There’s lots of good information about the RWA redux at Alison Kent’s, and PBW has more food for thought on the subject. I just got my renewal in the mail and I’m undecided if I’m going to join again this year, but, to be fair, I was undecided before all this happened. As I’ve said before, I’ve always felt I’ve gotten better information and help from various internet sources. After this last mess, I really feel the urge to go and make sure all my excerpts contain all the banned words. So you can tell the direction I’m leaning.

In other news, the three year old is having another small (and planned) surgical procedure so I’ll be scarce. Throw a few prayers her way if you’re so inclined – they’re always appreciated. If all goes well I’ll be back to posting late Monday / early Tuesday.

On that note, I leave you with the following from because it gave me a good laugh for the day:

A student asked, ”What gender is ‘computer’?”

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether ”computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ”computer” should definitely be of the feminine gender (”la computadora”), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (”el computador”), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2 . They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

Steph T.