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January 27, 2010 - 8:46pm
It’s a humbling experience when you realize that, yes indeed, you are one of those over-educated Americans who can be taken in by an email that asks you for credit card information or by a telemarketing voice that promises to lower your interest rates if you will just provide them with your card number and zip code.
January 27, 2010 - 8:17pm
No, I'm not concerned with what will be (by the time you read this) last night's State of the Union address. I've seen and heard too many of those over the years to have any doubt that the state of our union will be declared to be strong. Realities notwithstanding.
January 27, 2010 - 7:24pm
When explaining how to prepare adequately for creative writing workshops, I ask new classes to take their peers’ work home and read it more than once, to make generous line annotations, and to write one-page letters on the back for more global concerns. All this is prelude to the verbal discussions that will take place when we reconvene for workshop.
January 27, 2010 - 4:33pm
Take a balloon, a perfectly ordinary-looking blue balloon, pour dry ice over it, hey presto, it deflates, then remove it from the dish and, voila!, it re-inflates.… Thus did PTJ yesterday present an experiment and, although he didn’t identify it as such, Boyle’s law, I seem to half-remember, is proven. For proof of a half-remembered proof, or proof, at least, that my memory still works, I head, where else, to Wikipedia!
January 27, 2010 - 12:02pm
I snow-balled a meltdown as I hurrumphed around this evening, distressed at the resistance of my family to help out with dinner and other immediate chores. In fact, for the last several days, maybe a week, our household has been edgy and uncomfortable; tonight things fell apart very easily. My husband glued himself to his computer shortly after walking in the door.
January 27, 2010 - 4:08am
Like so many other public colleges, mine is reducing personnel to match reduced budgets. (To its credit, it isn't reducing faculty.) That means that I've been absorbed in some Very Unbloggable Conversations over the last couple of weeks. It also means that I've seen the return of the space invaders.
January 26, 2010 - 9:07pm
Nicholas Carr writes that he "… feel(s) sorry for the kids at Cushing Academy." Cushing is the New England prep school that is substituting digital for print in its school library. In an open letter Cushing parents, alumni, and friends, Headmaster James Tracy writes:
January 25, 2010 - 9:34pm
A new correspondent writes:I am Nursing faculty at a community college, in only my 2nd year in the academic world. This semester I am a member of the 'Appeals/Advisory' committee, which consist of representative faculty from throughout our program, and the Directors of Nursing. I subbed on this committee at the end of the last semester, when we had 2 marathon days of listening to student stories of why they should be allowed to continue in the program (usually after 2 failures which, according to our policy, means dismissal unless the Appeals committee decides otherwise).
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.

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