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February 11, 2010 - 7:46am
The reviews of Avatar are in — the CGI effects are incredible, the motion captured acting is solid, but the story is mediocre and tends to repeat the Hollywood myth of the ‘white man as savior of indigenous people’ (a la Dances with Wolves).
February 10, 2010 - 11:21pm
I have the sixth largest library in the United States of America. Technically it’s not mine of course, but I do have full access to all the stacks and am allowed to check out an unlimited number of books for months at a time and to renew them endlessly. Maybe we should just refer to my house as the forty-first branch of the forty-branch system spread around campus and leave it at that.
February 10, 2010 - 9:44pm
Should academic libraries purchase popular nonfiction?Should academic libraries supply borrowers with the book format that matches their preferences and learning styles (paper, e-paper, or audio)?Where does meeting staff needs for both collections and formats fall into the purchasing priority for academic libraries?
February 10, 2010 - 9:27pm
The Chronicle of Higher Ed has a few pieces this week on for-profit higher education. They're revealing and thought-provoking, though not always in the ways intended.
February 9, 2010 - 9:05pm
There's a thoughtful discussion over at Dr. Crazy's about full-time faculty workload. (The post was a response to Tenured Radical's own discussion here) Within a recognition of the importance of context, Dr. C notes that what looks on paper like a static workload has actually been increasing in insidious ways over the years.
February 9, 2010 - 8:07pm
Dean Dad and I just finished Menand's new book - and I'm here to convince you to move it to the 'front burner' of your reading list!
February 8, 2010 - 9:46pm
I read Menand's new book on the kindle app on my ipod touch, which means that I don't have page numbers for references. The good folks at Amazon are invited to find a way for those of us who like to cite sources to do that.
February 8, 2010 - 9:07pm
When I first started taking yoga classes, some years ago, I used to joke that of the three things yoga requires (and cultivates) — balance, strength, and flexibility — I was only good at balance. This was ironic, since in my personal and professional life I felt reasonably strong and probably way too flexible — and thus, unbalanced. But there it was: I could stay standing throughout a Tree pose, hold Chair for a while, shift my weight properly for Triangle. In yoga if not in my life, I was balanced.
February 8, 2010 - 8:57pm
In my fantasy world our jobs in higher education technology include includes time for book discussion. The boss, or the unit, or someone would choose a book each month that relates to our jobs - buy the book for everyone - and set aside one hour for all of us to discuss. Maybe we'd all vote on the books. And all of us could choose the format we want to read our books. I'd choose audio. Maybe my colleague would choose an e-book. Some people would choose paper.
February 8, 2010 - 5:57pm
OK, you got me. If pretty much the only TV I watch is an occasional movie on HBO, then once again "more" translates into "any". Don't send the language police after me, send the Green Police, instead.


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