Saturday, August 24, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 8/24/2002 01:18:20 AM
I just uploaded the ballot in locked form and readied the main page for voting. The whole process went smoothley, taking under an hour and a half total. This makes me feel good. I have not even told the membership yet. That comes next. I guess this compromised blog is good for something after all. The real good stuff of course goes elsewhere.
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 8/18/2002 03:01:38 PM
This is the beginning of the end for this blog. There is a tension on the net between wanting your friends to see what you write and wanting the world to see it. I have decided that I'd rather just write for my friends.
Also this has become a very personal blog. It belongs inside my personal rented web space. I may blog here from time to time about ZOID, but this blog's days as a diary are through.
The new version of this blog which does not yet have a name, will be password protected. I will give out the password to those whom I know and trust. Others will simply be out of luck. That is all.
Saturday, August 10, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 8/10/2002 11:48:08 PM
Hey look at me blogging regularly. Let's see...I walked three and a half miles in the hot sun to buy kitty litter. I did this because I wanted to get some drawing charcoal and the store that has that is in the Walmart shopping center. I could pick up the kitty litter at Walmart. It was a miserable trip through the hot sun. I don't think I had enough to drink before I left the house because I was so thirsty. Maybe I am just getting old. That is a scarey thought.
During my trip I saw a pair of fritillary butterflies with coppery wings and wings with spots. They were courting among the flowers in front of Peach Tree Mall. I also managed to find rates on two motels for my mother who wants something with a pool when she comes down here in a couple of weeks. Yes, MY MOTHER IS COMING. Yikes! I'll be cleaning this pit of an apartment whether I like it or not.
I almost went to look at Oreck vacuum cleaners today but chickened out. That mighty mite my mother sent me, just does not work. Someone on alt.support.childfree suggested a Hoover bagless. I thought about getting a rebuilt Electrolux, Kirby, or Rainbow. I'd vacuum this stinking apartment more often if the vacuum cleaner did its job.
Right now, Georgia, my beautiful blue cream alpha kitty is curled up by the computer. If I stroke her fur, she goes "bgrrrrrr". It's such a sweet little social sound. This cat is almost turning herself inside out with affection. Her eyes are wide and excited. She is so special. She is fifteen and a half years old and no longer begs for wet food or people food since she was so sick with hairballs a month ago. How do you spell guilt?
I revised the front page of Unfettered Soul today. It was a simple graphic revision. I want to revise my personal page within the site. That is going to be harder since I will probably change some of the text and give it a new ambi-tile background.
I'm not sure I like the new design. It came together like a freight train. It is sparse but it also has a nice balanced feel and the colors are not the usual ones. I like the crisp feeling it gives to a page. I think after looking at Thadea's page which is heavy even without the fighting graphics, this just feels like liberation. Let's just say Thadea is a good friend.
I RAOKed today, thanking a woman for sending a letter to a list that has beome moribund. Anything, even a forward, that moves the list deserves a kudo, especially when it is not the kind of letter that brings me down. I searched through fifteen pages of Corbis cards to find the right one. I liked it, but I am not sure if it is to Neecey's tastes. Oh well....
Tomorrow I plan to make kidney bean soup. I am not sure what kind of soup but I have the kidney beans soaking. It feels good to cook again, even if the apartment is a wreack. If I get up early enough, I may go back to Walmart where they had 64oz juices for $1.87 a piece. That is a very good price in case you are not from the US. It will be a bear hauling the juice bottles back to the apartment. I may bring the pull cart.
On the other hand, I could be really virtuous and go to schul for the 9am servicces so I can help a man who lost his wife recite kaddish. I'll recite it for Van Grosse while I'm at it. I think he appreciates that sort of thing.
Friday, August 09, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 8/9/2002 05:56:44 PM
Well here it is after hours on a Friday and I'm listening to midi on my wall of sound and voting. Work was slow today but I helped an old trumpet professor, a music professor who plays trumpet do some research. I don't think he'll follow through on the material we found since he had not organized his older stuff. He has to be organized before I'll spend the oodles of money it costs to do a citation search. I enjoy citation searching and think it is a powerful tool, but it is very expensive. Auburn, which is thirty miles from here has SciSearch for the cost of the printouts which is ten cents a page, in other words, chump change. I suggested that the professor go there to finish searching but he is too ill to travel.
When he gets more organized or if my boss gives permission, I will gladly do a citation search. Anyway the professor took up a good deal of a slow afternoon which is good. I am hungry and thirsty right now and thinking of blowing off schul so I can go home to eat. I have ZOID to set up tonight as I mentioned before.
I have heard nothing from the grievance committee today but I don't expect them to act this fast. I am not thinking about that at the moment. I'm not even sure there is a grievance committee any more. Go figure on all of this.
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 8/9/2002 12:16:01 PM
I have a possible action against me by the RAOK grieveance committee due to something I wrote here June 10th. You can see the entry below for yourself. I think the complaint went in this morning or it will go in some time today. After that, I don't know what will happen. I assume, I will be notified since the grievance committee seems to run with something akin to due process.
Due process is one thing. Fair is another. RAOK is a private organization. They can do what they like. The Guestbook Committee has a successor lined up should the worst happen. That makes me feel OK. After yesterday's flurry of activity, this is the proverbial calm before the storm.
And I wanted to post here because I felt up..... I do feel up. I just did two RAOKs. I guess they come in pairs. One was to a colleague who has relocated due to a newer and better job. The other is to a woman on a mailing list who had a baby on Monday. I may start including my HugzNFlowers listmates in a round robin of postcard sendings if the RAOKing pickings get slim. Sending post cards is fun.
I have to find out rates at two motels for my mother. She wants to come and visit me on the 24th. She sent me the letter asking about motel rates several days ago. I don't know why she can't make the phone calls herself. She wants to stay at the "better" motel because it will have a pool. I wonder if she can invite me to swim there too. I don't get much chance to swim any more.
Tonight I set up fighting for ZOID. Monde is going to compete though not campaign. I hope Jamane has a web page somewhere that can be competed. If not, he'll have to wait until next cycle. He has to learn that vandalism doesn't work.
I also get to go through the RAOK guestbook this weekend. That should be fun. I am going to do a pessimism run to check on my committees. I am also going to admit new members to ZOID. This may push our census up over one hundred. It has reached 99 in the past so we may get lucky.
I tell myself this is going to be a pretty good weekend.
Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 8/7/2002 10:23:44 AM
OK, I haven't blogged in ages again. I want to get in the habit of doing this regularly. I am RAOKing. They are nice sterile meaningful RAOKs. I am also funtioning as head of the guestbook committee at RAOK. I also site fight under another identity and am trying to get in touch with my spirituality again by writing down my channeling.
No you won't see excerpts of it here. There are reasons for that. I know where I am putting it and it's on an MSN web board that doesn't get spidered. The RAOKs have just dropped in my lap. Yesterday, I congratulated a woman on a mailing list who got an award of being a distinguished professor. She wrote me back about the card I sent her. A few days ago, I wished someone on the same mailing list a happy birthday. I don't know if RAOK's shape me but they do make me feel better. Usually the effects of RAOKing are subtle, over time.
I liked the trianglular calling card so much I made this cute graphic for RAOK guestbook committee. I love what you can do with kente cloth and simple designs. This image is for light colored guestbooks.
This image is for guestbooks with dark colored backgrounds. One has to sign both. The hardest guestbooks to sign or assign are those not written in English and where the sites are not written in English either.
OK, I'm going to get back to work. For those of you who don't know I am teaching Libr1105 starting August 18th. I was given the class on really short notice, and just became "instructor of record" this morning. Yay! I have to do the spread sheet for my students and investigate the roster. The last part is fun and a little scarey. The spreadsheet is just work.
The weird thing is my mother and her boyfriend, Jack, both love my syllabus. I don't find it one bit impressive since it was such a rush job. The only good thing is that there are five or six new classes in there. I made them originally to increasse the pool of available material. I had no idea they would go live.
OK, more later. I'm going to get back to my roots.
Monday, July 29, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 7/29/2002 12:31:37 AM
Well it's time to respond to a friend's blog. I don't have the URL but I'll post it through a common mailing list.
I'm not buying any of that underground crap. That may sell in New York City and San Francisco and such but not around here in Columbus. I've joined many groups of traditional females to learn what it is like to be one since that part of my education is lacking. I'm learning. It's an apprenticeship and those groups are thriving. So much for family going down the tubes. As I came up from Publix tonight, I saw the church parking lots filling up for Sunday night services. Maybe the Catholics are having trouble, but the Baptists and Pentacostals are not. And what about the Pope's appearance in Tornoto. He didn't play to an empty house. You underground people may be full of energy but we above ground team players who still have faith in doing things in traditional ways aren't buying.
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Posted by ZOID Rubashov 6/11/2002 01:44:56 AM