Monthly Archives: March 2008

Graduate, adjunct, or VAP?

The Tenured Radical, as part of a post on cv-polishing for the secondary (i.e., adjuncting / visiting assistant professor) market, gets to the nub: It is a real question whether you should get a full time visiting teaching gig; or … Continue reading

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Reading–does anyone like it?

This weekend we went to the kindergarten registration kickoff event for our school district, a two-hour affair where they plied us with free coffee, pencils, magnets, and books, while trying to set the tone for kids they referred to as … Continue reading

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Ah, immortality . . .

I’m “a reader” in the footnote to this post at The Reality-Based Community.  It’s almost like the time I got quoted in the TLS, or that other time in the Chronicle! (I love The RBC’s epigraph, which is reflected in … Continue reading

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I for one welcome our molecular overlords

From the BBC: A tiny chemical “brain” which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device – just two billionths of a metre across – was able to control eight … Continue reading

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The soft bigotry of low expectations

It’s time to register the 4-yr-old for kindergarten next year.  Here’s what the local school board says about reading and writing in kindergarten: Meaningful activities which involve the child in reading and writing in a variety of ways are the … Continue reading

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About pacing yourself

This comment from the weekend has stuck in my craw a bit.  Aside from its slightly sanctimonious air, what’s puzzling about it is that it seems to assume that there are no costs to infinite creativity.   But that’s just not … Continue reading

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Ah, the New Yorker . . .

. . . the only place on earth where frontin‘ gets its terminal g:   “Fronting,” v., bluffing, posturing, pretending to be something one is not. Putting forth a false identity. It seemed to embody the current moment, one in … Continue reading

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On sloppy husbands & the trash

On I think at least 2 occasions, my wife has thrown out a debit card or credit card when it arrived in the mail.  Steven Levy thinks somone–his wife, or maybe himself–threw out . . . his brand new Macbook … Continue reading

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Who will spare these poor coaches from their pains?

In today’s Times article on Margaret McCaffery, wife of the current Siena basketball coach, we find the following mark of human suffering: “[McCaffrey] knows the game, obviously, so he can talk to her about it if he wants,” said Digger … Continue reading

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Apparently I’ve become old this semester

. . . not because I’m no longer in touch with popular culture.  (I’ve never claimed to be cool.) . . . not because I suddenly turned gray or anything.  (I was balding badly anyway, until Headblade saved me.) . … Continue reading

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