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September 26, 2010 - 5:30pm
Frau R. came back this week from a conference in Tennessee. Whilst away, she picked up a Christmas gift for my son: a small box, suitable to sit on a desk or dresser, made from disused computer circuit boards. It seems to be covered in some sort of lacquer or polyurethane, so I'm not entirely sure how environmentally sensitive the thing is, but it's different, he'll like it, and anything that keeps heavy metals out of the landfills is OK by me.
September 24, 2010 - 5:45pm
A friend in another department asked a few months ago how my semester was finishing out. I told him about my classes, which included a lit lecture with 240 students, a creative writing workshop, and an independent study, as well as two or three honors-project students. He said, “You taught more IUs [instructional units] than my entire department.” I laughed, and he said: “No, really.” (I also did readings and interviews and otherwise tried to promote my novel that semester as I was putting final edits on the brief nonfiction book.)
September 24, 2010 - 10:00am
The publishing industry should give two individuals awards for doing as much as Oprah to promote books: Jon Stewart and Joshua Kim. Stewart not only talks about several serious books a week on The Daily Show, he even gives the impression he's read them. Joshua Kim reads so much he puts this librarian to shame, but I love the fact that he shares his enthusiasm for books and regularly asks what we're reading - and my to-be-read list keeps growing as a result.
September 24, 2010 - 5:30am
Greenback's campus has been abuzz for the past few days. In conjunction with the opening of the UN General Assembly and the attendant visits from world leaders of all persuasions, there has also been a three-day summit around the UN's Millennium Development Goals. Various classes, faculty members and student groups on campus have been discussing the MDGs,
September 23, 2010 - 9:45pm
During a recent cleaning spree, I came to a slightly upsetting conclusion about myself: I am a hoarder. I hoard three things: trial sized beauty products, plastic shopping bags, and lip balm. The trial sizes are in case I need to take a vacation, I am ready. The plastic bags are for walking my dog; I never want to need one and not have one when he needs to go. The lip balm… well, I like lip balm.
September 23, 2010 - 8:30pm
I usually have several different post ideas floating around in my brain at any given time. I try to select a topic that I think will generate a post that interests both me and my readers. I had planned on writing about something other than course catalogs again (I mean, it's not like they are that glamorous) and I apologize for writing about them so soon. However, there was one comment that got my attention. Greg, who I would assume has never read anything that I've ever written before, left a comment that I feel needs to be addressed.
September 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
Course Name: The Writing of Richard KatzInstructor: Joshua KimPrerequisites: manyClassroom: virtualMaterias:http://www.educause.edu/Community/MemDir/Profiles/RichardNKatz/39756
September 23, 2010 - 7:50pm
The concept of equality or equivalency is central to mathematics, as even the most simple algebra requires a statement of equivalency in order to present a statement that is true and can be solved. Such equality can even be found in non-mathematical arenas, as when mention of one thing immediately brings to mind thoughts of another. For example, it is true that there are certain cities whose names have become almost equivalent to organizations they house. When a character in The Great Gatsby says that someone “went to New Haven”, it is assumed that he went to Yale University.
September 23, 2010 - 4:45am
Most web-based course catalogs that I have surfed through seem like they were designed using an original Commodore 64. As an academic advisor, I often have the "pleasure" of browsing course catalogs from schools all over the United States. I have yet to find a course catalog that has an intuitive interface. My experience as an advisor should theoretically provide me with some advantage when I'm perusing a school's course catalog as I search for course information. However, I can say without any hesitation that most online course catalogs need to be rebuilt and redesigned.
September 22, 2010 - 10:00pm
5 reasons why I loved reading Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, on my Kindle Wi-Fi, 6":1. Amazing book - the device disappeared. No, really - the book is as good as the hype. If you are not reading Freedom right now you are going to miss out on some great conversations.

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