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August 17, 2010 - 9:13pm
Last Sunday, when it was particularly hot outside and we were mostly stuck inside, TG declared that she was going to pretend to be an alien from another planet, observing human behavior. (That’s my girl!) She followed us around for a while, writing down her observations. I’ve transcribed them below; only the spellings have been changed.
August 17, 2010 - 3:00pm
OK, this one is going to take a little explaining.Once upon a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth (starting in 1962), there was an animated TV series called "Rocky & His Friends". Rocky was a flying squirrel (you could tell by the leather aviator helmet and goggles), and his #1 friend was Bullwinkle J. Moose. (Indeed, reruns of the series were later titled "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and later "The Bullwinkle Show".
August 17, 2010 - 7:00am
***Review by Okla ElliottLogic: The Question of Truth. Translated by Thomas Sheehan. Indiana University Press, 2010. Cloth, $44.95.***In the course of the Winter Semester 1925-26, as the story goes, the dean of the philosophy faculty at Phillips-Universität in Marburg walked into Martin Heidegger’s office and said, “You must publish something now. Do you have an appropriate manuscript?”
August 16, 2010 - 9:11pm
The New Faculty Majority has drafted a proposal calling for adjuncts to get tenure (or its functional equivalent) and proportional pay and benefits for their teaching. A few thoughts:
August 16, 2010 - 3:45pm
My parents have relied on phone-based modem access to the internet for years. In rural Iowa, reliable access to the web can be quite challenging. Knowing that my ability to connect to the web would be limited during a recent visit, I had planned on using my Droid X as a wifi hotspot for my connectivity needs. However, according to my dad, "the Verizon tower is really far away." I guess it literally is "one tower to rule them all" out here on an acreage surrounded by corn fields.
August 16, 2010 - 3:00pm
OK, if superheroes aren't your idea of "comic", here's something that might be. A VW Beetle that's powered by the same stuff Frau R. keeps telling me I'm full of.Not that I'm endorsing it as ecologically sustainable, even if it does repurpose a major waste stream. To many unknowns in the technology involved.Just that it tickles my sense of karma. Or Karmann. Or some such.
August 16, 2010 - 12:00pm
Brian Flowers, 1924-2010 I've just said by last farewell to a former boss while welcoming a new one.
August 15, 2010 - 9:45pm
Guest blogger, Afshan Jafar, writing from Connecticut in the USA. Photo: Afshan Jafar Afshan Jafar
August 15, 2010 - 9:35pm
A new correspondent writes:Why are ranks at Community Colleges sometimes different from those at 4-year schools? For example, my rank is "Instructor," but I'm full-time tenure track. I only achieve the rank of "Assistant Professor" in five years, after I get tenure. The other ranks are for various levels of promotion.I know it's a minor issue, but frankly it drives me a little nuts having to explain to people that I am, in fact, TT and that I'm not a part-timer. Sometimes I just fudge and say "Assistant Professor," to avoid the confusion.
August 15, 2010 - 9:18pm
I often have two or three books going simultaneously, one or two of them "serious" and one much less so.The "less so" novel I just finished is "Soon I Will Be Invincible", by Austin Grossman. It's an original piece, but it draws heavily (and with obvious parodic intent) on material from Marvel and DC comic book universes. In fact, if you didn't grow up (and aren't growing up right now) with tales of Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Iron Man, and the X-Men, then reading the book would be a waste of your time. Grossman's considerable work and wit would be for naught.


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