Editorial – Absurdly Excited

I’m a bit excited today. Not because of anything you’re going to see in this issue, although with S.D Livingston’s article on human generators, Hazel Anaka’s celebration of March, and Barbara Lehtiniemi’s exploration of something called PhotoReading, I suppose I should be. After all, where else would you find a look at how we soon might be powering our own electronic devices, but not need to because we only need to glance at the pages briefly to understand and remember what it’s about.

No, I’m excited because of things going on behind the scenes that you, dear reader, can’t see.


One of these things is that the call to AU tutors and academics for interviews has gone out, and the response has been well beyond anything I expected. Between scheduling and interviews, most of the week got eaten up quite quickly, so forgive me if you don’t find a Click of the Wrist this week. I simply didn’t have the time to be randomly searching the web. (But hey, if you’re reading this, maybe you do? The Voice Magazine will pay $20 for Click of the Wrists ? a collection of three or four interesting links that all go together under a theme with a short description of each. And since you’re wasting the time already, why not get paid for it and help other people waste time too?)

I’m also excited because our Webmaster (who happens to be AUSU’s executive director) has finally gotten some time since the AUSU election to be able to perform some needed work on The Voice Magazine website. The changes so far have been all on the back end, but they’ve helped to make the issue a bit easier to get online, and more to serve as a base for a very improved The Voice Magazine website to come in the future.

I’m also a bit excited because of the nearness of St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish. I don’t know anybody who’s Irish, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not exactly a Christian either. So you might wonder why I’m excited about a holiday that is supposedly about celebrating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland or the heritage of the Irish people? I’m excited because most I know are exactly like me in these respects, yet we all still use St. Patrick’s day as an excuse to get together with friends, have a fun time, and who cares if it doesn’t make any sense to do so. So for me, St. Patrick’s Day is almost a celebration of the absurd. What else could it be when we’re celebrating a man who supposedly drove snakes out of Ireland when all evidence suggests there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with?

We’re funny creatures, we humans. And days like St. Patrick’s Day that point it out and celebrate it make me glad to be among us.