Archive for November, 2006

Social Breakthrough

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Last night when we returned home, there was a message on the answering machine. It was for youngest from a classmate, trying to arrange an online get-together in a popular online game.
She’s ten and it was her very first phone call from a peer. She returned it, reaching their machine and following my prompt to […]

Ice, Ice

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

We got iced in. Well, the schools closed due to the ice (there’s a thin layer coating pretty much all the plants, though the roads are well sanded). I’m not at work because of a nasty sore throat that’s taken my voice away. Of course, all of this would have gone more smoothly had the […]

The Speed of Meme?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Via Bitch, Ph.D. comes a link to Acephalous’ meme experiment. He’s attempting to track how fast a meme can propagate across the blogosphere so take a moment, help a guy out! Post a link to his post in your blog and ping so he can track the spread.
And maybe we’ll all have fun with the […]


Monday, November 27th, 2006

Next week will be the last of my graduate seminars. They’re a joy to teach but I run straight from those high-intensity sessions to a lecture course in a complete different field (ancient Near East) which requires me to really be “on” as we work through subjects far outside my normal comfort zone (today? The […]


Saturday, November 25th, 2006

That would be the rear end of our car today, slightly before noon. Stopping to let an screaming ambulance through the cross-intersection earned us a crumpled rear-end on our minivan. The woman whose truck slammed into us was apologetic, accepts the blame and all that. Still — an hour out of the day to report […]

Paradigm Shift

Friday, November 24th, 2006

A month ago, I envisoned next year having the opportunity to teach the much-requested late medieval survey for the first time in five years. And maybe, just maybe, I would not be teaching an overload (paid but still not attractive since I really should be writing for publication, you know). Maybe someone else would teach […]

Chaucer on Battlestar

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Gotcha there, didn’t I? The most excellent blogger, Geoffrey Chaucer takes a break from his parliamentary duties to blog on his recent media acquisitions. Amongst his most recent haul, what gems do we find?
Battlestar Ecclesiastica
by Johannes Wycliffe
In this boke of science ficcion, a man ycleped Wycliffe is the bishop of the gret chirche of Seynt […]

You Know You’re An Academic When. . .

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

This happened to one of my graduate students. Honestly, it could have happened to anyone of us. The student should be commended for seeing the humour in the situation and sharing what has to be the best story of the term to date:

You go to the library catalogue to look for a book you absolutely […]

Bullet Points of Annoyance

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

The water service was turned off in our building this morning
The fire alarm went off at ten ’til two. We actually had to evacuate into the frigid, breezy outdoors, then wait ’til ten after two for the firemen to come and give the all clear
Traffic was backed up for a train passing veeeeeerry slowly through […]

Dogs in the Manger

Monday, November 20th, 2006

We have two dogs. Two dogs who both want the other dog to be jealous of whatever they have. Two dogs who define their own happiness in the unhappiness of others.
To wit: give each dog a rawhide bone stuffed with processed cheese and each will warily eye the other before diving after the other’s bone. […]