Thursday, July 31, 2014

What next?

I'm beginning to feel like my recently-earned graduate degree is about as marketable as Herr Reiche's arboreal elephant concept, above. Thankfully, my job search efforts are less desperate than they would be if I didn't currently have a job that I'm trying to flee. Nevertheless, I am trying really, really hard to not even entertain, let alone invite, the possibility that I might be stuck in this same job 11 months from now. So far, though, my combined experience and education has only brought opportunities for unpaid committee work. That looks nice on my resume, but it doesn't help pay down the credit card balance . . .

At least being finished with school means I have time to work a second job, if it comes to that. *sigh*

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sights of the Season

Little Guests in the Moon Palace, via Dangerous Minds    


 This Chinese poster isn't actually in celebration of Easter or Spring, but rather to promote that country's space program. 

How come NASA doesn't have any cutsey posters urging today's kids to put down their iPhones and their Redbulls and take an interest in space? When was the last time you heard a little boy or girl say they wanted to be an astronaut when they grow up? Does the US even have a space program anymore? 

At any rate . . . this art made me think of the coming Bunny-themed holiday, which I personally prefer to celebrate in a very non-traditional way. Except for the mass consumption of chocolate part. 

Enjoy your whatever-you-celebrate however you want to. Hopefully with (paid) time off!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means . . .

...Wienerdog Wednesday!!!

Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

 From the Wienerdogs in History Category:  "John F. Kennedy with "Dunker" during tour of Europe in the summer of 1937, The Hague, August 1937."

Remember the days when those who grew up in privilege also felt an obligation to serve those without? I'm not raising the Kennedys up to sainthood, but there was -- and continues to be -- something about them and their call to public service that seems far too rare in the majority of 1%-ers making headlines today. 

(And the Bush dynasty doesn't count!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wienerdog Wednesday

(Source: Eleanor)

There has been plenty of opportunity this winter to stay inside and scan the interwebs for graphical depictions of sausage dogs. Resident dachshund Scooter Pie is more than ready for Spring to arrive - and so are the rest of us!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mondays are still meh...

"Crows in Moonlight" by Ohara Koson (1927)

This month's full moon, the Crow Moon, supposedly signals the end of winter. I think some of the local crows will be unhappy with this morning's freezing rain, though.

I'm ready for winter to  be done, myself. This year the persons who decide to do such things decided to name all winter storms the way they name hurricanes, and since this week we are being ravaged by Wiley - or Waldo, depending on your weather source, the end of the alphabet must surely mean the end of winter.

It remains to be seen whether or not my muse comes out of hibernation any time soon, however. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday meh, with bonus wienerdog!

Artist unknown.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Meh, News You Can Use edition

(A reminder that there are worse jobs than mine out there.)

 By David Glenn
When Carolyn Edelstein’s friends and family gathered for Thanksgiving in 2012, the conversation kept turning to feces.

Ms. Edelstein, a graduate student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, had recently seen a close friend suffer through an infection with Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that can cause severe and sometimes fatal diarrhea. After several rounds of antibiotics failed, her friend finally turned to an experimental treatment: a stool transplant.

The procedure is just what it sounds like. Fecal material from a healthy donor is placed into the patient’s intestines via colonoscope, enema, or a tube routed through the patient’s nose. . . . .

 "If you’d told me a year earlier that I’d be leaving school to run a nonprofit stool bank, I wouldn’t have believed you," Mr. Burgess says. "But I think this is an opportunity to make a real dent in the C. diff. epidemic, and also to move forward with the science of the human microbiome."

The full text article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed requires a login, but I believe I've captured the essence of the report here.

I guess one good thing about working at a stool bank is that your boss couldn't realistically ask you to have lunch at your desk....

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wienerdog Wednesday, Windchill Edition

A dog and blanket --
Remedy for winter days.
Keep your wiener warm!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Meh, Stay in Behd edition

...and that's just what I chose to do this holideh morning. But now I'm up and need to pretehnd to be productive. 

(Some painting by Mehtisse)