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A Message to U.S. Hindus:

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Just a reminder from the “Good Book” of the “nice” people among whom you have chosen to dwell:
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,
neither cast ye your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet,
and turn again and rend you.
I just saw on CNNj a quick clip about the heckling of the […]

Macromedia Sucks

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Don’t get me wrong: It’s not a basic problem with their programs per se…I’d swear by Dreamweaver and LOVE Fireworks…when they work, that is.
A few weeks back Dreamweaver decided one evening that it was going to stop recognizing all my site definitions. I tried restarting, checked the edit timestamps on all the config files, did […]

My water is theirs

Monday, February 5th, 2007

I just learned the other day that after the refurbishment scheduled for the second half of the upcoming academic year, our offices will not long be equipped with the little sink and mirror we now have. We’ll have to trot halfway down the hall to get water to boil for tea or coffee, to wash […]

The in-pic caption says it best…

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

It’s really hard some days NOT be become a real racist or misogynist. Days like yesterday.
So I’m sitting in traffic yesterday morning around 7:30, in the turning lane on Kashima Kaido right before the Denny’s intersection. Actually, the turning lane starts halfway between the intersection and where I am, but everyone starts sidling over this […]

Men Doke Sigh

Friday, January 5th, 2007

(Alternative title: I work for idiots.)
Heard an interesting piece of news while at work today. Seems that come August, they’re going to start redoing my wing of the building, strengthening it against earthquakes. So I will have to move to another office for the last half of the year and then probably move back after […]

Google + Blogger = Glooger

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Or Booger?
I just spent a good 5 minutes trying to post a comment over on LG’s blog, using my old Blogger account name and password to log in & preview. Kept getting a password error message, which is ridiculous since I haven’t changed it (ever…I know: Stupid!) and it didn’t appear that the account had […]

Fictional Girlchildren Who Should Have Died

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Horribly. In great pain. Preferably in many small pieces. Grrrrr.
Here’s the current three at the top of my list:
1. The little blonde bint who befriended the carrier monkey in Outbreak.
2. That little banshee in War of the Worlds.
3. The ditzoid daughter of the park ranger guy from Third Watch who goes out in the middle […]

What floats to the top

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

The brain trusts in the administration evidently have decided that, since it worked out so well last year (=sarcasm!), they would again let the company(ies?) responsible for the construction of a new building on campus take up part of our (ALREADY LIMITED!!) parking area with their temporary prefab office building, materials and equipment storage, and […]

Wanting to walk away

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

I spent most of Friday and yesterday setting up a temporary area here on ibadairon.net for use during my first class Monday morning, on the off chance that I can’t get the MySQL databases working again.
The fact that I have to worry about this technical shit at all is one of the fundamental problems at […]

Why our e-Learning is a failure

Friday, July 21st, 2006

The short answer: because of an almost total lack of support from the university and other English faculty.
Minimal possible technical assistance from the former, no content provision and little interest from the latter.
I have learned that some things in this world just aren’t worth the hassle.
Doing anything extra for IbaDai is rapidly starting to […]


Monday, May 29th, 2006

I know when you argue with a stupid person you tend to become stupid yourself (more likely to sink to their level than rise to the occasion?), but does it rub off as well if you work with one? Or a whole gaggle?
If I’m not renewed for next year I will miss the students and […]

Return The Statue of Liberty!

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Working at home today. I have that “number of millions of minds” (Guess who that could be attributed to and win a free pair of “Made for Walkin’” Shite Stomper® boots from the IDRB “Kinder & Gentler” Footwear® online store! “IDRB K&B Footwear: Come on in and have a good fit!”*), CNN, on, with Anderson […]


Monday, May 8th, 2006

I give up.
I mean, how bleeding difficult is it to understand the concept of a frigging mailing list?
(Yeah, verily, I say unto you: I am sorely vexed and do wax mickle wroth!)

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Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Something else that’s been making the Ole Sphinx tweetch lately is the Fuji Film commerical with Yoko Ono.
Not because it features Yoko. I don’t have a problem with Yoko. (I don’t lay the blame for the Beatles break-up at her feet, for example.) In fact, I rather sort of like her more than not. I […]

D’uh Vinci Code

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

I hate it when I’m smarter (or at least put things together more quickly) than the characters in a novel I’m reading.
Which is to say that I hate writers who can’t surprise me better than this.
I also hate the ultra-mini-episodic style of storytelling. A book is not a TV show, dammit. Finish one episode before […]