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November 7, 2010 - 9:15pm
Those first days of teaching were disastrous, but I didn’t know it.I started out teaching at a community college right after finishing my master’s degree in journalism. Entrusted with the campus’s only two sections of the introductory Mass Communication class and given little guidance about how or what to teach, I was thrilled to find ready-made PowerPoint slides from the publisher included with the textbook.
November 7, 2010 - 7:30pm
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900 by H.W. Brands1. Maybe the best way to understand the first third of the 21st century is to learn about the last third of the 19th.
November 7, 2010 - 6:19pm
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the drama department production of Cabaret. I thought our students did a terrific job and the production was without doubt at a professional theater level. During the intermission, I went over to a senior faculty member in drama and we had a chance to catch up for the first time since last spring. The faculty member commented on how much harder it has become for faculty from throughout the University to just get a chance to talk. And he talked with fondness about on-site registration.
November 7, 2010 - 5:21pm
A recent New York Times article describes an incident in which two young people on bicycles ran down an 87-year-old woman on a Manhattan sidewalk, knocking her to the ground. The woman suffered a hip fracture that required surgery. A judge has ruled that they can be sued for negligence.You might think a lawsuit is a light punishment for that degree of reckless behavior—unless you consider that the perps were 4 and 5 years old, and their bikes had training wheels.
November 7, 2010 - 11:30am
I was sitting in a session on InCommon at Internet 2 this week when I noticed my spouse’s name pop up in my inbox with the subject line "Trouble." Oh no, I thought, what could be wrong? Her mother has been ailing lately, and so my concern went immediately to her as I clinked on the message. Here is what it said in full:Hi
November 5, 2010 - 12:30pm
I was speaking with a Greenback student and the question was raised, "what's a good example of a sustainable product?"Even limiting it to consumer goods, a number of different possibilities came to mind. A good pair of work boots. A well-made hand tool (hammer, screwdriver, wrench). Much hardwood furniture made in this country before about 1980.But then it struck me.Corningware.
November 4, 2010 - 11:00pm
An occasional correspondent writes:
November 4, 2010 - 10:00pm
How do you manage your To-Do lists? My wife uses paper and a pen. She is incredibly efficient and accomplishes a huge number of tasks. Drives me crazy. My goal is to be more efficient and productive with my digital To-Do system than my wife with her dead-tree system. Please help.
November 4, 2010 - 9:30pm
It was two weeks ago, Monday. I knew the deadline for my next post at UVenus was coming up. I thought I would write about the office space and how we academics have our own ways of designing and decorating our offices. I was moving my office on the same day so it felt all the more relevant. I did not have to look for any other topic; spontaneously, simultaneously with what was going on in my life, I would write my piece during the week. However, something changed my plan of writing about this topic that seemed to come naturally…

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