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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A lot of odd stuff...

Okay, first off, I want to let you know that I've actually put a new post up on my Cap blog- see the link over there on the right.  Check it out, I do stumble onto some fairly interesting stories as I catalogue my beer cap collection.

Man, I smell OT coming on at work- not that that's a bad thing... I just wish my clone could work it for me.  I have had two days of being a victim of my own stupidity.  Examples:  Making 12 cushions that were supposed to have a front side of one color and backside of another out of just the one color; Forgetting more than once that the cushion I was making was a "case" which meant I should've made two of 'em; Making a canopy set that was supposed to be a bench w/o the top with the top anyway; locking onto the idea that KA04 was the light and KB02 was the dark, to the extent that I made 2 of the dark and one of the light instead of vice versa- which meant I had to lose the "extra" and make another light one- and finished it off by putting the rolls away in the wrong spot three seperate times; discovering after laying up 5 different colors for one cushion that I had only put down half the plies for three colors, grabbed one roll that was flat out the wrong stuff, and messed up the yardage tags on two rolls; and finished the day making the fronts for four cushions that we had run out of back fabric for.  All in pretty much a day and a half.  I'm going to blame it on the table I was working on, which was not my usual table:  it's a foot wider than any other table, has a 1/2 inch gap between two sections AFTER you use an iron weight to hammer it closed, the roll racks are not bolted down and thus rock like a drunken sailor everytime you so much as look at them, and the mouse on the table's computer really sucks, as in if I had one at home, I'd go out and buy a sledge hammer to dispose of it.  See, it's not just me...

Lokomotiv got knocked out of the playoffs Monday morning, losing 3-1 in Penza.  Galimov got us on the board with three left in the game to avoid the shutout.  Hell of a season, guys, see you next fall in the KHL!!!

Here's a fun news story from FoxNews:

New York City bans mention of dinosaurs, dancing, birthdays and more on student Tests

| New York Post

In a bizarre case of political correctness run wild, New York educrats banned references to "dinosaurs," "birthdays," "Halloween" and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests.
That is because they fear such topics "could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students."
Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism.
Even "dancing" is taboo, because some sects object. But the city did make an exception for ballet.
The forbidden topics were recently spelled out in a request for proposals provided to companies competing to revamp New York City's English, math, science and social studies tests given several times a year to measure student progress.
"Some of these topics may be perfectly acceptable in other contexts but do not belong in a city- or state-wide assessment," the request reads.

Scratches head several times.
First, let me ask my fundamentalist friends, are you offended by dinosaurs?  Job 40 and 41 does a pretty good job of describing a Brontosaurus (or Apatosaur, if you are more modern) and a Mosasaur, so I don't necessarily associate dinos and evolution.
Second, does Halloween really suggest paganism to anyone besides Wiccans and Druids (who ARE pagans)?  And why would they mind?
And third- thank GOD they made an exeption for ballet.  Leotards are much less suggestive than, say, what you wear to PolkaFest.

Oh, I'm hoping my friend Bobby G.  will take up the story on the Southwest Allen County Schools lockdown tomorrow.  In a nutshell for you non-locals, a lawyer in the district discovered someone ransacking his garage.  Lawyer turns to run, perp shoots him and flees.  Area schools call a lock down, as it was just after 8 AM.  Thing is, while students arriving by bus were shipped elsewhere, those arriving on foot or bike heard the announcement over the PA that the school was shut down- and while there was SUPPOSED to be somebody outside to heard the pedestrian kids into the building for safety, no one was out there, and many kids had to hoof it home through the SAME AREA the perp was supposed to be.  Just to top it off, parents were e-mailed (yeah, I'm sure a lot of 'em were just waiting by their computers for an emergency e-mail) but no one was called.  Needless to say, the district is looking into issues with their lockdown proceedure.

I guess that's about it for today.  I suspect I will be working in advance on Time Machine if they announce OT tomorrow, so have a nice next couple'o'days.


  1. The only people I can think of who might remotely be offended by dinosaurs are the ones eaten in "Jurassic Park"!

  2. What is OT? Here OT stands for Occupational Therapist? So I was kinda scratching my head! As for dinosaurs, I am not the slightest bit offended, after all, here in Canada they have created the oil sands that give us all that oil that we can ship to our neighbours to the south of us :) Hope your work week gets better Chris!

  3. Reading this brings to mind the saying it never rains it pours why that saying popped into my head I don't know but it did, maybe it was because you made some silly mistakes the type that make you want to smack yourself in the head......or is that just something that I would do maybe that is why I get headaches do you think.........................

  4. Be thankful for OT (overtime). I am on salary so not matter how many hours it takes......

    Good grief NYC!!! Get those jerks some help!!

    As for the school, let's just say, something needs to be fixed ASAP!!! Sadly, in these days and times, perhaps they need to practice "man on campus with a gun" drills(like fire drills) on a regular basis to keep their procedures practiced, in place and continually improved upon.

  5. AG, OT is indeed overtime- and it has been confirmed.

  6. haaha that is so crazy?! they are offended by dinosaurs...have they ever been in a middle school health class?!

  7. Busy busy man.

    Seems every 2nd blog I am reading tonight mentions some insane law or ruling put forward in your country.
    Last time I found dinosaurs offensive was the time I stepped on a really sharp plastic one my son had left lying around when he was in his dinosaur obsessive stage

  8. CWM:
    I will not even attempt to fully understand the work-related have a FIRM GRASP on that beast.
    Suffice it to say that if *I* ever need cushion're my GO-TO guy, kapeesh?
    (so don't leave town...LOL)

    As to the SWACS lockdown...didn't cover it, but have some thoughts:

    1) The school SHOULD have had at least ONE admin outside instructing kids that were arriving on foot or by bike to escort them INSIDE the building (to the auditorium for example).

    2) Some sort of "PSA" SHOULD have scrolled across the TV with a RADIO address about the lockdown for the parents to KNOW ahead of time and ASAP.

    3) FWPD should also have had ONE car at the school...just in case.

    Now, I wasn't there, but that's just my take on this.

    As to the NYC school gig with NOT mentioning these things?
    They can't fire them all.
    I am sick to death with all this PC crap...!!!

    And I think it's time parents felt likewise...
    It's not a perfect world, and cajolling the kids into a false belief that it IS by removing books, words, etc from their classrooms AND lives isn't going to solve that problem ANY time soon.

    Just my 2 cetns...spend them

    Stay safe up there.

  9. Momto8 and Mynx- LOL! I'd really like to hear how they explain the absence to new-schoolers who've been waiting their whole lives (all 4 or 5 years of it) to hear about dinosaurs only to skip 60 billion years (or at least past the Flood) up to frog dissecting.

    Bob, you submit those ideas to SWACS care of plan alterations. A lot better ideas than what they had going in...

  10. CWM:
    I know...I'm the best kept secret (and the lowest profile person) this part of Indiana has had in a
    (now, about the issues with the FWPD and the city government....bwahahaha)

    Today Fort Wayne, tomorrow...(the lawn???)

    Thanks for the props.
    Stay safe up there.