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Monthly Archive: July 2008

Jul 08 2008

True Geek

Something seemed wrong. We were at the Irish Well. The band was taking a break, but it was still loud. I wasn’t sure I’d heard him right. “How many tons of steel in the station?” He told me again. “How long?” I was skeptical. “And how fast does it rotate?” “One full rotation a day. …

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Jul 07 2008

Foreign Contamination 100%

Pixar can stop now. They’ve done everything they needed to do. Twenty-two years ago, they released Luxo Jr. and set the standard for animating the inanimate. Luxo Jr. is the desk lamp in Pixar’s logo. It’s a great logo, but in the original animation, he’s even more playful, squirmier and demonstrably young. Sure, he’s beautifully …

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Jul 05 2008

A Big Boom, Then Silence

I know lots people who work at the U of M, not just the ones who work with my husband. Tuesday morning, one of them sends me an e-mail saying, “Wow, did you hear about the fire in WBOB?” This is the West Bank Office Building, the building in which my husband works. Everyone knows …

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Jul 04 2008

Rockets’ Red Glare

As unlikely as it sounds, I’m one of those people who cries at the “Star Spangled Banner.” I can’t tell you whether I do it for the same reasons as anyone else, because I don’t know anyone else who does it. I can tell you that the reasons have changed somewhat over the last few …

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Jul 03 2008

Why Am I Here?

Yesterday at work, despite my best efforts to check off the 1,001 tiny things on my to do list and to clean out my inbox so I can figure out whether there’s anything that never made it onto the list, I spent much of my time on two Projects That Will Not Die. Just when …

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