Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

Thinky things, rocking things, and usual things.

Things which fucking rock:

* Kathleen (Recruiting Coordinator this year) is so organized.  And is so into doing stuff electronically wherever possible -- shared server space, generating macros, etc.
* I entertained Prof.B's guest from Britain for 10 minutes, waiting for him to get back from his previous meeting.
* Finally finding the elusive 2004-2005 recruiting season files.  I bounced, no lie. (We seriously need to label these drawers -- the locked and the unlocked.  Though once I have a chance, these materials at least are going to the archives where they belong.)



gym talk

As I suggested yesterday, I did some weight room this morning (though not a whole lot, 'cause this is me) and then five minutes on the rowing machine (because I am lazy and easily bored).

I really need to start going to bed earlier.  It was occurring to me that not only am I getting up an hour earlier, but I'm also expending more energy during the day so I shouldn't be surprised that I need more sleep.

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Fall Specialty Program schedule came out today.  I'd be interested in doing Pilates on the Ball again, but it's Tuesdays which is when ASL 2 is, so that's a no-go.

There are dance classes Wednesday evenings, though they (understandably) require signing up with a partner.  However, Katie has expressed interest in the Salsa/Tango one (which starts at 6:30, which is mildly annoying), so I told her that if she was serious to let me know because I would sign up with her.



the ACLU and Larry Craig

The ACLU supporting Craig has been on the gym news two days running, iirc. 
But the ACLU says it doesn't matter whether he solicited sex because that's not a crime.

"It is a crime to have sex in public. It is not a crime to propose or solicit sex in public, whether it's in a bar or in a bathroom," Romero said.
-ABC
I'm not always on board with the ACLU, but I'm kind of in love with their statement on this.  Excerpt:
"The real motive behind secret sting operations like the one that resulted in Senator Craig's arrest is not to stop people from inappropriate activity.  It is to make as many arrests as possible – arrests that sometimes unconstitutionally trap innocent people," said Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "If the police really want to stop people from having sex in public bathrooms, they should put up a sign banning sex in the restroom and send in a uniformed officer to patrol periodically. That works."
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gambling (in MA)
Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday ended weeks of speculation by announcing plans to erect three resort casinos in the state he said will raise billions of dollars for a crumbling infrastructure and residents racked by rising property taxes.
-lead paragraph of "Patrick shows his cards" on page 3 of the metro
I don't know how to feel about this.  I will often quip that the lottery is a tax on people who can't do math -- and there's the very real issue of the poverty trap -- but resort casinos aren't quite the same dynamic.  Yes, there are people with serious gambling problems who will render themselves destitute, but some people just like the fun of it, and we don't outlaw alcohol just because some people are a danger to themselves (nor do I think we should).

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Hillary Clinton's mandatory universal health care plan
The New York senator said her plan would require every American to purchase insurance, either through their jobs or through a program modeled on Medicare or the federal employees health plan. Businesses would be required to offer insurance or contribute to a pool that would expand coverage. Individuals and small businesses would be offered tax credits to make insurance affordable.
-inset in "Clinton unveils plan for universal health care" on page 5 of the metro
I was instantly reminded of the similar statement from John Edwards.I keep thinking that if the current Administration were proposing this, liberals would be up in arms about how this would drive small business out of business and so on.

The Globe had an article "In ways, Clinton healthcare plan resembles Romney's Mass. solution" -- to which one of my reactions was, "Massachusetts has mandatory healthcare?"  I thought about how I didn't have healthcare for a few months when I hadn't temped enough hours to qualify for my agency's healthcare but, having graduated, was no longer on my parents' plan.  This was before April 2006, when apparently this law was signed, but I still wondered how the government would keep track of whether any given individual was on a health care plan or not, and also what the deal would be with people who are unemployed.  Would health care plans for the impoverished become really crappy so that they could be affordable?  (I really should do research into healthcare, huh?)

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shade-grown coffee
Shade grown coffee plantations play a key role in the conservation of migratory birds that have found a sanctuary in their forest-like environment.
-Smithsonian

However, because of recent changes in coffee production and marketing, shade coffee plantations are a threatened habitat. In the past twenty years, coffee has begun to be grown with no shade canopy at all. While this manner of cultivation produces substantially increased yields, these cannot be sustained for many years without intensive management (additions of chemical fertilizers and a range of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides); they are also subject to premature death in environments possessing a marked dry season, and they need to be renovated (plants replaced) much more frequently than the shade varieties.

Aside from the agronomic risks, sun coffee production has resulted in major habitat change for migratory birds in the past two decades.
-Smithsonian fact sheet
Rounding out the links: an overview.

[At church yesterday, Sean and Marla had Diet Cokes, and I was like, "But isn't Coke evil?"  I have no investment in this, but Coke always makes me think of Smith's Get Coke Off Campus.]

Greg told me about single-bean chocolate. He also (unrelatedly) has chewable Vitamin C tablets, which taste kind of like Sweet Tarts.



LJ, privacy

People are distressed over the latest lj_biz post (including the fact that it was posted in lj_biz rather than news).  I'm willing to be sold on the argument that making it opt-in would skew their analytics results, but I would feel better about this argument if they hadn't made so many fugly design changes opt-out as well.

The post says in part (emphasis added):
Omniture is a website analytics service. The system will collect information that's pretty straightforward, including what browser you're using, what site scheme you use, your window size, how people travel through the site (what are the common links, where are people going after viewing their friends page, what people are or aren't clicking on), and things like how many page views different parts of the site get.
Given that LJ has said you're not allowed to link to stuff that violates their TOS (#8 here) and we've had multiple instances of schizophrenic overreaction, I validate people's concern about that portion of it.

jadelennox points out [edit: now with correct link /edit] that if you're going to worry about your online privacy, there are a lot of other services to worry about, including Google.
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