Wednesday, 15 August 2012


So I went to my convocation last night. Fun times. Got all tricked out in a billowing black gown and a lovely hood, trimmed with two bands of hot pink, as if the Faculty of Information Studies (once known as the Faculty of Library and Information Science) wanted to say, "Yes, ours is a profession dominated by women, but this ain't your grandma's library school!" Other faculties got green and grey and yellow and even orange, but we got hot pink. Super.

I'd post a pic but I left the camera at home. However, a photo-proof, snapped as I stood fear-grinning into a camera lens in a corridor in Convocation Hall, clutching my diploma, is in the mail. I'm sure I look as lovely as I did at my undergraduate convocation - i.e. overexposed to the point of looking anemic, my eyes half-closed. Oh, and is it a rule that academic photographers and their assistants have to be complete nitwits? I'm just wondering. Sample comments from the photo crew as the newly graduated shuffled through the corridor:

"Hey, big guy, what's wrong with your gown?"

"Let's get you carrying this diploma like you do it every day."

"Hey, tiger - your hood's on crooked"

"Keep smiling that beautiful smile"

"Hey, halfwit, shut the hell up and get out of my face" (That was me. In my head).

Anyway. So it's done, my formal schooling is over for now. I've got a string of letters after my name and a job and some debt, some grey hair. I sat up some nights writing papers until I started drooling on my keyboard. I ranted plenty. I cried about once a week on average. I laughed a lot. I worked at four different jobs and got loads of experience I wouldn't have had otherwise. I went through about fifteen pairs of shoes. I still have recurring nightmares about writing an exam for a course I've never taken. I grew my hair long. I learned how to do second-level cataloguing. I developed a taste for vodka (these last two are not unrelated). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

So, like, yeah. OK. Next!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Doesn't look like much

That's what the doctor told me on Monday when I took myself and my red throat to his office. Another culture was taken, another list of blood tests was checked off.

I didn't bother with the tests, and the culture came back negative for strep and whatever else it is they checked it for. Look, I'm busy. I don't have time to be schlepping around to doctor's offices and labs. I certainly don't have time to deal with condescending doctors. I have a career to manage, I have a course to pass, I have a household to run. Groceries need to be purchased, bills need to be paid, meals need to be prepared, dishes need to be scrubbed, clothes need to be washed, floors need to be swept, cats need to be taken care of. I have a database to build and volunteers who need coordinating and a column to write at some point in the future.

So on Tuesday, I went to work, sore throat and all. New clients must have thought I was there on a community-living placement. I sounded like Kramer, on that episode of Seinfeld where he gets to go to the benefit dinner with Mel Torme because Torme thinks he's, uh, "challenged", but really his mouth is full of Novocaine. "Pwease compweat this fowm," I said to a new employee who wanted to borrow some books from the "libwawy". My voicemail message that day was hi-larious: "Hewwo, 'ou have weached Jen'fer Boorns, Infowmation Shpecialist at..."

Wednesday, throat still sore, although less sore. Thursday, less sore. Friday, less sore. Saturday, almost gone...but still sore. Oh, and I stayed late every night - to catch up in my course. Fun fun fun!

No running, swimming or any strenuous exercise, no alcohol, no citrus (it irritates my throat), soft foods, soup...oh, yeah, it's been a swell time. Throw in a couple of snowstorms and a two-hour commute home three days in a row (complete with 20 minute wait in the bitter cold for a bus that's supposed to come every three minutes) - and you may as well just put a lampshade on your head and call it a party.

I need a vacation. From my life.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Holy Thursday Batman!

OK, so I'm totally going to hell. But whatever.

Tomorrow the cats and I are heading to Georgetown for Easter, to hang with the family, including my adorable, darling, chubby-legged vanilla-scented, even-tempered-except-when-he's-hungry-or-just-been-vaccinated nephew Jack. I'm curious to see how Harry and Marmalade are going to react to him, as they have never met a baby human before. They are not quite a year old and still extremely inquisitive about everything. The corridor outside my apartment holds great fascination for them - it may or may not lead to the magical land of Narnia, Maramalde is still investigating. So it will be fun to see what they make of Jack.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Lacey Jackson - Resume

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Curriculum Vitae

Lacey Jackson

12440 Norton Drive

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Graduated With Honors from Belmont University

10 years of article writing experience (directly for Electronic readers)

Great competency in Latin and English

Committed, company-oriented employee with a taste for particulars

Employment Expertise

FoxyStilezArticles, Ottawa Canada

2001 - Present

Crew Leader

Accountable for setting up a worldwide staff of internet writers to meet a challenging set of development goals and objectives.

- Set records for efficiency, expanding productivity by 15% worldwide

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Fluent in Latin and English

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Why Will Saletan's Calling for the Miscegenation of the Races

I've been meaning to respond to Will Saletan's piece in Slate last month on race, genetics and intelligence.  In it, he summarizes a number of genetic theories, which all point to the disturbing conclusion that:

"Tests do show an IQ deficit, not just for Africans relative to Europeans, but for Europeans relative to Asians. Economic and cultural theories have failed to explain most of the pattern, and there's strong preliminary evidence that part of it is genetic. It's time to prepare for the possibility that equality of intelligence, in the sense of racial averages on tests, will turn out not to be true."

I cannot deny the possibility that there are racial differences in average intelligence (or rather differences in average intelligence between previously isolated populations, since race is a social, not a biological concept), even though my gut reaction is disgust.  I know this is something about which I ought to remain agnostic absent credible, compelling evidence not just because that's the position from which a social scientist, whatever his or her unspoken agendas, ought to begin, but because my emotions on the subject run so damn deep, it's hard to be "objective" (as if anyone can be about a topic as dangerous as it is seductive).  Without a certain intellectual coolness, I'm liable to burst out in expletives.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Ai Taylor - Resume

Aloha! I am one of many staff managers of FoxyStilezArticles, a global content writing combine. We all write content in English for global web viewers, and are on the market for content creation for your web page. Down the page you can read my CV, and you may be able to find other staff managers and writers' CV's on this web page. At the end of my CV, you're going to check out some illustrations of our written works. For job inquiries, you should mail us using the contactform on this webpage and we shall answer as soon as we can.

Curriculum Vitae

Ai Taylor

3476 Fire House Lane

Hawaii Honolulu


Graduated With Special Honors from Dartmouth College

10 years of article writing experience (especially for Internet viewers)

Great competency in Latin

Dedicated, team-oriented worker with a knack for particulars

Business Expertise

FoxyStilezArticles, Boston USA

2002 - Present

Writing Team Organizer

Responsible for setting up a international staff of writers to fit a challenging set of assembly aims.

- Set unprecedented records for production, raising productivity by 35% worldwide

- Accurately managed regular logs of job distribution

- Addressed QC for worldwide creation over a sizable staff of copy writers

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Fluent in Latin

Sophisticated skills with a huge range of office software programs

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African fractals, and why your computer may be African

So perhaps a better, more succinct response to Will Saletan's piece on race, genetics, and intelligence which appeared on Slate last month, is this video of a talk by Ron Eglash, an "ethno-mathematician" who studies African fractals. Learn about the African origins of binary code, and how God, architecture, and mathematics are married in infinite regression: