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March 27, 2011
From the “just when you think it couldn’t get more ridiculous” files...The leadership of the Republican party in Wisconsin has filed a Freedom of Information request to read all of the emails from the account of Professor William Cronon, a well-known historian and union activist at the University of Wisconsin. They’ve specifically asked for emails containing terms that would suggest relevance to union and/or political activity.
March 27, 2011
At least one a year, an entry level administrator will ask me if it is OK to disagree with his/her boss and, if yes, how should s/he disagree. We all know that differences of opinion and the resulting discussions are valuable aspects of an enlightened decision making process. And I could just respond to the question (since I am a Broadway musicals fan) by saying (since singing is not my strong point): just do everything “the company way.” Instead, my answer is that it is certainly OK; if you keep in mind the time, the place, and the style.
March 27, 2011
Would Unfamiliar Fishes be assigned to read in a history course?Would Sarah Vowell by hired as a history professor?Probably no on both counts, and that makes me a little sad.
March 27, 2011
Ben left on my birthday for his band's trip to England. I had expected to feel desolate and anxious, and I won't deny that those feelings were (and are) in the mix. But I have also been excited for him, and I've managed not to even think about him for hours (well, minutes) at a time.
March 27, 2011
There are several technology-related/specific sessions at this year's ACPA Annual Convention. I've searched through the schedule to find sessions that I hope to attend:Monday
March 27, 2011
Consolidation is an extremely dynamic topic of conversation at this year's ACPA Annual Convention. Attendees are actively participating and engaging via the #NASPACPA and/or #ACPA11 backchannels.
March 25, 2011
I was speaking to a student who had a recycling complaint. His concern was that he could walk pretty much the length of campus and not see a recycling container for his disposable water bottle.So I went over some of the reasons that the vast majority of bottle recycling containers are inside:
March 24, 2011
I read somewhere a few years ago (maybe in Pink's Free Agent Nation, maybe somewhere else), that many jobs would soon resemble movie industry jobs. None of us would work for a single employer. Just as the studio system is dead in Hollywood (except perhaps at Disney), the time when actors and directors worked for a salary and made the movies the studio bosses chose, soon the "salary model" would also be a memory.
March 24, 2011
The Girl was terribly upset last night. I asked her why.TG: The entire first grade had to miss recess!DD: Why?TG: Because some girls were forming clubs to keep other girls out.DD: Did you?TG: Daddy, no! That would be mean!DD: That’s true.TG: So how come I got punished, too? How come they punish the good kids too?Honestly, I’ve wondered the same thing. Here’s how I answered it in the moment.

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