Archive for September, 2007

Cal State Fullerton @ 50

A picture of the ice sculpture (for some reason, on its side)

This Saturday is an all day party to celebrate Cal State Fullerton’s 50th birthday.

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UCI Can Stuff It’s Sorries in a Sack

Why in the world would a fledgling law school not crave having a renowned legal scholar as it’s first dean?

Because the conservative politicos in Orange County still hold some of the strings. And Professor Chemerinsky is just a tad bit too liberal (gasp) for them to handle. And God forbid we get a liberal in charge of a government funded scholarly institution. He is good enough for USC and Duke, but an unestablished public law school that will need all the help it can get to attract top-flight students? Fugheddaboudit.

This kind of academic censorship is untenable, no matter which way it is sugarcoated.

UCI Chancellor Drake should step down if he doesn’t have the cojones to confront conservative critics after a formal offer has been made. He has no business being the head of a major academic institution if he cannot choose the right candidate, regardless of political affiliation.

My friends, the Orange Curtain is alive and well.

September Meeting of the Orange County Atheists

The next meeting of the Orange County Atheists will be held Tomorrow, September 11 at 7:30PM at the International House of Pancakes at 18542 MacArthur Blvd in Irvine. If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. If you’re planning on attending please RSVP at our website forums. Hope to see you there!

Fake Fireman

I’m not sure what I think about this guy.

Impersonating a fireman is wrong and he was doing it for financial gain.

But a teensy little part of me also says, “Big deal! Don’t you guys have something better to do? Like chase drug dealers and such?”


Maybe I’m just in a bad mood.

Refrigerator Shopping in Hell

Well, perhaps not exactly hell, but it sure felt like it.

Have you ever been to the Sears Outlet in Santa Ana? If you are willing to buy an appliance with perhaps a few scratches or dings, you can walk away a winner at a cheap price. They have top of the line appliances as well as lower-tier ones.

And, of course we had to be shopping at this outlet in 105 degree heat. And did I mention this huge warehouse has zero air conditioning?

It was bad. Really bad.

But, we got an excellent deal on an excellent refrigerator. Just do your research on brands before you go, and you will do great.

Escaping the Heat

I was out trying to escape the heat yesterday and ended up at Borders Books at the corder of 19th Street and Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. The “official” temperature in Costa Mesa was 92 degrees yesterday, but it felt even hotter than that. My plan was simple: have an iced tea, sit and read a bit. I wasn’t surprised that a number of people shared my idea. In fact, the place was full and seating was at a premium. One group even brought a deck of cards and played bridge. What surprised me however, was how cool management kept the store. Forget setting the thermostat to 78 degrees to save energy — I suspect the store was cooled to the low 70s. I spotted one one woman wearing a thin shawl, and a couple of other people wearing light sweaters. Saving energy, however, was not the goal — the goal was to lure people into the store. And on that front the strategy seemed to be working.

Metrolink finally comes to Buena Park

The 11th Orange County Metrolink will open for business on Tuesday September 4th – just in time for that post Labor Day commute. Located at 8400 Lake Knoll Drive in Buena Park, the station will open at 4:55 AM and riders will be given complimentary coffee and doughnuts (all together now: it’s freeeeeee)! Don’t try to map the new station on Google, the address doesn’t exist yet. Guess you’ll just have to follow the rails till you see the shiny new platform.

OCTA Bus Route 29 will pick up Metrolink riders for a direct trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, Pirates Dinner Adventure, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Medieval Times and Buena Park Downtown. This is welcome news for the city, as they have been struggling to redevelop the E-Zone into a desirable destination for several years now. Will this dramatically increase visitors to the E-Zone? Probably not, but an increased infrastructure is only one piece of the puzzle. Only time will tell the tale.

It’s warm and bumpy!

It’s freakin’ hot and the ground is moving…

We just had a mild quake: A light earthquake occurred at 10:29:14 AM (PDT) on Sunday, September 2, 2007. The magnitude 4.7 event occurred 13 km (8 miles) WNW of Lake Elsinore, CA.

We felt here in the Anaheim Resort. Did anyone else feel the earth move as well?

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