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By gzt (Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 02:45:02 PM EST) gzt, school, astronaut, nobel, obama is a cactus (all tags)
Interview was okay. Feel like I lost momentum, but I made an impression, I think.

I am the 1 in 5 who believes Obama is a cactus.

Last night, Teh Wife asked me why Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize. I was flummoxed. I made up some nonsense about probably being about his stated commitment to ending the war or something. The official answer is: "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples". What a crock. Let us compare to a real prize:
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2009 was divided, one half awarded to Charles K. Kao "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication",the other half jointly to Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD sensor"
I'm not one of those anti-Obama people, but, seriously. Even the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Nobel (nota bene: it is not a Nobel Prize!) is given to people who have made real contributions to something real.

I digress.

Church wants me to think about being the treasurer. Don't know if I have time this year. Depends on whether I get the jorb. All I know is that I couldn't make the once-per-month council meetings until December because I'm not free on Mondays and I don't know what nights my classes will be in the spring (or whether I'll be doing classes in the spring).

Oh frig, that conf call at two, they're just calling me, I'll have to conference the other parties in. I hate doing that - these phones are not intuitive, so I am always afraid I'll end up dropping somebody.

Interesting: Water causes more home damage than fire.
Only 5% of it is from weather. Maintain your appliances!

Frig I hope I get this jorb. I'm sure they'll survive without me on this team.

I had to reset my Ipod recently. I haven't yet figured out how to get it back to the thing where it automatically syncs off of a playlist when I hit the sync button. Annoying. Bastards.

We were going to go to a show on Friday. When we got there, we saw that it was outside (we knew that), but that there was limited seating on bleachers (okay...) and that the rest of the seats were on the ground (um...) and it was 60 degrees and falling. So we decided to shuck that jive and get dinner somewhere, because that would be a lot more pleasant than sitting on concrete cramped by strangers for 1.5 hours while we gradually got colder and colder. What nonsense. Dinner was good. Then we went home and watched the season premiere of Fringe. Good times. Much better than shivering in the cold on the ground watching an avant-garde show about an astronaut.

School is okay.

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Extraordinary Achievement in not being W. Bush by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #1 Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 02:48:49 PM EST
is what I figure. It was a pretty bogus award.

Water damage by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 03:08:06 PM EST
I'm supposed to be moving office at the College about now, except there's been a leak from the cistern of a toilet on the floor above so they're having to strip back the nice new plaster and start again on one wall. Does at least mean that term will have started so I won't be tring to move while also getting stuff finished in time.

My neighbour had a fire by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 03:51:06 PM EST
and I lost thousands in water and smoke damage because of it. Are you really that surprised by this "revelation"?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

water damage by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 27, 2010 at 03:57:39 PM EST
note that all of those water cases weren't from some catastrophic failure.. Those hoses/AC drains tend to leak in drip-drip-drip stuff that takes months to figure out (if you are paying attention). By that time, major structural damage has happened (rot, mold, etc) and is hard/expensive/difficult to repair.

if they're going to award for Peace. by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Sep 28, 2010 at 06:09:25 PM EST
There needs to be be something concrete that was made Peaceful.

Peace in the Middle East, that's my bellwether.


Obama is a cactus. | 5 comments (5 topical, 0 hidden)