Monday, June 27, 2005

Larry the Gnome

on Sunday I met the owner of Larry the Gnome while I was working at the Colorado Renaissance Faire (I will post about that experience soon!)
check out her website! my pic with Larry should be posted soon!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

this just in...

ooo...cosmic ray research in Colorado...maybe it isn't too late to get super powers and abuse them!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

you'd think it would be at ISU...*

While catching up on my local news, I came across this article.
It talks about the Modern Drunkard magazine's annual convention which is taking place in Denver this week.
In the article is the following:

Michael Haines, director of the National Social Norms Resource Center at Northern Illinois University, attributes some of the shift to the aging baby-boomer generation that is determined not to let the excessive behavior of their own youth pervade their children's culture.

What gets me is not the content of the above factoid...but the fact that the "National Social Norms Resource Center" is at my alma mater.

WTF? When did this happen, in my happy time at NIU, I did not ever come across this department/area/discpline. In looking at the NIU NSNRC home page, it looks like it might have started in 2002...well after my 1993 graduation (with University Honors, I might add).

* can anyone guess why it would be more appropo for the NSNRC to be at ISU? Please forgive me for the horrible Land o' Lincoln humor.

Friday, June 03, 2005

tornado drill darwinism

Rainy weather over eastern Denver brought a tornado warning with it this evening while I was working.
So, myself and about 30 other employees who work "non-conventional" shifts huddled in a back hallway and made small talk for about a half-hour until the "all clear" was given in a rather bored sounding voice by the facilities person on staff. We could hear the thunder and feel it shake the building from time to time.
It was interesting to hear how many people, despite the fact that there could have been an actual tornado on our doorstep, wanted to go outside to "check it out"...including myself.
I guess if we 30 people would have been in the gene pool back at the dawn of time, we would not have lived long enough to send our stupidly curious genes down thru the ages.