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{ Monthly Archives } September 2009

The challenges of group work

During a student presentation in my Detective fiction class today, the small groups were assigned to come up with the idea for a police procedural novel.  One of the groups proposed a story involving a “cat lady” who was murdered in her home by a mysterious killer.  As they finished their description, one member of […]

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Fall TV Roundup one: The Eyebrow returns

Quick bullets: Psych is wrapping up another great season.  Now that Shawn is dating someone, it dampens the tension with O’Hara, but that’s okay.  All is lovely in Psych-land.  Plus plenty of anti-Mentalist snarking. The Office leaps off nicely.  Episode 1, “Gossip,” followed excellent Michael fumbling, and episode two introduced a shakeup that’s stunning after […]

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Douglas Coupland rips off ZeFrank

An interesting development in the circuit of plagiarism, citations, and idea borrowing/stealing.  A while ago, ZeFrank’s The Show introduced the “Earth Sandwich,” in which two people on opposite sides of the world put bread on the ground and make a, well, you get it.  In his upcoming novel and some online videos about it, Douglas […]

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On eggs and baskets

We had a short discussion in my Detective fiction class today about The Jay Leno Show and the FOX Seth MacFarlane comedy block.  Perhaps these shows represent the response from major media conglomerates to the death-by-a-thousand-cuts harried forth by the internet. As broadcast channels become more and more widespread, the centralized broadcast and publishing media […]

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2009-09-27 Tweets

clips of my radio interview now available on my blog: http://21iay.tk # Powered by Twitter Tools

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Your insurance is worthless now!

Airport, starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy, and Stupid, written and narrated by Dennis Leary Airport is one of those movies I’ve always meant to see but never got around to, until I noticed that it was going to play on AMC one […]

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Campus Security Alert

An email alert from Campus Security today, from the scripts of Hu$tle to the streets of Chicago: The Office of Campus Safety and Security has received a report of a financial “scam” SUCCESSFULLY committed in the area of Congress and State. Here are the details: The below described suspects convinced a student to participate in […]

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286 pages of awesome

Today I turned in my application for tenure. Whew. Now it’s a simple matter of waiting for approvals from my English Department colleagues, my Chair, my Dean, the All College Tenure committee, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Provost. The Provost will let me know on 15 March. Cue the Jeopardy! theme… 492,480 […]

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The hat makes the detective

We finished watching “Death at the Bar” last night. A good installment, but without much that really stands out as excellent. This punnily-named episode tells the story of a lawyer murdered at a pub (double-play on bar. Get it? GET IT?), perhaps with a poisoned dart. A few thoughts: CID Alleyn’s assistant, Inspector Fox, scowls […]

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Support MAP funding (an Open Letter to the Illinois legislature)

Also sent snail mail to Rep Karen A. Yarbrough, Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford, and Governor Pat Quinn. I am writing to ask for your help in supporting the Monetary Award Program (MAP) during the second half of this year. It’s my understanding that MAP has been funded at only 50%, and without your intervention, it […]

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Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

by Cory Doctorow; narrated by the author GoodReads says I’ve been reading Someone Comes to Town since 3 April. That’s when I discovered and downloaded the back-episodes of Cory Doctorow’s ongoing reading of his novel. It finished last week and I’m pleased. The book tells the story of a man in a magical family of […]

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In which I pontificate on the significance of zombies

I was interviewed for this week’s edition of Are We Alone? Science Radio for Thinking Species. You can go to the website to listen to the episode “Skeptic Check: Waking the Dead,” or you can listen to the bits with me right here, when I get them edited up. Update 2009 09 23: I’ve excerpted […]

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2009-09-20 Tweets

Want to try Netflix free for a month? email me. # Recently enjoyed: Dr. Who Christmas special, Runaway Bride. Delightful! # favorite song regularly played on The Current? “Dominos” by The Big Pink # I just noticed that sausage and assuage are anagrams. # weather in chicago — delightfully cool. # Powered by Twitter Tools

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Blood on the Coal

I first heard this song at Unwigged and Unplugged concert I attended last Spring.  It’s a Folksmen song about an out-of-control train running into a coal mine and killing a bunch of people.  The best couplet? Now an Irishman named Murphy said “I’ll stop that Iron Horse” As he stood athwart its passage, and it […]

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Roald Dahl was a bit of a cad

The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant; narrated by Simon Prebble The Irregulars tells the story of the British spies who worked for their country’s cause in D.C. during WW2. These spies did an awful lot of information gathering, as well as some press manipulation and character […]

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