48 thoughts on “Friday Lounging”

  1. There was an early computer game “Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards” but I don’t know that I ever played it.

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      1. Maybe, but we may be confusing it with “Leather Godesses of Phobos” which came out about the same time. (exact title uncertain)

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    1. Crap. Lena Dunham is the one who writes “Girls.”
      I tried to watch Girls. I hated it.
      Lena Dunham herself either eschews a stylist, or is seriously wasting money. I understand not trying to dress up as a statement, in order to impress upon people that you do not take the silly Hollywood game seriously. But there’s “not dressing up” and then there’s “looking like you got dressed in the dark.” Look, Tina Fey is taken seriously, and she looks smashing on the red carpet. If you’re going to show up on the red carpet and be photographed, for gods sake, wear a dress that shows you know where your waist line is. It’s not going to ruin your reputation as a serious artist. I promise.
      Sorry–you asked.

      ETA: Is this off the Jay “thunder thighs” comment from earlier? Again–ok, she’s dressing to make a statement–at least do it WELL.

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  2. I was just sent a leave planning spreadsheet for the year. I sent it back with corrections to broken formulas and fixed formatting I thought was stupid.

    Did I err?

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    1. Ultimately? It was probably a copy of a master spreadsheet someone else is keeping elsewhere and they’re just going to copy your data (poorly) and ditch your corrections anyway.

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  3. Within one hour this morning, I received two different phone calls from two separate libraries asking me for an in-person interview next week (one on Tuesday, one Thursday). This is right after I had a phone interview yesterday with another library system, and a week after interviewing with yet another library system that had interviewed me (with goodwill earned) earlier in 2012.

    I’d like to think things are picking up here in Florida for hirings, and that I may not need to travel up to Maryland to job hunt. The only thing I do know is that one way or another I will need to move… so back to sorting/trashing papers and cleaning up the place!

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    1. Happy sorting/trashing! And may your efforts not be wasted.

      And it is possible to move somewhat North from Florida. I moved from Orlando to Greenville SC (for a job) about 15 years and two jobs ago. And survived.

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        1. Erm… No. The next job was already here. And the current job lets me work from home, so I didn’t have to move. Also, too, I’m 66 years old. Guess I might find another job if I moved further north but…. And Mrs Neighbor likes it here (kids in Atlanta, only 2-1/2 hours away.)

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    1. This reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to ask the Horde: Not that my life needs more time sucks (my life being well taken up by, well, life), but I’ve been seriously considering joining the Twitterz. I am a data/news/information junkie, plus I think it will help me keep up with things I’m interested in when I’m super busy. As a scientist, too, one of my colleagues found Twitter really useful at a large conference to find out where the interesting posters were and the like. He’s also found it really useful when other scientists in his field tweet about new papers, clinical trial results, good sci blog posts, etc. Also, I find myself sliding into a somewhat dark place….random humorous distraction would be good for me.
      So for those of you using Twitter – what do you use it for? Is it useful?

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      1. I use it to promote my writing, promote myself and make connections, and inflict pictures of my cats upon the internet. It works swimmingly for all three applications.

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        1. Thanks! One thing that’s been happening lately for me is getting inquiries re commissions for art, and being able to promote that would be cool.

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      2. I use it both personally and professionally… and these days those circles overlap rather a lot anyway.

        I mean, I started out using it for following DC traffic, weather, and Metro updates, plus some sites and blogs. These days half the really interesting conversations in game journalism happen, or at least start, on Twitter so I’m in a big circle of like 150 of my peers and colleagues. Without Twitter I’d never have had my first big fanbase or been able to reach some of the editors and sites I have. So for me, it’s beyond valuable.

        Plus it’s where I can make jokes about my cat.

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        1. Thanks for the input! A few people have told me that they started in Twitter for things like traffic, news updates or very specific purposes but that it’s grown to be essential for how they get information about things professional and personal.

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      3. To my great surprise, I found Twitter to be essential; I sort of feel like it ought to be nationalized.

        Look at it this way. In the overall universe of possible human communication, what is the most natural length for a typical message, absent technological restrictions? I’d say the answer is actually quite short. If you think of those you communicate with the most often, you probably do so in sentences 90% of the time, paragraphs maybe 9% of the time, and occasional longer discussions/rants making up maybe 1%. You don’t need six column inches to ask someone to pass the gravy, obviously.

        Since the invention of writing, technology has often dictated length in both obvious and less obvious ways. A letter once cost so much to send that you’d pack in as much text as you could. Then a telegram had a high cost per word and you’d have to abbreviate everywhere and keep things short.

        Today communication seems cheap, but the cost is more subtle; the prospective recipient has only so much attention to spend and cannot afford to read everything they might wish to. Blogs are great but there is a lot of friction in switching from one to another, and so the blog format lends itself mostly to paragraph-length messages or longer, and people can only really follow a handful of blogs.

        That’s how Twitter’s restriction on message length is what makes short messages possible, which leads to the revelation that short messages are really important. When a band you like is about to come out with a new album, or go on tour, that’s a short message. If your favorite restaurant has some interesting specials today, that’s short. If the NWS has issued a tornado warning that’s short (and yes they are doing that sort of thing on Twitter now). Your example on new papers is good too.

        If you think about these examples, without Twitter you’d typically fill these needs through aggregation. You’d subscribe to a music magazine that talked about lots of artists, and you’d listen to the radio for weather. Not sure how you’d hear about specials from one small restaurant. In any case you’d never know whether your music magazine considered your favorite artist(s) to be important enough to talk about. You’d just hope you’d find out somehow.

        So I use Twitter to follow every band/restaurant/bar/critic/person I like who’s on there, and see what they have going on. They can provide me with interesting short thoughts or updates, but they can’t abuse my attention with long paragraphs. That allows me to keep up with more things and has certainly enriched my life.

        Sorry for the (ironically) very long response.

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        1. This is awesome, and you’ve pretty much nailed the way I look at it. (so, confirmation bias?) There’s a whole bunch of blogs I follow, and I skim scientific abstracts, get literature and competitive intelligence alerts via my company about the disease areas in which I work, try to get news about events, not to mention music I like, my friends’ gigs, artists I like/know, etc. etc. It sucks up a lot of time, and even just professionally, staying informed is *hard*. I feel like Twitter would take a lot of the friction out of that, and might help me (ironically) in getting less distracted by blog posts etc that aren’t relevant to what I am looking for (esp when I’m busy).

          One thing that has more or less convinced me: A friend followed a meeting hashtag for a a scientific meeting/conference she wasn’t able to attend, and got a reasonably real-time sense of the breaking news there and the interesting new results buried in poster sessions or breakout discussions via twitter.
          Also, having William Shatner and an astronaut on the ISS tweeting back and forth yesterday? I could *so* use the random laugh new and then.

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          1. I really like twitter, but I have to warn: I personally find twitter to be incredibly distracting! There’s always something new to read! I read my timeline and in the process open 8 million links in other tabs, go read them, and then it’s back to twitter for more great stuff!

            I actually had to block it for myself at work except in the morning and briefly at lunch, or else I would never get anything done.

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    2. So cute!
      Man, all I ever get is my own municipality writing back to me, never anything interesting like this.

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      1. Can I plead afternoon nap with Princess Grumperella as an excuse?

        That’s very awesome. The only Twitter interaction I ever had with anyone remotely famous was when Michael Ruhlman (cookbook writer) and I had a very civil argument about anonymity on the ‘net. (I am for it, he’s against it).

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  4. I just embarrassed myself with my own chair dancing at my desk. No one else saw me. I just was embarrassed at my own ineptness. The afternoon drool was upon me and I needed a pick-me-up. So I turned to the ever helpful KC & the Sunshine Band. And then Earth, Wind, & FIre. And well, the chair dancing happened.

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      1. Well, no one is around. And I needed a big pick me up or I would still be drooling on myself from the 3pm bg crash and sleepiness. Either pages of nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn or short out the keyboard w/ my drool.

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  5. Okay, fashionistas…I have a small dilemma.
    I picked up a Butterick ‘retro’ pattern last year, with the idea that I would make it for my upcoming birthday. On reading some of the reviews at patternreview, though, it would seem it isn’t quite as advertised on the front, and may in fact be a bit more difficult to wrangle, and still not hang correctly. So…
    Should I try to find another pattern? Give this one a go anyways? Make a futile attempt to find a tuxedo/tailcoat pattern for women that I can try instead? Buy something from the vintage store and save myself the heartache?

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      1. It’s a Butterick, 6582. Some of the reviewers are saying the top just doesn’t fit right, unless you are on the small side, and then it still might gape (armhole or neckline). I’d again have to flat line it as it has no lining. I just don’t want to waste a whole bunch of time (and let’s be frank, money) if it’s going to be too advanced for me to tackle. I guess a) I’ll have to just try a muslin, and if it doesn’t work, then b) go to the vintage shops and try to find something that is equally cute.

        All of the tuxedo things I can find are Burda, which means I’ll never manage to put it together right.

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        1. Yeah, that’s super cute but looks like it might be challenging — I’m not exactly sure how the neckline goes together but I can see that it would be hard to fit. To be honest I mostly don’t buy Big 4 patterns any more, except for Vogue since they’re so well drafted.

          I have no luck with Burda patterns either. They make me feel dumb.

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