Friday, May 30, 2003


One more thing: what the hell is up with my comments? I thought maybe enetation was down for the count, but other people seem to be having no issues, so . . . do I have old code, or what??? Will figure out after getting chic new 'do: I'm thinking I might go shorter again. My hair's been getting shorter and shorter each time I go to this salon. Is it a good thing? I don't know. I have the horrible habit of walking in and saying, "Hi stranger! Do whatever you think would look good! You're the professional!" Of course, I'm the one who has to live with the results. Like bangs. Still not sure how I feel about that one: it forces me to get my hair cut more frequently, and I hate that (thouhg hey! It's better for my split-ends-prone fine hair). I put off getting haircuts for as long as possible because I never know what I really want done, anyway.

That sounded so girly. Ugh! Thing is, most of the time I really don't care. It's just hair, right?

- posted by laurie @ 5/30/2003 03:04:00 PM (0) comments


I'll start out with the awesome news!!!
Eric came home from his iunterview yesterday convinced that it had gone poorly. He couldn't cite any specific snags in the interview, but thought that he and the interviewer did not hit it off, and just didn't have a good feeling about things. So, of course, we were pretty excited when we both returned home from our respective jobs late last night to find a message from a person at the company asking him to please call back. It was, of course, too late, and so he planned to call this morning around ten. Well, they actually beat him to it: at nine this morning the phone rang: it was someone in HR, informing him that he had, indeed, been hired. It's an entry-level lab job, but it's full time and permanent, has a great benefits package, and offers plenty of opportunities for advancement, especially since he has the requisite coursework (he needs the lab experience before moving any further up the ladder). Anyway, it's a very good thing. We're both thrilled!

now on to other stuff:

Friday Five

1. What do you most want to be remembered for?
I'd like my friends and family to remember me as a good, loving, and supportive person. It would be nice to be remembered as a good scholar and educator, as well.

2. What quotation best fits your outlook on life?
My mother told me years ago that "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." She didn't come up with this, of course; it's actually a quote from Nietzsche (though I also found it attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and as "Unknown"), but it kind of sums up my approach to adversity.

3. What single achievement are you most proud of in the past year?
Probably getting through the first year of my PhD program successfully.

4. What about the past ten years?
Being able to maintain, with much help of course, a seven-year-long relationship with Eric. That's an achievement that spans almost the entire ten years, and has certainly been the foundation upon which all other accomplishments, big and small, have been built.

5. If you were asked to give a child a single piece of advice to guide them through life, what would you say?
Make sure to maintain balance in all things: education and real-world experience, work and play, seriousness and goofing off, focusing on the need of others and your own needs. Not that I succeed in living by this advice, but it's something to strive for!

In other news:
I am a geek: 45.16765% - Super Geek, according to this quiz

I am also a complete flake: I have the day off because I dind't work last Friday, having requested a four-day schedule. So, the boss thought I wanted Fridays as my day off, and I thought I had to work because it was a four-day week (and I wanted Tuesdays off anyway, but I'm not sure I have ever actually articulated this). So, I was running late today, and flew into the office about ten minutes after I should have been there. My name wasn't listed with the others who are working tonight, and the canvass director asked me to come into his office - yikes! So, I walked in and asked what was up. He opens up a folder and rifles through some papers, picks one out, and extends it to me, saying "Here's your paycheck!" He thought I was there to pick it up: I thought I was in biiiig trouble for being late. *whew* So, I'm getting my hair cut tonight instead of knocking on doors in Bloomington. I'm also planning on getting some work done. Plenty to do here, so I'm relieved, actually, that I have an unexpected day off.

- posted by laurie @ 5/30/2003 02:44:00 PM (0) comments

Thursday, May 29, 2003


and today's update . . .

Well, not averaging over quota any more, but I'm stll pretty close. I had a good night tonight even if my total donations were a teeny bit on the low side. I met teachers and artists and a very cool woman who was not only interested in renewable energy and willing to support, but who also invited me in and asked if I needed water or anything - these people are gems when you're out going door-to-door for four hours: drinks, offers for use of the bathroom, even offers to have a seat and chat (giving the poor footies a needed break). These small gestures mean just tons!

My first payday is tomorrow. Yay! Not too much, of course, but enough to get by on, certainly. All in all, the weather's been beautiful, the people have been caring and interested, and my canvassing partners have been pretty cool, as well. One of the reasons I wanted to go back to canvassing was the people: I never would have met any of these people in the normal course of events, but they're all interesting, with great life stories and fascinating experiences.

In other news: I had an eye exam today. I had my pupils dilated for the first time in a very long time, and the light sensitivity that resulted was toned down by the time I hit turf tonight, but the first hour or so of canvassing was still a bit painful. I have a prescription for some new specs and will likely be getting contacts! The doctor said I really don't need the toric lenses for astigmatism, which means that the lenses will be much more affordable than when I tried them last time (and my eyes were so weird that they had to special order a toric lens for my left eye). I'm wondering if my eyes have changed that much, or if lenscrafters was just completely snowing me and charging me for every concievable thing. Considering that I had my exam there, as well, I tend to go with the latter.

- posted by laurie @ 5/29/2003 09:27:00 PM (0) comments


a canvassing update - a bit late

I should have posted yesterday, but just didn't get around to it. Yes, I made my goals on Tuesday, and some. I'm hanging at a weekly average a few bucks over where I need to be to make staff (have to keep up the average for two weeks). Tuesday night was a great night. We're in the St. Paul Midway area right now, and there are a lot of very cool folks out in that neighborhood. I wish I could afford a house out in that area, even as a renter. Anyway, lots of good people very concerned about nuclear waste buildup, renewable energy mandates for the state and country, and WINDPOWER! I also met a Great Dane for the first time. I'd never seen one of these pony-sized beasties up close before. I'm really very happy he was a friendly dog, and his person was an interesting genleman who became a supporter and made a generous donation, geting my night off to a very nice start.

Last night was a little rougher. I swear, it was so pretty outside that no one was home. I had knocked on all of the doors on my turf twice by 8:20, leaving me short of quota and with really no one else to talk to for the last 40 minutes.

I met a person last night that did kind of sadden me, though. Beautiful house, lots of progressive stuff out in the yard (peace signs, etc). Very cool decorations all over the house. Person answers the door wearing a tie-dyed peace sign t-shirt, approaches me standing on her doorstep, and then spots the canvasser's tool of the trade, the clipboard. She froze. She pointed. She looked as if smoke might start pouring out of her ears. She said, "No. Just no, ok?" People like that always make me sad: obvious they care, and they'd probably do something to help out, but why the strong reaction to a person with a clipboard? It's how things get done: takes money and voices to fight the good fights, and so the canvassers of the world hit the pavement to raise some funds, grassroots-style.

new eyeballs

have to get running here in a few minutes because, after about four years, I have finally decided to get new glasses. I need a new pair so very badly! I was astounded I passed the eye test when I moved to PA in 2000, and was shocked again when I passed the MN test and got my license here, as well! And, excitement, I might get contacts again. I did say might - my last experiment with contacts did, indeed, prove that my eyes are really, really, sensitive. Really. And after the eye exam, it's to the office, and then to the other office. I'm a bit busier than I'd like to be right now, holdling down two jobs and finishing up a research project which will only indicate the beginning of a new research project. I hate working over 40 hours a week, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to pay rent and car payment and keep Marie Callendar's pot pies and halfway decent coffee in the freezer.

In other, somewhat related news, Eric is at a job interview right now. It started moments ago. Keep those fingers crossed! Oh, yes, and did not get the web intern position. I wasn't really expecting to: I have no knowledge of flash and limited knowledge of imaging/drawing software, and lots o' other youngins out there do. Such is life, yes?

- posted by laurie @ 5/29/2003 08:07:00 AM (0) comments

Tuesday, May 27, 2003


Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Mine was ok: got to talk to friends and family, and hung out with some folks at a barbecue. Pretty low-key. I didn't, now that I'm thinking of it, get to talk to my dad - wonder why he didn't call. Probably flying planes or riding motorcycles somewhere out in the desert in Southern California.

I've got to go back to work this afternoon. I'm kind of edgy about it. Will I make fudraising goals, or not? What happens in either case? Do I need to shop resumes areound temp services like, now? Wonder when I'll hear about the web intern poisiton? All of these thoughts bouncing around in my head as we begin a summer with the worst job prospects since the mid-sixties, according to the evening news last night.

Wish me luck (though I'm not sure what would count as "luck" at this point)!

- posted by laurie @ 5/27/2003 10:10:00 AM (0) comments

Sunday, May 25, 2003


My new template will probably be based around this:

What do you think?

- posted by laurie @ 5/25/2003 11:08:00 PM (0) comments


Is anyone else having template problems again? I hit the template button and end up with a totally blank text box where all my template code should be . . . noooo!

Oh, well, I am redesigning again, anyway. Expect some nifty DIY graphics, as I am messing around with this at the moment! Also thinking a comfy sage green with some retreo-geometric influences. Just you wait!

- posted by laurie @ 5/25/2003 03:11:00 PM (0) comments


FYI - if you use Mozilla and Blogger, use something else to edit your template. The stripped tags were not my fault. See Search/Select a Category > Bugs Perhaps > Editing template in Mozilla strips tags.

- posted by laurie @ 5/25/2003 12:35:00 PM (0) comments

Saturday, May 24, 2003


the funny . . .
The dullest blog in the world - a link from Clancy's awesome new blog, Culture Cat. Yeah, you shoudl chek that out, too.

- posted by laurie @ 5/24/2003 08:53:00 PM (0) comments



I've had a busy few days, so apologies for the lack of posting. My average hits are down below ten again - happens whenver I take a few days off - whoops! Still canvassing, though I had yesterday off so I could get a few other things done.

. . . canvass update . . .

Canvassing has improved every night I have been out. Talking on the issue (wind power and some pretty off-the-wall legislation in the state of MN) has gotten easier, as has asking people for donations. I still need to improve, however. Tuesday is make-or-break day, I think. As in, I make my membership and fundraising goals or I might be nicely asked to not show up any more. Not the worst thing in the world - if I can't fundraise for the non-profit that pays me, then they shouldn't pay me, right?

(but then I have to go through the wonderful process of finding another summer job - noooooo!)

I'm wondering what is happeining with the energy policy legislation. Last check, the bills in both house and senate no longer defined burning coal, tires, and garbage as renewable, which is a positive step, but I missed whether or not the bills would still allow for the unlimited storage of nuclear waste on the banks of the Mississippi. Now honestly, just about anyone who doesn't work for the power company (and some that do, as well) can see that nuclear waste piling up on the banks of the Mississippi is just a bad idea.

and T.V. Shall Destroy Yur Brains

Can someone please either a) take the bunny ears antenna away from me or b) get me a functioning DVD player? Television has come back into my life, and while I don't watch a lot, I really feel myself getting sucked in from time to time. I think Eric's right: he said a while ago that his brain works differently without T.V. - and I think I liked the way mine worked when we didn't have television. Without T.V. there is no reason to say, "I'm bored. I wonder what's on the television?" or "Who's on Jay/Conan/Dave/insert favorite talkshow host here/ tonight?"

besides, I really only have time for a television or an internet habit - there aren't enough hours in the day to nurture both media addictions.

ebay rocks!

Oh, and I finally bought my first e-bay item today. I got the They Might Be Giants S-E-X-X-Y CD single, which I used to own and absolutely love. Then I left it in my trunk and my trunk leaked in a ferocious rainstorm, and I learned that even shiny silver discs can, indeed, um, become fuzzy. Come to think of it, I learned a lot of lessons on how to/not to treat CDs and tapes and articles of clothing left in the back window and exposed to uv radiation with that car. Ah, mom's (and finally mine!mine!) '88 Camry. Rosie was a good car, may she rest in peace.

- posted by laurie @ 5/24/2003 08:36:00 PM (0) comments

Thursday, May 22, 2003


All rightie now, it was just fixed, the template that is, and I altered the bgcolor and saved - and that's it - and my scripts and image tags on the right are gone again! Very odd . . .

- posted by laurie @ 5/22/2003 08:34:00 AM (0) comments


Blogger did something awfully interesting to my right sidebar - it somehow ate everything between script and image tags, so all there is in my template is few sets of empty tags. Really, no kidding. Isn't that odd? Must find backup file for template . . .

- posted by laurie @ 5/22/2003 07:56:00 AM (0) comments

Monday, May 19, 2003


Diary of a Canvasser, part one (sort-of)

A few hours ago I returned home from my first evening of canvassing (well, the first in about eight years). I will not divulge publicly the amount of money I raised this evening: suffice it to say, it wasn't particularly good. On the other hand, I got a lot of people who opened the door to take a look at my clipboard and to agree to sign and show support for the issue. These things are, in the world of the canvass trainee, good.

I am still too nervous about being back out there to be a truly effective canvasser. Also - it appears that canvassing "on the coasts" - and that means either left or right - is different than canvasing here in the middle of the country. There's a different qualtiy of interaction and a different speed of speech. Very interesting info for a non-native of Minnesota! Of course, some of the "types" carry over - the partisans who don't believe your organization is non-partisan, the interesting and animated elderly (who might trap you in their nostalgic stories for hours), the supportive-but-won't-give-you-a-penny-no-matter-how-important-or-urgent, and the just truly loopy. And there are the concerned and supportive, the activist-minded, the caring, the compassionate, the kind souls. Not all of the former group decline to sign or donate, and not all of the latter sign up and throw money. This actually makes me feel relatively good about human nature: given reason enough, and perhaps time (am I really paraphrasing Donne and talking about canvassing??? Oh, the shame!), people can think for themselves and not hold to a strict party line.

I think that's about it for me tonight. Night two of canvassing coming at you tomorrow night. *yawn* - bed calls - have an early appointment tomorrow to get my eyes examined - perhaps I will actually see well sometime in the near future (and perhaps I can get contacts and show off my best feature - my green eyes - sometime in that same near future!).

- posted by laurie @ 5/19/2003 11:29:00 PM (0) comments


Inspired by Clancy, who got the same result as me:

What Natural Disaster are you? Take the quiz!

- posted by laurie @ 5/19/2003 11:10:00 PM (0) comments

Sunday, May 18, 2003


I am in a funky mood, so this'll be short and sweet - I have other things to do.

First of all, I have a reader in Bermuda, and I think that rocks! Hi, thanks for reading, and welcome!

Secondly, I have been getting hits for the Into the Blogosphere collection, which is very good. It will be a great collection, my friends, so submit your proposals!

Thirdly, flu in May? What hit me so hard in the last few days bore resemblance to the flu in numerous ways, but I am very confused as to where it came from - I can think of no one who has even mentioned flu in the last, oh, month and a half. Were the viral nasties waiting until the end of the semester to exact maximum annoyance and inconvenience?

Must go out to get coffee. Need some energy. Must get back in time to do work and also see the Simpsons and Malcolm season finales (nevermind that they will be the second episode of each show - I have bunny-ear-antennae now, it's summer, and I will have TV crack).

- posted by laurie @ 5/18/2003 03:31:00 PM (0) comments

Thursday, May 15, 2003


Just got an email about electronic submission of grades - reminding me that grades are available on the web the day after they're submitted this semester (unlike last semester, when we all had to wait WAAAAY too long for the date the U released the grades). So, of course, being a grad student, slightly nutty about grades and GPA, and so on, I checked my own marks for the semester. Have only one reported grade: Psych of Language. Anyone want to hazard a guess?

Oh, I suffered through that class, read all about fMRIs, Brodmann's area, the role of left and right hemispheres in discourse processing, and so on. I looked at ERPs and pictures of brain scans. I led class discussion on two days and helped out on another. Blood, sweat, and tears went into that class. And I got an A!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! So, after an earlier post where I wasn't as cordial, I'd like to say that it is very cool when professors actually encourage interdisciplinary work and are willing to let someone from a completely different field engage with and struggle with the material in their courses, and the professor who taught this seminar has certainly encouraged me to engage with material that is oceans apart from what I usually study. (it's also cool that some people are willing to overlook what is probably my most glaring character flaw: my lifelong struggle with the concept of 'punctuality') I guess it's good exercise for my brain, being made to stretch and contort in new, scientific ways. We'll just hope the computer science Artificial Intelligence course goes as well . . . scary! But I have until NEXT Spring semester to think about that. Oh, and then there's the fun prospect of oral examinations in my minor area - what in the name of all that's holy would be covered in a oral prelim exam on cognitive science????? Be afraid, be very afraid. I need a reading list for this puppy like, last year.

- posted by laurie @ 5/15/2003 09:39:00 AM (0) comments


Ok, regarding my last post, I'm not number 2. I am on page 12, making me, like, hit # 112 or something along those lines. Still higher thank I would like to be! I shouln't check my referrer files in bleary-eyed states before going to bed. Just isn't good.

- posted by laurie @ 5/15/2003 09:17:00 AM (0) comments

Wednesday, May 14, 2003


Why am I the number two hit for this AOL Search?????

- posted by laurie @ 5/14/2003 11:43:00 PM (0) comments


Someone yesterday was looking for info on the Blogathon 2003 (from the referrer files), so here it is! Site launch is threatened to be June 15, and the actual event is slated to begin July 26 at 6 am Pacific (that means an early 4 am my time, ugh! and a 3 am start time for those on the Right - uh, I mean East Coast).

In other referrer-related news, I've moved up to number 10 on the google search for memex, 9 on yahoo. And I am the number one google and yahoo hit for my own name. Pretty cool, huh? Ok, enough of the solipsistic searches, I'm back to work on the last paper of the semester.

- posted by laurie @ 5/14/2003 06:49:00 PM (0) comments


Call for Papers
Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs

Ed. by the University of Minnesota Blog Collective
Smiljana Antonijevic, Laura Gurak, Laurie Johnson, Jim Oliver, Clancy Ratliff, Jessica Reyman, Sathya Yesuraja

The editors invite submissions for a new online edited collection exploring discursive, visual, and other communicative features of weblogs. We are interested in submissions that analyze and critique situated cases and examples drawn from weblogs and the weblog community. Although we are open to a wide range of scholarly approaches, our primary interest is in essays that comment upon specific features of the weblog and that treat the weblog as always a part of a larger community network.
Categories around which essays may cohere include:
· Social and Psychological Perspectives
· Visual Features, including Interface Design and Navigation
· Rhetorical and Linguistic Features of Weblog Discourse
· Pedagogical Implications
· Intellectual Property
· Race, Class, and Gender
· Intercultural Communication
Because blogs, like the Internet, have a global reach, we encourage an international scope as well.

Along with this being the first scholarly collection of its type focused on weblog as rhetorical artifact, we are also taking an innovative approach to publishing and intellectual property. Weblogs represent the power of regular people to use the Internet for publishing. The ethos of blogging is collaborative and values the sharing of ideas; bloggers are not dependent on publishers to get their words out. In the same manner, the editors of this collection will publish the collection online. We will use a peer-review process to ensure scholarly quality. But like a weblog, the collection will be available to all, although authors will retain their own copyrights. We intend to obtain a version of a Creative Commons license.

The members of the collective welcome the opportunity to discuss the scope of the collection or directions for essays with prospective authors. We may be contacted at

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should clearly identify the disciplinary focus as well as the specific case or artifact to be studied. Send abstracts via email by midnight, June 30, 2003. Our editorial collective will review the abstracts and make an initial selection. We will respond by early August. Full submissions of approximately 3,000 words will be due in November; these essays will be peer-reviewed.

- posted by laurie @ 5/14/2003 08:20:00 AM (0) comments


Hey, nifty! Look everyone: Calls For Papers: CFP: Rocky Horror and Popular Culture (12/20/03; collection). I love the UPenn CFP listserv/site. Sometimes it's a goldmine of inspiring ideas, or just a source of amusement, but it's almost always a good read! :)

- posted by laurie @ 5/14/2003 07:51:00 AM (0) comments

Tuesday, May 13, 2003


Friend, fellow blogger, and former classmate/colleague at Penn State Jordynn has written an awesome web essay entitled: Towards a rhetoric of weblogs: feminism and community at "We Have Brains".

Very cool. So good to find kindred spirits at work! I love the methodology post. I'll have to come back and read more when I get my research paper turned in on Thursday.

- posted by laurie @ 5/13/2003 07:17:00 PM (0) comments


I now am officially very frustrated by one job, not sure if I'll have time to do a second job, concerned about money, and not sure how I'll have time to accomplish everything (or even a portion of what) I wanted to do this summer.

Can someone with some free time boot a little my way? Arrgh!

- posted by laurie @ 5/13/2003 06:40:00 PM (0) comments


I'd just about finished a post when an accidental set of keystrokes sent me to my homepage. You'll have to wait until later to hear about my fabulous weekend - delectable Friday dinner at Barley John's (if you're in the Twin Cities area, you must dine here), fun party on Saturday evening, and lovely third anniversary yesterday. Now, however, I must manage to get to school, do some work there, get home, do some work on my last paper, and then get dolled up for the evening (um, read:change out of ancient tank top and comb hair). Eric has a coworker who's recently come of age, and he'd like some help figuring out what kind of beer, excatly, he likes. Eric and I, along with some of the other coworkers, are obligingly helping him discover his tastes, and we might have a sip or two in the spirit of assistance and cooperation! :)

So until later, my friends . . .

- posted by laurie @ 5/13/2003 03:22:00 PM (0) comments

Friday, May 09, 2003


After a nine-year hiatus . . . or, "just a dollar a day"

Today I had a job interview. I am a grad student with minimal summer funding/employment. So, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do for some cash over the summer. I considered applying for internships, getting a job waiting tables, even temping. I ended up deciding I didn't want to spend 40 hours a week in an office, and that I really didn't want to do anything too academic - I'll give my brain a break. So, I began searching the want ads online - monster and hotjobs and the local online papers' classifieds. I found a listing that evoked long-dormant memories of sitting in a sweltering room in New York City, reading a free weekly (the Voice I think). Nine years ago, I applied for a job at Greenpeace. They were my only option then - no one else wanted to hire an eighteen-year-old girl with a very limited employment history who had recently moed, bag and baggage, to New York City with her seventeen-year-old best friend. Last week I found an ad that, I knew, was for a canvassing position. I thought, "do I really want to do this again? I mean, it was ok when I was eighteen, but do I really want to spend my summer evenings knocking on the doors of suburbanite strangers and asking them for money?"

Surprisingly, I found that the answer was, "well, yeah!" So, I called, and expressed interest, and mentioned my previous Greenpeace experience. An appointment for an interview was duly offered and accepted, and so, today, at 4:30 PM, I was interviewed for a canvassing position with MPIRG. The interview went pretty well - I mean, I have pleanty of experience talking to unwilling or uninterested people - organizing for the union at Penn State, working for Greenpeace for about 10-11 months, and teaching (which is, sometimes, the most challenging persuasive task of the three!). I talked about active listening, maintained good eye contact throughout the interview, and all that.

So, on May 19, I go in for training: I'll get to partner with someone and go out canvassing with them. I was atrainer for Greenpeace, and now I am again a trainee. I was, for a while, the baby of the Greenpeace office, and I will be among the elders of the MPIRG group. I knew a whole hell of a lot about the different Greenpeace campaigns, and I know almost nothing about the current MPIRG issue - energy policy. It's such a weird reversal.

Why would a 27-year-old PhD student choose this as a viable summer employment option? Well, I'll get to know a whole bunch of people I would never know otherwise. I'll learn about current and important local issues. I'll get paid to be an activist. I'll feel good about myself this summer. I'll spend the summer being more of a part of the solution than a part of the problem. I'll get to study human nature firsthand and up-close again (a perk that few think about, but one of my favorites - well, when people are being nice, anyway).

Sure, I could be doing something to build up my vita and/or I could be earning more money. But there is more to life than money and professional development. Sometimes it's hard to remember this - especially in grad school, where the job market looms, daily getting closer and scarier. But being a well-rounded person with convictions and a willlingness to act upon them is part of being a good educator and researcher, in my oh-so-humble opinion.

Three weeks from now I might be whining about slogging through torrential downpours across a neighborhood depopulated by Friday night activities and bemoaning my decision, but I'll hope not!

So, this summer, it's back to asking, "if you could just support us with a donation of $365.00. That's only a dollar a day for the year; when you think of it that way, it's so very little, and yet your donation of $365.00 will mean so much, make such a difference." Hey, it's not a career move, folks, but it's summer employment with a conscience-soothing aspect. I'm satisfied!

- posted by laurie @ 5/09/2003 05:08:00 PM (0) comments


Post one in a series, as I try to catch up with my blog, or catch my blog up with my life, or something.

The Friday Five for May 9, 2003

1. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Why or why not?
Ohmygod no! Ask anyone who knows me fairly well. I like piles and drawers. Everything I own ends up tossed into one or the other, sometimes (often) rather indiscriminately.

2. Do you keep some type of planner, organizer, calendar, etc. with you, and do you use it regularly?
Yes. I have a planner and a Hadnspring Visor, as well as the organizer sorftware that goes with the Visor - on two computers, no less. I use neither very regularly, and even when I do they don't serve their purposes.

3. Would you say that your desk is organized right now?
I should take a picture! :) My desktop is covered with pieces of no less than three academic projects, the detritus from this morning's bill-paying jag, more detritus from the FAFSA-filing task also accomplished today, three coffee cups, a glass of water, random floppy discs, and some assorted hair-tying-back implements. All scattered very haphazardly across the workspace. And theres are remminders and important factiods taped or otherwise affixed to the computer monitor.

4. Do you alphabetize CDs, books, and DVDs, or does it not matter?
I used to - my CDs were arranged alphabetically and chronologically within group/band. But I gave up on this years ago. Now they live in random spaces in the CD racks, in piles on top of the entertainment center, and in various other places around the house, in my car, and in my office.

5. What's the hardest thing you've ever had to organize?
My life? I'm still working on that one! :)

- posted by laurie @ 5/09/2003 04:39:00 PM (0) comments

Thursday, May 08, 2003


Goood morning! Today is my last day of class. Which is not so say that I don't still have a ton of work to do!

Waiting for coffee to finish, and I thought I'd check in here, read my referrer files, and then maybe write. So, here I am!

From the referrer files:
persuasuve speech on soy milk? - good luck with that one!

and, to the folks who got here looking for drylighters or Levenger drylighters: buy one. The drylighters are cool! Very wirth the $$$, especially if you get the refillable one and some extra leads.

All right, trying to NOT be late for the last day of class (the prof may have a heart attack if I am actually there on time!). Must caffeinate, clothe self, manhandle hair into some sort of style (ponytail, most likely), and DRIVE!

- posted by laurie @ 5/08/2003 07:01:00 AM (1) comments

Sunday, May 04, 2003


They've done it again! The Apathetic Online Journal Entry Generator | The Brunching Shuttlecocks. After my previous post, I find this somewhat ironic. The explanatory text for the generator includes the following: "We realize that creating something from void and formlessness is difficult and largely thankless work. That's why we've provided the Apathetic Online Journal Entry Generator, so that you can create a content-free posting with a minimum of effort, freeing you to going back to doing nothing in particular". So, on those "quantity not uality" days where nothing much at all happens, I don't even have to write a post any more.

I really, truly hope that none of my posts have ever, ever been that pathetic, though. Here's an example:

Not that it matters
I haven't been up to much , but oh well. Basically nothing seems worth doing, but shrug. What can I say?

Current Mood: jejune

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Pretty banal and pathetic. Ick.

- posted by laurie @ 5/04/2003 08:20:00 PM (0) comments


Interesting hits from the referrer log this evening. Google searches about poems about technology and forgetting what's important - I am hit number 1. Hope that person found what he or she was looking for!

When I get done with papers and stuff, sometime around May 15, I am going to completely unplug for at least 48 hours. No screens of any type - ok, no monitor-like ones (because I have to go see the Matrix sequel - have to!). Otherwise, I think my eyes will bug out of my head, and my near vision will join the deteriorating march of my far vision. *sigh*

I also resove to take better care of the Memex over the summer. I am all about substantive posts that are not dashed off in 10 minutes as I am trying to get ready to go to class. Substance. You know, at one point in my life, I wrote a lot in the way of poetry and even a little creative stuff. I'm a huge fan of creative nonfiction, and believe it or not, I can be a decent writer when I put the time into it. I just haven't taken the time here, preferring to go for quantity (must post daily when possible, and weekly at minimum) instead of qulaity. Perhaps that's a trend that sould be reversed. Is it more important to post well-written mini-essays every so often rather than free-association stream-of-consciousness braindumps daily? Oh, probably. But that really wasn't the point of this blog. Perhaps my other blog (the newest in the flock - only 2 posts there) will be the receptacle for the more coherent stuff, and the rambling associational stuff will go here still - and the academic material will go over to emergence, the next-to-newest blog. Then what will I do with rhizomorph, my original blog that just won't die? Hmmmmm . . . perhaps I have too many blogs :)

Ok, I am now truly and officially procrastinating. I'm grabbing a caffeine pick-me-up and taking an eyestrain-preventative break form the screen, and then it's back to writing, rewriting, editing, and documenting the first paper of the semester. May the powers that be smile on me tomight - I need a little divine intervention (no Matthew Sweet pun intended, for anyone who might have thought that - otherwise, nevermind)!

- posted by laurie @ 5/04/2003 08:06:00 PM (0) comments

Saturday, May 03, 2003


Gary Hart's weblog, via megnut. Interesting that the theme of the site and of the campaign is "Restoring the American Republic" - and he's using a blog to help do so!

- posted by laurie @ 5/03/2003 09:44:00 AM (0) comments


So, I was checking my stats this morning, and the banner ad below popped up again. It's been annoying me for a while now, but this morning the ad really set me off. I mean, really now, WTF? Everyone's soulmate is a hot chick with a jewel in her navel and a tendency to pull at her fly? Isn't a connection to a soul mate supposed to be a little less superficial? Perhaps I have just totally misunderstood the concept? And also, as a feminist and a woman, I am offended by the whole message of the ad - and the imagery used to convey that message. Grrr.

- posted by laurie @ 5/03/2003 09:02:00 AM (0) comments

Friday, May 02, 2003


making up for lost time

It's very definitely the end of the semester, so my bloggin has been, well, sparse! So, today, I'm making a little time to blog. First things first, the Friday Five: This week's is all about songs, which is somewhat appropriate, cosidering that I am knees-deep in a project about intellectual property and filesharing applications - like the ones used to trade MP3s.

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.

Don't know the name of it, but there's a Backstreet Boys song that I danced to on a stage with a group of friends at Carnival in Cadiz, Spain. Normally I can't stand boy-group pop, but that song brings back good memories of the experience.

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.

Cheese factor ahead!
"Wind Beneath My Wings" does it every time. Random Sarah McLachlan songs and 10,000 Maniacs songs do it, too, sometimes.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.

Hmm, this one's kind of hard. I really can't think of anything in particular, except MC900 Ft. Jesus, "But if You Go," for purely associational reasons.

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.

"New York City" by They Might Be Giants
"Don't Let's Start," also by They Might Be Giants
"Bubbletoes" by Jack Johnson
"Ice Cream" by Sarah McLaughlin

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.

"Spiralling Shape" by They Might Be Gaints
"If I Only Had a Brain" by MC 900 Ft Jesus
"Blister in the Sun" by the Violent Femmes
"Screenwriter's Blues" by Soul Coughing (which I am , currently, doing without because my Ruby Vroom CD went missing some time ago)
"Crush Story" by Too Much Joy (another thing I need to replace - the tape I have had since 9th or 10th grade is starting to show signs of repeated playback and many seasons of extreme temps in my car)

Oh, thank god (insert big heaving sigh of relief here)

I have been looking frantically for my copy of O'Reilly's Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies for several days now. I scoured the apartment. I checked my office a thousand times. Convinced it was lost, I checked the library. Nope, they don't own a copy. So I headed to Barnes and Noble. My local B&N didn't have it, and a call to the downtown store (most likely to have computer books according to the associate) revealed that they don't, either. But if I specia-ordered it, I'd get it for less than $8.00 - it's a bargain book now (because it's a computer book that's two years old). Peeechy - I need it desperately for the filesharing paper due Monday. So, I came home and looked through the apartment again and decided to check all unused briefcases, backpacks and purses. Sure enough, the book was nestled securely in a purse that was hanging in the closet - a purse I haven't used for months. *whew*

Another self-congratulatory post

Yay! I got my accpetance letter to the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference today. So, this is the year o' conferences. C's this past March, the Penn State Conference on Rehtoric and Composition in July, and then the Association of Internet Researchers and the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference in October. Yep, both in the same month, and they are, in fact, a week apart from one another. Blech! And the proposal for C's for next year has to be sent in today - we'll see how that one goes.

So, this is the conference year, and I'm hoping that next year will be the publication year, but again, we'll see about that.

gotta go get stuff done now! All of that is far in the future, but the last week of class looms much more menacingly on the horizon . . .

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