20 February 2010
. . . I can understand complete strangers misspelling my name but some of these came from people who have known me for years.
40 Misspellings of "Gwen"
18 Misspellings of "Gwyneth"
. . . Yes, my full name is Gwyneth. I was named after a character in a Welsh book that my mom's penpal was reading some years before I was born. Seriously, though, no one ever calls my Gwyneth except telemarketers and people in gubmint jobs.
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18 February 2010
. . . Listed in approximate order from highest to lowest. Not every university has every rank and some may use different terms or titles. Many universities outside the US also use the term docent as a university rank: in some places it is a high rank, in others it is low; in the US it mainly refers to a volunteer museum tour guide who has specialized training in that museum's exhibits.
1. university professor / institute professor / distinguished professor
2. presidents' professor / regents' professor
3. teaching professor
4. professor emerita / professor emeritus
5. dean / department chair / provost
6. professor / full professor
7. professorial fellow
8. associate professor
9. adjunct professor
10. affiliated professor
11. assistant professor
12. visiting professor / nonresident professor
13. visiting assistant professor
14. research professor / research fellow
15. associate research professor
16. assistant research professor
17. collegiate professor
18. post-doctoral fellow
19. senior lecturer
21. assistant lecturer
22. post-doctoral research assistant
23. research assistant
25. visiting instructor
26. adjunct instructor
27. teaching fellow
28. graduate student
29. graduate teaching assistant (GTA)
30. teaching assistant (TA) / undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA)
33. artist in residence
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08 February 2010
. . . Author unknown. Email lore collected six years ago. I have modified it slightly. (It's folklore. That's what you do.)
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 1970s or earlier probably shouldn't have survived. Here's why:
1. Our baby cribs were covered with lead-based paint.
2. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles.
3. We rode our bikes without helmets.
4. Sometimes we hitchhiked.
5. We rode in cars with no child safety seats and no air bags. Sometimes, as a special treat, we rode in the back of an open pickup.
6. We drank water from a garden hose.
7. We drank soda pop with sugar in it.
8. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle.
9. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. We had no cell phones. Imagine that!
10. We did not have Nintendo, Playstation, or X-Box; no 2,000 channels on cable, no home movies on DVD, no surround sound, no personal computers, no internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them.
11. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. Remember accidents?
People under 40 are wimps!
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02 February 2010
10 Reasons why Shopping at TomFolio.com is Better than Shopping at Amazon
. . . I am speaking to those on the internet who are looking for reputable used bookdealers. Those of you who are looking for a place to purchase groceries, stuffed animals, auto parts or such, this list is not for you.
1. TomFolio.com is The Bookstore at the Center of the Universe. It is owned and operated by a cooperative of independent bookdealers (click here for more on our history) and has remained true to its goal to be a simple website where booklovers and bookdealers can come together and conduct business the old fashioned way.
2. Talk to a real person before you buy. Our dealers may be contacted by phone, email, or even snail mail. No need to go through a third party to get your questions answered.
3. Dedicated to books. TomFolio.com is for used books, periodicals, paper ephemera and related media. That's what we know and love. We do not sell washing machines, car insurance, scented candles or anything like that.
4. No gimmicks. Just good old-fashioned bookselling.
5. Serious specialists. Many of our dealers are experts in their fields. Pick their brains!
6. Less expensive books. Amazon charges its bookdealers commissions, monthly fees, variable closing fees, etc., and many of their vendors raise their prices on that site to compensate. Often you can find the same book listed at TomFolio.com for a much lower price.
7. Independence. Because TomFolio.com is dealer owned and operated, you always know who you're dealing with. We are not subject to mergers, buyouts, or corporate shenanigans. If you are one of the growing number of consumers who are committed to buying from independent stores and mom-and-pop shops, TomFolio.com is the place for you.
8. No stock photos. Amazon displays images of books which may be new or used, top condition or poor condition, and may even show a different edition than what is listed for sale. TomFolio.com does not allow stock photos so you know exactly what you're getting before you buy.
9. No fake books; no mega-listers. Some so-called bookdealers list thousands, even millions of titles but have no actual books in stock. After you order, they scramble to find something to ship to you. Sometimes you get what you ordered, sometimes you get something different, and sometimes you don't get anything at all (click here for more information on mega-listers). We at TomFolio.com believe this is fraud. We do not allow fake books or mega-listers on our site.
10. High ethical standards. If you run into an unscrupulous dealer on Amazon, there is, of course, a system in place there through which you can get a refund. We here at TomFolio.com go one better: we thoroughly screen applicants before they're allowed to join. All our dealers guarantee 100% customer satisfaction and stand by it every day. We have a complaint rate so small it is hardly measurable.
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