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Watch [May. 18th, 2006|03:47 pm]
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2006|06:00 am]

Get your own spectral analysis from Area 23®
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Leaving! [Aug. 19th, 2005|08:01 pm]
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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2005|11:42 pm]
[Feeling Mighty |angryangry]

My radio in my car died, so Nate and I went out to Best Buy and bought a nice CD player to replace it with. We had it installed free, and enjoyed it on the way home. We hopped back into the car tonight to find:

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Yeah, I didn't lock the car. I lock it 99% of the time, but last night it was pouring and all I could think about was getting inside and changing out of my wet clothes. I can't believe someone stole it the day we got it! And right out in front of our apartment! The cop who took the report was as surprised as I was. He said he hasn't heard of any thefts like this in my area in years. I either have the worst luck ever, or the darn Best Buy people who installed it took it :-/
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freaky [Aug. 2nd, 2005|07:42 pm]
[Feeling Mighty |apatheticapathetic]

‘Strange things’ along Pacific Coast waters
Warmer ocean and fewer birds, fish and plankton worry researchers
By Terence Chea
The Associated Press
Updated: 10:12 a.m. ET Aug. 2, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton — the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.

Is this just one freak year? Or is this global warming?

Few scientists are willing to blame global warming, the theory that carbon dioxide and other manmade emissions are trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and causing a worldwide rise in temperatures. Yet few are willing to rule it out.

“There are strange things happening, but we don’t really understand how all the pieces fit together,” said Jane Lubchenco, a zoologist and climate change expert at Oregon State University. “It’s hard to say whether any single event is just an anomaly or a real indication of something serious happening.”

Scientists say things could very well swing back to normal next year. But if the phenomenon proves to be long-lasting, the consequences could be serious for birds, fish and other wildlife.

This much is known: From California to British Columbia, unusual weather patterns have disrupted the marine ecosystem.

Plankton shortage
Normally, in the spring and summer, winds blow south along the Pacific Coast and push warmer surface waters away from shore. That allows colder, nutrient-rich water to well up from the bottom of the sea and feed microscopic plants called phytoplankton.

Phytoplankton are then eaten by zooplankton, tiny marine animals that include shrimp-like crustaceans called krill. Zooplankton, in turn, are eaten by seabirds and by fish and marine mammals ranging from sardines to whales.

But this year, the winds have been unusually weak, failing to generate much upwelling and reducing the amount of phytoplankton.

Off Oregon, for example, the waters near the shore are 5 to 7 degrees warmer than normal and have yielded about one-fourth the usual amount of phytoplankton, said Bill Peterson, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Newport, Ore.

“The bottom has fallen out of the coastal food chain, and there’s just not enough food out there,” said Julia Parrish, a seabird ecologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Changes in bird patterns
Seabirds are clearly distressed. On the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco, researchers this spring noted a steep decrease in nesting cormorants and a 90 percent drop in Cassin’s auklets — the worst in more than 35 years of monitoring.

On Washington state’s Tatoosh Island, common murres — a species so sensitive to disruptions that scientists consider it a harbinger of ecological change — started breeding nearly a month late. It was the longest delay in 15 years of monitoring.

Researchers have also reported a sharp increase in dead birds washing up in California, Oregon and Washington.

Along Monterey Bay in Central California, there are four times the usual number of dead seabirds, said Hannah Nevins, a scientist at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

“Basically, they’re not finding enough food, and they use up the energy that’s stored in their muscles, liver and body fat,” Nevins said.

Salmon impacted as well
Fish appear to be feeling the effects, too. NOAA found a 20 percent to 30 percent drop in juvenile salmon off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in June and July, compared with the average over the previous six years.

And researchers counted the lowest number of juvenile rockfish in more than 20 years of monitoring in Central and Northern California. Fewer than 100 were caught between San Luis Obispo and Fort Bragg this year, compared with several thousand last year.

Scientists have seen some of these strange happenings before during El Nino years, when higher water surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific alter weather patterns worldwide. But the West Coast has not had El Nino conditions this year.

As for the possibility that this is being caused by global warming, scientists are not so sure, since climate change is believed to be a gradual process, and what is happening this year is relatively sudden.

But “if we did see this next year, the notion that global warming plays a role in this carries more weight,” said Nathan Mantua, a climate expert at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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© 2005 MSNBC.com

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(no subject) [Jul. 29th, 2005|08:22 am]
Thinking about leaving this journal for a new one. We'll see.

I am likely to miss the main event
If I stop to cry and complain again
So I will keep a deliberate pace
Let the damn breeze dry my face
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(no subject) [May. 25th, 2005|08:47 am]
[Feeling Mighty |aggravatedaggravated]

I hate summer to begin with. I hate being hot.. I hate humidity.. I dislike the slutty clothing that makes up the majority of the female section of clothing stores during this time of year. This summer is even worse than usual. I'm always up by 5:30 or 6:00am and I'm working two jobs. One is my normal library job where I'm perfectly happy... but the other just annoys the hell out of me.

I work at the book depository and I was hired to help out with all the extra work they're going to be getting now that my regular library is being shut down. My job is to unpack these boxes of books, sort them by size, fit them into trays, and then go into the library system and change their barcode and location information so that they say they are depository books instead of BGSU books. I like the job. The problem is my coworkers. I work with these two guys... both 20-22, I'd say, and they seem to be the laziest pieces of crap on earth.

Picture this. I (puny weak arms and all) am working with 40 boxes of books, doing the unpacking and sorting part described above; struggling with the weight of these dumb things. I look over at my coworkers who are supposed to be working with me... and what are they doing? One's looking up DMB lyrics on google and the other is looking at Cincinnati Red's statistics. I'm fine with taking a break here and there to surf the web or whatever, but there's TONS of work to do right now, and my boss is constantly telling the main library that we can't keep up with what they're sending us... but God! If she'd just open her eyes and watch her employees she'd see that we could meet their demand if everyone actually did their work! So anyways, I worked for a good 40 minutes before either of the guys even moved... and when they did start working, they did the easy desk work of changing the barcodes while I slaved away doing the heavy lifting. To top it off, they would work for 10 minutes and then take a 5 minute break.

I just get so mad at them. I was hired to help them out, not to do their work for them. I'm usually at the verge of screaming at them... but I mean, I've only been working there for 2 weeks, so of course no one would listen to me and I'd be seen as a major b*tch for the rest of the summer. Ugh. Some people go on vacation during the summer..
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(no subject) [May. 8th, 2005|10:40 am]
[Feeling Mighty |chipperchipper]
[Grooving To |Miracles - Jefferson Starship]

I'm starting to feel like I never have anything worth-while to talk about. I guess I'll give this a shot anyways.

The semester is over and I've had my usual share of last-minute miracles. In my Organization & Administration class, I didn't do this one huge assignment because it required me to go to a school-board meeting. I put it off until the last minute, and then realized I couldn't make it to any meeting because they were all over for the month already. I was screwed. Not doing that paper was going to take me from an A to a B, but what could I do? Then, right before the final exam, the teacher announced that her TA lost a stack of papers and they can't find them. The only thing she could think of doing to solve the problem was to put an A in ever hole in her grade-book... so guess who got an A on her school-board report? :-D I rock. I think this means I may get straight A's this semester... something I've come close to ever semester but never accomplished!

In other news, I was going to work at my library for close to 40 hours a week all summer, but that fell through. We needed 8 new people for fall semester since so many people are graduating, and my boss didn't want 8 people who had no idea what they were doing this fall, so she hired 4 people now so at least some of them will know what they're doing. We didn't need those four people yet, but I understand why she did it. The only problem was that my hours were cut in half. I freaked out for a day, but then she gave me a solution. There's this woman named Regeena whose job it is to oversee the closing of my library. I'm going to work for her out at the book depository this summer! I get 18 hours at that job, and 16 at my regular job... so everything worked out pretty well. I train for my new job on the 16th. It sounds like it will be really nice. I have no supervisors and work independently all day!

Other than that, not much is new. Nate figured out that if he takes classes this summer, he can graduate in December instead of May, so that's what he's up to. We have a ton of wedding planning to do this summer, so I hope that all goes well. I really need to figure out what I want! The best part is that pretty soon I get to go out and register for gifts!! I've been wanting to do that since I was born basically. :-)
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(no subject) [Apr. 12th, 2005|10:38 am]
[Feeling Mighty |ecstaticecstatic]

Guess what I'm up to? I finally started an exercise program and am sticking to it. I ride my exercise bike 30 minutes every morning and 30 minutes every night... which ends up to be roughly 12-13 miles. I also do 25 sit-ups every morning and 25 every night. I started this on Sunday night, and it's crazy. I weighed myself Sunday night, yesterday morning, and this morning... and if my scale is right, I've lost 5 pounds already. I haven't even been eating well! I finished up my birthday cake 2 days ago and Nate and I had Arby's for dinner last night in a moment of weakness. Hopefully this will work out really well for me. My stomach is so sore that it hurts like heck every time I laugh or sneeze.

Oh, I also got some really good news today. I got paid last Thursday and I didn't understand what my pay stub said. It looked like I had gotten paid for three hours at ten cents an hour on top of what I was expecting. I didn't know what was going on, so I showed it to my boss who was also confused. She had to call payroll and I finally got an answer today. It turns out, I got a raise! No one seems to know why, but I did! I think it has something to do with how long I've been working here... because the reason I got paid for 3 hours at ten cents an hour was because out of the 20ish hours I worked in the last 2 weeks, three of them were included in my raise, so they tacked on the money. I thought I had been making $7.10 an hour, but I guess it had been $7.20 for some time... and now I'll be making $7.30! I'm pretty excited. I guess I should pay more attention to my pay stubs!

One more piece of good news... Well, first of all, the library I work at is definitely closing. It should be closed in about 18 months to two years. I e-mailed my old boss Barb about it, and asked her if she still thought I could get a job here during grad school since she originally said she'd try to get me a job working at this library. She wrote back and said she was pretty sure it would be easy for me to get a job at the main library since the dean of the library gets money or something for helping to find jobs for library grad students. She told me that this woman named Mary, who actually used to work here with me, is now in charge of hiring students at the main library. How convenient is that? We know each other and everything! Mary wrote to me yesterday, saying that Barb told her I was interested in a job. She seemed to think I wouldn't have any problem getting a job while in grad school and suggested that I might like working in the Curriculum Resource Center the best since I'm going to be a school librarian. The CRC is the second floor of the main library and it's just full of children's books and teacher's versions of textbooks and stuff. It sounds like that would be a great job for me, so I'm really excited!!

Wow... things are actually going really well for once. Wonder what I did to deserve this...
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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2005|10:37 am]
[Feeling Mighty |crappycrappy]

I know, I know... it's my birthday... I'm supposed to be having the time of my life, but I'm not! My day started out great. I woke up at 6:00 and got ready for work. On the way here, I called my favorite radio station (oldies!) and requested a song. They talked about me on the air and said I had a sweet voice :-) Everything was going great!

But then I got to work and I read the "notes" notebook where my bosses leave notes for us. It turns out, they're really closing the library. During the next 18 months, they'll be taking all of the books away, either to the main library or the book depository (no, not the one in Texas). I'm so depressed. I feel like a plague! I've had a lot of jobs in my life, but my only two long-term jobs both ended in the place closing. Ben Franklin closed just as I was graduating from high school, and now my library is closing just as I'm graduating from college! What the Hell? I was hoping I could continue working here during grad school. I suppose I could get a job at the main library... but it's huge and scary. What a day, what a day...
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