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April 21, 2010 - 9:53am
Story time is a treasured ritual at our house. Not only is it a chance for me to find out what my kids are interested in, but it’s also a time when I share my old favorites. Even though my son is a proficient reader, we still enjoy family reading at bedtime. I’m eager to re-read the books I read at his age and to experience my children’s reactions to the stories and characters.
April 20, 2010 - 9:58pm
Back in my radio days, a fellow dj used to specialize in what he called "collision mixes." He'd pick two songs that had absolutely no business going together and play them back to back, just to enjoy the carnage. I admired his craft, though not enough to imitate it.My current-events reading today featured a collision mix.
April 20, 2010 - 5:17pm
So let's say your university takes the plunge and invests big-time in solar photovoltaic panels covering all the roofs on campus. You do it now, in the springtime, so that everything's in place for summer -- the sunniest season in most parts of the Northeast.At about the same time, your Physical Plant department grounds crew decides to start mowing the grass on the Quad and around the buildings.
April 19, 2010 - 11:21pm
I spent the day with rubrics and spreadsheets. This is not exactly the life I envisioned when I began my graduate work — at the time I think I imagined long conversations with colleagues about books, interesting classes filled with eager students hanging on my every word, and maybe a nice office where I could keep all those great books.
April 19, 2010 - 11:15pm
There’s lots of science and mathematics in “Solar” and given Ian McEwan’s reputation as a very assiduous researcher and given whatever I’ve picked-up in “Energy & the Environment,” I think that most of it is not bullshit. But, of course, that assumption does not apply to physicist Michael Beard’s brand new process for solar power.
April 19, 2010 - 11:08pm
A bufuddled correspondent writes:We are in the process of interviewing for a new program director. I am a staff member in this particular program.
April 19, 2010 - 8:18pm
Earth Day 40 came and went.I was at an event on campus, which was being held in a tent. When I learned about it, I thought that was a nice touch. But then the day was nice, the tent was entirely opaque and as enclosed as a temporary floorless tent is ever likely to be so it was dark, and relatively cold, and even a little bit damp outside. Certainly, nowhere near as pleasant inside the tent as outside in the sunshine.
April 18, 2010 - 11:28pm
A thoughtful correspondent writes: I'm in a humanities dept. at a very good SLAC. One of our faculty members is retiring soon, and so our departmental meetings have been focusing (in ten-minute snatches, unfortunately....despite meeting WEEKLY) on arguing for his replacement and determining what curricular lacunae might best be covered by this new person.
April 18, 2010 - 10:49pm
Recently I was asked to sit for an oral history interview covering my years at Hofstra. Since my years at Hofstra go back more than half the time the University has been in existence, I enjoyed talking about and recounting key happenings. At the same time, I was asked to suggest names for special 75th anniversary awards to those key individuals who made a major difference in the development of Hofstra from 1935 to the present. Having been here so many years, I was able to suggest individuals who clearly made a difference but who are also mostly forgotten today.
April 18, 2010 - 10:44pm
Ann Zimmerman reports in The Wall Street Journal that, thanks in large part to a viral campaign by female computer engineers, Computer Engineer Barbie will be one of two new models in Mattel's "I Can Be..." line. (The other will be TV Anchor Barbie, elected by young girls around the world.) Here's what she will look like, according to Zimmerman:


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