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November 22nd

new ones

From veedot, via the amazing loveyourchaos .

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November 13th

The Scientist and his legacy

I’m not going to explain this one:

Well, ok here’s an explanation: It’s a picture of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Pluto looking for Pluto the ex-planet. Neil is famous, amongst other things, for being a prominent documenter of Pluto’s (the celestial body) demise as the 9th planet of our solar system.

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November 12th

Jon Stewart vs The Archivists

Oh, the SAA is going to love this! The Daily Show featured the Grateful Dead Archivist position that was noticed by BoingBoing last Monday. Some choice quotes from the episode about the job:

“UC Santa Cruz is looking for a Grateful Dead Archivist. They’re looking for someone who loves the Grateful Dead, and yet somehow has exceptional organizational skills. So basically what they’re saying… is that they need a miracle”

And then it gets better (or worse, depending on whether you have a Masters in Archives.) Here’s what Jon Stewart has to say about Archivists:

“By the way, a masters degree in Archives Management? What does that mean? “Oh I can archive things alphabetically or numerically”. What?! Alphanumerically? Slow down, I don’t have a doctorate! There you have it, 4 years of undergrad, 2 years of graduate school and now you can spend your days picking blotter acid coming out of Phil Lesh’s underwear from the Blues for Allah tour.”

(video clip of the comment:)

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November 8th

Why I use a Mac

From HackerNews , an answer to a common question my friends ask me — “Why do I use a Mac”?:

So the point of all this is that for a product that has been tested, debugged, and gone through all levels of Dante’s circles and back before being released, Windows is just not good enough. It seems like its so close. You just start to like it, and then it does something weird again. Its like an old friend of mine. She drinks and can be really raucous. But she’s a great person but has off moments. Its like hanging out with her on a good day and everything seems awesome, and then she randomly punches a cop. You kind of expect it, but you let your guard down for a minute and then wham, you get reminded again.

So in the end, I just fell for Mac because she’s really my type of girl. We fit well together. Windows is really pretty, and we have some good times, but she’s just not the one. We’ll still be friends, but that’s all we can ever be.

I agree with most parts of it; although I must say that Snow Leopard has crashed(i.e. with a gray version of the Windows BSOD) on me twice so far, and seems to get laggy on me while multitasking, so it seems nobody’s perfect. But in the end, I feel less stupid when I’m using a Mac — that’s how simple the explanation is.

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November 6th

walrus

 It's like a vampire, but awesome

November 3rd

daylight savings time

julieklausner , via coreyc :

I need to remember that “darkness” and “sadness” are not the same thing, especially this time of year. As in, “It gets sadder earlier now.”

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Breeze

I just woke up
with this memory of
a cool breeze
blowing across my face.
I’m just a little confused
if I should smile
at how wonderful it felt in my dream
or curse myself
for not being awake
to catch it.