Sunday, October 28, 2012

DorkFest Marches On!

It has been a quiet DorkFest, which either means that you readers are slavishly putting together the dorkiest possible application packages and strategically holding on to them until the very last minute, or -- possibly -- that you are just not a very dorky group.

It bears mentioning, however, that Chuckdaddy has recently put in a rather strong statement of intent on the original DorkFest post.

Also, Nichim -- the incumbent Vice-Dork candidate -- has sent in a Dork CV this weekend that includes such phrases as "oldest extant copy of the Popol Vuh," "notary public," "They Might be Giants," "euphonium," "psychedelic space rock," "Central Vermont Fiber Community," "obsessive interest in... the taxonomy of fungi," and "Reed College." It runs to three pages. I say this not to discourage you, but to spur you on to do your damnedest.

Meanwhile, sisterjen -- who, as the name would suggest, is my sister -- has insinuatingly inquired as to whether I, Michael5000, am eligible for DorkFest.  The question has subsequently been parroted on a few occasions, I'm not sure why, by Mrs.5000.  The answer is: no.  I'm the blog's author.  I can't also be the blog's Dork.  It would be a total conflict of interest.  Say what you like about IAT, but we run a tight ethical ship.

Remember: the deadline for all DorkFest submissions is

12:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on 10 Brumaire CCXXI 
(Thursday, November 1, 2012)

Meanwhile, and having nothing to do with Dorkfest...

The week before last, I posted a list of old classical vinyl albums I had bought at the Friends of the Multnomah Public Library Booksale for a dollar apiece.

Here's a list of old classical vinyl albums I subsequently picked up for 50 cents apiece at half-price day

Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 (Emperor) – New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter. Rudolf Serkin, piano (1942)

Dukas: “La Peri” & Roussel: Symphony #3 – New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez (1976)

“The Glorious Sound of Brass; Renaissance and Baroque Masterpieces” – The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble (1967)

Handel, “Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day.” New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (1961)

“History of Spanish Music, Volume XV: The Songbook of the Duke of Calabria” – Madrid Madrigal Quartet (1974)

“The Philadelphia Orchestra Plays Victor Herbert” – Eugene Ormandy, conductor (1959)

“Ukranian Songs” – Eugenia Zareska, Mezzo-soprano (1960 or so)

Veracini, Nine Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo – Double album! (1980)


Rebel said...

DorkFest 2012 Submission, what I did on my birthday weekend:
Revised a personal learning plan for my Intro to Graduate Studies course (which involved operationalizing my goals for the term), converted a variety of citations (from journals/blogs/documentaries) into APA format, read two book chapters and two Linguistic articles (one on Negotiation of Meaning sessions as a way of improving student story telling; the other on the effect of a study abroad program on ESL students' second-language identity), wrote outlines, submitted study questions, and completed a homework assignment for the same. Wrote up a reflection paper after watching a Thesis defense on a Dakota trickster myth which is just a symbolically coded instruction manual for the Vision Quest male rite of passage.

And, you know, because the night is young.... gonna dive right into my 4 page ethnographic paper on apartheid in South Africa.

tl/dr: Grad School.

mrs.5000 said...

I like knowing that the Dark Side of the Moon cover art was first trotted out in 1942. In an adjacent universe, people are still flocking to Laser Serkin.

And I understand why ethically you would not be eligible for DorkFest. But what about your avatar? If I remember correctly, he's currently parked at a Starbucks outside Oregon City. Surely he could use the time and free wifi to write one helluva heartwringing application.

mrs.5000 said...

@ Rebel: Nothing's dorkier than education!

Jenners said...

I think you can't be the dork because you would outdork everyone else and no one else could ever win.

Thanks for the e-mail checking on us. Despite being directly in the path of Sandy, we had little or nothing happen to us except lots of branches falling down and a few hours of power loss. We were very lucky. Others nearby were not.