Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I think my list was a bit ambitious. I did get a lot done, but not as much as I'd have liked to. I have moved the literary books out to the living area. Now I'm sitting at the computer in my underwear and a camisole extremely hot and sweaty, and I'm thinking of just going ahead and taking a shower and resting a bit before going on to the next phase of things. And the switch out of shelves for the fantasy and mystery books may have to wait till tomorrow. I don't think I can lift any more books. I will try to get the clothes into bags to take to Goodwill, though. I can drop them by tomorrow. And if I can get the bedding put away, then most of the bedroom floor will be clear. That leaves Wednesday and Thursday evening, and then Friday and Saturday to get the closets all taken care. I think I can do it. On Friday I'm off as well, and I'm taking a friend to Nicholasville on a hunt for coffee mugs, since apparently you can't just go into a regular store and find them any more. There's Carpenter's Dish Barn in Nicholasville, but they close at 6 pm. Who knew it would be this difficult to find just plain coffee mugs, not part of some sort of set or strange shapes? Okay, time for that break.
Yesterday, work was fairly busy and I had a couple of interlibrary loans to request, a book order, some stuff for referrals, and a teleconference with other state representatives to the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network or Libraries of Medicine. The last was quite enjoyable, given I missed our annual meeting in Chicago last year due to injury, and there was a new member who was quite bubbly and vocal. I also had a doctor's appointment, then took a friend to mail some items and we went out to Long John Silver's. When I came home, I had all intents and purposes to clean, but laid down for about an hour, without really falling asleep, because weariness kind of overtook me for a bit. But I got up and then tackled the bedroom, taking boxes to be sorted out of the closet, gong through my clothes (putting them in the following categories: those winter ones to be put away for the season, those current ones to be put away (which I did), clothes to go to Goodwill, clothes that are too damaged to do so and just need to be thrown away (I have one sleep shirt that is very comfortable but riddled with holes from being caught in the washer), and clothes to be laundered, which are in a hamper by darks, lights, and hand-washables. I also sorted out bedding to be put away, towels, and resuable bags, of which I have many. There are also a series of wire carts that collapse that are useful but would do better in the walk-in closet, as there is now room in there due to the dead electronics graveyard's cleanout and they can't be damaged should the air conditioner leak (something that's happened twice in the time I've been here--which is why clothes and books do not go in there, just to be safe. I lost some clothes at one point due to this.)
- Today's agenda (which may bleed into tomorrow, if needed, in some cases):
Take out the some things I found last night that are garbage (like the plastic from my bedsprings I was supposed to keep 14 days but wound up being a month and a half). Bag up the clothes for Goodwilland load them in the car. Buy a new swimsuit. Check for a book at Half Price Books. Go by Kroger and get cleaning supplies and four more bookshelves (I think I can squeeze them in). Go by the bank and get quarters for laundry. Fold up all the bedding to be put away. Collect up the reusable bags. Take a friend to a doctor's appointment.
- Drop both clothes and reusable bags by Goodwill.
Put away bedding and other folded items.
- Clean the bathtub.
Put together the bookshelves. Move literary books from closet to living area. Move fantasy and mystery books to bed. Move metal bookshelf to closet so they're both there. Move fantasy and mystery books to new bookshelves in bedroom. Use metal bookshelves for any remainder books, Magic cards, collectibles, etc., so they're not on the floor. Move the comic boxes to that closet [actually, scratch that, I can't pick them up at present. I need someone to help me with that.] Do laundry.
Monday, April 29, 2013
I managed, despite my injury in October that kept me homebound with limited mobility for three months, to overwinter a pepper plant that Brenda had given me last year. It's putting out new leaves and blooming. It makes small purple bell peppers. So since spring does apparently plan on sticking around and the lows aren't supposed to go below 50 for a few days, I put it outside so that it would pollinate. Wish me luck!
So I've been putting the final touches on the living area and dining area (I hesitate to call them rooms, as they're all open). I moved a shelf with movies on it, moved some sturdy crates, got some books off the floor, and got extraneous stuff off the shelves. I still need to organise the audio tapes, as well as one shelf on the entertainment centre. I set the clock ahead on the DVD/VHS recorder (missed that when we went to daylight savings). So that leaves the bedroom and the apartment's closets, and there's a toss-up as to which closet is worse. But I have accomplished a lot so far; I hope to finish in time for the game next week. I'm off Tuesday and Friday, so that should help.
Okay, I'm going to try to go back to bed. Good night!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told Sunday to keep their doors locked and report anyone considered suspicious as authorities continued the search for the killer of an 8-year-old girl.
Calaveras County deputies and law enforcement officials from nearby agencies were looking for a suspect after Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her Valley Springs home around noon Saturday.
The girl was found by her brother — reported by local media to be 12-years-old — after he encountered a male intruder in the home. When the intruder ran away, the boy found his sister stabbed. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital, officials said.
The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder by Linda Logan
The last time I saw my old self, I was 27 years old and living in Boston. I was doing well in graduate school, had a tight circle of friends and was a prolific creative writer. Married to my high-school sweetheart, I had just had my first child. Back then, my best times were twirling my baby girl under the gloaming sky on a Florida beach and flopping on the bed with my husband — feet propped against the wall — and talking. The future seemed wide open.
I don’t think there is a particular point at which I can say I became depressed. My illness was insidious, gradual and inexorable.
- Bought three bookshelves and cleaning supplies.
- Brought the electronics that I've had in the walk-in closet for so long out to the living room next to the CRTs.
- Worked on the living/dining area.
- Picked up A and took him to have his hair cut.
- Brought him to my house and we loaded the car to the max.
- Took the electronics to the proper recycling centre; boy they were efficient in unloading the car! I had to promise that I was a resident of Fayette County, show my ID, and that I wasn't a business The only thing they missed was an old phone. But I've found some small things that need to go that I can take later in the week.
- Took A to the pharmacy.
- Was treated by A to lunch. We went to Chipotle, which neither of us had been to. It was okay, about like Qdoba but louder, and I didn't see queso on the menu. But the veggie burrito was good, and the hot sauce was hot, but a little thin; I kept getting it on my shirt.
- Took A by a store to get a paper.
- Took him home.
- Rested for about forty-five minutes.
- Worked on the living/dining area to the point where it is almost finished. There are just a few things left.
- At three, called to say that I would not be finishing my tasks in time (long story, let's just say I was supposed to finish the house by Saturday night, due to some stupid words that had accountability and responsibility attached to them).
- Continued to work, turning to the bedroom. Put together two shelves that stack on one another (the other had been set up in the living room). That brings the total to four shelves of that type which I can configure separately or together.
- Set the DVR to record 'Doctor Who'.
- Put stuff that was in front of the closet on the bed; unloaded books from the closet to the new shelves. Became terribly disillusioned to realise that in truth, I needed another two shelves to get all the books that were on the closet floor onto shelves, and nowhere (except the closet itself) to put them. I'm already breaking rules of using space. The one is impinging on my computer space, and the two in the bedroom are partly in front of a painting.
- Felt overwelmed by it all and curled up in a ball in a small space available on the bed for a few minutes.
- YKWIA called and we talked for awhile. I won't be playing in the game tomorrow, so I can work on the bedroom. It's going to take more than one day to go through those closets. Fortunately I have a couple of days off next week, so hopefully I can get everything finished (plus the game notes) by next Saturday.
- By this point I was in so much pain I could barely move. It's not just my SI joint/back. It was my shoulder, knees, back, feet--you name it. So I basically cleared off the bed and just dumped things into the floor, and then went ahead and took my nightly meds, which include an anti-inflammatory (naproxen), a muscle relaxer, a medicine for nerve pain, and pain medicine (plus Pepcid to counteract stomach issues from most of them). I usually just take a half-tablet of the pain medicine, because it's a type that has made me itch and loopy in the past (I actually have it listed on my allergy list, and they gave it to me anyway). I decided screw that, I'd rather itch than be in pain, so I did take a whole pill. Then I tried to get comfortable and laid down. That was five hours ago. The only part of me that's hurting at all right now is the SI joint. Not too bad. I wouldn't want to rely too heavily on the medication, and I only take it during the night, when I'm not going to be driving, meaning days have been a bit painful, although I've discovered that if I don't overdo it I can supplement the naproxen with a little acetaminophen while at work and that helps tremendously. And the PT is going well. I'm really trying to get things done without overdoing it; I lifted very little of what went in the car today, for example. I did load the shelves (25 lbs each) into the cart at the store and from the cart to trunk, but A brought all three out and into the apartment. He lifted several very heavy things, like CRT monitors and three computer towers plus old vacuum cleaners. I'd been saving stuff for awhile, until I could get to the centre. Thank you, A, for all your help!
Friday, April 26, 2013
No, my house isn't THAT bad. But it has been before. I really do have to be careful, and it's very hard for me to get rid of things. But I do have to work on it.
Well, Office Depot opens at 8 am, and I have to be at work shortly after, so I should go get ready. Have a great day, and T.G.I.F.!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Okay, I've got to get going.
The diocese says Carla Hale wasn't fired because she is gay, but rather because her partner's name appeared in the obituary under the convention of showing a spousal relationship, which is against church teachings. Go figure. So not only has she recently lost her mother, she is being punished for loving someone who happens to be female and including her in the memorial. As her attorney put it, 'It's like not being fired for being a woman but being fired because you're pregnant.' 19 years of service to teaching was ended because of small-minds. Looks like a few people need a broader education.
My thanks to George Takei for bringing this to my attention. I do so hope she wins her appeal of the grievance.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
- That the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect is now in custody, is receiving medical care, and will hopefully be able to provide a clearer motive and also be brought to justice, Way to go, folks in Boston. To paraphrase something I saw on Facebook, if you mess with Boston, they will shut the whole town down until they find you. Don't mess with Boston.
- That it is Friday. It's been a long week. In some ways it's flown by, but in others, it's dragged along. I am home safe, despite a close call in the parking lot of a Shell station with a big pickup as I was backing up. I am very tired, but trying not to crash. No game Sunday, so technically I can ditch the notes for another couple of days, but still. I feel like I come home and play on the computer for a bit, and then I'm gone by anywhere from 8-10 pm. At least I have actually been reading rather than just going to bed and falling asleep immediately. :)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I have the movie on VHS. Bruce Dern plays a character who tries to save the last of Earth's forests, which have been consigned to giant domes in space. I did always like the song, too. Here's Netflix' description of the film:
In a ruined future in which huge, orbiting spaceships preserve the last remaining trees from pollution and overcrowding on Earth, everyman botanist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) receives an order to destroy the trees. He refuses, but his actions set him up against his superiors and fellow crew members. Special-effects titan Douglas Trumbull directs this cult-status gem known for its innovative effects and powerful social themes.It has three of the cutest robots in all of science fiction, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and some very scary twists as Lowell's actions have terrible consequences personally. If you've never seen it, I'd recommend it. It's available through the DVD plan on Netflix, or available from Amazon for $10.71, or $2.99 to rent on Amazon Instant Video (if you buy the DVD, you get a free promotional rental that will expire 24 hours after you watch it, but you have 30 days to do so, so you can watch it instantly).
'John Riley' by Joan Baez
Several years ago I was partly laid off and as a result, was evicted from my apartment at the time. During that stressful time, I abandoned my record collection, justifying it because I did not have any way to listen to the vinyl at the time. These included albums of my parents from the 1960s and my own coming of age in the 80s. YKWIA advised me against it, but I ignored very good advice, and if course came to regret it.
So it made me happy to find an audio tape I'd made of Joan Baez' Ballad Book album, one of the lost ones. Not too long ago I bought a CD boom box that still of all things had a tape player, because I wanted to listen to my old tapes. It also had an auxiliary so I can plug in my phone. So I get the best of both worlds.
I was very fortunate to see Baez in concert a couple of years ago, with great third row seats, and I enjoyed every bit of the show. But it's nice to have this as well. It's nice as an accompaniment to reading as well.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
But I'm doing pretty well. A storm has come up; it's raining hard and lightning and thundering. So I'm avoiding charging anything like I usually do overnight. Granted, my phone and tablet are insured and I do use a surge protector, but I figure I can wait up a little more. Besides, it gives me a chance to read some. I've been doing tech stuff all evening, and I need a break.
My back did much better today. I went to PT and we did stretches I can easily do at home. My therapist is going to write up a programme for water exercises that I can laminate and then use in the pool at the YMCA. Work went better, and then I had an appointment. It was very hard to come back to work after being out in 78 degree weather, but I did. Then I stopped by my friends' house briefly to drop off something from the grocery and came on home. The fish was a success, I had a treat of frozen Greek yoghurt, and then I worked on organising things on electronic devices, etc. I meant to take some recyclables out. I may do that in the morning, assuming it's not raining.
Well, it seems the storm is dying down, I think. I'll check the weather, plug things up, read for a bit perhaps, and then turn in for the night. Hope the weather doesn't get too wild.
PS Oh, my goodness, that fish was excellent. Absolutely wonderful, and so easy. I cooked it in the bag for 28 minutes and then just opened it up and ate every bit of it. I will have to get this more often. It only cost $6.50 for just under a pound of cod; I think the tilapia was $5.15 a pound. And yes, I ate every bit, even though that was a large portion, with just a little sourdough bread to complete the meal. The lady who was doing the samples the other day said the weight is the fish only, so essentially the seasoning is free. Mmmmm.
My back is to the point where I'm out of bed and off the cane, but some days are better and some days worse. Yesterday my stomach was really upset despite the Pepcid they gave me with the naproxen. Also, I'd eaten a lot of raw veggies at the game on Sunday. So the combination of factors plus back pain made me extremely uncomfortable most of the day. The naproxen, of course, is meant to bring down the inflammation, although it is also a pain reliever. I'm also taking a half a tablet of pain medicine and a muscle relaxer--but only at night. I didn't want to drive with the pain medicine in my system. So much of the day I'm still experiencing pain, and I can't take any other pain relievers that I know of safely with the naproxen to boost it. It's possible you can acetaminophen, as it's not an NSAID (and it's in the pain meds), but I don't know about it enough to risk it. So I'll just carry on as I have. It does take much of the pain away, to the point where I can (mostly) function. I will admit that between the back and stomach yesterday, although I was at work, I was not my most productive. I got the essential things done, but not much else. It was hard to focus. I'm hoping PT will improve things so that I'll be a bit more lively and engaged. It was all I could do to keep conversations going yesterday. :) I hope to do better today.
PS Thank you YKWIA for the fennel seeds. They really helped my stomach last night.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring dozens others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities said.
Police found and defused at least one other explosive device. Law enforcement sources tell CBS News correspondent Bob Orr that authorities found one other device that is intact and has not been detonated.
2 killed, more than 130 hurt in Boston Marathon bombing
Thinking of all the folks in Boston today and the victims and their families. Please let there be justice for this horrible act.
- Two killed – including 8-year-old boy – in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, Boston police say.
- Area hospitals say at least 132 are injured, including eight children.
- Two explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line.
- Boston.com journalist reports "blood everywhere," people missing limbs.
- Race called off; Red Cross and Google set up websites to help people find loved ones in the area
Saturday, April 13, 2013
So I'm home now, and the notes are finished, so I may actually go read and do something enjoyable for the rest of the evening. I'm tempted to go skywatching, as the moon is a sliver and there are several planets and bright stars visible despite the city lights, but my back is still an issue so I think I'm just going to get into something comfy and put some music on instead. I hope you have a good night.
- Woken up and gotten ready
- Gone to the library and picked up not only a hold but a few more books
- Texted with a friend
- Taken a friend to the vet
- Taken a friend to get a newspaper (and he got me brunch of Lean Pockets and bananas :) )
- Spent some time watching 'The Cosby Show' with friends
- Eaten two Lean Pocket pretzel-bread spinach and three cheese pockets and a banana
- Tried to catch a beautiful black long-haired dog that was running loose on my friends' street, without success, unfortunately
- Come home to my disaster-struck-looking house with the following to do:
- Game notes (for tomorrow_
- Taxes (due Monday)
- A project where I'm evaluating books for a company (due tomorrow)
- Housework (must be done to preserve sanity)
PS At least I'm prepared to do some of my PT exercises at home. On Wednesday, the day I missed work, (the first time I've done that for any sort of back issue), I got a package there from Amazon for a balance ball. I wanted to continue to work on some exercises I'd been given for my ankle. It's 65 cm and it rated to 2,000 lbs when inflated correctly, so I think I'm good for using it. :) [I also got some yoga supplies, but that's on hold]. So I've blown up the ball and am looking forward to using it, but I'm going to wait till I talk to the therapist and get some exercises from him. By the way I love my therapist. I'm going to KORT Physical Therapy Chevy Chase, with Stephen Karam. He did such a good job with my ankle I asked to return there. I highly recommend them.
PPS Sorry it's all been about pain these days. I am afraid that has been the number one thing on my mind lately. But the pain is easing up, the muscle relaxants I'm using at night are helping, and the inflammation does seem to be responding to my naproxen. So I'll try to blog about other things. This weekend I have to do pick up a book from the library, take a friend to the vet, do the game notes I couldn't last week, finish a project, work on the house to the best of my ability, and most importantly, do my taxes. Yeah, I know, I've put them off terribly, and they're due Monday. Agggghhhh!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
My shoulders and arms are also having some pain, but I think that's from my neck. So basically my thoracic region of my back is the only part cooperating with me today. I've been in bed resting all day. I have some exercises I downloaded from the Internet that are supposed to be good, from places like the Mayo Clinic. Right now I think if I got on the floor I might not be able to get back up. But I think I'll try them in bed and see if they help. In the meantime I'm going to try to get up and stretch a bit and see if I can help the situation at all. Wish me luck.
So yesterday I did not work out because my ankle was badly swollen and my back was still an issue. I had some strange idea that I would get up at five this morning and go. That came, and my back was hurting enough to wake me up, so I decided no, I should wait til it's better, and talk with my doctor in the meantime.
By seven I got out of bed and could barely walk. Pains were shooting down my legs. I took three ibuprofen pills and called in to work. I told them if it improves I'll come in. I went back to bed.
A few minutes ago I got up and it didn't seem too bad. Then I walked. I'm heading back to bed with ice. It is slightly better than this morning, but I can barely move. I'm not sure about sitting up for any length of time. I'll try this afternoon.
Monday, April 08, 2013
So while the back is doing better, the area around my foot and ankle is now throbbing. I'm going to take this gym thing very slowly, I think, and listen to my joints and muscles. I'll also talk to my doctor on Thursday about my back and weight issues. One of my co-workers suggested a drug that has had some success in combination with another medicine that is supposed to help 'jump-start' weight loss. I'm familiar with the drug she mentioned (she couldn't remember the other it was in combination with). It's an antiseizure medicine called Topomax. I will check it out and ask about it if it looks decent, but I know there's no miracle pill out there. But maybe something to reduce my appetite would be good, if there aren't horrendous side effects. Unfortunately, having just glanced at things, I'm not certain it would be good for me: I already take a similar drug for another condition and also have ocular hypertension that is monitored every six months; topiramate/Topomax can cause a form of glaucoma, which I might be at a higher risk for due to my high eye pressure. So I'm thinking no. But it was good to look into.
Right now I have the windows open and I'm considering putting my feet up for a bit and taking a short (30-45 minute) nap, then work on some things here. I need to take some things out to the recyclables containers but I'm not sure I should try that the way my back has been. It's not heavy, but awkward. Then I need to pay some bills and finish those game notes. Also, YKWIA told me about a couple of things I might want to watch on Netflix, plus there's the 'Grimm' DVD, the 'Downton Abbey' ones, and the 'Doctor Who' and 'Orphan Black' I recorded the other night. Whew. It might take me awhile to work my way through all this. And I think I can take my band-aid off from my annual TB test I was given today. So, off to napping I go. :)
Exactly what do you do with five tonnes of Nutella? This is the third strange heist in the area, the others being a trailer full of coffee a couple of weeks ago and several tonnes of Red Bull before that.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
As today I have spent almost all my time in bed with lower back and hip pain. I can't sit up for more than a few minutes, and standing is worse. So no game. I've been taking ibuprofen and put some ice on my back at YKWIA's suggestion, and am doing better than this morning. I hope this clears up before tomorrow. I've never missed work due to my occasional back pain. But if tomorrow is like today I will have to go to the doctor instead. Wish me luck. Meanwhile, I'm in bed blogging on my phone and I think it's time to go back to sleep.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
I spent most of the day with friends. We went to the grocery and then later to a men's shop for clothes. I modeled a couple of dresses I'd bought last week before we went, and while we were out returned one outfit that got a thumbs down response to Macy's, which was done quickly and without fuss. Then we ate at Smashing Tomato, which was pretty decent.
The whole day I've been in a fair amount of pain in my back and joints. My ankle is bothering me, but it's also causing me to walk in such a way that my knees, hips, and back are hurting, too. YKWIA suggested I look into water aerobics at the YMCA. I certainly need to do something about my weight, and I'm limited in the types of exercise I can do, so it's a good idea. So I will see about it.
I missed Doctor Who and Orphan Black, but I recorded them, so I'll watch later.
That's all for now. I'm going to rest for a little bit, keep my legs elevated, and then work on the game notes in a little while. Have a good night.
FDR AND THE JEWS
By Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman
Illustrated. 433 pp. The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press. $29.95.
Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed the overwhelming support of American Jews during his presidency, and the reasons are clear. In his three-plus terms from 1933 to 1945, he led the war against Hitler, supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine, appointed a Jew to the Supreme Court, chose another to be his secretary of the Treasury and surrounded himself with Jewish advisers who helped shape the laws that revolutionized the role of government in American life — what some critics sneeringly called the “Jew Deal.” Then, of course, there was Eleanor Roosevelt, whose concern for minorities fused the bond even tighter. When Roosevelt died in 1945, the Rabbinical Assembly of America described him, almost supernaturally, as an “immortal leader of humanity and a peerless servant of God.”
Born to Protestant wealth and privilege, the Roosevelts were hardly immune to the prejudices of their time. Before entering the White House, Eleanor described the future Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter as “an interesting little man but very Jew” and, after attending a function for the Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch, complained: “The Jew party was appalling. I never wish to hear money, jewels and sables mentioned again.” Franklin went even further, using anti-Semitic banter to charm world leaders like Joseph Stalin who were known to fear and hate Jews. Indeed, it was the ability of the Roosevelts to set aside these prejudices that seemed to distinguish them from so many others of their class. When it mattered most, their nobler instincts took over.
This seems to be a well-researched and balanced look at what FDR did (and did not do) to mitigate the Holocaust, according to The New York Times. The Kindle version is $9.88. I'm considering purchasing it.
Tomorrow I am going to the grocery with a friend and then we're going to go clothes shopping with another friend to try to track down an elusive jeans size. We're going to the mall, which none of us care for particularly. Wish me luck.
Friday, April 05, 2013
This was from late 2011. Now we just need one where the Doctor and Dr Sheldon Cooper meet up. :)
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Newly discovered tiny octopus-like microorganisms have been named after the fictional monsters created by American horror author H.P. Lovecraft. The single-cell protists, Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque, live in the gut of termites and help them digest wood.Here is the actual article:
Cthulhu Macrofasciculumque n. g., n. sp. and Cthylla Microfasciculumque n. g., n. sp., a Newly Identified Lineage of Parabasalian Termite Symbionts
Anyone familiar with HP Lovecraft should recognise Cthulhu. Cthylla, while part of the Mythos, was created by Brian Lumley, who also wrote the very creepy Necroscope series. They rather remind my of hid description of a Wamphiri more than great Cthulhu, to be honest. What do you think?
Thank you to the BBC for putting this up. PS--If you encounter a server error in the embedded videos--I'm experiencing them throughout this blog at the moment, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWU6XL9xI4k&feature=youtu.be and watch it there, as it seems to be still working on YouTube itself. Trust me, it's worth it. :)
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
As any researcher knows, it's easier to click a mouse than burrow through paper archives, looking for one piece of paper.One of my first jobs years and years ago (the late 1980s) was a work-study position in micrographics where we ironed newspapers and microfilmed them from all over the state as part of the Kentucky Newspaper Project. It was a first step in preserving and making the information in them accessible. Now, the University of Kentucky has gone beyond that and that's great. Here's a relevant tidbit:
At the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Digital Library has worked since 1997 to aid that process, slowly transforming huge historical collections from UK and other state universities — including old newspapers, family papers, photographs and oral histories — into digital content.
That work was recently recognized when the Kentucky Digital Library was chosen as one of five digital libraries nationwide to form the hub of a pilot project to make that information even more available: The Digital Public Library of America.
The launch of the Digital Public will take place on April 18 at http://dp.la. The Kentucky Digital Library can be accessed at http://kdl.kyvl.org.
Monday, April 01, 2013
As the shadows lengthened around her family’s hut here in one of Kabul’s sprawling refugee camps, a slight 6-year-old girl ran in to where her father huddled with a group of elders near a rusty wood stove. Her father, Taj Mohammad, looked away, his face glum.Fortunately, there was the postscript regarding the loan and the fate of the child:
“She does not know what is going to happen,” he said softly.
After the publication of this article, the father who had agreed to give his daughter as payment for a debt called The New York Times and said the debt had been paid nearly a month ago by an anonymous donor.But...this was one case. Perhaps Naghma will not be essentially given as collateral on a loan, for now. But what happens if the family's status worsens? And for every case where there is a happy ending, there are many more women and girls in a similar situation. What of the others like Naghma? And despite the fact that child marriage and selling of girls and women is illegal in Afghanistan, precious little is done to stop it. So horrible.
The father, Taj Mohammad, and an American lawyer working with the donor confirmed that the debt had been paid early in March, more than a month after The Times began reporting on the case. Mr. Mohammad, for reasons that remained unclear and despite numerous conversations with reporters since then, did not tell The Times about it until after Monday’s article. As recently as in a telephone interview on Friday, when he was asked about any developments in the case, he did not mention the donation. Asked on Monday why he had not said anything about it, he gave no direct answer.
An article updating the case has been posted online.
Tomorrow I'm taking someone to a doctor's appointment with our family doctor, who runs terribly behind and so that will take most of the day, which is a bit unfortunate, but really it is necessary, and I'll need to pay my rent and do some errands. I really need to do laundry, as well, but I am determined to do something fun on my birthday, and after all, I took it off from work to enjoy some time away from the grind. So we'll see. Anyway, I think I'm going to try the fan out and see how it works. I'll have to unplug the camera from the USB to attach it as I've been fiddling with photos--Brandon took this picture of me whilst we were at the restaurant:
Told you I wag getting huge. On the other hand, I didn't look too bad today. I may need to think about getting a hair cut again, though--I look a bit ragged and shaggy. Oh, well, I've certainly looked worse. And I suppose it's not too bad for someone who will turn 46 in about 9 hours. :)
Watching Ghostbusters. Realized the reason the librarian screams when card catalog explodes is b/c she realizes she has to refile that shit.Definitely.
TOP 16 WAYS TO GET A WOMAN/ WIFE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE
Today, being the first of April, and a Monday, and the day before my birthday, I am going to try to start keeping track of things like eating, exercise, blood sugar, medication, etc., with more zeal and see if I can lose weight. I have finally made it over the cliff of 300, after much dancing up to it, and I want to try to lose 50 lbs in a year. It would be great to eventually lose more, but I'm going to work on that as my goal. I have the tools I need on my phone--I just need to work at keeping track and doing much better with my eating and medicine. So wish me luck.
Okay, time to go pick Brandon and the kids up. Have a great Monday.