Category Archives: administration

Nice party to be in

While looking up old YA literature on HathiTrust, I ran across this, which is the voter roll for the Bronx in 1903.

It is what it is at first glance really, a tedious enumeration of voters, addresses and parties, useful only for genealogy. And noting that the United States did once have parties like “Social Democrat” and “Socialist Labor” (and the occasional “Prohibition”).

Then you turn up:


I have no idea what Charles H. Douglas’s party registration is. There wasn’t, that I’m aware of, a “defective” party. If his registration was bad, wouldn’t they just reject it? Was this the 1903 version of “show ID at polling place”? Persons with mental limitations (“mental defectives”) were forbidden to vote, so I doubt it is that.

If anyone knows anything about this, please post a comment here.

Not just “Bernard” Sanders

As many people in the United States know, Vermont is a State in the Union. Like all other States, it has local government. UNlike most other States, the State’s Secretary of State (no connection with the federal one, currently Tillerson) maintains a list of local government non-civil service positions, viewable here.

I don’t know if the current Secretary of State wrote the descriptions or not, but some of them are a hoot. For example:

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Have you tried restarting the network, sir?

For most people who have fast (broadband) connexions to the Internet, and have called their ISP’s tech support, that line is quite ubiquitous. However, I have to report that doing it actually solved something for me!

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Versioning is getting out of hand

I know the tendency these days is for rapid release of software, but I prefer the older, slower incrementing software. Consider that (MS) DOS went from 1.x to 6.x in over 10 years, while Firefox (for example) has gone up to 52 (!) in that time.

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Annoyance at co-“workers”

First note: I am not giving out any identifiable information. There are enough trolls out there I don’t want to feed them.

Second note: This is exactly what the title suggests, a rant about some people who I work with/around. If you don’t want to read it, I will understand if you skip this.

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A properly loud Kentucky official

One way to waste some time is to take a look at the webpages and press releases of the various state auditors/comptrollers (and the Feds, who have a WordPress.) and see what they say about their work.

For example, the current Kentucky auditor (Michael Harmon) has some choice comments about parts of his state:

“The former administration [of Prestonsburg] was cutting sweetheart deals for itself, wasting taxpayer dollars and generally running the city for the benefit of a few,” State Auditor said.

A real zinger:

“This city [West Buechel] of roughly 1,300 residents is a mess,” State Auditor said. “I’d say it has been run poorly, but I’m not sure it was being run at all. […] ”

If you feel like trolling the Wayback Machine, you can find similar comments going back to Crit Luallen or maybe earlier. Now if only he would audit KENPAVE

What to tag, how to categorize?

My previous two posts got a good response (thank you!) which I think might have to do with the way I tagged them and the categories I used. Unfortunately I’m somewhat at a loss about how to tag frequently (this post is no exception). My posts ramble all over the place, which makes a simple schema hard to go by. Blogs like Awfullibrarybooks have it so easy since they can just use a modified Dewey scheme (or LC if they really felt like it).

Any readers have any advices on this?