October 31, 2003

Wormy weblogs...

At long last, I discovered someone else who noticed the worm problem. The Invasive Species weblog has been tracking the problem since last year, when she read an article about worm woes in Minnesota.

An article she links to from the Society for Conservation Biology helps explain how some immigrant earthworms get around:

Gundale speculates that non-native earthworms may reach northern forests as eggs, which are resilient and so could be spread via tires. In support of this, he observed that earthworm invasions were more severe closer to roads.
So, not only do earthworms travel via fishers, but also by car!

Posted by Julie Young at 07:13 PM | Comments (1)

October 30, 2003

News alerts: worms

Ever wonder what happens when you sign up for news alerts? Prepare to be confused by the news stories you will recieve, especially when your subject is "earthworm." This is what I got today, courtesy of Telegraph India.

Worm in water
An earthworm was found in a watertank in one of the blocks of Writers' Buildings on Thursday. An employee spotted the earthworm while filling a bottle. The water at Writers' is supplied by the CMC and the tanks are maintained by PWD. Employees alleged that despite lodging complaints with the PWD, no action was taken. They left the bottle in the room of PWD minister Amar Chowdhury, who is out of station. This is the second time in October that a worm was found in a watertank at Writers' Buildings.
Worm news doesn't get any better than this! Good thing Seton Hill doesn't have worms in our water!

Posted by Julie Young at 08:13 PM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2003

October 28, 2003

Earthworms are bad?

I'm begining to think that nothing is good for anything anymore because earthworms are bad for the environment. The weirdest thing -- they aren't even indiginous to the area. Did people bring earthworms on the Mayflower? I don't understand.

No one would argue that earthworms are cute. But to most people, they are benign and helpful creatures -- fertilizers of the garden, aerators of the soil, indispensable fishing companions. "Earthworms are truly nature's little farmers," goes one common view, this one on the Web site of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, "plowing the soil and fertilizing at the same time!"

But for a growing body of researchers, the traditional view of earthworms is giving way to a much more ominous one. Most earthworms common in the United States are exotic intruders from Europe, Asia or South America, these scientists point out.

The article goes on to say that earthworms are ruining areas around ponds, where fishers dump their extra worms. They also don't necessarily aeriate the soil, either. Sometimes, they actually compact it more.

Life is so complicated.

Posted by Julie Young at 01:04 AM | Comments (1)

October 27, 2003

You say fiduciary...

Someone out there is using fiduciary! A few weeks ago, I was riled up about word origins and said:

Now sure, no one in their right mind ever needs to mention "fiduciary" on their blog, unless, of course, it is some lawyer thing.

Now, I've run across a PghTech article (not a blog, and not especially lawyerly) that mentions fiduciary. And not only does it mention it, it calls it "legal jujitsu." Rather impressive wordcraft, I must say.

Posted by Julie Young at 11:56 AM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2003

Suitable for Halloween.

A New York Times article on beautiful mausoleums reminded me of what fun it is to visit cemeteries while on vacation.

Here are my top vacation cemetery picks:

  • Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond Va. Burial ground of Confederate soldiers and generals, immortalized in a poem by Margaret Junkin Preston.
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Va. JFK and many others live on here....although I prefer to visit the Custis Lee Mansion.
  • Pere Lachaise, Paris Yup, my obligatory Paris mention. This was awesome, though, to see Moliere, Heloise and Abelard, Poulenc and Morrison. The dead live in little above-ground houses. Pretty neat.

    Posted by Julie Young at 09:03 PM | Comments (5)
  • October 25, 2003

    Indecision reigns.

    I'm having big trouble deciding what I will do a personal website on. Thus far, I've come up with these ideas:

  • Surviving Seton Hill: how to cope with campus life, inactivity and sheer boredom from the girl who's been there...
  • The Paris obsession: a hypertext memoir reliving my wacky week abroad (Yay goat cheese).

    Yeah, that's all I've got. I've been thinking so long on this that I've probably rendered myself useless. I tend to like to do this with big projects. I change my mind thirty times before ever starting everything, and research about three different topics before I settle. Then I have to just pick anything that will work in order to get it done on time (translation: on time means early).

    Instead of deciding, maybe I'll just go plan my Halloween costume. Yup, I'm making my friend V be part of my khaki and white tee-shirt Gap ad get-up. :)

    Posted by Julie Young at 04:00 PM | Comments (0)
  • October 24, 2003

    Canterbury Tales Excitement.

    Go ahead, mock me for my excitement concerning all things medieval.

    The original Caxton printings of The Canterbury Tales are online.

    Hot dog.

    I read this pitiful BBC article about the "digitization." It's pitiful because it shamelessly plugs a BBC mini-series, fails to link to the big news event and has a weird lead ("Internet users will be able from Friday to view the first editions of The Canterbury Tales online..." I had no idea Friday was something you could "from" - could be a British quirk).

    But back to the link business. I understand that it's policy to not link off-site, but this instance was ridiculous. The whole story was about the Tales being online...I shouldn't have had to Google the British Library to find it.

    Anyway, looking at the scanned text is absolutely fascinating! To see the way something looks that was produced 600 years ago is breathtaking (for me). To attempt to read the original script is even more fun!

    I'm experiencing one of those "if only I had a time machine to the Middle Ages" moments. Please excuse.

    Posted by Julie Young at 02:56 PM | Comments (1)

    October 23, 2003

    The Norton Saga

    This recent post on the NMJ blog about textbook prices brought to mind my missing Norton anthology.

    It arrived two weeks ago, after a month and a half of waiting, and after I broke down and bought my copy from the campus bookstore. Thanks to my handy Internet search skills, I was able to find another storefront for my half.com seller based on the return address label, which led me to a 1-800-number. I called it and talked to a woman who said they'd let my half.com claim go through if I wrote return to sender on the package.

    I did. And as I wrote, I realized that my textbook had been shipped from England, unwrapped in customs at JFK, and repackaged. My seller let me believe that they were based out of Columbia, Md. Very odd.

    After reading this NY Times article I have to wonder if my Norton was cheaper on Half because it is cheaper in England -- its country of origin. Buyer beware, I guess.

    Posted by Julie Young at 04:01 PM | Comments (1)

    October 22, 2003

    Computer lab oddity.

    I'm sitting in the computer lab, where no drinks dare go, and it appears as if the person next to me has a beverage.

    This isn't so odd, as I am accompanied by my faithful Nalgene bottle.

    However, his vessel looks more like a cut glass flower vase than a water bottle. I think it needs a bouquet of roses.


    Posted by Julie Young at 08:25 PM | Comments (6)

    October 21, 2003

    Where women are dumb and men lie.

    The first episode of Joe Millionaire II was last night, and I have two questions:

    1. Why were they subtitling English?
    2. How young are these women claiming to be? They looked a lot older than "23." Maybe Europeans lead hard lives.

    To top it off...anyone else notice the butler kept refering to how much alcohol the women were drinking?

    Posted by Julie Young at 08:39 PM | Comments (5)

    October 20, 2003

    Weekly weird.

    What did I find immensely interesting this week? No need to wonder anymore!

  • Maybe Parents Don't Like Boys Better My parents wanted me to be a girl, I swear!
  • Smucker Sued Over '100 Percent Fruit' Label Heck, I might get a dollar back.
  • Joe DeNardo's Winter Forecast Somehow I don't think that "two percent warmer" is going to be much of a help.
  • Chicken Stew with Biscuits This looks a hundred times better than what I ate for dinner. Yum.

    Posted by Julie Young at 06:50 PM | Comments (2)
  • October 19, 2003

    Boredom strikes! (or, I am a geek.)

    "I like women like I like my coffee -- in a plastic cup." -- Eddie Izzard.

    Yup, it's been one of those weekends on the Hill...you know, the ones in which you are bored nutty, and in order to rid yourself of the boredom, you get introduced to Eddie Izzard (thanks to Sarcasmo's sister).

    In addition to this, I watched the first game of the World Series and two random college football games. I did all my homework. I read a book for pleasure. I cleaned my room. I went to Sheetz. I went to Wal*Mart. I went to Best Buy. I got new curtains for my window. I checked my page rank on Google. I went to Mass. I drove the evil van to the airport.

    Arg. I'm at the point where I want to throw my hands up in the air and scream, "Let classes begin!"

    This has never happened to me before.

    I am such a geek.

    Posted by Julie Young at 11:41 PM | Comments (5)

    October 18, 2003

    Reading Aloud

    My good friend who is in Scotland this semester sent me a postcard with Albert Joseph Moore's "Reading Aloud" on it. She enclosed this quotation, which I thought summed it up:

    A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still - and there are not many friends who know enough to do that."
    - Lyman Abbott

    I inserted a jpeg of the painting in the extended entry.

    Reading Aloud -- Albert Joseph Moore
    Reading Aloud.jpg

    Posted by Julie Young at 01:36 PM | Comments (4)

    October 17, 2003

    It's fun to say ASCII.

    I recently read chapter 7 of Kilian's Writing for the Web and he gives all sorts of handy tips for online resumes. However, he forgot to say that even though it's online, it should still be concise. He mentions putting work that doesn't apply to your objective (like your job at the pretzel stand at the mall) on a separate page, or bury it on your resume.

    My question: Why include it at all? If you have other work experience, who needs the pretzel booth? Shouldn't your resume be tailored to the job you seek?

    Anyway, I've done outside research that suggests that you shouldn't have multiple pages on your resume, simply because recruiters go through stacks of them, and have little motivation to click further into your document. Also, if an employer wants you, s/he will print off your resume, so having it broken up on separate pages may be to your detriment.

    Why am I so hepped up about this topic? Well, yet again my trusty internship has come in handy. A few weeks ago, I wrote an informative article on e-resumes: as an attachment, in ASCII format and on a web page.

    Posted by Julie Young at 07:45 PM | Comments (5)

    October 16, 2003

    Scottish Heights Golf Course?

    This morning I was watching Good Morning America while doing my hair. Some lady won a chance to sing with Rod Stewart, or something, and her favorite song was Maggie May (which I applaud her for, it's his only decent song). Anyway, in this contest, the woman made a tape. I turned to watch it, and saw that she was standing in front of Scottish Heights Golf Course. I thought to myself, how odd, my gram golfs at a place by the same name, and I continued my day.

    Randomly I was checking my hometown newspaper, and discovered that the Rod Stewart lady is from my town, and that was my gram's golf course.

    I'm keenly observant, aren't I?

    Posted by Julie Young at 01:06 PM | Comments (1)

    The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane...

    One of my many flaws: like. I love saying like, and I can't help but say it often. I've been trying to clean up my bad habit (I'm starting small, eliminating "be" and working up to like). In honor of my steady progress, Donna read this comic, and thought of me.

    Posted by Julie Young at 11:44 AM | Comments (5)

    October 15, 2003

    My eye is twitching...

    Because I had to be up at 4:15 a.m. in order to drive a huge 15-passenger van to the airport. Yup, the volleyball team was off to Florida, and they needed a ride. I like to shop. Therefore, I woke up at the crack of dawn in order to make some cash.

    Posted by Julie Young at 03:06 PM | Comments (2)

    October 14, 2003

    Working on the website...

    Oh, how the website evolves. It's still a work in progress (ha ha), but feel free to check out the new changes before it looks different again. The link is on my blogroll.

    Posted by Julie Young at 10:15 PM | Comments (0)

    October 13, 2003

    Emailing Joseph Conrad.

    I was sorting through my junk mail for good stuff, when I noticed that I got an email from Joseph Conrad. His subject line read "Travel Deals." Going where, I wondered? Into the Heart of Darkness, perhaps?

    You've got to love an intelligent spammer.

    In other news, the Cathedral will no longer be lighting its dome during the week, so the view of Greensburg from the Hill will be a little uglier at night. Apparently money is tight, and the collection is poor. From the looks of the parking lot, everybody spent their money on Lincoln Navigators. Or so says the girl who walks.

    Posted by Julie Young at 09:27 PM | Comments (3)

    October 12, 2003

    October Break Update

    Today I drove my dad's new truck. It's a standard. Clearly, I drove it in an empty parking lot.

    May I just say that I am very confused about the whole "braking" issue. My dad has convinced me that, yes, you do need to use the cluch when breaking, however, I just don't understand why. It seems to me like you only need two pedals to drive a car.

    I quote my dad on my driving ability and my upcoming car purchase: "An automatic is in your future."

    In other news, I'm cramming for my dentist appointment tomorrow. I've been flossing up a storm. Thus, my gums hurt.

    Posted by Julie Young at 11:12 PM | Comments (5)

    October 11, 2003

    More Pope coverage.

    For once, a positive Pope article. According to MSNBC, he's not dead yet!

    Posted by Julie Young at 12:53 AM | Comments (0)

    October 10, 2003

    I see something...

    Paranoid at heart, I've found a few good articles for you about spyware. Enjoy.

  • Snoop Software Gains Power and Raises Privacy Concerns
  • Spyware—It's lurking on your machine

    I use SpyBot. It's free, and highly rated by pcmag.com.

    I assume it's working.

    Posted by Julie Young at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)
  • October 09, 2003

    Let's talk tasty.

    My lastest and most favorite thing to eat are Amy's Spinach Feta Pockets. Yum yum. And best yet, when you buy them at Giant Eagle, you get a $1.50 off coupon for a Linda McCartney meal. Now that's a bargain!

    Just thought I'd share.

    Posted by Julie Young at 11:30 PM | Comments (0)

    October 08, 2003

    I woke up in a car...

    I've discovered what is un-fun about this semester: my three night classes.

    Monday nights are usually out because I am typically on duty. Tuesday night is Brit Lit, Wednesday is Art of Film, and Thursday is Media Production.

    This week, if I weren't on duty on Monday I could've gone to Barnes & Noble to do homework and pretend that it's a Starbucks.

    Tuesday, Good Charlotte and Something Corporate were playing at Pitt, and two of my friends got to meet two of the guys from Something Corporate. I was giving a Brit Lit presentation.

    Wednesday is volleyball at St. Vincent's, typically the most awesome game of the year. I have a film mid-term. The next time SHU plays St. Vincent, I'm taking a Brit Lit exam.

    Something is bound to come up that will make me miss fun on Thursday, so we'll just give that some time.

    Anywho, I must return to my books.

    Posted by Julie Young at 01:44 AM | Comments (7)

    October 07, 2003

    Suddenly stressed out.

    First off, I think I am suffering from the crud that went around last week. I'm not sure, though, because I am on a closet-full of medicines anyway for my allergies. Thus, I think I'm sick because I feel like I should be, but none of the typical symptoms (stuffyness, cough, etc.) are apparent because they are being masked.

    However, I've had a constant body-ache since Saturday, not the mention the nagging headache.

    So, there's no better week to have all of your homework due! Hot dog! Two presentations and a paper due today, and a floor program to do tonight after my class. Yippee!

    The good news is that after two more midterms and the blogging portfolio bit, I'll be done.

    At least my unreliable dorm Internet connection is stopping me from becoming distracted.

    Posted by Julie Young at 02:44 PM | Comments (3)

    October 06, 2003

    The Pope's death in depth

    What follows is a fisking of one of the New York Times’ obligatory Sunday Catholic Church articles. These articles typically feature priests who molest small boys and the upcoming death of John Paul II.

    New York Times
    Pope Appoints 31 Cardinals to Group That Will Name Successor
    By Frank Bruni

    VATICAN CITY, Sept. 28 — Pope John Paul II announced the selection of 31 new cardinals today, a move that significantly deepened his already profound influence over the elite group of Roman Catholic leaders who will choose his successor.

    [He’s the Pope. I’m not shocked that he has a “profound influence” to Roman Catholic leaders.]

    The announcement came months earlier than many Vatican officials had expected it would. To some of those officials, it suggested that the 83-year-old pope and his closest aides were concerned about his health and wanted to make sure he seized one more chance to mold the future of a church with an estimated one billion followers worldwide.
    [Who are these officials? Do they have names, or will they continue to have no indentity throughout this “news” article? Meanwhile, the Pope “seizing” anything makes an elderly ailing priest sound rather power-hungry]

    Even before today, John Paul had appointed more cardinals than any other pope, so that all but 5 of the 109 cardinals under 80 years old — and thus eligible to vote for the next pope — were elevated by him.
    [The Pope has also had one of the longest terms of any pope – 25 years. It’s no surprise that he’s had to replace a whole pile of cardinals that, in 25 years, had grown to be older than 80.]

    The percentage of eligible voters chosen by John Paul will rise even higher when the men whose selections were announced today formally receive their titles here on Oct. 21, bringing the number of potential voters to more than 130.

    "When the next pope is elected, we're going to see a lot more continuity than we are going to see change in policy," said the Rev. Thomas J. Reese, an American Jesuit and the author of "Inside the Vatican," a book about its culture and politics.

    [Yes, this exposes the papacy as an institution that has an agenda, and wants to see it accomplished.]

    "We're not going to see somebody get up and reject the legacy of John Paul II," Father Reese said. "The pope has done exactly what you or I would do if we were pope: he has appointed people who basically agree with him on the important issues."
    [However, I could not be a pope. I am a girl.]

    That means church leaders who share his concern for poor people in the developing world, his insistence on interreligious dialogue and his opposition to birth control, the ordination of women and an end to celibacy for priests.
    [Gee, to have a new group of religious that may want to care for the poor, continue a dialogue with other faiths, respect life, and maintain the patriarchal system that’s been running the show for 1500 years.]

    Today's selections included one leader from the United States, Archbishop Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. The archbishop of Boston, Sean O'Malley, was not among the names announced today, although the leader of the Archdiocese of Boston, like the leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is typically a cardinal.
    [We must allude to molestation; this is an article about Catholic priests.]

    The list of new cardinals spanned six continents and included men from countries like Vietnam, Nigeria, Ghana and India, reflecting the church's growth and vigorous efforts in the developing world and in places that are not traditionally Catholic.

    It included only six Italians, a group whose numbers and influence in the College of Cardinals has seemingly diminished during the reign of John Paul, who is Polish. His election in 1978 marked the end of more than four centuries of Italian popes.

    [The author seems to be surprised that a universal church should be represented by a diversity of cardinals.]

    The pope announced the new cardinals and read the names of 30 of them from a window over St. Peter's Square around noon. Roman Catholic worshipers, along with tourists, were gathered below.

    He did not give the name of the 31st cardinal-to-be, holding that man's identity, "in pectore," or close to the heart. That has happened many times before, and usually signals that the man is in a country where Roman Catholics are oppressed.

    During his papacy, the fourth longest in the history of the church, John Paul has selected new cardinals about every three years.

    [Here the author admits that the pope has been pope for a long time, and thusly could’ve racked up quite an amount of cardinal appointments.]

    But today's announcement followed the previous one, in January 2001, by a shorter span of time. That change reflected an unusual degree of drama preceding the announcement.
    [Has the drama been elevated by this article?],/blockquote>
    As recently as a month ago, some Vatican officials said they did not expect any new cardinals to be named until January of next year. As recently as a week ago, there were no reports or rumors to the contrary.

    But over the last few days, said a senior a Vatican official, it became clear that the pope was seriously considering — and that his aides were vigorously debating — whether he should name new cardinals now.

    [So says a nameless official. Is it same official as before?]

    "There was concern about the pope's physical state," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
    [A nameless person reports the opinions of other nameless people, all critiquing the physical condition of someone the journalist presumably didn’t interview for this story.]

    On Wednesday, John Paul skipped his usual weekly appearance before an audience at the Vatican. That was one of several unexpected changes to his schedule recently that Vatican officials vaguely attributed to his health and the advice of physicians.

    The pope suffers from Parkinson's disease and severe arthritis, among other ailments.

    But there was also a logistical rationale for naming new cardinals now, so that a consistory — the gilded ceremony at which the newly minted cardinals receive their signature red hats — could be held next month.

    [Ah ha! Is this a possible explanation for naming new cardinals? And gee, it’s buried so far down in this story. Clearly a dying pope is more seductive than a “signature red hat” ceremony and minimizing travel plans.]
    Cardinals from around the world attend such consistories, and the cardinals are already scheduled to be here in late October for events surrounding the pope's 25th anniversary.
    [Overall, I’m very disappointed in this article. It takes a news item and covers it up with anticipation of someone’s death.]
    Posted by Julie Young at 04:13 PM | Comments (4)

    The "they" question.

    Nearly every time I write a paper, I struggle with the he/she/they issue. Do I write he or she? She or he? They? For obvious reasons, I'm not going to let "he" describe a possible she, so what's a girl to do?

    Until I stumbled across an article by jjoan ttaber altieri, I never knew that English does not have a gender-free third-person singular pronoun to use to refer to people. So, "grammatically correct" writers adhere to "he" or reformist "he or she," while speakers use "they." altieri writes:

    The majority of speakers of English prefer singular they, and many writers consciously or subconsciously use the term. Generic he is becoming increasingly old-fashioned, and constructions such as he or she or s/he often prove unwieldy, especially in speech. We're left with two choices: import or create a brand new epicene pronoun or legitimize the one native speakers of English have been using for over 1,000 years — singular they.

    Even though it might get crossed out down the line, maybe I'll join the revolution and use "they" anyway.

    Posted by Julie Young at 11:14 AM | Comments (4)

    October 05, 2003

    Weekend Randomness

    Consider this my week-in-review.

    First, the strange:

  • Mice to test Bush's food in Thailand And to think, I was concerned about the dolphins, cows and pigs.
  • Las Vegas tiger act has tri-state connection Can you find the three states with the connection? Because I can't.

    On to the Pope watch:

  • Pope, appearing stronger, names three new saints In it's obligatory Catholic Sunday article, the NY Times (hmm, actually Reuters) appears to have read last week's blog.

    The non-athlete on sports:

  • Cubs fans chasing history, too Does this belong under strange news?
  • 'Jockocracy' taking hold even at many elite colleges Jeepers. I wouldn't have guessed.

    It's a scary, scary world.

    Posted by Julie Young at 08:52 PM | Comments (1)
  • October 04, 2003

    On lurking.

    After reading this article about reporters lurking on message boards and chat rooms to gain information for articles or research, I've determined that it is appropriate for journalists to "lurk" online if they still hold to their ethics.

    I think that message boards or chat rooms could be useful to journalists who are doing a story about a certain group and need to know more about them. It only goes over the line when they directly use the information without consent of the individuals involved or directly misrepresent their identities to the members of the forum.

    If reporters use such sites, they should do so just to get story ideas, and then conduct their interviews. The web is a great place to get ideas, and research suggests that most journalists use the internet with this purpose in mind.

    Should a reporter want to interview subjects found in chats or message boards, they should follow the example of NY Times reporter, Jennifer Egan who identified herself on the message boards and then asked for interview subjects.

    Of course, that doesn't mean that journalists are really journalists. Anybody can claim to be a journalist online, therefore it would behove the person being interviewed to do a little research on their own, or request phone or face-to-face interviews to make sure that they aren't being scammed. In addition, journalists need to invest time in the same type of interviews to ensure that the online person isn't a fake.

    It would also add to the reporter's credibility if they disclosed what type of interview they performed, whether it is via IM, email or phone.

    Clearly, all reporters should be careful when they are using any online source, and online community users should be just as careful because nothing is private on the Internet.

    Posted by Julie Young at 06:54 PM | Comments (0)

    A little green slip in my mailbox.

    Friday I checked my mail box in the P.O. and wouldn't you know, a green slip.

    Grrrr. My Norton had arrived, two weeks after I finally broke down and bought it from the bookstore and nearly two months after it was supposed to be shipped to me.

    Thing of evil.

    I looked at the package and noticed that it had been sent air-mail from England. Mind you, my half.com seller was from Maryland. Grrr. On top of that, the original packaging was mangled and had to be repurposed when it went through customs at JFK, or so all of the little stamps covering the package said.

    However, the return address was from Columbia, MD. Obviously, I felt the need to type the address into Google, which gave me another online storefront for SuperBookDeals called BookTrader. They had a help button that went to contact info, a name and a toll-free number.

    Hot dog.

    I called the number, and the woman on the other end told me that they'd refund it if I sent it back "return to sender." I ran it back down to the P.O. and even got a receipt saying that I sent it back, so they can't get more money out of me.

    So, at the very least this whole debacle will be over when the charge is finally taken off of my credit card.

    Posted by Julie Young at 04:37 PM | Comments (2)

    October 03, 2003

    Walk for Diabetes!

    I'm doing the Walk for Diabetes on Sunday at Twin Lakes. I'm attempting to surpass my fundraising goal this year, so please click here to donate.

    Roughly 16 million people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. With those astounding numbers, each of us can probably think of at least one person we know who has it.

    By donating to this cause, your money will help improve treatment options and help find a cure. Thank you!

    Posted by Julie Young at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)

    October 02, 2003

    Oh, the irony that is IT

    Today I got a lovely sign to hang about how downloading Windows updates and running your virus scan will speed up the processes of your computer. The sign said that if we all do this, our Internet connection will run 25% faster.

    I laugh.

    I download my updates (heck, they're free!) and my virus scan is scheduled to run every Friday night at 8:00 pm, when hopefully I will be out yukking it up somewhere, and not attempting to IM.

    Yet my Internet is down, and I am typing this in the lab, lest a "cannot be displayed" page deletes yet another of my many fantabulous posts. Something tells me that my lack of Internet is due more to server problems than my Windows updates.


    Posted by Julie Young at 09:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Dolphins are safe? That's what you think.

    This summer I visited the National Aquarium, where I realized that the dolphins were being prostituted as part of some sort of live act to entertain small children.

    I hadn't even begun to think about what they were doing to them at other tourist traps, where swimming with the dolphins is big money.

    How disturbing is that. To think, they make you pay money to mistreat animals.

    As if the Dolphin-Safe controversy wasn't bad enough.

    Posted by Julie Young at 09:31 PM | Comments (3)

    October 01, 2003

    Ideas for a web site...

    What shall I create a web site on???

  • My portfolio
  • A website about my favorite things to read...
  • Allergies
  • A good places to eat about town site...

    Or, it seems Jerz is talking hypertext....intriguing...

    Posted by Julie Young at 03:00 PM | Comments (3)