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14 July 2009 @ 05:28 pm
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Not-very-hypothetical question: If you were calling a university to ask about online programs for a teaching certificate, would you expect to need to take notes about the answers to your questions, and therefore have paper and a writing implement handy? This caller apparently did not, because she made me repeat the toll-free number for Distance Education three times, while punching it into her cellphone (from which she was making the call, so I got the high-pitched chirps in my ear as she did so).

I see that one of the first things Al Franken did after being sworn in as a US Senator was sign on to co-sponsor the Employee Free Choice Act. Go, Senator Franken!

barbarakitten_t posted this link, "Where are American values for an American hero?", which memorializes Darrell "Shifty" Powers of the 101st Airborne, a D-Day survivor.

dewhitton posted a video in his journal, this entry. As the first words we hear of the song are "... seven naked men, eight naked men, nine naked men" and the video does, in fact, illustrate the lyrics, you may determine for yourself if this is something you want to watch at work or when your parents are in the room.

hitchhiker posted a link to a comparison of Aldous Huxley's and George Orwell's visions of dystopia.
darrel jenkins iidjenk on July 14th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
re: hitchhiker 's link

I read Postman's book in college. I believe his observations were dead on then, and have become even more so in the intervening years

Edited at 2009-07-14 10:28 pm (UTC)
Jim Hetleyjhetley on July 14th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: pencil and paper and phones

Wife and I must be statistical anomalies on this item. We place such calls from a work-table, sitting down, with writing materials at hand. Always.

On the other hand, I have had to ask people to repeat phone numbers and other vital information multiple times due to bad hearing . . .
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 15th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Bad hearing I can understand, sympathize with, and accommodate without complaint. Putting the number into the cell phone and thus into my ear, however, I am less cheerful about.
Shadow/Brookekengr on July 15th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
She must have a very odd phone. My older cell wouldn't *let* you enter things during a call. The newer one lets you but doesn't send tones down the line after you call up the menu.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 15th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I don't know; I assumed it was a cell phone, but I could have been wrong.
Shadow/Brookekengr on July 15th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Oh, it likely was. It's just that a design that lets that happen is dumb even for the fairly dumb designs that are all too common these days (I could write books...)
LeiaCatleiacat on July 15th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
a full 10 minutes after watching: damn those naked men are catchy! I'll be singing it in the office tomorrow.