Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Wanna help a library out?

Type "library" in to search the wish lists. (Try "hospital" too.)

I think this is a pretty good idea. People can feel good about purchasing something to help someone out and they don't even have to leave home to do it! Plus, the charity gets items that it really wants, not old moldy boxes of books that have been decaying in someone's attic or basement.
School Dismisses Student After Alleged Laxative Prank

The story isn't so interesting, but the comments left on LISNews.com are what makes this one funny.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Does Michael Moore hate America?

I hate to draw attention away from my little flute playing saga, but I just think this is kind of funny.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Dog days of summer got you all hot and bothered?

Cool off with the Bentley Snow Crystal Collection

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Friday, June 11, 2004

Now here's an example of a request for review that will get taken seriously:

An unknown user would like to request access to the following Web content:

http://www.chicagopoetry.com/

This site fits into the following N2H2 categories that you've chosen to block:

Pornography

This request was submitted on 6/11/04 at 4:52 PM.

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At chicagopoetry.com, there is no pornography of any sort, and I wishfully request that you go on the site and look for yourself. The site is dedicated to poetry and poets in the chicagoland area. I would appreciate the site not being blocked so as I can read poetry and submit my own poems.
Thank You,
Our library's content filtering system allows patrons to submit a "request for review" when they hit upon a website that is prohibited because of the filter. Basically, the patron may fill in a return email address and write their comments as to why they think the blocked site they hit upon should be unblocked.

The administration here has chosen to disallow email, chat, and message boards on the filtered Internet PC's. These are the most common "request for review" messages I receive. Many of the comments are as short and sweet as "screw you" (only not in such polite terms). Once in a while, though, I get a great one like the following. This is the actual message with no editing on my part.

"i think that you should be able to talk to your friend on line because it could me homework related or you could just be haveing fun so this is what i think you should mbe albe to communicate with other people on oly this compuer and the other computer for home work so that you csn injoy your self in a local library be only be able to be on it for at least a holf an horur at a time or me in less some body needs to look up some thing on the internet and you are only playing games talking to friens in chat or what not well thank you for your time if you have any ousetions than email me at pow569@yahoo.com"

Well, pow569@yahoo.com, I think you should learn how to type and spell as well as learn how to form complete sentences. Best of luck to you at your future McJob!

Tuesday, June 01, 2004