Archive for April, 2006

How to Be Able to Edit?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

It’s done! It’s done! The paper so brief as to be impossible to write? It’s done! Filling just eight pages and sure to be read in fifteen minutes or less, except now I’m so sick of the subject (having written almost thirty pages of material in search of these eight essential sheets) that I’m not […]

Ever want to break out in song?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

In the midst of a lecture? I don’t know how old this is, but I saw it for the first time today: Reach! (Worksafe Video). Here’s the creators’ main website which features a number of other hilarious clips.

Off my plate

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I pushed several things out the door today and it felt good. Some of them took surprisingly long, however. I really have to remind myself that reviewing over what is even a very good student’s senior project proposal can eat up several hours (in this case, three) coming up with ways to winnow down his […]

Rescuer of Garbage Cans

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

I think that would make a nice title, no? I certainly earned it today, not only reclaiming our three garbage cans and two recycling bins but also securing six others for our neighbours all around. There’s a wicked wind roaring down the street out front and with grey skies overhead it feels bitterly cold. Certainly […]


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Took youngest for her hip x-rays today and, wonder of wonders!, we were in and out within forty-five minutes. The technologist was absolutely wonderful, talked with youngest, blown away by her questions about the radiation effects, brought us over to the lightboard afterwards and explained what we saw in some of the x-rays. Now youngest […]

Anything BUT a vacation

Monday, April 24th, 2006

I got stopped by another student today in the hallway who innocently said, “You must be enjoying your break.” I’m sad to say I lost it, in a minor way. However, like every academic out there, I’m sick and tired of people assuming that once classes are over, easy times are here.
Break? What break? I […]

Minor Epiphany

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

I think I’ve figured how to restructure the conference paper part of my research to come in at fifteen minutes worth of discussion and still be coherent. Of course, I’m ruthlessly chopping out huge chunks of interesting research material and I’ll only have time to mention a few illustrative examples but that’s show history business, […]

Sure Signs of Spring

Friday, April 21st, 2006

The hallways are nearly empty with students writing exams or sleeping in
The lake is clear of ice
I caught the first wasp of spring buzzing against my office window from the inside — crap!

Taking Sides

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

We’re embarking on a new home improvement scheme: installing siding. The stucco exterior of our house is actually in good shape, very good shape!, for a 1940s era abode. But where the old attached garage used to be are a lot of gouges and breakage, even more so around the basement entry door whose frame […]

Conceding to Spring

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

The lake is almost clear of ice (just a few large sheets shrinking far offshore). The sun’s beating down. The kids are wearing shorts and preparing to go play outside after their homework’s done.
And I still have marking to do. Dangit!