticed from their servers that there is a virus on my computer. They then want you to go to a website and download a program to fix the problem. I played dumb as long as I could before the caller wised up and hung up on me.
This is the best response I've seen to these fake Microsoft support calls: https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Stephen Francoeur
Jealous! - Meg VMeg
When she said that there was malware on my computer and that I needed to get rid of it, I told her in my nicest, sweetest voice, "Oh, I don't really mind so much. I don't like that computer anyway." That's when she hung up on me. - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Avi Wolfman-Arent, "11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles," Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education - http://chronicle.com/blogs...
Pull quote: “Net-neutrality advocates worried then that the new rules, if unchanged, could prove detrimental to cybereducation and research collaboration, among other uses of the Internet.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Rick Anderson, "Being Essential Is Not Enough, Part 2,"Peer to Peer Review - http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014...
Pull quote: “Map your library’s programs and services to the mission of the university and you will be seen as an essential strategic partner, not just another piece of costly infrastructure.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
Abigail Goben, "My Experience with a LibraryBox," Hedgehog Librarian - http://hedgehoglibrarian.com/2014...
Pull quote: “My primary use for this was my preconference: I was bringing data sets with me that I wanted my preconference attendees to download and use on that day. I have been to too many conferences and watched wifi crash too often to trust that I could rely on the convention center internet, so I loaded everything onto my LibraryBox, which was as simple as plugging the content USB into my laptop and creating a new folder. On that day, my attendees just needed to connect and download.” - Stephen Francoeur
Stephen Francoeur
What airline will you no longer fly and why?
TWA - Blake
Oh, we're going to go that way? OK, then I say Braniff. - Stephen Francoeur
Interflug. - Uli
B.O.A.C. - Uli
I refused to fly Northwest after they stranded me in Minneapolis one time. They got absorbed by Delta though - Hedgehog from Android
TACA (AKA Take A Chance Airlines, now known as Avianca El Salvador ) - ellbeecee
Oceanic Airlines - Professor A.I.
I miss Ozark, myself. - laura x
United. Because of routes. - Julian
Ryanair. True cattle car. - Spidra Webster
Frontier, because their fee structure fills me with resentment. - Meg VMeg
Spirit Airways, because the flight I took with them filled me with much rage for their poor method of handling things and their flight attendants/pilots violating faa rules - Sir Shuping is just sir
Concorde :( - Professor A.I.
Air New Zealand because they advertise using Māori and Māori symbolism and then won't hire cabin staff who wear moko because they think it'll scare the poor widdle tourists. Then they compounded my despite with incredibly sexist inflight safety videos and refused to listen to passengers' complaints of increased sexual harrassment from fellow passengers. So I'll stick with budget Jetstar. - Deborah Fitchett
I try to avoid American. - J. Marie B
Grace L Ferguson (and Storm Door) Company .... I'm not helping, am I? - Shannon - GlassMistress
i hate American Airlines, but they seem to be the only show in town for some destinations in SE Asia. - Big Joe Silence
I avoid United as much as possible. They've screwed me over with cancellations twice at least. - Andrew C (✔)
Clearly I don't travel enough. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
American and United. Their fees and general bullshit sent me running to Virgin, JetBlue, Alaska, and Southwest years ago. - Hookuh Tinypants
Delta. Always late. Always an old plane. Always a grumpy staff. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
American Airlines. Worst customer service ever and ridiculous fares. - Jenny H. from Android
I generally don't care; I go with whatever's cheapest through Expedia. I do try to avoid any airline that doesn't do assigned seating, though. Cattle calls can SaF. - Akiva
Jetstar. - Melly
I don't avoid airlines; I avoid airports. I don't connect via the NYC metro area. Ever. - Jenica from iPhone
True, Jenica. I hate Logan in Boston (kind of an irrational hate based on being stuck there for 8 hours in 1992 on my birthday trying to get back to school for fall semester), but I'll connect there if I must to avoid connecting in NYC. - ellbeecee
We have the United hub so they are hard to ignore. I try to avoid airlines like Spirit that charge you extra for just sitting down. - Eric - Back to the Grill from iPhone
Slim pickin's flying out of my small town, so we take what we can get. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Allegiant, the Greyhound of the skies. - Laura Krier
United, mostly because they price themselves out of consideration any time I am looking. American was on my shitlist for leaving me behind at DFW years ago, but they've been pretty reliable, and are often my only reasonable choice for flying through DFW. Delta has inconsistencies, but are often the best deal out of my mid-sized airport, though I hate flying through ATL all the time.... more... - Holly's favorite Anna
Spirit Airlines, an abomination - maʀtha
This whole thread fascinates me. I've never really thought about airlines and why one would or wouldn't choose them, other than price and schedule. - laura x
I am also an airport avoider. Will go well out of my way to avoid Chicago O'Hare and Toronto unless I really have no other choice. - Marianne
Spirit is totally a "you get what you pay for" thing. - kendrak
Here in London Ontario, all my flights connect through either Toronto or Chicago. I'm basically screwed. - DJF from Android
Meg VMeg
Do you have a safe deposit box? Like, one that you set up, not one that your parents set up which incidentally contains items belonging to you.
Yes. It has stuff like wills, deeds, etc. - John Dupuis
I got a good deal on one years ago at the Chase on University Place. I tried to find similar rates on the UWS but had no luck. - Stephen Francoeur
Yeah, it's got a few things in it. I need to put our wills in it. (NTS: get wills.) - Catherine Pellegrino
yes, we keep things like wills and living wills in it. When my spouse was still on a visa, we kept all of her official documents there - it would have been terrifying to lose them in a fire or to burglary, etc. My ex actually kept a relatively large stash of money (a few thousand) in hers. - Sarah
No, but I probably need to put my will into one. Or at least get that extra copy sent to my friend who lives out of state and is the back up executor. - Hedgehog
I preface this by stating flat out I know next to nothing about wills, but how do you get around the chicken-and-egg problem of needing the will to access the safe deposit box to access the will? - Mark Trapp
yes we have one. ^ copy of ... is how you get around. i actually don't know for sure what's in there. documents about our cars and our house and my engagement ring. - Christina Pikas
Yes, what Christina said. We have a copy, our lawyer has a copy, and the original is in the safe deposit box. - Sarah
i got one in the mid-80s, i forget why. later, once i married, we kept our passports and leftover foreign currency and titles and wills and other documents in it. my wife and i decided to ditch it a few years back for what we feel is a better solution for us. - Big Joe Silence
Yep. Stack of cash, extra passports for various nationalities/identities, loaded handgun, microfilm... the usual. - SAM
I used to, then I moved and never got around to setting up a new one but I should've. Since I'm about to move again, I think I will this time. I just need to find a place to replace my good credit union. - Betsy
@SAM: i always knew there was more to you than a ranch and a guitar. time to come in. - Big Joe Silence
Used to and probably should again, not for wills (exc. copy) so much as for other legal documents. - Walt Crawford
yes. I've kept one since I left home. It has original documents (birth certificate, passport, vaccine records, etc.), inherited jewelry and other tidbits of reasonable value, and a meager stash of emergency cash. - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Yes, I've had one since my mid-20s, a long time ago. :) Contents include wills, trusts, deeds, titles, passports, vaccination records, marriage license, jewelry, and copies of wills/trusts of relatives that name us as executors. Also contains some of the same for kids who have not yet obtained a box. - Anne Bouey
Nope. I also need to make a will. And get some witnesses to sign my durable power of attorney. - laura x
Christina and Sarah: Aha, makes sense. Thanks guys! - Mark Trapp
Never thought about it. Vital legal documents are in a pocket in my go-bag. Not so useful if fire breaks out when I'm not at home, granted. Should scan and email copies to myself, at least. - Deborah Fitchett
A cemetery worker suggested having important papers placed in waterproof baggies or containers and then placed in the freezer. In circumstance of fire this appears one of the last to be damaged. - Janet
Stephen Francoeur
Clive Thompson, "How Working on Multiple Screens Can Actually Help You Focus," Gadget Lab | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Pull quote: “Now that people have several devices at work—a laptop, a phone, a tablet—they’re finding their way to a similar trick, where they use each piece of hardware for a different purpose. Consider it a new way to manage all the digital demands on our attention: Instead of putting different tasks in different windows, people are starting to put them on different devices.” - Stephen Francoeur
laura x
Don't assume I celebrate the 4th of July.
I celebrate fireworks. - Meg VMeg
I sing the body electric. - Stephen Francoeur
I'm with Meg. I like fireworks. I could have them anytime, though. - Katy S from iPhone
I used to have a legendary anti-4th of July party, but we were a all much younger then and didn't have kids. - laura x from iPhone
laura x
Today's library materials challenge: Nine to Five (1980) - IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/title...
Today's library materials challenge: Nine to Five (1980) - IMDb
Why?!?! - Katie
... really?! on what grounds? - RepoRat
but... but... it's the BEST. - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Drugs. - laura x
Must be the M&M scene. - Ruth Kneale
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it. - Steele Lawman
drugs are bad but hanging him from the ceiling attached to a garage door opener is a-ok - Christina Pikas
and being a serial harasser is also a-ok - Christina Pikas
I was thinking it's pretty bad on the sexual harassment front … but prolly no one but us wimmin care about that. (wicked funny movie tho) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Totally disappointing conversation with the patron in question ("I just think if we're going to change society we have to start with the youth!"). Oh well. - laura x
"Won't anyone please think of the children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - Stephen Francoeur
9 to 5 is also a 35 hour work week. What kind of message does that send? - Andy
Sends the message that we all deserve a paid lunch. - Steele Lawman
Sends the message that you should live on the east coast, where it's not uncommon to work a 35-hour week. - Meg VMeg from Android
instead of where i live, where it's a salaried 60-70 hour work week...or mandatory unpaid overtime, if you're hourly. - Big Joe Silence
I think this movie was the first one I'd seen that I remember addressed pot, and I remember my mom explaining that whole scene to me. I do remember thinking that hallucinating about Dabney Coleman's character didn't seem that much fun, no matter what the revenge entailed or how much they laughed. - Jennifer Dittrich
I saw this movie several times as a youngun and again as a young adult, and I had no recollection of drug-taking scenes. just sayin. - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
We have 38.75 hour work weeks. I still haven't figured out what 7.75hr days translates to with a "normal" schedule -- 8.5hr day with .75 hr lunch just seems weird and nit-picky. - Holly's favorite Anna
we have 40 hour weeks, but as professional staff that's supposed to be a bare minimum. can't even take something like comptime unless it's super duper over (like 60 hours on a specific project) ... - Christina Pikas
We have 35 hour weeks with unpaid lunchtime. That's also supposed to equal 12 credits because we're faculty. 35/12 = ugly. - Rebecca Hedreen
Our work week is 37.5 - translates to 8-hour day with half hour lunch at MPOW, or at MFPOW it was 8.5 hour day with 1 hour lunch. (Easily negotiable at either place, that's just the default of what most people tend to.) If I work a bit long one day I take it out of the next and vice versa. *Nobody* wants to see me getting tired and cranky. - Deborah Fitchett
I watched this as a child, I'm pretty sure one scene of middle aged (ish) women smoking pot didn't suddenly make it vastly appealing. But hey, my mom believed in actually parenting. - Hedgehog
I still think all the calculations about how many hours a person is supposed to work a week is weird, if you're not working a specific shift in a public service setting. Work until the job is done, then go home. - Laura Krier
Just think of how different it would be to work in a culture where our employers trusted us to want to contribute and accomplish things. Whoa! Crazy! - Laura Krier
And I haven't had any coffee yet so I managed to digress completely from the original topic of conversation. Oops. - Laura Krier
Stephen Francoeur
<3 this photo by Jeff Johnson of climber on columns in front of New York Public Library. http://www.jeffjohnsonstories.com/lifesty...
<3 this photo by Jeff Johnson of climber on columns in front of New York Public Library. http://www.jeffjohnsonstories.com/lifestyle/cgg9xe9tgjc4v550vjhupa7jk6w3lw
Odd that FriendFood attached this pic to my tweet. This is the URL for photo I wanted to share: http://static.squarespace.com/static... - Stephen Francoeur
Friendfood.com is only $10,000! - Joe
Meg VMeg
This episode of Meg's packing and moving process is brought to you by: Advil
*shakes pompoms* You've got this. - Kirsten from Android
I'm about to take apart the bed! I think that's the last taking-aparting to be done! - Meg VMeg
Woohoo! - Kirsten from Android
Hopefully Advil is the strongest thing you'll need to take today. - Stephen Francoeur
Good luck! - Marianne
Meg VMeg
Okay, okay, here's a job for the Polish and non-Polish alike: http://openaccess.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014...
For reals, though, come eat barbecue with Stephen and Merry and me. - Meg VMeg
Yeah, what Meg said! - Stephen Francoeur
I would like some barbecue, please. - Marie
All you have to do, Marie, is come take the job! We'll treat you to the barbecue. - Stephen Francoeur
Get job, receive BBQ. - Marie
I do not, in fact, see any language about BBQ in the job posting, so that would have to be an issue for negotiation. - Catherine Pellegrino
Stephen Francoeur
Anyone want to work in the library at the Yale Club here in Manhattan? Job description includes this gem: "MUST BE GUEST FOCUSED. SEEKING A POSITIVE, POLISHED, EXTRAVERTED, DYNAMIC, RESOURCEFUL LIBRARIAN." http://joblist.ala.org/modules...
(I stayed at the Yale Club once when I was in town for the IEEE Library Advisory Group. I do remember the library being quite nice & large.) - John Dupuis
Was the librarian there POLISHED? - Stephen Francoeur
What's all this about POLISH librarians? Isn't that discriminatory? - Steele Lawman
what does a resourceful librarian look like? they want indiana jones don't they? or noah wyle's librarian? - Sir Shuping is just sir
Isn't $60,000 in NYC not a whole lot? Also (especially after reading this bit: "Discreet, diplomatic and professional approach to the committees and governance at all times."), I think they want Bella da Costa Greene (aka Belle Greener): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Marianne
"Salary: $60,000 to $60,000"...Looks like there is no wiggle room for negotiation... - Steven M. Cohen
"Fax to apply." Are several enormous red flags in a job ad enough of a deterrent? Because I could legit try to apply for this...I'm just unbelievably skeptical... - Lily
Maybe it's a gag. - Stephen Francoeur
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