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As of late this afternoon, Horizon appears to be working, and fully functional, albeit slow. Interesting. I fear it's because the old systems guy fixed something I missed... though I would assume he would tell me if he did. (that's my insecurity talking) There was no reason to touch the print server today, as it, and all the terminals, were completely shut down.

Flight Not Fight

Now here's something interesting. Even though Iraqi survivors are being touted as happy to be alive (so far), some Americans living in the U.S. are thorougly unsatisified with the state of their country. So much so that they are willing to cut and run. There are no solid numbers in this one, alas, since it would be an invasion of privacy (and not really relevant) to require that prospective immigrants divulge their political reasons for ditching a purportedly fine and upstanding country like the U.S. (listed as approximately 32nd in a world ranking by press freedom, but only within the confines of the U.S.).

Nice of Lanzendorfer to give us recognition for being a refuge for those escaping political repression in the U.S. Of course, it has always been that way. We took in the Loyalists after the American Revolution, uppity nigger run-aways during the abolitionist years before the Civil War, Native Americans during the genocide of the Indian Wars, Viet Nam, as mentioned, and now we're taking in those who'd rather send themselves into exile than die on the altar of George Bush's overweaning arrogance and worship of God or the Almighty Dollar (depending on who he is speaking to at any given moment).

Glad to be of service.

Now that I've read this I wonder if I shouldn't have done something about pressuring our own government into declaring Canada a safe haven for American political refugees when I thought of it about a year ago.

Flight Not Fight By Joy Lanzendorfer, AlterNet April 1, 2004

Joanna Harmon is considering whether to leave the United States for Canada. Nik and Nancy Phelps practically have visas in hand to set up business in Belgium. Joan Magit and her husband are eyeing Vancouver. Amy Gertz moved to the United States from Canada two and a half years ago -- she's now moving back.

These are scary times for the liberally minded American. Many liberals feel isolated and embarrassed by the actions of our government. Some are downright terrified at what will happen if Bush is re-elected in November. When politics get too bleak, it's comforting to remind ourselves that we can always move to another country. But how many of us are serious about it?

A recent letter to the AlterNet columnist Auntie Establishment generated quite a buzz. The letter, from a reader identified as 'Packing My Bags in Pennsylvania,' asked Auntie what she thought about people abandoning the United States for more politically prosperous horizons. 'Packing' said, "I'm seriously considering escaping across the border and moving to Mexico or Canada."

E-mails came pouring in from people who are also seriously considering leaving the United States for Canada or other parts of the world in an effort to escape the claw-like grip of the Bush administration. While Auntie urged people to stay and fight, some felt that was asking too much. Things were going to get worse before they got better, many seemed to feel. Why stay on a sinking ship?

News sources from CNN to Salon.com to The Daily Show have run pieces about Americans supposedly leaving the United States for other parts of the world. Even our celebrities were rumored to be leaving the U.S. Johnny Depp did it -- he lives in France. Alec Baldwin, Robert Altman, and Eddie Vedder allegedly threatened to leave if Bush was elected in 2000, (though Baldwin later denied ever saying any such thing).

There certainly has been a lot of talk. But is that all it is -- talk?

Oh Canada!

If Americans are leaving the United States, Canada is certainly one of the most convenient places to go. It may be a little cold, but it's right across the border and most Canadians speak English. Many of the major issues that divide the Left and the Right in the U.S. seem resolved in Canada. They have a lower crime rate, universal health care, and reportedly better education. Their medical doctors can dispense marijuana and last year they decided to officially recognize same-sex marriages.
And, on top of all that, the rest of the world isn't mad at them.

Americans have fled to Canada before. In 1970, during the Vietnam War, roughly 23,000 Americans legally moved to Canada, according to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Since then, the number of people who move to Canada every year has dropped steadily, even through the Reagan and Bush Senior administrations. In the 1990s, the number of people moving to Canada every year leveled out and since then has hovered in the 4,000s and 5,000s.

Which brings us to recent events. According to Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Department, the numbers of American foreign nationals awarded permanent residence in Canada were:

Year: Number 1997: 5,028 1998: 4,768 1999: 5,528 2000: 5,815 2001: 5,902 2002: 5,288

The numbers indicate a slight peak in immigration around 2,000 and 2001, during the election year and the first year of Bush's term, with another slight dip in 2002, after September 11 (when U.S. patriotism was running high and Canada was tightening its immigration laws). However, there's no way to know for sure whether that spike has anything to do with politics. A peak in immigration in 2000 and 2001 could just as easily have to do with the sluggish U.S. economy as it could with people
wanting to flee the Bush administration.

Obviously, the Canadian government doesn't track whether people are coming into Canada because of disgruntled political philosophies. And the Canadians I talked to who deal with immigration seemed skeptical that anyone would move to Canada to get away from a dominant party. But others have noticed a slight change.

"I don't think you could say we've seen a marked increase in Americans interested in moving to Canada," says Colin Singer, a Montreal attorney who specializes in immigration law. "But you could say there has been a slight increase in same-sex couples and Americans under common-law marriage looking at Canada as a place to take up residence."

But whether a few or a lot of people are leaving the United States for another country, some people are definitely doing it. Take Nancy and Nik Phelps of San Francisco -- who are moving to Belgium later this year. Nancy says their reasons for leaving the United States are 80 percent about politics and 20 percent about lifestyle change.

"There was a time I felt that we should stay in the U.S. and fight," she says. "Then again, there was a time to get out of Germany during World War II, too. This is that time here. I think the oppression is just going to get worse here. If Bush stole one election, why wouldn't he steal the next one?"

One of the reasons people are thinking of leaving the U.S. is because of a fear of fascism. Whether or not that fear is realistic is debatable, but recent changes like the Patriot Act restricting our rights and dissent being criticized as unpatriotic has weighed heavily on many minds. Joanna Harmon is an archivist for the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Though she hasn't made up her mind, some of her reasons for considering the move are based in history.

"I specialized in history for my degree," she said. "And I see a lot of parallels between our society and what happened when the Republic became a dictatorship in Ancient Rome. I don't want to stay here if it turns into that."

A lot of people who are thinking of moving out of the United States, to Canada or otherwise, are waiting to see what will happen in the November 2004 election. If Bush is re-elected, many plan to start the relocation process. Joan Magit, who lives in Northridge, California, says she and her husband will most likely move to Vancouver if Bush gets in.

"The damage that has been done by this administration, especially in the court system, is a lot worse than people comprehend," she says. "I don't think I will want to live in a country that is so right wing."

Approximately 20,000 Canadians move to the United States a year, but at least some of them are turning around and moving right back. Amy Gertz was born in the United States but moved to Canada when she was five years old. She spent most of her adult life in Canada, but two and a half years ago, she moved back to the United States with her husband. Now at age 50, she has decided to return to Canada, where she will stay for good.

Though she says she would be considered conservative in Canada, Gertz says she's horrified by the differences between the two countries.

"What the heck happened to the U.S. while I was gone?" she said. "I had no idea that I was moving to a corporate dictatorship. I don't want to get caught in the inevitable global backlash, and I feel guilty even just being here."

As someone who knows first hand, Gertz agrees with many of the things you hear about Canada: It has better schools and stronger health care, does a better job separating church and state, and is more globally minded than the U.S. She also points out that the U.S. is not a "post modern" country, i.e. it isn't open to a variety of perspectives, recognizing them all as valid.

"America is more extremist, both on the left and the right," Gertz says. "Americans seem unable to manage much compromise. I believe this is one of the reasons we are in the state we are in."

Gathering Points

Not everyone automatically qualifies for permanent legal residence in Canada. Canadians have an immigration system based on points. Applicants take a test that assesses whether they meet minimum immigration qualifications. You have to score 67 points or better to get into Canada. Among other things, an individual moving to Canada has to have a bachelors degree or equivalent education, be fluent in English or French, have a minimum of four years' work experience, and have sufficient financial
resources to settle in Canada for six months. The system limits likely immigrants to a middle-class, educated group.

"There can be additional factors of assessment that can make it easier," said Singer. "Having an educated spouse or family ties in Canada can lessen the burden for you."

You can take a test assessing your immigration status at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/skilled/assess/.

But whether you qualify or not, think hard before abandoning the U.S. As Auntie said, "Unpack your bags, my flighty friend, and gear up for a long, dirty struggle for the soul and spirit of your country."

ILS ills

Horizon was acting up yesterday. I was so in the mood for it too. I have the head cold from hell (my dad says I now sound like Stevie Nicks). Anyway, head cold aside, there's a lot of pointing going on as to what the problem is. I am willing to look at the possibility that it could be on our end, but with the behavior of the system in general, I don't think it is. Still, I will do the virus scans and I took down all the computers that were, er, superfluous.

Star Wars DVD

The first three Star Wars movies are being released on DVD. They are going to be released in September of this year. Currently it is the #1 selling DVD at Amazon. The box set list for $60 but Amazon is selling them for $42 (DVD at AMZN)
That is only $14 per movie, not bad!

Two weeks...two conferences...

Two weeks have now seen two conferences come and go. At the first one I acted as my faculty member's Parliamentary Private Secretary (Westminster style) in taking care of some things. At the second one I had to stand and present much akin to what a sitting in Westminster Hall as part of the proceedings of the House of Commons might be like. Sadly I wound up talking to the walls instead of being heard by any attendees...

The long strange trip in detail

My next few postings will deal with the conference, but since Walt asked, here's my odyessey:

Sunday March 28 - Board a plane in Fairbanks Alaska around 1pm with three fellow librarians and an author/presenter.

Flight plan is Fairbanks to Anchorage, then board a plane that goes to Juneau with stops in Cordova and Yakutat. When we arrive in Anchorage, we are told our flight is cancelled due to bad weather. We are booked on the same flight on Monday. (approximately 3pm)

One of my friends suggests we rent a car and stay at a reasonably priced downtown hotel. We agree and five of us pile into a small car with our luggage. Careful packing on our part enables the trunk to hold most of what we have, with me and another person holding small bags in our laps.

We check into the Anchorage Westmark (recommended) and have a WONDERFUL dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse -- food and beer both recommended. Nothing like three librarians and an author for stimulating conversation.

Monday March 29,
We have a very pleasant breakfast in good company and decide to tour the UAA consortium library, since at conference I'd been invited to do so "next time I was in Anchorage." The five of us agree that even though construction was in progress, it is a fine facility with a lot of potential.

We hop on the plane. We are told "conditions are marginal in Juneau -- we may have to land in Sitka instead." That's ok. We've previously determined that there was a viable ferry connection in Sitka that evening. If we get stranded there, we'll just spend an extra 40 bucks and get HOME! We get to Cordova w/o incident and land in Yakutat ok. At Yakutat we stay on the ground -- without being let out -- for an hour and a half. We are waiting for conditions in Juneau or Sitka to clear. Sadly, weather is very bad in both places. Alaska Airlines decides to route us directly to Seattle.

Midnight Mar 29/30 - We arrive at the Seattle airport very bleary eyed. Airport staff inform us booking counter is closed and gives us discount hotel vouchers and the Alaska Airlines 800 number. Dozens of people rush to phones. One of our number is fortunate to have a sister in Seattle and drives off with her.

After consulting with us about conditions and library personalities in Juneau, our author friend understandably gives up trying to come to Juneau, since her last talk was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and returns to her home.

After some haggling, I am booked on a Wed 6:30pm flight. One librarian friend is booked Wed at 8am and the other at Wed at 3pm. We join the aforementioned dozens of people at the Seattle Clarion around 1am where a clerk does an excellent job of checking in very annoyed and sleepy people.

Tuesday March 30 - Spent a great (under the circumstances) day with my two friends, both of whom have been to Seattle before. We check out the Pike St. Market (go see it), the Seattle Art Musuem, and the Space Needle (great place for sunsets). I'm so fascinated by the Seattle Art Museum that I leave my backpack with flight confirmation code there. Ugh! After the Space Needle, we had a small dinner at Ivar's seafood place. Ivar's is rightly renowned for the clam chowder it ships throughout the Northwest.

Wednesday March 31st.

One friend leaves on his 8am flight and does get into Juneau. My other friend and I take a leisurely drive through West Seattle on our way back to the Seattle Art Musuem. Once my bag is recovered, we go to the Seattle Aquarium. The Aquarium has a great display of sea otters and sea lions which I could have watched all day. However, my friend and I did want to go home so we drove our rental car back to the airport so we would be in time for her 3pm flight, which I entertained dreams of flying standby on.

Once we get to the airport, my confirmation code does not work, much to my dismay. I see a live ticket agent who tells me that the computer believes that I used up my ticket since I did board a plane in Anchorage. My being in SEATTLE as opposed to JUNEAU doesn't concern its binary logic. Thankfully, humans are more flexible and she fixes me up with manual paperwork to go with my boarding pass.

HOWEVER, this manual paperwork flags me for "secondary screening" in Security. Being a displaced passenger apparently being a cause for suspicion. I had to take off my shoes and belt, empty my pockets of nonmetallic items and turn down my waistband and be physically patted down. In addition, they search my backpack (which I understand) and my wallet (which I do not understand). Eventually they let me go. I am NOT grateful to my government for this treatment, but plan to write no letters at this time. I think we'd be better off creating separate cockpit entrances and walling off the passenger cabin than these intensive screenings -- but that's another story for another time.

9:20pm HOME IN JUNEAU!!!! My wife brought me roses and a card! I am thrilled to be so loved.

This sort of travel disruption truly isn't common in Southeast Alaska, but it's not rare either. It's something people should be prepared for, but not to expect. Much of Alaska doesn't have this problem at all, as the capital movers often remind us. Still, I'm grateful for my little piece of rainforest.

Until next time,

home early

I came home early, sick. I feel guilty. So guilty that I took a nap (I know, that doesn't sound guilty) and then I logged in and started doing work relating to our little telecom problem. I probably should have stayed at work to tough it out, but I felt so awful. I still feel awful. But I feel a little less awful that I got to lay down.

Police Find Bomb on High-Speed Rail Line in Spain

From a WaPo story:

The minister said it was not yet known who had placed the bomb. He said early analysis suggested the explosives were similar to those used March 11 to blow up commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and injuring 1,800.

Wait, that's not fair! The deal was we'd vote in a government that would withdraw our troops from Iraq, and you'd stop attacking us.

Gwynne Dyer on the Falluja ambush

I came across an op-ed piece by someone named Gwynne Dyer on the Iranian Mehr News Agency site, via a link from Google News. Here's the bit I want to write about:

Statistics don't actually mean much to people; pictures mean a lot. Mr. Bush has succeeded in persuading a (dwindling) majority of Americans that his Iraq adventure had something to do with fighting terrorism, which is why the public has been so patient with him as the 'weapons of mass destruction' failed to turn up and the Iraqi armed resistance grew. But surely not all of the people in those jeering crowds in Falluja can be terrorists? Is it possible that they really don't want us there? Then why are our kids being sent there to die?

Dyer's thoughts here are backwards from at least two perspectives. First of all, it seems to me that the assumption underlying the three final questions in this paragraph is that if "they" don't want us there, we shouldn't be there--bring our kids home! But who is the "they" whose ill will Dyer takes as the criterion for us to depart? Is it the residents of Falluja alone? Is their desire for us to leave adequate grounds for us go evacuate Iraq entirely? Does the will of the 15% who want us to leave immediately (among whom the residents of Falluja are putatively numbered) trump that of the other 53% of Iraqis who want us to stay, at least until there is a stable transition of power? Or perhaps Dyer means that the desire of the Fallujanis for our departure means that we should just stay out of Falluja, but continue occupation elsewhere. That would be a coherent military doctrine, wouldn't it: ceding control of the area occupied by our most dangerous adversaries? It would be rather like saying after 9/11 "well, we know the Taliban doesn't want us in their part of Afghanistan, so we'll just occupy the part now held by the Northern Alliance." Any attempt to figure out just what Dyer means reveals the utter incoherence of this bit of his writing. Doubtless he means something by it, but there is no rigorous way of figuring out what. Don't even bother wondering how he would have applied this fuzzy criterion to the unpopular post-war occupations of Germany and Japan.

Secondly, I take him to imply in his second sentence that there is no connection between the invasion of Iraq and the war on terror (if he doesn't think this, then I apologize to him). Let's think back: what was one of America's greatest crimes in Al Qaida's eyes? The defiling of Saudi soil with the deployment of our infidel troops there. And why were infidel soldiers deployed there? To prevent Saddam Hussein from invading Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. And who now presents no threat to other Gulf states? Saddam. No connection, eh? Wouldn't bin Laden be happy if, instead of defiling Saudi soil by our proximity to Mecca and Medina, we could instead sully Shia Islam's holiest sites in Iraq? Of course, we'd still have to give East Timor back to the Indonesians, Andalusia back to the Moors, and destroy Israel before al Qaida would be placated. Oh, and cease to propagate any cultural influence whatever to Muslim countries. But even then, I don't think they'd stop trying to destroy the West. There are, after all, many Muslims living in the West being exposed to our decadance.

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working with the public is hazardous to your health

This is my second cold in a month. While I was at Simmons, I got, I think two colds in two years. Bummer. Under normal circumstances, since I was up all night and feel very barfy, I probably would claim defeat and take a sick day. But our YA librarian is among the missing this week, which leaves us with a total of three librarians, myself included.

The weather isn't very nice. I'm hoping it keeps the kids away, but usually it drives them all in. Fridays aren't always so bad though. Kids seem to have other things to do on Friday.

Today is a break from computers day, if I can at all help it. I have some reference books I'd like to order. I should weed if I get the chance, although that's up in the air. I've done my computer related good deed for the week -- well, two of them. I got the software for the Horizon backup on line, and I got the Francomputer working. Oh yeah, and that whole timed access thing.

I like to name patrons. There's "Very Intense Man." Very Intense Man seems to be a nice enough guy but boy is he -- intense. Every statement is delivered a la William Shatner. Then there's "Racist Man." Haven't seen him in awhile. Not that I miss him or anything.

Then you start to know patrons by what they ask for. There's this one kid that comes in looking for criticisms of a certain author (well, there's lots of kids that do that, but one kid stands out). First he came in wanting a biography, which I found for him. Then he wanted criticism, which another librarian found for him (thank you, thank you Gale Group). Then we came full circle back to biographies. We aren't getting new biographies on this author every week, unfortunately. And it isn't someone like Mark Twain or F. Scott Fitzgerald, who would have several biographies.

I have been recommended a different type of lockdown software. This interests me, as I find Fortres lacking in certain features. I mean, Fortres is good, and it keeps people out of the major stuff... I would like to try something different though. The major problem being, there are a lot of things I would like to try that come first.

What I was recommended does block java based games and IM. That interests me. I wonder what else it blocks, though. Button up Fortres too tight, and it blocks all the OCS stuff. People get surly when you take away their ability to print.

Francomputer

Three LAN cards later, I gave up and shoved the IBM LAN card that was in the Linux box in the stupid Windows box. It worked beautifully, and I think I was the only one that was sorry to see the Linux terminal go. God knows the patrons weren't.

As soon as I got the LAN card working, I went online and discovered I didn't have the right drivers for the old piece of crud Nvidia card in the box. The piece of crud drivers that came with the piece of crud operating system (unless Bill Gates wants to give me a grant. I can be bought) made all the sites look like pieces of crud. Something about only 16 colors will do that. I was so intent on getting the piece of crud LAN card to work that the piece of crud graphics slipped by me.

After frenzied googling I found the correct piece of crud drivers. Finally the computer was suitable for public consumption. I managed to put the computer on the network, load Fortres, load the OCS software, and go on my merry way. It is currently out getting it's share of abuse.

So this one computer is now made up of several. It's had donated organs that have gone through several computers -- I believe the LAN card came originally out of an IBM that finally gave up the ghost in the children's room.

More praise for the timed access software. I do so wish we could get card integration, but I don't think it's going to be effective. Besides, it's sort of nice to visually see who's back there. Make the connection, and all that.

This is definitely going to be less wear and tear on the PCs. They're getting used about the same, but more seriously. As the assistant director so aptly said, "The toy factor is gone." And it's true, he's right. People buckle down and do what they have to do. They for the most part are respecting the one hour limit and aren't going back trying for a third half hour.

I think I am going to put the OS X machine sitting on the floor by my desk out as the email terminal, eventually. That way we'll have a computer with international fonts out as something that isn't carded. First I have to find a way to keep Safari from closing. Or educate the world on actually opening it.

Off to the coal mines...

I had a funny email that had a list of reasons students wanted to work in libraries from their application forms but I lost it. Sorry. Maybe I will find it again, and if I do, I will post it.

I'm just counting the minutes until I have to teach a quick session on the joys of EBSCOhost to what will likely be a group of uninterested college students. I just love the blank looks on their little faces. Reminds me why I decided against teaching as a profession. Then we have a fire drill! This should be a fun night. :-)

Going the way of the dodo

This bit appears in the March 2004 "Notes & Comments" section of The New Criterion online, under the rubric "Prizes for everyone":

Remember the Caucus Race in Alice in Wonderland? The creatures “began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over.� “But who has won?� the contestants asked when everyone stopped moving. At last the Dodo said, “Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.� We thought of the Dodo’s approach to competition recently when reading about the decision of the Nashville, Tennessee school system to abolish its honor roll because it had become “an apparent source of embarrassment for some underachievers.� As The Washington Post reported, “after a few parents complained that their children might be ridiculed for not making the list, lawyers [it’s always the lawyers, isn’t it?] for the Nashville school system warned that state privacy laws forbid releasing any academic information, good or bad, without permission.�

Surely, we thought, this is to take a very parochial view of the matter. For if students might feel embarrassed about not making the honor roll, think of how embarrassed they would be if they were not the valedictorian, the winning quarterback, a national merit scholar, a prize-winning pianist, the homecoming queen, or one of the students accepted at Harvard. Think of how awful they would feel if it got out that they were not in every way as smart, as attractive, as talented, as successful as the lucky few who were, like Emma Woodhouse, “handsome, clever, and rich.� An honor roll, as its name suggests, is meant to honor, to give public recognition, to those who excel. It is a last, pale inheritance of the spiritual patrimony we have inherited from the ancient Greeks who strove to be the best—and to be publicly recognized for their achievements. Nashville, like so many other communities, has decided to side instead with the Dodo.

Sexual Harassment

You can well imagine that when I sent a message with that subject heading to my principal, I got a swift response.

What a laugh

So I log on to check out the latest offering of articles and there's one that was suggested by an anonymous patron, and the title reads: Islamic Ministry Votes "No Jerks" in Iran.

Naturally, the first thing that came to mind was: What are they going to do with all those priests?

What a long, strange trip it has been. AkLA conf

My library conference (Alaska State Library Association) ended Sunday March, 28. I boarded a plane at 1pm. I did not get back to Juneau until last night at 9:30pm.

I was stranded with several colleagues and a nice author/speaker from the conference in both Anchorage and Seattle.

Details to follow, but I wanted to let the few folks that follow my journal that I'm still alive.

The LISNews Numbers For March

Total of about 158,000 sessions, that's about 5,100 a day.
Served about 446,000 pages, 14,400 a day.
That totals up to about 2 million hits, 63,000 a day.
Which meant about 12 gigs worth of files were transferred.

Most popular pages where, as usual, article.pl, index, lisnews.rss, comments.pl, and article.php3. It surprises me how much the old php files still get hit.

Journals:
Along with being the most prolific writers, shoe and nbruce are also the most widely read. The two of them account for about 10% of all the journal hits. The are followed, thoguh not very closely, by me, ChuckB, slashgirl, Rochelle, Daniel, rudimeyers, moneygirl, and tomeboy. The more you write, the more you're read. I'm guessing that an LISNews journal would be read more often, to start, than if someone just started blogging elsewhere. There's a good number of people @LISNews who read all the journals.
Journal RSS files are fairly similar, with shoe being the most read by a wide margin, followed by zamiel, nbruce, me, slashgirl, Bibliofuture, Samantha, Daniel, ChuckB, and tomeboy.
The top journals were hit a total of over 26,000 times last month. The top 10 accounted for about 25% of that total.

Referrals:
The big news from last month was Slashdot. They sent about 3,500 people our way, most in one day. The server held up just fine, I think I was more worked up about it than the server. The rest of the months referrers were, google, radio, yahoo, bloglines, aolsearch, and msn. "No referral" holds steady at #1 with about 75% of visitors not reporting a referral.

With well over 2800 accounts now, all the other numbers I can pull out of the Db are up again as well.
1044 comments from about 200 folks. AP's are hard to count, but my educated guess is about 90. I do know for sure, 108 different users posted at least one comment.
57 people moderated 152 different stories. Just 12 people metamoderated.

If I have some time this weekend I'll make some quarter one stats available as well.

No computers today or tomorrow--no foolin'

Today, the library where I work got a delivery of new computer furniture. Some of it will replace crappy old pods, and other of it will accommodate additional computers, nearly doubling our public access. To make this happen, we've got no public access for at least a couple days. As a result, the library is nearly dead. Thus far, we've turned away 30-40 people who only wanted access. Some have come up to the desk to sign up for service, and when we give them the scoop, they look disgusted, then look around, as if to find out where we've really hidden the machines.

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