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A little site my friends and I put together in August

 If you find yourself missing content at The Salt-Box, which I guess is possible, you can slake your desire here: http://www.profhacker.com ProfHacker is a multi-author blog, edited by George Williams and I [see the comments before sending a grammar flame, … Continue reading

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Juxtaposed without comment: Retirement & the 2-career academic couple

It’s been a hard month, but I think the worm will turn, schedule-wise over the next week or two, and so I can become a bit more human.  In the interval, a couple of interesting links: When people complain about … Continue reading

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Maybe the “Online Comments Are Basically Worthless” People Have a Point

The New Britain Herald has a story up about a high-achieving local student who is mulling over several Ivy League acceptances.  It’s a perfectly heartwarming story . . . until the commenters start in. The first poster is innocuous enough, … Continue reading

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Teaching Carnival 3.1

Once, long ago (before Twitter!), a man named George had a simple idea: since so many faculty members blog, why not start a carnival “devoted to gathering select blog entries related to teaching issues in higher education”?  And so he … Continue reading

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30boxes daily digest feature

Around Christmas, 30boxes announced a new feature for their slick online calendar: a daily digest of your schedule, arriving in your e-mail inbox around midnight.  Especially after the demise of Sandy, this is a useful feature to add. Right now, … Continue reading

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Textbooks & the Cost of Higher Ed

This morning at an on-campus retreat for FYE faculty, a presenter mentioned that, soon, universities will have to print textbooks, ISBNs, and prices in online catalogs for registration and such.  I thought, “nah, couldn’t possibly be true”–that’s ridiculous.  And yet, … Continue reading

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New poetry links

. . . are up at Blog of a Bookslut.  Highlights include a bunch of contemporary Italian poetry, Kenyan poet-bloggers, and Robert Frost Christmas cards.

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Dickens, fairy tales, and contemporary parenting

Over at Bookninja, George Murray points to this depressing, though slightly inflammatory article about parents who won’t read their children traditional fairy tales because they’re insufficiently PC and positive: Favourites such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and … Continue reading

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2008 in Media

Music As I look through iTunes, these are the top five albums that I bought this year, irrespective of release date: The Hold Steady, Stay Positive  (tracks: “Ask Her for Some Adderall,” “Slapped Actress,” “Stay Positive“) The Drive-By Truckers, Southern … Continue reading

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Book review: The Big Necessity, by Rose George

My review of Rose George’s The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters appeared a couple of weeks ago in the New Haven Advocate & the Fairfield Weekly.  I will say that shit never gets … Continue reading

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