May 10th, 2004

krazy koati

There must be passion in the language

The ordinary news: the department approved my request for academic leave to attend a conference in a couple weeks. The baffling part: the approval mentioned that among my responsibilities was to turn in a report on the conference using the attached format to the department chair.

It was a single-page letter, with no format attached.

So I asked the department secretary what format was to be used. She didn't know. She called someone ... who didn't know. They're still working on the question, but for the moment I'm advised I don't need to turn in a report unless someone particularly asks for it. I think they just figured there had to be a specified report formta and referred to it preemptively.

``You learn a lot being a pink flamingo'' -- Salem, on Sabrina, the Animated Series. Truer words are rarely spoken.

Trivia: The acronym MEC is used for two purposes in the space shuttle program -- the Master Events Controller on the orbiter, and the Main Engine Controller in the engines. Source: Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System: The First 100 Missions, Dennis R. Jenkins.

Currently Reading: Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed The Course of History, Giles Milton.