Wednesday, May 12, 2004


First, the quiz tells me: 

At work or in school: I need to be "hands on": I like to play games, to compete, and to perform. I enjoy flexibility, changes of pace, and variety. I have difficulty with routine and structure. My favorite subjects are music, art, theatre, and crafts. I often excel in sports. I like solving problems in active ways and negotiating for what I want. I can be direct and like immediate results.

With friends: Planning ahead bores me because I never know what I want to do until the moment arrives. I like to excite my friends with new and different things, places to go, and romantic moments.

With family: I need a lot of space and freedom. I want everyone to have fun. It is hard for me to follow rules, and I feel we should all just enjoy one another.

What Color is Your Brain?

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Well, yeah, I'll be something different tomorrow.  Shades of green, gold or blue. [via Culture Cat - tks!]

Syracuse U. announced yesterday that its mascot is now plain and simple: Orange.

Previously the [athletic] department had multiple marks and logos. In addition, Syracuse University's teams will now use the nickname Orange, replacing Orangemen and Orangewomen.

Fragmentation is bad for branding; fair enough.  Now Otto's rotund genderlessness perfectly matches the desexed mascot name.  I never cared much for the genderbent mascots anyhow.  It's been tricky at my current institution, where "Pirates" is *usually* engendered as male, and where "Lady Pirates" doesn't do the trick--in my thinking.  Our graphic solution was to prefer a skull;  the skeletal face is pretty much neutral, right?  Of course, the graphic of the skull scares the kids, so they drew up an alternative for "Little Pirates."  What a relief that SU is simply Orange (and portends to be the first U. with a single official color, rather than two).

Beats the heck out of rose pink and pea green (SU's original colors in 1872).  At Park, we've been dickering over Canary and Old Wine versus their modern cousins, Maroon and Gold.  Flipped back, forth and back again in my seven years there.  Old wine: is that the color left in the bottom of the wine glass the morning after a bottle of Chardonnay? Shiraz?

So I should be reading and working on course migrations into eCollege for the summer and pasting a trail of fresh caulk in the bathrooms for house showing in the days ahead.  I have to balance my priorities; SU trivia is going to come in handy when we visit in early June.  Maybe I'll find a sweatshirt freshly reduced to the discount rack as a result of the switch to the latest official logo. 

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Go Spartans!


Posted by: pops at May 14, 2004 3:03 PM

Until I saw your name, I thought this was a spam comment. Damn near deleted it.

I really don't have very much to say about the Spartans (is that MSU?). Or the Pistons. Or this wreck of a house. I know you have water heater advice, Dad. Please share it on the blog or, if it insults my plumbing aptitude, privately by email. I've got to do something about it by the early part of the week if we've any chance of selling this joint.

Posted by: Derek at May 15, 2004 3:14 PM