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February 27, 2010 - 11:42pm
I’ve been awake for about six hours now. During that time, I’ve cooked breakfast for my sons, showered, shaved, shopped, read 37 pages of John Keegan’s “Faces of Battle,” answered some e-mails, offered a few salty, irreverent, comments (ho ho!) on Facebook, and half-watched an episode of “Family Guy.” Busy, busy, busy, that’s me! But that’s not why I listed my activity. I’m interested in this because of a phrase from the textbook that’s been haunting me for weeks: “need to know.”
February 26, 2010 - 5:44pm
Upright Among Staring FishWe all of us are deep-sea diverspeering out of bone helmetsat a world lost in the flood.Fogged wonders, marvels in the murk.Okay, Red Diver? asks the voice down the umbilical,machinery gasping and chattering in the background.Okay Red, he reports.
February 25, 2010 - 9:36pm
This story in IHE came along at the right moment. My state is apparently considering an early retirement program for certain kinds of public employees, which may wind up including many of the people who work at the college. Naturally, the rumor mill is aflutter. (I'm not sure if mills can flutter, but you get the idea.)
February 25, 2010 - 9:29pm
Learning Objects is a company I really like.One of the great things about working in learning technology is the opportunity to interact with companies and the people who work at them. When I was teaching full-time my interactions were pretty much limited to colleagues and students. In my experience, some of the people who are most dedicated to goal of leveraging technology to challenge the status quo in higher ed work for ed tech companies.3 reasons that I particularly like Learning Objects (LO):
February 25, 2010 - 4:32am
A brave-or-foolhardy correspondent writes:
February 25, 2010 - 12:34am
One of my former professors used to say that when he eventually retired he’d sit around all day in his jammies watching (Ingmar) Bergman films. That sounds pretty good to me, but he still hasn’t retired at 82. Maybe he will by the time I do, in 25 years or so, and we’ll watch together.
February 24, 2010 - 9:49pm
I hesitated to write on this topic because of the pain all of the affected families feel right now, including Amy Bishop’s. Unlike Libby Gruner’s reaction to the Bishop case -- “how unusual…for a woman on the tenure-track to have that many children” (perhaps my second thought…) -- my first reaction came after hearing that Bishop had shot her chair as well as other faculty members at a department meeting. (I’ve served as department chair at two universities for over a decade).
February 24, 2010 - 8:43pm
Which industry does higher ed most resemble: music, news or medicine? What do you think? We are endlessly fascinated by the story of how technology has disrupted these industries, displaced incumbents, and up-ended long established business models.
February 24, 2010 - 1:26pm
Intelligence is overrated (see Al Capp's extensive work on the subject of "hoomin stoopidity").Outrage has been co-opted and merged with ignorance and arrogance.Irony is dead.Comedy may be our last hope.Watch this, then frame your answer.
February 23, 2010 - 10:35pm
Every so often, I'll hear some longtime employees complain that the newer cohort (of which they still consider me a part) doesn't care about the college like they did. The last time I heard this line, I asked what they meant; what made them think we didn't care? I wasn't expecting the answer I got: "Everybody used to go out drinking together after work. Nobody does that anymore."Well, okay. It's true that we don't now; it may be true that they did once. But what the hell does that have to do with dedication to the college?

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