mamamusings: October 28, 2004

elizabeth lane lawley's thoughts on technology, academia, family, and tangential topics

Thursday, 28 October 2004

snap, crackle, glow

Last night I had a wonderful workout at the gym with my best friend Weez, followed by a nice soak in RIT’s new hot tub. When I got home and stepped out of my car, I could smell wood smoke from a neighbor’s house, and could see the brightly colored leaves up and down the street illuminated by porch lamps. I took a few minutes to soak that up, feeling about as lucky as I ever have.

As I drove to work this morning, the sun was coming up over the multi-colored trees, and mist was hanging over the river and ponds that I passed. There’s a hint of frost on the ground in the shady areas, and I could see my breath in front of my face when I got out of my car. (No photos, alas; I didn’t bring the camera with me.)

Fall has always been my favorite season—I love the crisp air, the take-your-breath-away blue skies, the luminous oranges, yellows, and reds of hardwood leaves. I know that the shortening days and intermittently gray skies make fall a depressing time for some, but for me fall has always felt alive with possibilities. As a “faculty brat,” my household always buzzed in the fall; that buzz followed me through college, grad school, and now life as an academic. Fall is a time of new classes, new ideas, new students, new projects. It’s excitement and discovery and renewal. And for those of us lucky enough to be in the northeast, it’s accompanied by this perfect weather—perfect for sleeping, for thinking, for walking, for playing. Cool days, crisp nights. Bliss.

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please vote

What if you show up to vote next Tuesday and election workers say you are not registered?

  1. Make sure you are at the correct voting precinct. You can check at My Polling Place or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for assistance.
  2. If you are at the correct polling place and officials claim you are not registered, request a provisional ballot. It’s your right under the law.

Please pass this on to as many people as you can.

(via Political Wire)

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rit-it election night party

Yes, we’re having a party!

On Tuesday night, Elouise Oyzon and I are hosting a party in the IT conference room (70-2400). We’ll have two projectors going—one with an IRC chat so that people can participate from the comfort of their own homes, and one with either streaming video from the web or broadcast TV (we’re waiting to find out if there’s a live coax jack in there).

We’d love to have you there—while you’re welcome to yell and scream at the screens, however, we do ask that you refrain from abusing attendees who might not share your political leanings.

So don’t sit home alone, watching the results trickle in all by yourself. Come join us—preferably in real-time, but at the very least in irc.

(Planned channel is irc:// ; you can use a dedicated IRC client to connect, or you can use Mozilla—just type the URL into Mozilla and it will launch the appropriate software and connect you.)

As for refreshments, we’ll collect $ for pizza and drinks, or you can bring your own food if you’re broke. But given the glass walls of the room, it might be best not to bring any alcoholic beverages. :)

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fabulous lunar eclipse photos

Taken by Amy Desiree Goldstein, a biomedical photography student at RIT (we have a world-class photo program here).

Lunar Eclipse

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