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January 21st, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. Lt King listed his occupation as “Scholar.”  I can just tell his classes would have been awesome. I bet IT help calls were a lot more fun in […]

The Thing

One of my students stared agape at me when I admitted, last week, that I’d only just watched The Thing for the first time.  “Really?” he gasped. Really. But oh man, it’s pretty damn great. I knew the story before I went in, but I think it would be great for the film to be […]

Thinking about dead bodies: Stiff, by Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, narrated by Shelly Frasier As always, Mary Roach explores a topic of interest and (perhaps) disgust with tact, verve, and lots of humor.  In this book–the first of her science books–Roach explores the myriad ways we deal with death and dead bodies, and explains how […]

One more week

The busiest time of the year, for me, is early January.  It’s crunch time over at the PCA, where we’re solidifying our schedule, finishing registration, and getting ready for the conference.  We’re preparing for a new semester at Columbia College Chicago, so there are syllabi to finalize and other administrative work to do.  And I’m […]

January 14, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

January 7th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Scaling back the podcasts

The last couple years have seen a big drop-off in the number of books I read.  In 2008-2012, I read more than 100 books each year (this includes comic collections). But in both 2013 and 2014, I have come in well under that.  There are two reasons for this drop.  First, as the Executive Director […]

2014 in Review: Books

Top books I read in 2014 — Listed roughly in order of “favorite,” though this is not precise. Fiction (click the image to read my review): Southern Gods by James Horner Jacobs A creepy, Lovecraftian tale buried in the Louisiana Bayou.  Startling and amazing. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey Deeply heartfelt, […]

May You Be Happy As Kittens

Here’s hoping your holidays are filled with warmth, visits with friends and family, and that you’re happy as kittens.

The Steinmetz family set the bar for Christmas Cards pretty damn high

The Steinmetz family set the bar for Christmas Cards pretty damn high

Bud Bassette decorating underwater Christmas Tree

Regular readers know I post photos each Wednesday. I find these by searching the Flickr Commons for keywords related to the month in which I’m sending the photos. When I did a search for Christmas, however, I found too many great photos to pare it down to four. So I’ve decided December will also feature […]

Why is that one kid in a lamb or bunny costume?

Santa gives out candy at a radio station in Sydney!  And why is that one kid in a lamb or bunny costume?

Dispatches from the Age of Electracy: End of the semester grading

Note: I’ll be taking a break from the Dispatches from the Age of Electracy series until after the new year. An interesting conversation opened up on Facebook last week about grading.  The OP asked “Hypothetically, what should I say to a student who’s unhappy about getting 91/100?” (click ‘read more’ below to see the full […]

I think Santa looks a little lecherous here…

Regular readers know I post photos each Wednesday.  I find these by searching the Flickr Commons for keywords related to the month in which I’m sending the photos.  When I did a search for Christmas, however, I found too many great photos to pare it down to four.  So I’ve decided December will also feature […]

Here comes Army Santa

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