Archive for January, 2006

Tenacity or Trouble?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

My colleague can bring his Lab into work. Of course, since I own a pit bull, my dog isn’t welcome in public any more. But that’s better for everyone, or is it? In an excellent New Yorker article, Malcolm Gladwell explores the logical fallacies inherent in the pit bull ban:
The process of moving from the […]

I want my ivory tower

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

After an hour spent shifting white stuff that was distinctly not vertical except in the huge, thick drifty fashion, I think I’m due, don’t you? I moved much of the pile that was over our front garden into the lawn (the girls now have an excellent pair of snow forts). Then I refilled that same […]

One down, many to go

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Finished the first of three encyclopedia articles I’ve promised for March first. It comes in exactly at the maximum word count. Go me! Now I can happily turn to the seminar paper I’ll present to the department in a week and a half. Ack! A week and a half! Thank goodness the interlibrary loans are […]


Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Some days I am so brilliant. “Genius” was the term which was used, I believe (and not by me).
I rock. Remember this, self!

Organizational options

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

I’m juggling too many projects at the same time and my briefcase is now filled with brightly coloured file folders (one for each project on the go). Each contains at least a bibliography along with a few articles printed off of the databases and, in two cases, fairly complete drafts of the work in question. […]


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

So, we had an election last night and, despite the pompous prognosticatings of the New York Times, this was not “a striking turn in the country’s politics”.
Let’s do the math (from the CBC results reporting): 308 ridings
Conservatives: 124
Liberals: 103
Bloc: 51
NDP: 29
Others: 1
So, to get anything passed, you need 155 votes. How are the Conservatives going […]


Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Since yesterday was a quiet Sunday at home, I opened up a package of masks my sister had mailed up some time past. The girls were entranced, especially youngest who was disappointed I wouldn’t let her wear one to school today.
I find the masks particularly appropriate as I am now in the somewhat embarrassing […]

Don’t You Dare!

Friday, January 20th, 2006

A professor in PEI wanted to drive students away from his oversubscribed course. His solution? Promise a B- to anyone who’d pay their course fee and promise not to attend.
Fortunately, the administration isn’t going along with the plan.
And I have no sympathy for him because teaching and evaluating a hundred students in one class? It […]

World’s Biggest Sing-a-long?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Just got back an hour ago from a pop concert. Big name girl-singer-actress-star brought her tour to our town and eldest got to go. It was surprisingly good. I’m such a folkie snob — I’ve given up on anyone with the least bit of pop appeal actually rocking out. I mean, the bass player was […]

The Only Good Meeting

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

This seems rather obvious:
We propose that despite the fact that meetings may help to achieve work-related goals, having too many meetings and spending too much time in meetings per day may have negative effects on the individual.
But at least it seems as if they’ve done some research that supports their hypothesis.