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Delaware school district can't make decision on controversial book, eliminates entire summer reading list.

briangefrich:

The Cape Henlopen school board decided last night to eradicate the entire summer reading list for students instead of making a controversial decision regarding “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”

Last month, the board removed the book, which has a gay teenage protagonist, after a letter from a parent complained about foul language. Board members claimed that certain words, which they described as “f-bombs,” would damage 14 year olds and cause them to rob liquor stores and convulse violently.

After the Delaware ACLU challenged the decision, the board met again, added the book back to the list, and the abolished the entire list.

One board member was quoted as saying “Books, you know? They’re hard. Like, reading? Yeah, man. I don’t know.”

He was then found napping in a corner with his blankie.

The Blue Hen reading list is created by librarians across the state, uncontrolled miscreants whose careers mean they spend their days surrounded by literate teenagers and interact with them about the material they are reading.

Another board member, who admitted that he hadn’t read the book, did a quick Google search and then said “What do librarians know anyways? We were elected to these positions by people in the community, and that makes us much better informed on issues of youth literature.”

The school board reverted to their previous summer reading requirements, which are that people should probably read sometime, I guess. Like, if you find a book on the ground, that might be good. Or ask Oprah.

1) This is appalling and makes me want to punch these people.

2) My mother is a librarian at the Rehoboth Beach library in Delaware (which is within the Cape Henlopen school district) and it is simultaneously infuriating and hilarious to think of these parents and the school board regarding her as History’s Greatest Monster for allowing this book onto the Blue Hen List.

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slaughterhouse90210:

“Whenever I saw her, I felt like I had been living in another country, doing moderately well in another language, and then she showed up speaking English and suddenly I could speak with all the complexity and nuance that I hadn’t realized was gone. With Lucy I was a native speaker.”― Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty

slaughterhouse90210:

“Whenever I saw her, I felt like I had been living in another country, doing moderately well in another language, and then she showed up speaking English and suddenly I could speak with all the complexity and nuance that I hadn’t realized was gone. With Lucy I was a native speaker.”
― Ann Patchett,
Truth and Beauty

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clientsfromhell:

Our development team was working on a content management system for a corporate client. It was a big system that administered units produced in a variety of languages and applications and, as a result, required careful user interface design and a lot of backend code.

We were doing a show and tell with our partially working system for a couple of corporate VPs to get their feedback on the design. We took a lunch break, and when we got back, the two VPs said they had something they wanted to show us.

They proudly presented a series of PowerPoint slides that showed where they wanted the buttons and pick lists placed.

Client: There, see? This is the arrangement that makes the most sense to us. Can you do this?

Me: Certainly.

Client: You know, I really don’t understand why it takes your team so long to design these interfaces. We knocked this out in about an hour.

The entire team sat stunned until the senior programmer—a man of very few words—pointed to a button on the PowerPoint screen.

PROGRAMMER: What does this button do?

Client: Well, clearly it administers the training and testing selected by the user.

PROGRAMMER: If I click it right now, it will do that?

Client: Well … no. Actually, it doesn’t do anything yet.

PROGRAMMER: That’s why it only took you an hour. 

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