Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Aftermath of Ice Storm: a peek out the window

K-State Closed Today Due to Ice Storm

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University's Manhattan and Salina campuses are closed today due to inclement weather and downed tree limbs on campus. Normal schedules will resume Wednesday morning.

Provost Duane Nellis, in consultation with Faculty Senate leaders, has arranged for finals scheduled during the day Tuesday to move to Saturday; and for finals scheduled Tuesday night to move to Friday night. The residence halls will remain open an extra day to allow for the Saturday finals.

"President Jon Wefald and I discussed the weather conditions, with the storm predicted to continue through today," said Tom Rawson, vice president for administration and finance. "We are concerned that tree damage and falling tree limbs could be hazardous for people walking on campus."

The safety of our students and employees is paramount, Rawson said.

Nellis said, "I am asking faculty to be as flexible as possible in making reasonable accommodation for students with Tuesday finals who would suffer hardship if they are required to change transportation plans in order to take their final."

Gary Leitnaker, assistant vice president for human resources, said employees who are involved with housing, feeding and the safety of students and campus buildings should report to work if possible. All other employees may stay home.
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Poker Face

Poker Face
Originally uploaded by aychsea
Ya, finally a picture proving that I was at LISA '07.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Capital One Direct Banking Money Market @ MoneyMusings.com

Should've done my home work better...

...but I wanted a high interest money market account for my emergency fund, with check writing, no fees and no minimums.

So, Capital One sounded like it fit the bill. But, if I had know about their slow transfers...I might have kept looking....

I guess Capital One has to make money somewhere.

Now that I have the account though, I'll probably stick with it for the time being.

OTOH, the other annoyance is the online account access outage from 12:00am to 7:00am CT every day. Since my day starts by 6:00 am, and I try to be done with personal computing at home by 7:00 am...so I can do work, etc. If it weren't for this daily blackout....the MSmoney access might have been a nice thing....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

31 and counting

Ya, I bled purple today....

Wonder how long before my number of donations with catch my age....

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Jimmy Dean Sausage Links

Would be much more enjoyable if there wasn't a bone chip in any of the links.

Had a craving for some sausage today, so I grilled up 6 links.... I was munching along, when CRUNCH, ow...what the F! Next link....CRUNCH, ow....ARGH! F! F! F!. Next link I was a bit cautious....CRUNCH, WTF!

The next one had a small chip that I didn't spit out, but by now I was no longer enjoying things....so it didn't matter than that the last link was free of chips.

Guess I'll be buying a different brand the next time I'm in the store....

Saturday, July 07, 2007

So much for the convenience of eBay Express

It has been a while since I bought stuff off of eBay. And, there were a number of things that I wanted to get. So, I decided to try out eBay Express.

I loaded up my cart and went to checkout. But, I couldn't. Oh yeah, that's right...the checkout is broken and has never worked. Everytime I commit, it comes back with a message that my cart has changed, and to review it. But, I didn't change anything...but clicking it keeps bringing back to the message.

Finally, I do the horrible thing and hunt down a computer with IE, and try it. The checkout works this time. >:X

The point of doing eBay express versus buying each item separately, was to only have one charge to PayPal (and one transfer from my account). Well, I bought 3 things, there are 3 separate PayPal transactions and 3 separate bank account transfers.

I could've done that! Without the pain and agony of dealing with eBay Express!!!!

Pretty much these days the only reason to still shop eBay (other than to bid on something I can't find anywhere else)....is to find the merchants that ship by USPS. Since any other delivery would require me to walk a couple of miles to pick it up.....which reminds me....

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Another PLAN increase

Well, today I found a letter from PLAN in my mail box. My first thought was did the child I'm sponsoring move away again. Since it happened the last two years (2005, 2006).

But, it was PLAN asking for an increase in my sponsorship from $24/month to $29/month. This'll be my second increase in the time that I've been participating. When I originally signed up, it was only $20/month.

At the time, still is...the magic threshold was (up to) $250/year. That's the amount I normally allocate to my selected causes each year. And, PLAN (Childreach as it was known at the time) was under this magic mark at $240/year. When it increased to $24/month, or $288/year. I tolerated, because I didn't want to drop support for the child I was sponsoring....unlike when I was first laid off and relocated, etc. The organization took the child away from me, even though at no time was I not able to continue making my contribution. But, simple because I had moved.....from Canada to the US. In Canada, it was still known by the old name of "Foster Parent's Plan". Note sure why I stayed with the same organization...but I did. Though it was 6 months before I signed up...which was largely based on the fact that it was supposed to be a 6 month contract to hire (though it actually took 16 months).

Now it'll be like $348/year. But, I'm gonna do it anyways....even though I'm making a lot less money than what I was making before (as well as what the average for my occupation is).

What does remain to be seen is how this'll impact how many other 'select' causes I give to. And, whether or not I follow through on that thought of sponsoring more than just one (at the time, and still is, largely a matter of what other organization would I sponsor through.)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Amnesty Wireless powered by Working Assets

Amnesty Wireless powered by Working Assets

Sounds like a good deal, except that I'm addicted to my Blackberry....and haven't reached the point where I'm ready to have a 3rd phone....;)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Walking Home From Work?

I kind of wish there was a way to capture what I was seeing....probably just seemed worse walking into the wind (and snow). Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

EWB-KSU, Mondialogo: South Africa Bioreactor Project

Many existing sewage plants discharge waste material that could be harnessed for the production of energy. Biogas digesters can eliminate this problem through the production of methane by bacterial degradation of biological material. The methane produced can then be used to generate electricity. Many parts of Africa face poverty and lack the materials necessary for traditional energy generation. Most do, however, produce some type of waste. A team of engineering students from Stellenbosch University is looking to design and implement a biogas reactor. This reactor will not only provide energy for the surrounding community, but serve as an example for other African cities. In order to assist the research, we are assembling a team of engineering students and professionals interested in bioreactor design and international experiences. The project will be sponsored by Engineers Without Borders (EWB), an international organization that partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life. We are also in the process of writing a project proposal to obtain a Mondialogo grant that would substantially assist in the completion of the project. If interested in this project, please contact Gilbert Malinga c/o ewb@ksu.edu.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Finally got lots of snow in Manhattan

It still isn't what a heavy snowfall advisory/warning/watch means to me....but at least there is snow. Now I can't wait until spring ;D Posted by Picasa