Sunday, May 30, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

They've also got this really big canyon there, I don't know if you've heard of it

So I am just now back at home after a nearly week-long family vacation to Arizona, also known affectionately as "God's oven." There were seven of us treading the sands and gravel: myself, my parents, my sister, her husband, and his parents. We spent several nights in Flagstaff, two nights at the rim of the Grand Canyon, and one night in Phoenix, all the while uttering prayers of thanks to the man who invented air conditioning. (Willis Haviland Carrier, for those of you keeping score at home.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


A few weeks ago, the Huffington Post reported that the University of Chicago was one of the nation's top ten anti-party schools, as I noted here.

Now they've posted another ranking, this time of the top ten grueling colleges in the nation—and U of C makes the list again. (The only other college to make both lists? MIT.)

It's not that they're really wrong in putting us on both these lists; it's just insulting, somehow. As if it were shameful to be an institution which encourages students not to drink themselves stupid and to study rigorously and dutifully.

You know what else the U of C is notable for? Producing our current president.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Yes! Somehow I have survived this last semester of library school without any major brain damage or organ failure. This surprises even me.

It's not that my classes were terribly difficult, per se; it's more of a combination of A) them taking more time than I expected them to, B) various other side projects and concerns (this blog among them), and C) me being a slacker and procrastinator. I did enjoy my classes, for the most part, but it's sometimes hard to translate that enjoyment into enthusiasm for doing homework and writing papers.

In any case, I'm only taking two classes next semester, which should give me more time for, you know, non-school things. Things like making a proper website for myself, pitching more comics projects, looking for a library job, punching giraffes, reading, writing, watching television, and so forth.

(The giraffes deserve it.)