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It's Official: Plant's Name is Harvey

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/11/10 (7:17pm)

The People have spoken and 'Harvey' has edged out 'Irene' by 4 tics to 3.

So ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, members of the press, horticulturalists and bibliographers the world over, I give you,

Harvey the Reference Plant


Plants Are People Too

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/6/10 (3:23pm)

So we got this enormous plant for the reference desk which looks like it came from the "Little Shop of Horror". It's looking at me all the time and I know it's probably eaten a student or two when my back was turned. So naturally I'm taking a poll among my colleagues to see what we should call it: "Harvey or Irene?"

At this point it's a tie.


CTA Mouth Warbler II

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/28/10 (9:33am)

cta_logo_125x125.jpgFollowing up from last week, here's what I heard on the El going to Skokie last night:

"Attention Passengers: Please do not attempt to board the train -- the doors are closing".

Actually the delivery for this one was pretty good, though again, a touch on the long side.


Old Colleague, New Colleague

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/22/10 (2:47pm)

An old colleague from NYU, Jen Schwartz, just started at DePaul. It's a small world.


Mouthful to Say for CTA Train Drivers at Each & Every Stop

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/21/10 (6:20pm)

CTA Logo Has anyone else noticed drivers on the El announcing at every stop:

"Do not attempt to board the train. Doors closing."

That's a huge mouthful to say. No wonder they flub up every third stop or so. But what really gets me is that cognitively I don't think this works. In such a quick moment before the doors are about to close, you really need something snappier, simpler -- something like:


Early Voting - Primary 2010

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/16/10 (7:06pm)

With an early voting location at the CPL branch at Lincoln Park -- just across the street from DePaul -- you can't get any more convenient. Not surprisingly, for a (February) Primary, traffic was light. I walked right in, no waiting, no line.


Questions I Didn't See on the DePaul Compliance Training Test

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/9/10 (11:26am)

I just completed Depaul's "General Compliance Training" test. It seems to have consisted of a gazillion questions. Oddly enough, it didn't include the following:

  • Is it okay to eat people alive?
  • When robbing a bank should you only ask for twenties?
  • You know all those empty liquor bottles under your desk? If you kicked them under the desk of a colleague so that it looked like he had a drinking problem and not you, would this constitute a violation of university guidelines for recycling of glass, paper and plastic?

1st Day Back at Library Reference

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (7:46pm)

Meanwhile in other news...

Today was my first day back at Library Reference at DePaul. Winter Session starts on Monday.


New Website: UIC Office of Admissions & Records

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (10:29am)

So the site I've been losing sleep over for the past couple of weeks months is finally up. I had set a deadline for the beginning of the year and, by golly, I made it -- even if the thing kind of put a damper on my holiday activities:

  1. The way of the world, our progress so far, the meaning of it all.
  2. Why the Cubs will make it to the World Series in 2010!
  3. Why I'll take 'Augmented' over 'Reality' any day of the week.
  4. Why 'Cloud' and 'Disruptive' will finally be put to rest, replaced by 'Heaven' and 'Topsy-turvy'.
  5. Why Daley ought to sell me Lincoln Park when he puts it up for sale next year.
  6. Why I've got time to do this if I'm supposedly working on that 'other project'.
  7. Why our only hope is a three-legged cow with 25% less carbon emissions.
  8. Why the Encyclopedia of Associations and the Occupational Outlook Handbook will never fade from my memory (ever again). (Don't Ask.)
  9. Why a knowledge of English Poetry is perfect preparation for anything related to web development. (And I've got the sheepskin to prove it!)
  10. Why if we have a chance to do this over again, we ought to proceed directly to 2010 and only pretend like it took us 10 long years to get here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!