Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Too busy.

The real thing I learned this week (so far) is that piracy is a real problem off the coast of Somalia. This caught my attention because after we've glamorized pirates - Captain Jack Sparrow, anyone? - piracy is an actual problem in the world. As far as I could tell, they're not taking crews hostage on the Black Pearl. Here's the story I found:

Some things that I've learned about myself this week include:
- A pregnancy craving for strawberry Pez will not be taken care of with cherry Pez.
- I am very excited, though overwhelmed, about starting school again.
- No matter how early I get to work in the morning, the car with the license plate "yelosno" will always get a better parking spot than me.

Friday, August 15, 2008

This week.

At work this week we had a staff party. I work for the College of Medicine's library on the UIUC campus. Technically, though, we're considered to be a UIC department. So whenever Chicago does something fun, in this instance, an ice cream social, we get funding at our library to do something fun too. Hence the aforementioned staff party. Anyway, our grad assistant came up with some trivia questions for us, and one of them was: "What is another name for a tropical cyclone?" The correct answer was hurricane, although there was an argument that 'typhoon' would have worked too. So the staff was then curious about what exactly is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane? Apparently, there really is no difference, but they're called different things based on the location of the storm. So that's what I learned this week. Now if we could only negotiate a raise on who found the answer first...