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August 26th, 2014

08:43 pm - Damn it all.
Folks, before you reblog or tweet any number of things... CHECK FOR THE FACTS!

I try very hard not to spread rumors, myths, and bullshit, but in the last 24 hours I've seen numerous bullshit posts that look real but aren't. Snopes, and other fact checking sites, are your friends. Before popping off that repost, check them. And when you find out something is bullshit tell the people posting it to delete the crap.

E.g. from the last 24 hours:

Myth 1: Little kid with address luring women to gang rapes.

Reality: Yeah this is an oldie, and it keeps going around like a game of telephone. Changes a little every couple years, but after more than 8 years of checking Snopes still can't find a single shred of evidence on it. It is, however, the plot of an episode of Criminal Minds. And the response of "it could save a life" or "it couldn't hurt" is very much bullshit. Look it does hurt. It creates fear, paranoia, and denies people the ability to function in society. If you see a lost kid, yeah you should alert the authorities and get the kid help. You're not a taxi, but you shouldn't see everyone in the world out to get you. That kind of paranoia ruins your life.

Myth 2: Zimmerman seen pointing gun at black folks in Ferguson.

Reality: Nope, he wasn't there. Don't trump up shit on people even if you do think they're scum and probably guilty of murder. That isn't cool, and frankly it's unethical. Regardless of what someone has done, do not charge them with things they haven't done. We live in a society that's supposed to be evidence based justice (yeah humor me, I know how much that sounds like bullshit right now). You need to take a moment and think about things before you go "oh yeah it sounds like he'd do that" rather than asking the question of "is this legit?". Fake shit muddies the waters, and frankly it makes it harder to seek real and substantive justice for those who really are wronged.

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August 19th, 2012

10:36 am - Another article on Dr. Romano.
Cancer claims JSU biologist Frank RomanoCollapse )
Current Mood: sadsad

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August 18th, 2012

08:06 pm - Crap, there's no way I can go.
Frank Anthony Romano III
Date of Birth: Wednesday, December 3rd, 1947
Date of Death: Friday, August 17th, 2012

Funeral Home:
K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center
322 Nisbet St., N.W.
Jacksonville, Alabama, UNITED STATES


Memorial services for Dr. Frank Anthony Romano III, 64, will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center Chapel in Jacksonville with Scott Pogue officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Dr. Romano died on August 17, 2012 at his residence. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Elaine Marie Romano of Jacksonville; a daughter, Corinne A. (Brian) Reed of Attalla; two sons, Nicholas F. Romano of Opapka, FL and Michael A. (Jennifer) Romano of Oxford; three grandchildren, Cooper A. Romano, Cadence B. Reed and Nathaniel J. Moore; his mother, Jessie Margaret Romano of Cocoa Beach, FL; five sisters, Judy, Bonnie, Laura, Jessie and Christine and numerous nieces and nephews. A Native of Fitchburg, MA, Dr. Romano was born on December 3, 1947. Son of the late Frank A. Romano, Jr. and Jessie Romano, Dr. Romano was a graduate of Ohio University and Syracuse University. He joined the faculty at Jacksonville State University in 1989, where he served as professor and department head until his retirement on June 1, 2012. Among many awards and commendations, Dr. Romano received the Association of Southeast Biologist meritorious teaching award. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the JSU Student Research Fund, 700 Pelham Road, North, Jacksonville, AL 36265.
Current Mood: depresseddepressed

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August 17th, 2012

09:23 pm - This has not been a good month. I had intended to post something else today but...
Former JSU Biology Department Chair Dr. Frank Romano Passes

Jacksonville State University is mourning the loss of one of our most beloved faculty members this morning.

Dr. Frank Romano, retired chair of the Biology Department, passed away last night after an extended illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Dr. Romano joined the JSU faculty in 1989 and became department head in 2002. He retired in May 2012.

Throughout his career, his expertise, professionalism and rapport with his students and colleagues were unparalleled.

In addition to his life's work in the classroom and his numerous presentations, workshops and publications, Dr. Romano conducted extensive research on the physiological ecology of limno-terrestrial, freshwater and marine invertebrates with emphasis on tardigrades and mollusks. In recent years, he worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service on northern Gulf of Mexico deep-sea microscopic animal communities with emphasis on tardigrades. This led to the discovery of four new species of tardigrades.

Among his recent accolades was selection for the Association of Southeastern Biologists' (ASB) 2010 Meritorious Teaching Award. Earlier this month, Dr. Romano and a team of colleagues were awarded a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) grant supporting studies of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Dr. Romano received his Ph.D. in Physiological Ecology from Syracuse University, New York and was a member of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. He held professional society memberships in the Alabama Academy of Science, the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the American Microscopial Society, the International Tardigrada Society, and the International Meiofauna Association. In addition to the ASB Meritorious Teaching Award, his honors included a Syracuse University Summer Fellowship (1977), selection to Men and Women in American Science (1984), Leadership Kennessaw State College (1987), Jacksonville State University College of Letters and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award (1994), Service Award from the U.S. Forest Service for continuing activities with personnel from the Shoal Creek District of Talladega National Forest (2004), and nomination as The 2005 International Scientist of the Year.

Funeral arrangements will be shared as soon as they become available.

Current Mood: sadsad

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May 16th, 2012

05:00 pm - Okay... We're in and now I'm here to kick some of you!
So, kickstarter for the gamer-geeks. Grim Dawn is a game we (Matt and I) have been following for a while, and it's in the Ironlore style [Titan Quest], think Diablo II clone but well designed. I'll probably still get Diablo III (if they get a clue and release it from the servers) and Torchlight 2, so don't think this is the only thing I'm interested in.

Anyway, Matt's put in for myself and himself on a co-op, so I'm here to post it for others to kick in a few on their own. I'm hoping they reach their peak goal of $480,000 and they're already over the $400,000 mark. Unfortunately there's only two days left. So if you've got an interest, or friends that might, please help this game become a reality!


Not sure which level? Here's the handy-dandy guide! I really recommend the $58 level for most gamers, but it goes as low as $18. Shell out a few and get away from the lame games we're being force fed by most of the companies right now.

Oh, didn't get your attention yet?

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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December 27th, 2011

09:18 pm - Head's up.
I've just done a massive purge on my friend's list. If you think I've purged you inadvertantly speak now or forever hold your peace. I'll post again in a moment with a locked post so that you can determine if you've been purged or not.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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December 17th, 2010

06:25 pm - A post to watch.
Neil deGrasse Tyson gives the Fall 2010 Commencement Address at UAHuntsville UAH.

Neil deGrasse Tyson opens a Saturn V:

PS: My father keeps calling Dr. Williams, the guy in Pink/Red on Tyson's right, "Dumbledore". It's funny.
Current Mood: amusedamused

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May 12th, 2010

11:51 am - From FindLaw: Supreme Court Justices without prior judicial experience: (open post)
Look, I'm getting less and less amused by the Kagan pick, but for a different reasons than the average idiot. This post is just because I am sick and tired of people being completely clueless about the fact you do NOT need prior judicial or law experience to be appointed to SCOTUS. I swear, did everyone in this nation fail their civics and government law classes? I've marked a few notables on this list.
The List of 40.Collapse )
For those who want the mathematical ratio, as of May 1st, 2010 there have been 111 serving supreme court justices. This means that 40 of the 111 have not been judges, a whopping 36%. Oh and if you're noting it, most of the ones highlighted are also Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, there are at least 10 of them on this list. There have only been 21 and that includes the 4 who only served in that position during the period awaiting the appointment of a new justice. That percentage? Yeah nearly 48%.

So for those of you bitching about lack of judicial experience: please shut the **** up until you've learned your damned American history and how your government works.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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June 14th, 2009

11:58 am - The LJ Brain Trust: What do we know? (Author's Initial Posting)
Everyone needs to know something sometime, and on LJ we regularly rely on "the LJ brain trust" to answer questions that are beyond us. But what kind of information network are we if we don't know what kind of knowledge we have on hand? So ante up and tell what you know.

Ok, normally there are two basic knowledge types, explicit and tacit. Explicit knowledge is that which would be found in a "how to" manual. Facts, figures, and data. Tacit knowledge isn't quite as clear, it consists of the "know how". You might be able to explain how to make a wood joint (explicit), but being able to do a beauty of a job at it (tacit) is different.

You're not limited to just subjects like math, science, or history, but rather the grand scope of all knowledge. Which is, of course, just about everything. Book Learning is that which you're expressly educated in, typically a college degree or better. Hobbies and interests can be anything from "I know porn!" (hey, it can be useful!) to "I can garden!" options. Career skills are things you've picked up on the job such as forklift driver, the only requirement is that you've been paid for it (otherwise it's a hobby). Then there are those things which abhor clear categorization. Those skills which you can just do which are useful and often quirky, regardless of learning them anywhere in particular or the ability to convey much about them. Think intangible. Anything that you list should be something that you feel comfortable answering questions on, but this is by no means a definitive list of everything someone knows.

A few simple rules:

1. This isn't a contest to see who has the most skill sets. A lot of people have adaquate skills or are fairly knowledgable in many areas but aren't comfortable listing themselves out as able to answer questions on them. Listing things just for the sake of listing them defeats the purpose.

2. You really shouldn't list things that you're out of date on. If you've not thought about a skill in 3 or more years, then you probably shouldn't list it as something to answer questions on.

3. You're free to repost this as a meme on one condition: You respond to it with your own list on the journal from which you snagged it.

jajy1979's contribution to the LJ Brain Trust:

Book Learning: Biology (Zoology, Ecology), Accounting

Hobbies & Interests: Physical Geography, Fantasy (fairy tales, modern fiction, AD&D 2E), Trivia

Career Skills: Exotic Animal Husbandry

Other Tacit Knowledge: Knowledge Spunge, Information Hound, Spatial Perception, Applications of Tetris to the Real World
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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February 5th, 2009

11:39 pm - Friends Only Reminder
Hey Folks, occasionally people add me to their lists without saying anything and I don't necessarily know who you are or why you added me. Care to tell me what's going on? I'm not exactly known for letting random strangers read my journal without at least an introduction, and since I post so few things publically you're not getting a lot of reading material from me.

Translation: Tell me who you are if you want me to consider adding you.
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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December 26th, 2006

03:37 pm - Friends Only Journal Status Message (Updated 8-3-2009)

This journal is "friends only".

If you wish to be added to my friends' list, then please leave a comment here and a short introduction as to who you are and why you're interested. I prefer to know something about the people I'm adding.

I'm pretty quick to respond most of the time, seldom more than a day or two, but don't panic if it takes a few days more. I'm allowed an occasional vacation.

I reserve the right to be moderately selective in my friends. I dislike having to ban people, but I can and will when given a good enough reason to do so.

LJ Users banned from my journalCollapse )
Current Mood: workingworking

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March 6th, 2005

08:28 pm - In light of current concerns.
Here's the deal...

I detest the Frienditto, notably the concept in particular. If you're using any service to archive my posts, particularly my locked posts I will ask you to remove yourself from my friends list immediately. I do NOT consent to having my private posts archived. So if you're using it...FESS UP.

End of my rant on the subject.
Current Mood: workingworking

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May 26th, 2004

02:25 am - From a Mailing-List I'm on. (editted for update)
Literature classes can be among the most frustrating you take, because the professor is always right, even when he/she is wrong.

True story:

Isaac used to teach math at NYU and retired, but he used to hang out with some of his old colleagues now and again.

One day he's walking down past a lecture hall and hears a visiting kid (either a graduate student/candidate for a PhD, or a rookie associate professor) who's babbling on. Something he says gets Isaac's attention and he stops, then realizes the kid is lecturing on the Foundation series. So Isaac motions for his lunch buddy to wait and they take a seat in the back of the hall. Ten minutes later the lecture ends and Isaac moves to the front of the hall. He approaches the kid and said, "Excuse me, but I think you made a mistake on something."

"On what?"

"On the intention of the author. It's not about one system being better than another, but rather it's about power corrupting and the pitfalls of too much power concentrated in too few hands, irrespective of the system."

The kid draws himself up and says, "And just who might you be, sir?"

"I'm Isaac Asimov."

The kid blinks then says, "The author of a work is the last person in any position to comment about the intent of the story." He walks away, leaving Isaac gasping like a newly landed fish.

Which sums up nicely why so many writers have so little use for lit profs.

- Raymond E. Feist, 1999/2004

Authors do not mean to have their works analyzed. They mean to have them read.

- Raymond E. Feist, 2004

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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January 28th, 2003

10:12 pm - I suppose I should at least post SOMETHING here...
Ah, since I've not yet bothered to really post a whole heck of a lot to any internet site recently I thought I'd post this one thing as an intro until I bother to actually come up with some compelling and stimulating commentary that would otherwise be interesting to read. Besides this is a fairly accurate description of me...well at least as far as quizzes go.

What Is Your Animal Personality?

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Current Mood: apatheticapathetic

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November 26th, 2002

09:55 pm - My Profile Page (created 7-30-2009)
My Extensive ProfileCollapse )
Current Mood: busybusy

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