October 30th, 2003

Leggo our Ergo!

This isn't specifically related to the UW, but there was an opinion piece in The Daily today on this subject, so it's not completely unrelated...

I love how the "Workers Against Job Killing Rules" aren't workers at all; they're just signature-gatherers hired by the Building Industry Association of Washington and the various business associations that tried unsuccessfully to block ergonomics legislation back in July 0f 2003.

And their commercials are a riot! "Ergonomics regulation will cost Washington jobs and leave children without insurance and set the Green River killer loose and send anthrax to the elderly!" OK, so only the first two were things actually said in their ad...But I love the part about how ergonomics rules will cut children off from health care. WTF!? What does children's health care have to do with ergonomics? But don't take my word for it...

Decide for yourself, and if you're a Washington voter, do your civic duty and fill out a ballot!

Yes On 841*
No On 841

*Can I just say how funny it is that NO841 is a dot-org and YES841 is a dot-com? Precious...


I was hanging around outside the Communications hall today when a relatively distinguished-looking older gentleman approached me and asked where to find the new Allen computer center. After I gave him vague directions, he started to tell me about his involvement with a project there, a competition to build "the world's smallest, fastest computer." He talked a little about "the big picture" and then proceeded to tell me about the eleventh dimension, which he apparently transcended in his three near-death experiences. He continued on for a few more minutes, going on about quantum physics, fast-talkers, and how people are monitoring what we read. Apparently, the university had offered him a job, but he turned it down so he wouldn't be doing and thinking what the administrators told him to.

This sound familiar to anyone?

Anyway, I've talked to a couple real crazies before, mostly on the old Metro route #6, but this guy was different. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about, for one thing. And he was well-kempt and dignified, something the real wackos just didn't have. It's nice to know that I can find a higher caliber of eccentric on a university campus.
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