Mozart to muzak.

Posted: August 28th, 2008

Having made two bureaucratic calls today and spending over half and hour on hold so far, I would like to make the following observations:

  • The State of Alaska PFD office’s hold music is perhaps the very worst I have ever heard. It is a single schmaltzy soprano sax number, which repeats indefinitely until you are a) helped, or b) automatically disconnected after waiting for 10 minutes. (As you might guess, the latter happened to me today.)
  • The IRS’s hold music is slightly less bad, but still fairly horrendous. I am listening to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” and it is nowhere near Christmas. (As I am typing this, the music has just changed to “Bah, bum bah, bum bah bum bah ba baaaa!” which I am having a hell of a time placing. Update: It is Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (thanks, SongTapper). Oh, and now we’re back to “The Nutcracker!” Sweet Jesus. And a recorded message keeps breaking in every 30 seconds to reassure me that their representatives are helping other people, and I should keep holding (currently at 22 minutes on this call).

That is all.

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TEAL has been arrested.

Posted: August 27th, 2008

Ever since learning of the Typo Eradication Advancement League‘s spot of legal trouble (yesterday, I guess—how time flies), I’ve been mulling over the situation.

I don’t think that correcting the grammar in any sign, government property or otherwise, is worthy of a year’s probation, a $3,035 fine, and a year-long ban from all national parks.

I hate to tell the government to lighten up, but that’s how I feel about the matter. As far as I’m aware, the “repairs” being made to the sign which was “defaced” will restore it to its prior, incorrect punctuation (and the egregious [or archaic, depending on whom you ask] spelling of “emense” [sic] will surely remain). I am fairly certain that it would take very little effort to correct the sign in a manner which would match its original appearance—it is not the sign’s grammar which makes it historic.

Let me state that I do believe that TEAL went a little too far on this one, and I think Jeff would agree. A quote from 5/24/08 on the TEAL blog clarifies:

Could I get in trouble if I fixed the mistake on my own? If you’re smart about it, you’ll be okay. Again, having a buddy along is helpful, for running interference or keeping watch while you work. Make it look as pretty/consistent as you can. You should only really correct something without asking if there’s no one around to ask or you can predict that the response would be tepid. I would recommend staying away from state- or federal-owned property, though… trust me on this one. (Emphasis added.)

I am not suggesting that anyone ought to be able to doodle all over government signage, but that Jeff + Ben should have received a (metaphorical) slap on the wrist for such a small offense. They were not acting with any malice, but instead with the overall intent to enlighten the American population and promote proper grammar and spelling. 

Just as excellence begets excellence, errors beget further errors. Reinforcing incorrect language patterns is of no use to anyone. 

Writing a letter to the management about the errors would have been the best line of action, I think—though I doubt anyone would have bothered to listen.

I sincerely hope that TEAL will return to its faithful supporters, when legally allowed to. The world is sorely in need of a good editor. I’ll be waiting.


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I love stationary and office supplies.

Posted: August 20th, 2008

As I’m sitting on my livingroom floor working on the beginnings of my thesis, I’m feeling the need to shout out to Rhodia notebooks (my favorite size is the 11×17, though I am coveting some of the wire-bound renditions).

I also have to say how much I love my journal from Chameleon Books. It’s refillable, so I forsee having it for a long time to come. And the color I have (aqua green with orange accents) is fantastic.

I’ll post re: my favorite pens in the future, when I’m not procrastinating (slightly).

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hulu has been eating my life.

Posted: August 15th, 2008


I have been consuming way too much media, lately. It’s just so hot, I don’t really want to move. (I mean, it’s 82 degrees F and 1:33PM. Seriously? We have an expected high today of 99.) And I got a little tired of the Olympics after about day 4.

This is my first academic break with hulu available to me. It’s deadly, let me tell you. It’s remarkable how much content it has available that’s not crap. I mean, the complete Arrested Development? They had me from the start.

This summer, I have watched the following shows:


  • The Riches (hulu)
  • Mad Men (Netflix)
  • Dexter (Netflix instant)
  • The Daily Show (TV+hulu)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (hulu)
  • I Dream of Jeannie (hulu)
  • Lipstick Jungle (hulu)


I am going to defend Mary Tyler Moore and Jeannie by saying that they’re valuable cultural knowledge, and as for Lipstick Jungle, well, I had a weak moment. The show honestly kind of blows.

I’ve read some this summer, too. I’ll validate myself by writing about it.

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Look how web 2.0 I am!!!!1

Posted: August 15th, 2008

I am female, 22, and an ad major at the University of Oregon (expected graduation: December, 2008). 

I am a writer who likes thinking in the planning space. I like ideas. Call me a creative strategist.

I am enamored of my iPhone (first generation, 8 GB).

I spend far too much time on my sofa with my MacBook.

You can find me on (in no particular order)

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • livejournal
  • delicious
  • flickr
  • tumblr
  • pandora
  • my website

I also use NetNewsWire from NewsGator to keep up with my RSS feeds.

I will put links to myself in this post, to make it useful.

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Posted: August 15th, 2008

I’m just going to blog for myself for a while, before offering myself up to the world. A little less pressure, I think.

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