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Rec: PHD Comics

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I’ve been grading a stack of assignments that range from the near-sublime to the nearly ridiculous. I have to say that today’s PHD Comics: You know you’ve been grading too long when… sadly captures the feeling of someone who’s been grading!

Reading Pleasure

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

So I’m taking breaks from marking over the last two days and tackling Michael Bérubé’s What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?.
What a complete joy this is to read! It’s neither politicized screed nor overwrought posing. It’s approachable, affable, insightful and engaging. You get the feeling for what Bérubé’s like in the classroom — the type […]

Lusher, Sexier, Britisher

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Rick Mercer is a god among men. This is proven for everyone who has even a passing interest in British history by this October 23, 2007 Rick Mercer Report segment riffing off of The Tudors, the world’s trashy “historical drama”: Lusher, Sexier, Britisher (youtube).
Make sure you watch all the way to the end of the […]

History Bites

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Soon, thanks to the power of the intrawebs, the first collection of History Bites episodes will be mine, all mine!
I’m not sure exactly what’s contained in the first collection — one downfall of the listings. If it’s just season one, I’ll be quite happy as that includes several of my all-time favourites:

Dead Philosopher Walking : […]

It’s A Good Day When

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

You get a good workout at the gym in the morning
You get your Tim’s after that
Your daughter is ecstatic to go shopping for school supplies
You find time to finish an interesting new book (Last Harvest: How a Cornfield Became New Daleville)
You find time to take your other daughter on two trips to the two neighbourhood […]

Reading for Fun: Fathom Five

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

I finally have in my hot little hands the sequel to James Bow’s wonderful YA novel, The Unwritten Girl: Fathom Five. (I had to wait for eldest to finish it before I could start in.)
Having loved the first book in the series so much, and having followed him workshopping parts of the stories on his […]

Oh, to be in England

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

The British Museum’s running a new exhibition: A New World: England’s First View of America which features the watercolours of John White who visited what is now North Carolina and Virginia in the late sixteenth century. His granddaughter, Virginia Dare, was the first English child born in North America. (More in a review of the […]

Some Whine with That?

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Today’s been one of those days: came home from running errands and pretty much nothing’s been right since.
Colour printer cartridges no longer can be bought by themselves but must be bought bundled with a black cartridge. I knew the number of the colour cartridge I needed, not the black cartridge that I didn’t and guessed […]

My Soundtrack

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I love last.fm. It’s a great service for keeping track of what you’re listening to, tracking what your friends enjoy and, best of all, finding new pleasures.
After setting up this computer to tie into the site and report back on what I’m listening for my weekly charts, I randomly opened their streaming radio to the […]

Positive

Monday, January 8th, 2007

From Posautive.org, a blog for highlighting Austic-Positive YouTube content: this video brought tears to my eyes.