13 thoughts on “Friday Open Thread

  1. Signing the contract on our house today! Of course there is drama as the bank is closed Monday. The lender wants to start the paperwork now but our agent wants to wait until we have the signed contract back from the seller before any money stuff gets started. Hopefully they can turn it around before the business day ends.

  2. Busy busy day with the first of our three candidates on campus interviewing for a faculty position. Our day is packed with research talks and teaching demonstrations and interviews and lunches and and and. The only bummer is that I can’t do any of my other work that I would normally do on a non-teaching day (prep for Monday, work on research). I can’t complain at all, though, because it’s really fun to meet these folks and imagine the possibilities. We have what look to be three really awesome folks flying in over the next couple of weeks, so it’s an exciting time.

    Plus, I’m having a decent hair day and my outfit looks cute.

  3. M is back at day care, which means I only had to miss the morning of work, and I am in the office working away. (ahem) ‘Tis quiet here, with most of the team making it a 4-day weekend. I’ll adapt to this culture soon enough, I’m sure, but it never even occurred to me until it was a little late to do that.

    It’s good, though – fewer people = fewer distractions for this extrovert = being pretty productive.

  4. Can I just say that I’m really annoyed about the flack Oprah is receiving about being the chosen interviewer for Lance Armstrong? I’m not an Oprah devotee by any stretch of the word, but it pisses me off that people are questioning why she was chosen in favor of “real” journalists/news shows. Firstly, Oprah is a journalist – IIRC, she was a very qualified TV reporter in Chicago pre-daytime juggernaut. Secondly, anybody who can build a media empire the way Oprah has is no pushover. From all I see from the teaser clips, she didn’t soft-soap Lance, either.

    Jebus. It really pisses me off.

    • This idea that another reporter would have asked harder questions is what’s hilarious to me. I mean, when was the last time you saw a reporter on US TV news ask hard questions? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that.

  5. Saw this on dkos today:
    Just days after calling its newly hired armed security guard “a tremendous asset to the safety of our students,” a Michigan school released a statement saying the retired firearms instructor had caused a “breach in security protocol” by leaving his handgun unattended in the school’s bathroom. […]
    The school, which serves grades K through 8, insists that no students were in danger, and vowed to “continue to work on improving school security.”

    Meanwhile, every toy gun, sword, bow, lightsaber, and shield in the neighborhood is being heaped in a pile in the center of the cul-de-sac. These kids are not sitting on their butts playing unwholesome, violent video games after school, they’re out running around in the fresh air, as children should be. Yes, folks, they’re playing Hunger Games.

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