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{ Monthly Archives } June 2013

June Comics Roundup

I read a lot of comics this month, none of them particularly exciting or amazing.  Here’s a quick summary. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen Meant to be a funny riff on superteams, Nextwave was moderately funny, but suffered from the boundaries it put on Warren Ellis’ delightful (but usually debauched) […]

…until then, if the man says Tahiti is in Europe, it is.

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Seems a little fishy to me: Amazon and the non-DRM Kindle book

Yesterday, I posted a review of the techno-thriller Now & Again from E.A. Fournier.  Toward the end of the review, I wrote that it wasn’t possible to buy a “non-DRM” ebook version, and Mr. Fournier rightly corrected me that his book is offered without DRM from the Kindle store.  As someone who follows these issues, […]

Now & Again, by E. A. Fournier

Now & Again: a novel by E.A. Fournier* E.A. Fournier’s novel begins with the story of a bereaved father and son who have just lost the mother in their family, but quickly becomes a science-fiction action-adventure story involving quantum computers, multiverse theory, and nanotechnology.  I hesitate to offer more in the way of plot description […]

Tweets from 2013-06-17 to 2013-06-23

Game Night http://t.co/Gq0PxOE6lt 10:08:46, 2013-06-17 Punctuation matters: establishing your ethos (or failing to) http://t.co/bXksv9QvNo 10:24:21, 2013-06-18 I am strangely fascinated with the name Armie Hammer. And repulsed by it. #SorryArmie 06:24:36, 2013-06-19 @geniesaurus Perhaps. Probably ToyStory ad nauseum. in reply to geniesaurus 08:41:44, 2013-06-19 Who you callin' sooty? http://t.co/izhkISVNDp 10:47:39, 2013-06-19 Wait a second, which […]

We’re surrounded!: Universities, Electracy, and the coming tsunami, part 4

This is the fourth in a four-part blog series taking a snapshot of the current economic, political, and grammatological situation facing the modern American university system.  In part one, I provided a preface for this discussion.  Parts two, three, and four focus specifically on pressures from different quarters challenging us to re-imagine what it is […]

Wait a second, which one of these is the good person? Scandal, sns 1 and 2

Scandal didn’t strike me as the kind of show I would normally like.  Created by Shonda Rhimes, the show looks like a soap opera with a political background.  And it is.  But it’s also pretty compelling in many ways. The show focuses on Olivia Pope and Associates, an organization of fixers who work to help […]

Who you callin’ sooty?

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Punctuation matters: establishing your ethos (or failing to)

Like many writing and rhetoric instructors, I focus a lot of energy on helping students wrestle with the concept of ethos, the image, reputation, and authority the author presents on her own behalf to the reader.  This concept becomes most important as we discuss two issues writers must face: proper grammar and citations. With citations, […]

Game Night

I’ve been playing a lot of board games lately, a product of both the growing age of my children and my recent acquisition of some board-gaming buddies who play every week.  I’ve decided I’ll start tweeting game nights, but also will write about the games a little bit. Battlestar Galactica I’ve played the BSG board […]

What would you put on a Road Trip playlist?

We’re taking the Great Family Road Trip this summer for two and a half weeks in July, so we can expect to spend plenty of time in the car with the kids.  Consequently, I’m putting together a few playlists — one for us when the kids are watching movies, one for the whole family, etc. […]

It will never get harder to copy things: Universities, Electracy, and the coming tsunami, part 3

This is the third in a four-part blog series taking a snapshot of the current economic, political, and grammatological situation facing the modern American university system.  In part one, I provided a preface for this discussion.  Parts two, three, and four focus specifically on pressures from different quarters challenging us to re-imagine what it is […]

Then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no mountain we can’t climb: Replay by Ken Grimwood

Replay by Ken Grimwood It’s human nature to wonder whether our lives would have turned out differently if we had made different choices.  What if you had stayed together with that old flame?  What if you’d chosen a different career path? Children? No Children?  Grimwood’s novel takes such questions to a new level with its […]

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Great, another thing to worry about in the cold dark of the middle of the night.

Years ago I saw the Discovery channel (or was it SyFy?) movie Super Volcano and added a fear of a massive North American purge in the wake of a Yellowstone eruption to my worry-list.  I read Simon Winchester’s Crack at the Edge of the World  about the 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed San Francisco […]