Tiger Spot Carol for 2009

Another year in the company of what I like to call “That D***** (Tiger) Spot”…another carol.  I’m going to keep making these up until the thing goes away.  Maybe some of us could raise money for the removal of the mosaic by singing the whole collection of them on Lowry Mall and putting out a hat.

What’s That In Front of the Library? (to the tune of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”)

What’s that in front of the li—brary?
The freshmen have never been told.
The kids are bending near the earth,
To lift the tarp of gold.

Is it a fountain? Is it a door
To Ellis’ most spacious wing?
The passersby in stillness stare
To contemplate the thing.

What’s that in front of the li—brary?
It’s quite the mystery!
O when, o when will the Tiger Spot
Pass into history?!

Who’s Got Dumb Email Subject Lines?

Sure, email subject lines are *supposed* to convey something meaningful and preferably, something pretty specific, about the content of the email.  It helps people decide when to read email (this second or later? Ever?) and helps them find the email if they look for it later.  But why show people this minimal consideration when you can dash off an email to hundreds of your colleagues and just call it “FYI” or better yet, leave the subject line blank?  Faster than Jesse Hall can say “hiring freeze,” you can mark yourself as a self-important twit  who thinks your time and effort is worth more than your readers’ time and effort.  Hooray!

So, what annoyingly vague email subject lines have cluttered YOUR inbox lately?  Post them in the comments.  Don’t give the sender.

Marching Mizzou To Salute MU Libraries

Beginning at 12 noon on Monday May 12, 2008, Marching Mizzou will pass through every library branch on campus, as a special honor to the MU Libraries “as place” and the Tiger spirit of the students who will begin their final exam period on that day.

“What says ‘modern academic library’ more than the blare of brass instruments and clash of cymbals?” asks Music Librarian Michael Muchow rhetorically. Read more Marching Mizzou To Salute MU Libraries