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Three Replies to "Citizens' Service Bureau, this is Erik."

Scott Hardie | May 17, 2014
Congrats on the new job! I know that you liked the last one, but it must be nice to have a change of pace. :-)

53,000 times. That's crazy. The phrase must all run together as one word by now. Did you come up with ways to keep your sanity in the midst of such repetition?

Also, I don't know if you can talk about it because of confidentiality concerns and such, but do you have any funny stories you can share from the last three years?

Erik Bates | May 19, 2014
It's funny. There's no outstanding stories to convey, but there are interesting repeat callers that we would get.

One lady, sweet old lady, just had issues with her neighbors. One time, she called and asked if it was OK for her to do her laundry whenever she wanted. Apparently, the neighbors told her she could only do laundry when they said it was OK. I genuinely felt bad for the lady. She seemed really sweet, but incredibly naive.

Scott Hardie | May 22, 2014
Weird. I can think of several reasons why someone would tell a sweet naive old lady that, and none of them are good.

On a Rant

Another desperate attempt of Erik Bates to create a blog that nobody will read. Expect illogical arguments with no basis in fact, and plenty of contradicting statements. Read more »

On a Fatal Flaw of Zombie Movies

I actually have this posted over on my blog, but considering the movie crowd we have here, I thought I'd share it. Zombie movies. They’re great. Go »

Them Crooked Vultures

What do you get when you cross Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)? You get what is quite possibly the most important musical event of the past 3 years: Them Crooked Vultures. I've been excited about this album since I heard it was in the works, and now that I've heard it, I must say -- it was well worth the wait. Go »


I would also like to add that the other day I realized that I hadn't shaved in about a week and a half. Ok, so it didn't just dawn on me suddenly. I'm just too lazy, and hate shaving. Go »

My Cunning Jayne Cobb hat

Looks like Lori isn't the only one that makes fun clothing based on obscure television shows :-) Cross-posted from my personal blog. Being the sci-fi nerd I am, coupled with my love of the short-lived series Firefly, when I realized that my knitting was getting pretty good, I decided that it was time to try my hand at creating something that every other true science fiction geek has done at one point or another: attempt to create a replica of an article of clothing from the series. My chosen article: Jayne Cobb's hat he received from his mother to keep him warm on his travels. Go »

On GooCon, and the rugged handsomeness of Scott Bakula

So this past weekend was GooCon, and I managed to make it out for the festivities on Saturday. I got to the house at about 8:30am, and finally got to meet the folks I'd been interacting with since 2003 (or 2002, if you count that first guess I randomly sent Scott). Granted, I'd met Scott before when we both happened to be in Chicago, and we had an impromptu man-date taking the double-decker bus tour of downtown Chicago. Go »

Beloit Mindset list gets a good talking-to

Cross-posted from my Higher Ed blog Beloit College releases the "Mindset List" every year since the class of 2002 (so, since 1998).  I try to read it every year, and every year I have comments in my own mind that sound a lot like what Linda Holmes over at NPR had to say about this year's list: Here's an example: Item Number 58 is "Beethoven has always been a dog." Really? Go »