Archive for September, 2005

They’re he-ere!

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

The first real round of assignments to mark, that is. Random observations as I regard the offerings:

Typos on a title page. Not a good sign
Why do several students I know were never enrolled in this course show up on my WebCT roster?
Why did only sixteen students submit online?
Wow. One student submitted his assignment (due today) […]

Flower power

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

I love autumn, but this one’s grey, cool and clammy so far. The leaves are starting to turn, but in faded tones compared to the vibrant colours we usually see.
I decided the house and yard needed a pick-me-up. Things look dingy. So, while out buying stamps, I picked up a lovely lavender mum. Brought it […]

Too Sides

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Too easy: I assign one book for the first session of a directed reading graduate level course that meets every other week.
Too hard: it’s over eight hundred pages long. (The Making of the English Working Class for those who are curious. And it so worthwhile. . . in context which we’ll provide with the discussion […]

Her turn (transcribed)

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Autism feels like normal people. Any people can get angry and stuff. The things that bother me are losing at video games, bananas and oranges (they smell icky), sour tasting stuff like lemon, very loud noises, wars, fights and homework. I like toys like the Trollz doll I got, dolls, cars, ice cream, chicken and […]

Dream home (Mk. 2)

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

It’s another year with the Kinsmen Club of Sudbury Sweeptstakes Home. We took the girls today to see the house, though they were already familiar with the layout from the virtual tour. The decoration and finishing are spectacular. It’s a dream home in most every sense of the word (only caveat? A slightly bigger yard […]

What’s in a word?

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Bright and early at work, Friday morning, I’d signed up for my weekend of free access to the Dictionary of National Biography. Spent a few hours finishing up my gradebook, periodically checking email to see if my activation had arrived. By eleven thirty, with no sign yet of that email, I gave up and signed […]

Came a Cropper

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Eldest had her first fall today. That’s not bad, considering she started lessons in May. It was her second week of cantering and one thing led to another: heels rose up, stirrup got dropped, she lurched forward and sideways with a shriek, Elan spooked and off she went. Landed on her back and, lord, the […]

Open Access Weekend

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

The Oxford DNB is running an open access weekend for the online version of this revamped reference work. Definitely worthwhile noting for those, like myself, who don’t have institutional access. . . . Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, only!

Administrivia Sucks

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

It takes too long to cut and paste the records for over two hundred students from Datatel into Excel. Into anything, for that matter. In Word, it comes out as a tab delimited jumble that doesn’t reorganize properly into a table. In Excel, I have to copy each name and student number one at a […]

Rattle, rattle

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Last night an earthquake hit here. Honestly, I didn’t notice or recognize it for what it was until I read the news. It came a little after the time that the mines do their blasting and we’re all so used to that kind of rumbling, it didn’t phase me at all. Only 2.9.