I Don't Know What Going Downstairs Will Do to my Academic Progress
I’ve been on something of a tear for a minute now, tumblr. I got like, almost a full page done. I need this to be 2 pages. I started working in earnest around 2. It’s 2:15. I can do this and not even wake up early I think.
The debate is whether to go downstairs and make some food and also work down there. It sounds really nice, and I would finally put back in my headphones and tear through this last page with a hip soundtrack.
In other news: TUMBLR MEET-UP ON ALBION’S CAMPUS!!! Nathan is submitting it to tumblr I believe. 4th floor KC. Sometime, I’m sure Nathan will tell you all. We’ll get tumblr stuff!
So, I’ve wanted to run these numbers for a while. Originally, this was to be the inaugural post of one of the many blog projects I’ve dreamt up. However, it now becomes a middling post on an average tumblr. To be honest, this is a far more appropriate medium.
I’m late to work. Chronically. Always. Its just a truth of my life. No one really cares, I work at the library. I get about 10 minutes grace during my few shifts during the day due to “Albion Time,” my school’s system of starting everything at ten minutes past the hour. And during my night shifts, there are no actual adults in the building, so no one really notices.
My timeclock is weird in that we get paid by the minute. That is, I get paid $7.50 an hour, but the system calculates fractional hours.
I get paid monthly, but the pay periods aren’t calendar months. We’ll assume the average pay period is 4 weeks, Sunday-Saturday. I work eight hours a week, so that’s 32 hours a pay period. In theory, I should make $240 a pay period.
So, then we calculate the late tax. Let’s assume I am seven minutes late to every shift. That is an average, because I’m on time sometimes and later some other times. That takes off 56 minutes of my work, meaning I actually work closer to 31 hours and 4 minutes. That’s a late tax of $7. Which actually isn’t bad. Honestly, the goal of this experiment was to make me feel bad about coming in late, but a $7 late tax is definitely worth it.
Especially because of one more thing. For my two shifts where I close the library, I get to stay late. So for two shifts a week, I close the library. That averages to around 7 minutes of staying late. So really I only lose 28 minutes of work due to lateness. That’s a late tax of only $3.50.
So, I’m working at the library, and someone just checked in a book called “New Media in the Islamic World.” It was the second edition. The first was published in 1999, the newer one in 2003. I’m going to be completely honest: A book on New Media in the Muslim World written in 2003 simply cannot be useful or accurate anymore. New Media is different. Twitter didn’t even exist yet. Facebook hadn’t killed MySpace. Foursquare was just a glint in some dude’s eye (who for some reason foresaw the coming storm of pretty much everyone having a cell phone with a GPS on it). So I question the accuracy of that book. Hell, I question the accuracy of a book on New Media written in 2008. Its probably about time for an update.
My sister and I were recently having a conversation about Easy A, which she thought was quite good. “The new Mean Girls,” she said. I’m willing to believe her, and I said if it was that good I’d like to see it. But her point wasn’t so much about it being a good movie. Her point was Mean Girls is, unfortunately, sort of outdated. Regina George didn’t even have a Livejournal page, let alone Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr profiles. If the Burn Book were to be created today, you know as well as I do that it wouldn’t be a book kept in a rich teen’s room, it’d be an anonymous Tumblr or Twitter. I haven’t seen it, but from what I understand Easy A provides the proper updates. I recently saw The Social Network which was pretty good. But should all teen movies from now on be largely about the social networking site the movie profiles? It may be the most accurate way to depict the way teens live their lives and communicate.
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Apparently the Eagles have a backup Quarterback named Mike Kafka.
He runs the strangest option plays.
Option 1: Give the ball to the running back after the OLine has collapsed the defense.
Option 2: Convince self-determined defensive end to follow him into the locker room after the game. When he opens the door marked “Equipment Room,” the losing coach will be there, naked, on a table, while the winning coach flagellates him.