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January 25, 2010 - 8:49pm
The other day my CIO asked me, "So exactly how much time do you spend each day blogging?" Maybe not a question you want your boss asking in these times of fiscal constraint. But I was able to answer immediately and truthfully: 30 minutes.
January 25, 2010 - 8:39pm
No, not Frank Zappa. Well, maybe Zappa, too, but that's not what I meant.What I meant was perceived necessity. Not necessity proper, but the perception of it.If a need is real but no one recognizes it, no invention is stimulated. If a need is imaginary but perceived, invention is likely to occur. It's not the necessity, it's the perception.
January 25, 2010 - 8:37pm
After blogging at this site for well over a year, I start to fear that I'll repeat myself. And, sure enough, when I sat down to write a post about knitting, I discovered that I'd done it before. That earlier post was a pep talk of sorts, a reminder to myself that I need to make time for things I love that aren't directly related to my work.
January 25, 2010 - 11:44am
I didn’t do my homework yet! I have an excuse, my back has gone out, or is half-way out. The lab is in a few hours, but I’ll get it done during my lunch hour because even a sciencoramus like me knows that a course like Energy and the Environment is incremental and that without the foundation, I can forget understanding anything else.
January 25, 2010 - 6:41am
I’m beginning to think that the lab for the course won’t offer as much fun as I hoped with, I’m realizing, few opportunities to blow shit up (despite the fact that I’ll have to wear retro-groovy protective glasses). Before I get to see if my worst fears will be realized, however, I have to read the “Math Review” section of the course’s Lab Manual in preparation for the first lab Monday. But first, a review of my own math seems in order.
January 24, 2010 - 8:19pm
A day after our December commencement exercises and two days after a 24” snowstorm, I am on an airplane flying to Hawaii. At this and every other commencement, I always watch the parade of graduates – from the bachelor’s level to the doctorate- march across the stage. And as they march, I wonder whether we have done all that we can do to provide an education that will serve their needs and society’s needs.
January 24, 2010 - 8:12pm
The Girl lost her first tooth on Sunday! It came out while she was eating pancakes. She spent the rest of the day beaming with gap-toothed pride. ----TW is redoing the downstairs bathroom, which involved buying a new top for the sink. The sinktop came in a huge cardboard box, which, as any parent of young children can tell you, is an irresistibly tempting toy for young kids. Naturally, TG and TB descended upon the box, and set about making a fort of it in the family room.
January 24, 2010 - 6:11pm
Hope you can participate in this Tuesday's EDUCAUSE Live! - The Convergence of Lecture Capture and Social Media, January 26, 2010 1:00 p.m. ET. You can register for the free Webinar at this link.
January 24, 2010 - 5:05pm
I am a regular guest panelist on the British literary podcast Litopia after Dark. One of the topics discussed on last week’s show was the success, or lack thereof, of men writing in a woman’s voice, and vice versa. All of us had examples of writers who had convinced us (Roddy Doyle and Henry James are my personal favorites), and others who had missed the mark. One panelist, though, had a particularly valuable perspective to share: she had spent the first twenty-odd years of her life as a man.
January 22, 2010 - 6:15pm
Friend of The Education of Oronte ChurmDinty W. Moore has been getting attention for a story he recently published at the journal The Normal School, out of California State University at Fresno.

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