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Friday, October 09, 2009

23 years and still counting...

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London on this date in 1986. It premiered in New York on January 26, 1988. Both shows are still running.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

I'm not certain "proud" is the adjective I'd use...

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Quote of the day

A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example.
-Robert Gordon Menzies

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Lessons in applied technology, #513

Never run critical systems on Microsoft Windows.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Putting it in perspective

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's board of trustees voted last night to close or merge eight facilities, trim hours and cut staff to save an estimated $1.2 million in the 2010 budget.

The branch closings of the Beechview, West End and Hazelwood branches; the merger of the Carrick and Knoxville branches; the closure of Lawrenceville's branch after a new branch is opened in East Liberty; the move of the Mount Washington library from Grandview Avenue to Virginia Avenue; and the closure of the Allegheny Depository all begin in February.

This is the first time in the history of the Carnegie Library that branches have been closed -- going from 19 branches to 14 branches. The library has no specific locations for the merged Knoxville-Carrick and Mount Washington branches.

A 28 percent reduction in library hours across all branches starts in January. There also will be 30 positions eliminated in the three-step system: first voluntary retirements, then voluntary resignations, then layoffs. The voluntary retirement plans will be offered starting today.
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The pride and presence of a professional football team is far more important than 30 libraries.
-Art Modell, former Cleveland Browns owner

So we spend millions on sports arenas where millionaires play, where the average guy can't afford- or get- a ticket, and close the facilities which provide us with the intellectual resources necessary to actually provide something of value to the community.

This country deserves its continuing long slide into oblivion...

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Monday, October 05, 2009

No laughing matter...

Supergirl (granddaughter Leanna) takes being a superhero seriously.

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Now, this is a funeral service...

For Python member Graham Chapman, who died on October 4, 1989. It has a few naughty bits. Which is appropriate.

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