Friday Random Stuff*

*And by stuff, I most likely mean crap.

I can spend the whole day playing with my balls.

I’m sorta in love with Bucky Balls. They are rightly described as “The Amazing Magnetic Desktoy You Can’t Put Down!” and they are right. Because of that, I don’t bring them to my workplace, otherwise I wouldn’t get any work done.

Another way I mitigate spending countless hours playing with balls:  I only bought two sets, one for each of my kids. If it’s their toy, I can’t spend all day playing with them. Until today. I did cave in and order two more sets from their website. Their “Thank you for your order page” cracked me up.

Because really, isn’t that what ChatRoulette is for? 


I’m happy to report increasing sightings of “don’t block the box” paint on the road. Not sure if I’m using the right term, so let me illustrate:

Shot from a NY intersection.

See those lozenges painted in the middle of the intersection? They mean: “you should not be stopped in that zone, at any time”. Frankly I’m sad that we’re becoming a nation who has to be reminded that it’s stupid to block traffic when you yourself are not moving.

I thought Canada was known for its politeness?


I try to stay away from blogging about my work, but sometimes it’s just too funny. Here are a few help requests we received.

How can I get some help?

Yes, this was sent through our help form.

My students cannot access their grades and I have all of them turned on. Suggestions?

Don’t do that? Get a room?

Student is having problem with virtual campus.

You’d be amazed at the number of requests like this one. We need details, people!

Any chance campus wireless printing will soon support iOS AirPrint?

If only I was in charge of that. You’d also be surprised at the number of requests we gat for stuff we don’t manage.

I need students to have access to this course IMMEDIATELY.  The course started today and they cannot get into the virtual campus to access the materials.

How about using the big “Manage Access” menu? Too easy?

I would like to obtain a copy (on CD) of the files currently in my Virtual Campus courses.

You mean the files you just uploaded from your computer? Is this a clever ploy to not buy a CD?

Can you tell me why do I get the “Why am I seeing this page?” page?

Did you read the page or just the title? I guess you forgot to include TL;DR.

My password (********) works on my email, but doesn’t work on [system B], so I can’t access [System C].

Yes, the person actually typed her password. Yes, we manage [System A].

I can’t enter [System A] anymore, but I have to access it because I still have to pay something. Can my login credentials for accessing [System B] please be restored?

We do manage [System A] but it has nothing to do with paying things. We don’t manage [System B].

Don’t remember any of my passwords (Lists all systems on Campus).

Ha, the shotgun approach. Our website clearly states that we don’t have sufficient privileges to reset you password, and the number to call to get ANY password issues fixed.


Did you notice that the asterisk in the title is not the same as the asterisk in the post? The title has five points, the post six.


And now, something a little more random…

After the plethora of recap posts, I thought I would do something a little different today. Sort of a “palate cleanser” if you will. A few random pictures.

Happy Birthday, Brother!

But first, the most important part of this post: Today is my brother’s birthday.

My crazy brother.

Whish him happy b-day in the comments! Come on! 😉  (more…)


And I have nothing to post about.

Oh wait.

Sarcastica gave me link love back! W00t!

I could pretend that I was Guest 5 from the Secondhand Tryptophan Radio Chatroom. That might get me into trouble. What was that about? Is there a transcript? I should start listening to Karl.

Lovely Wife forgot the towels in the dryer this when washing them this week – without drying them. She said she rewashed them, but stinky me would beg to differ. So I’m sitting here freshly washed but a bit stinky. Hopefully, I can use some body spray and make things better.

My downstairs bathroom really needs to be redone. I can see water damage on the ceiling – coming from the upstairs bathroom – and flaking paint. I guess that means the upstairs one needs to be redone first.

7 days before the Neverwas Fair! I can’t wait. But that reminds me that I need to get my but in gear this weekend for my trip to Orlando! I still haven’t heard from Jester about the hotel confirmations…

And with this, I get to go drop the Kids at school and bus my a$$ to work. Later on Twitter!

Top 10 (random) things on my mind right now

  1. I’m tired and I don’t know why.
  2. I miss my kids, and they’ve only been away for 3 days.
  3. Why does my iTunes keeps making copies of all the frakin’ songs in my library? It took me close to an hour to clean them. My iTunes went from 3786 songs to 1985 songs.
  4. What is going on with my workplace? Who’s staying, who’s going, who’s merely complaining to make a point?
  5. Why is my coffee cold?
  6. My eyebrow is itchy.
  7. I have this thing that makes me unable to stand the tags in any t-shirt I wear. I think there’s a name for that disease. Anyone?
  8. I think I’ll phone a friend. If you don’t get a call from me, don’t worry I still like you.
  9. Should I grow my hair long?
  10. Can this qualify as a post?