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Fri, May. 4th, 2007 11:34 am
Ask Uncle Ezra

During an interview this morning, i was asked to describe a project i've worked on that's reached a successful outcome. Reaching back into my memory (so as to not derive every example for the interview from the Journal of International Law), i pulled in stories from CU Tonight, a project to which i devoted a good portion of life sophomore and junior year. I haven't thought about it much since...about the end of junior year, so when my interviewer asked follow-up questions about how it's doing today, i didn't have much of a response.

So obviously, instead of doing my work, i needed to look into the matter. And the answer? I don't really know. The application looks most official. They still aim to fund one event each weekend, though they have raised the maximum allocation to $5,000 per event (we capped it at $3,000). Ultimately though, i don't know much about how many applications they receive for each funding cycle, or how well-attended the events have been. I'll email Catherine, our advisor, once i finish with this school stuff. [Deadline: Tuesday. Coming quickly].

But, searching for CU Tonight also directed me to Ask Uncle Ezra, an awesome website devoted to anonymously answering questions about everything under the sun. Beginning in 1986, Ask Uncle Ezra professes to be the first "on-line helpline;" in its original incarnation, before every building on campus was covered by WiFi, students could use the two dozen computer terminals scattered around campus to Ask Uncle Ezra.

I can't really afford to search through these emails. I have lots to do before Tuesday. But, being readily distracted, i jumped back to the first inquiries to get a sense of the origins. And the second question, which seems to fully encompass the differences between now and then:

Dear Uncle Ezra,

How can I hook up my IBM computer, via a modem, to CUINFO?

-Ready to Connect

Current Music: The Good Life - Loves Need Lawyers

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Mon, May. 7th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)

I like the name change! ^_^


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Thu, May. 17th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)

Every now and then when I Google my name, the forty or fifty Dear Uncle Ezra answers on which I was credited or quoted come up, and I love reading through them again. Talk about a worthwhile project!!


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