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New Year's Party -- via Zoom (of course).

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/1/21 (10:25pm)

Had a great time with old friends (along with laptop, iPad, face-mask, cassette player, cellphone, can of beer and burnt pizza ...)

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Doh-Doh Librarian

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/5/20 (7:29pm)

So I wake up and look at the clock. Holy sh*t -- it's 6 o'clock! That's the start of my evening shift for chat reference! I rush into my workroom, turn on the computer, hook up to the library web-service page. Whew, that was close! Funny thing is, nobody else is hooked in. Huh? Usually at least someone from the earlier shift hangs around till you get settled. So where is everyone? I check out the time at the bottom of the computer screen. Just a couple minutes past 6 -- that's not bad! Then I notice something else: it's am at the moment -- not pm. Opps!

Update: Same thing happened a couple weeks later (12/1) only this time it was '5 o'clock' when I woke up. 5 o'clock? No problem! Shift doesn't begin till 6pm -- I had an hour! On the radio I was expecting NPR's evening show, 'All Things Considered'. Instead what I got was 'Morning Edition'. Okay, I get it...

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Year-end & Decade-end Achievements

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/1/20 (1:55pm)

I managed to finish off both these guys!

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Moving: Packing Up

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/6/08 (7:31pm)

Yes, it's that time again: I'm moving to a new apartment. Here I'm doing some prep work.

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1st Day at OAR

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/17/08 (6:20pm)

Today was my first day as Web Coordinator at the Office of Admission and Records at UIC. Bunch of nice people and lots of possibilities for the site.

On a totally unrelated note, here's a shot from the day before of my sister blowing out the candles on her birthday cake.

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Chicago Winter Wonderland

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/1/08 (3:39pm)

This one won't go into the record books -- not even close -- but we did get a couple inches. Here's the charming view from the back of the courtyard house where I live.

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The Moment

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/4/08 (1:16am)

I don't watch television very often. In fact, I watch it so infrequently that I keep the set hidden away in a closet for most of the year. It only comes out at times of national disaster or an election. In this case, it was the latter -- happily -- as I wheeled the thing out to catch Barack Obama's speech in Iowa with the memorable words, "This was the moment when it all began".

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Holiday Dinner

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/26/07 (10:17pm)

End of year get-together. It was nice to see everyone. Alas, being the cook, I was cooped up in the kitchen for way too much of it. Next year, I'm ordering out!

P.S. Managed to do all the dishes within 24 hours of the event. Yes, I know, a miracle.

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The Cost of Complexity

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/20/07 (2:57pm)

A while back, I mentioned in response to a post by Don Norman on "Simplicity Is Highly Overrated" that the washing machines where I lived are so complex that someone had lost all patience and crowbarred one of them open.

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The Pots of Leo Klein

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/6/07 (3:41pm)

The Pots of Leo Klein

The Pots of Leo Klein: I knew there was a reason why I started this site: it's to show off my collection of All-Clad LTD pots!

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