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August 27, 2009 - 8:56pm
A longtime correspondent and fellow administrator asks:Is there any time when a public smackdown of a campus victim bully is appropriate? Does this serve any useful purpose?(For the uninitiated, a 'victim bully' is someone who uses claims of persecution as a bludgeon. It's C.K. Gunsalus' coinage originally.)
August 27, 2009 - 8:36pm
When I returned from a campus visit for what became my first academic job, highway construction forced us to get to the airport by detouring through the downtown. Along the way, the man who would become my department chair pointed out important sites. Somewhere between another university and a revitalized downtown area was the Cleveland Clinic. He told me that the Cleveland Clinic was a world-class hospital, on par with the Mayo Clinic. I listened politely, but could not imagine that I, a healthy 27 year old, would need to know much about a big hospital.
August 27, 2009 - 8:53am
If you are a gourmand, then I assume you’ve seen Julie and Julia, the new film about quirky TV chef, Julia Child, and the blogger who tackled 524 recipes in 365 days from Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julie Powell. Everyone in my food-loving family saw the film within a few days of its release.
August 27, 2009 - 1:13am
I’m tired but happy after my summer’s writing labor, feeling accomplished in the short interim before edits begin. It’s good to be back at tasks on campus with more defined schedules and to get outside to see the bursting-forth of strange seed pods and orchid-like flowers that signal cool weather to come. I even got notification a couple of days ago that I’ve won an award for my writing, which puts me in the company of James Jones, Dick Gregory, and Senator Paul Simon. How great is that?
August 26, 2009 - 10:38pm
One of the goals for this blog is to provide a space where us learning designers, educational technologists, course designers (or whatever you call us) can discuss issues related to our discipline.
August 26, 2009 - 10:27pm
When I read that Ian Hacking, a Canadian philosopher, had won a big prize - the Holberg, worth close to a million dollars - I certainly knew the name, though I couldn't remember having read anything by him. His books were all over our house, scattered among shelves. Mr UD, a political science professor, has long admired Hacking. I spent last night reading some Hacking to see why.
August 26, 2009 - 10:22pm
This summer we've made a point of taking the kids to every children's museum and science museum within a day's drive. (TG loves the local art museum, too, but TB can only do so much art.) They're good rainy day or too-hot-day activities, and the kids really enjoy them. We bought a family membership in our local museum, and discovered happily that it carries with it reciprocity for some pretty nifty museums in other relevant locales. We've already made back the membership fee twice in just a few months, and that's without even counting the tax deduction.
August 26, 2009 - 9:30pm
Interesting interview today on NPR's "Tell Me More". Two K-12 school food service directors talking about recent changes in menu and preparation, with an emphasis on fresh, local, more fruits and vegetables.
August 26, 2009 - 3:53pm
As I have written about before, I am in a transition phase in my life. After intensively spending most of my waking (and asleep!) hours over the past 10 years with my kids, my younger daughter has now successfully completed a year of full-time kindergarten, and went back to school a couple days ago as an enthusiastic and independent first grader. My older daughter comfortably flourishes in fifth grade at the school she now knows very well. I have more time to develop myself outside of mothering than I have for a long time. Liberating? Yes!
August 25, 2009 - 9:17pm
This month's Wired magazine has a great article by Robert Capps, "The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simp

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