Monthly Archives: November 2008

Hunger in New Britain

New Britain is a very poor town, and, judging by this Courant article’s reporting, one wracked by hunger.  On the one hand, there’s a lot of anecdote here; on the other, this is an emergency in the making, and it’s … Continue reading

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Ruining the good Jones name

The NY Times this morning ran a story about the least sympathetic Joneses of the current recession: Meet the Joneses, two Silicon Valley engineers who, in many ways, seem to have it all — a home they bought for $850,000, … Continue reading

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See? Neal Stephenson uses the OED!

One of the most weirdly difficult battles I have with students, taken as a group, is to get them to replace dictionary.com with the OED (freely available online through the school).  Despite all the informational advantages of the latter, and … Continue reading

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Eewww–the science of turkeys

Wired Science has an obligatory post on how “the intensive selective pressures of industrial farming” have changed–sometimes to near-unrecognizable extents–traditional Thanksgiving foods. It’s perfectly interesting and in keeping with the season and all, so no qualms on that score. But … Continue reading

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How the Wii wrecks my mornings

This semester I have struggled even more than usual to be timely about e-mail and certain other relatively simple online things.  In part, this is an effect of going to WikiSym in September and starting the semester behind; also, virtually … Continue reading

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A plug for First-Year Experience classes from the NY Times sports section

Like many schools, we have a required first-year experience class. (Here’s the website for our program.) It can be satisfied in several different ways, but the most common (I think) is to take a 3-credit 100-level class plus a one-credit … Continue reading

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Dickens and hunting, courtesy of SI

Matthew Teague has an interesting article in Sports Illustrated this week on the decline of hunting in the United States.  Fewer hunters have meant more wildlife attacks on people, more disease, more property damage (including the cost of removing deer … Continue reading

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Coming to Dickens in spring 2009: Tikitags

Last week Alex Jarvis and I found out that we’d gotten funding for a local faculty-student research grant.  Entitled “Tagging Dickens,” it entails putting tikitags (RFID-enabled stickers) inside Dickens novels to see if it helps spur students to use supplemental … Continue reading

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Plagiarism nightmares

The Hartford Courant reports on a nightmarish lawsuit over a student’s expulsion for plagiarism.  Though it happened at CCSU, I don’t know any of the participants in this case.  At any rate, it hardly seems worth it to get into … Continue reading

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On replacing the local paper with a campus version

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, there’s a pretty good chance that the local paper, the New Britain Herald, will close.  On the faculty e-mail list, one or two faculty members have speculated about having the campus paper … Continue reading

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