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January 11, 2008
James e-mailed this week to say he’d flunked out of Hinterland. I’d had to fail him in my lecture class that ended just before the holidays, and I felt a pang of sadness and guilt.
January 11, 2008
"Why is there netting on the magnolias?" UD asked the driver of the immense shuttle bus that takes her and her alone from the Airport Marriott to the Opryland Convention Center whenever she feels like it. Two humongous buses endlessly idle in front of her hotel, and in front of the Opryland, to take people to and from overflow hotels. There aren't that many of us, but the NCAA has hired all these buses and drivers...
January 10, 2008
I'm absurdly early for my flight to Nashville because Mr. UD insisted on my being here way ahead. I've had some Kung Pao chicken at Ronald Reagan Airport [UD has friends who refuse to use this name], and I've connected my laptop to the outlet next to my table, but I don't seem to be Wi-Fi enabled or whatever on this little white Averatec.
January 10, 2008
UD leaves today for Nashville, where she joins thousands of university athletes, administrators, coaches, and fans for the annual NCAA convention -- the biggest gathering yet of this most curious and powerful organization. Her preparation for the event confirms her sense that the NCAA oversees an immensely complicated sports landscape, and that no one outside the organization can hope to get a sense of everything it's about.
January 9, 2008
Have a political conversation with Chuck Norris ***Camp outside in Buffalo in January ***Wash down a cold plate of lutefisk with a warm Genny Cream ***Watch the entire broadcast of the Country Music Awards ***Become the national spokesmodel for Preparation H ***Close-caption "The Osbournes" ***Tell the Evil Dentist to "shoot the works"
January 9, 2008
Following on the heels of IHE, there's a story in the Chronicle about several universities (Northwestern and Arizona State among them) giving up their own internal email systems in favor of Google's gmail. I'll admit, it strikes me as one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time.
January 8, 2008
The World's Fair, that is, one of the ScienceBlogs from Seed Media, where the barker always shouts, "All manner of human creativity on display!"
January 7, 2008
Although I've been doing this for some time, I still don't fully understand how course levels are determined. This is particularly true in the social sciences and humanities, where you don't have relatively hard and fast prerequisites to settle the question.Is "Women in Film" properly a 200 level course or a 300 level course? What about "Psychology of Aging" or "Civil Liberties"? More interestingly, how do you know?In my neck of the woods, this is becoming a high-stakes question.
January 7, 2008
Especially when the posting is just a couple of links to fun videos? The videos in this case represent a trend I've been following, which replicates computer effects with human labor. Call it a lashback to technology's capacity to dehumanize. Call it playful. Call it a bucket-load of work for the filmmakers and performers.Here's a ping pong match, done Matrix style, but without CGI effects. Watch to the end; it's worth it.
January 6, 2008
A new correspondent, currently on the administrative job market, writes:

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