Monthly Archives: June 2008

Awww . . .

A couple of weeks ago, the boy graduated from preschool. Yes, graduated. With cap-and-gown and everything. We went, mostly because he thought his best friend was going to be there (alas, she wasn’t). I don’t mind saying that I’m a … Continue reading

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All your favorite books

This list of “The Books That Changed Your Lives” at Lifehacker (via Mel) reminds me of this lyric from The Hold Steady‘s “Hot Fries”: All your favorite books, they wouldn’t seem so well-written, if you were just a little more … Continue reading

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Hot sock-puppet action at The Salt-Box

One of the main traffic drivers in my archives has been a frustrated post from a year or so ago about my problems with VitalChek, the public records provider for many states. Well, today someone named RayRay has posted 1) … Continue reading

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From dissertation to book contract (re-post from Feb. 07)

[Last year’s switch from MT to WordPress cost me most of my archives. Here’s a post from last spring that still seems to draw traffic, despite its non-existence, so: ] Last week, Dr. Crazy wrote an excellent post about how … Continue reading

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Note to world: MLA style specifies double-spacing of block quotations

From the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th Edition: If a quotation runs to more than four lines in your paper, set it off from your text by beginning a new line, indenting one inch (or ten spaces … Continue reading

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Congrats to the Helot

Kudos to my most digitally-orientated student (and frequent commenter), Short Round Alex, for landing an internship with the Consumerist megablog! Not quite sure I understand how one fetches coffee and such in a digital environment, but that’s probably just because … Continue reading

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Netflix hates families & couples

What else could be behind this evening’s announcement that they’re eliminating profiles? Profiles are essential for any family with movie-watching children, as they give you an easy way to separate movies for everyone from movies for adults.  Likewise, it keeps … Continue reading

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“Let this be my annual reminder”: The Hold Steady album is out on iTunes

The Hold Steady’s new album, Stay Positive, is available today on iTunes, a month ahead of its announced release date.  (Presumably this is a consequence of the album’s being leaked on the internet.) Anyone who reads this blog would do … Continue reading

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Teaching Literature with Ivanhoe

At the (private) request of Jason, this post explains how I’ve begun to use Ivanhoe, the game developed at UVA by Johanna Drucker, Jerome McGann, Bethany Nowviskie, and many others, in my literature classes. Ivanhoe is, in effect, an interpretive … Continue reading

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Adam Bede as summer group read

Rohan Maitzen is coordinating a summer reading of Adam Bede over at The Valve.  Things have started off a bit clique-y, but one can always hope . . . Why not play along?

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