Were stuffing a ballot box with red, white and blue bouquets for County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald, who announced this week that shell retire at the end of her current term. Rodewalds worked for the county for 33 years, including nearly 20 years as the elected clerk-recorder. During that time, weve always found her to be professional, cordial and accessible even at 2 in the morning following an election. Shes also been dedicated to protecting the publics voting rights, and shes looked out for the countys fiscal well being by running elections as efficiently as possible.
In fact, were hard-pressed to remember a single negative word spoken about Rodewald a remarkable accomplishment for someone in public office.
Rodewald will be in office for one more year and two more elections so we wont say goodbye just yet. We will, however, join in offering congratulations and gratitude for a job well done.
Kudos to the online king of slang
Forget twerking. (And for the record, can we say were already really, really sick of that term?) Our favorite definition on Urban Dictionary is this one for Aaron Peckham: WOW i cant believe that no one has ever defined Aaron Peckham. Hes the dude that created this website. Aaron Peckham was a computer science student in 1999 when he launched a Web site to compare urban slang used by university students in different parts of California.
OK, so maybe its grammatically challenged, and guilty of a serious omission: Namely, that Peckham was a computer science student at Cal Poly when he launched what would become Urban Dictionary. But we love the enthusiasm in that definition, because we, too, are big fans of Peckhams work, which was profiled in a New York Times story published in Mondays Tribune.
Like Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary lets users contribute entries, and also lets them rate the various definitions.
For those unfamiliar with Urban Dictionary, a word of warning: Some of the terms are slightly naughty, others downright vulgar. The NYT piece refers to it as R-rated content. Call us prudes, but wed go with NC-17.
OK, now that weve done our duty in giving fair warning, can we just say that weve also found Urban Dictionary to be hugely helpful? How else would we have known what *@ and *!%^ meant?
Seriously, the NYT christened Peckham the Anthropologist of the Internet, and we believe thats an apt definition. For providing a unique public service, we toss Peckham a bouquet, as in a bunch of cut flowers, as opposed to the more unorthodox definitions on Urban Dictionary.
Shame to the Truffles bearnapper
Truffles the Bear is back, and for that, were extremely grateful. But who knows what indignities Truffles had to bear during his absence from outside the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Paso Robles? While were relieved that the culprit (or culprits) came to his/her (or their) senses, we still have a bearclawed brickbatfor the guilty party, whoever he/she (they) may be.