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September 18th, 2007

I went into the office today, and worked on an edit of Christie's for a good part of the day.

I had an unsatisfactory e-mail exchange with our "HR partner," about this item on a security audit checklist enumerating things that are considered IBM Confidential:  Sexual orientation and activity.  Being an "out at work" employee, I do not consider my sexual orientation IBM confidential information at all, and I have a big problem with lumping "sexual orientation" and "sexual activity" together on any list.

I had a good one-on-one meeting with my manager today; we took the entire half hour, and spent most of that going over my projected editing schedule between now and the end of 2007.



Verbal Data Analysis class was rather painful tonight as I had a very hard time following tonight's lesson, which attempted to characterize Brent Faber's research on his hypothesis that "in specific cases, change is accomplished by asserting textual ambiguity that is resolved through an ideological intertextual presupposition" in terms of Glenn Stillar's notion of language resources being organized along the lines of three general functions: the ideational function, the interpersonal function, and the textual function.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.



I stopped by Helios after class, where I found a battle-of-the-banjo-bands type affair going on. In spite of the place teeming with folks, I still managed to get a table on which to use my laptop.

All of the doors across the front of the place were open to the patio, so a lot of folks were taking advantage of the nice weather and enjoying the music from outside.

Personally, I'm not a big fan of bluegrass music at all. I didn't go so far as to put in my earbuds, though. I basically just tuned them out.



I'm in a bit of a funk today—with regards to class and around that letter that I sent yesterday. However, I'm a firm believer in, "And this, too, shall pass."

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