Entries from February 2002


[Caveat: this is completely hypothetical. Any resemblance to any person living or dead exists completely in your mind and is not part of reality as the rest of the world knows it. Now go have yourself a coffee and danish.]

This week's hypothetical question:

One day, a person posts on his / her Weblog non-sensitive, work-related complaints - eg. "That person is an idiot". or, "I am surrounded by incompetence", or, "Today something really stupid happened at work," - in other words, typical work complaints.

There is absolutely no reference at all on the person's Web site as to where they work, and no possible way to connect the complaints with any specific person by name. However, a couple of days after posting the complaints the person is fired and told it is because they have an "unprofessional attitude".

Checking their server's logs, the person discovers visits from the company's proxy server the day before they were fired.

Right? Wrong? Have you ever complained about work on your Weblog and been reprimanded for it? Post in the comments.

Arcata, California

I'm not quite sure where Arcata, California is, but the city's Web site is a pretty interesting place to visit.

The highlights are a pair of "logs": a Police Log, and a Fire Log. Some excerpts:

"4:40 a.m. In the 500 block of G Street, layabout leisurites lounged loudly on a loading dock, perhaps trying to say that three times fast. An outdoorsman was warned regarding unlawful lodging."

"2:11 p.m. Her heart leapt with joy as her dog, her companion, her friend ran free through the Humboldt State University campus. Others did not share in the delight. Police returned her dog, her companion, her friend, her menace, and offered cordial disillusionment."

"8:44 a.m. The Go-Away Guy became the yelling-at-the-world guy in the 900 block of H Street. He was admonished and asked to relocate."

Pretty darn entertaining stuff.

Shadows, Dreams, and Propoganda

russianPosterHere's a small but nice collection of Russian propoganda art, roughly split up into categories with names like "Aviation and Space", and "Lenin and Stalin" for your viewing pleasure.

Also came across a fascinating (and quite sublime) collection of Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world"), containing prints, books, and drawing from the 17th through to 19th century - on display right now in the Library of Congress.

The show's Web site has some great examples from the collection. Worth a look, if you lke this kind of thing.

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