Things of the Week 9/21/16

Small Pleasures: When you get more marshmallows in your cereal than you expected.

Look at all those marshmallows! Goodbye Lucky Charms, hello off-brand cereal. #yummy #snack

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Awesome Thing I Saw on the Internet: Artist Adds Monsters Next To Strangers On The Subway

Watching: Happy Endings–this is a fave of Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes and I like her taste in movies/tv so I thought I’d give it a try. It took me until episode 12 of season 2 to click with this show, but now it has me laughing out loud, particularly when I saw this scene where Brad goes to the dentist.

Paranoia: Having watched the documentary Citizen Four and listened to the Note to Self Podcast Episode “There is No ‘Off the Record'” in the same week, I’ve decided that I really appreciate the idea of first drafts–something that no one will read, and something that can be taken down on paper…

Reading: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler with art by Maira Kalman–I’m really getting into the novel-containing-visuals trend. Perhaps I’ll make my way into some graphic novels eventually.

Practicing: memorization, a skill I haven’t really employed since my days in grade school school plays.

Confounded by Technology: I fell victim to an instance of too good to be true. Having returned to academia I discovered our university provides Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions through our email accounts. Pleased with this discovery, I dowloaded the various Microsoft apps to my iPad and began using One Drive to back up my lectures. When, while in One Drive, it offered a free download of the latest Microsoft software I thought to myself, free upgrade? Why not! Only after having dowloaded updated versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (which deleted the old versions from my computer in the process) did I discover that to use these programs on my computer I have to sign in (with my university email address) first. The catch–I’m an adjunct, and in semesters when I’m not teaching (like for example, over the summer) my email address is deactivated i.e. I won’t be able to use these programs come this summer. This has led to hypervigilant saving practices to make sure anything I need stays on my hard drive and won’t get trapped in the cloud if and when my access is turned off. Wish I could have stumbled upon some hashtag on Twitter for this one. 

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