Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Where Credit is Due

I would like to give Amanda Dambrink the Alexandar Graham Bell Award of Touch-Tone Excellence for having been the very first person to ever call my brand new phone.1 Hooray and huzzah. Now I bet all the rest of you are jealous and anxious to figure out the number and call too. Well, the internet's a big place, and I'm sure it can help you.

No, seriously. I was on the hunt tonight for a passage in an essay I read last semester. First I searched the internet for the essay's title and got nothing but garbage. Then I thought I'd add a word or two to my search parameters, and I found out the name of the guy who wrote the dang thing. That led me to a website containing the name of the journal it was published in. That led me to the journal's website—which was a dead end because they hadn't updated or posted electronic copies of articles in a long time. Boo.

But then I thought I'd call—guess who!—Amanda to see if she still had a copy of the piece, but I needed her number, and the good old internet supplied it. And then, while Amanda was rifling through files trying to help me (a true friend), I found an electronic copy of the essay on an academic search engine provided by a university library. And even as I asked Amanda if she remembered the passage on the off chance that she had it marked, my eyes noticed a search button on the screen and I typed in a key word of the remembered passage and clicked 'search' and said passage appeared before my eyes in all its glory. And because it was a sexy electronic glory, all I had to do was cut and paste it into position rather than have Amanda dictate it slowly over my brand new phone line.

So I'm giving the Internet the "Amanda Dambrink Award of Being-There-When-You-Need-Him-Her-or-It Excellence. And I'm giving you to the count of three to find my number and give me a call. Or Skype me. Or else.

1Not a cell phone.


Brett said...

Completely unrelated to this post, I just wanted to make sure you knew that the U of O has one of the largest halloween parties in the country. I know a sound designer who went there and said something about the size of the town doubling for the night.... ok, back to my crazy life...

David Grover said...

Indeed I have heard of OU's Halloween rep. Rumor is that this year they're gonna use Halloween to reclaim the title of biggest party school. I'm currently looking at ways to minimize the homework I assign that week in my class.

And who the heck are you, Brett?