Archive for February, 2007

Security Blanket

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

My cellphone is a casualty of early morning rushes — flew out of my purse into the driveway and got left behind. Now the screen is cracked and useless. Tomorrow I will go see if Telus can give me a deal on a new handset if I upgrade my service, which I was planning to […]

Time is an Illusion

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I just might have preliminary rankings finished tomorrow for the scholarship panel I’m chairing. I have souped up the spreadsheet to autosum totals and that will make a rough assessment all the easier. What’s helping most of all is that my fellow panelists are actually working to the speedier schedule as I suggested. Instead of […]

Music to My Ears

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Eldest is working hard with her alto sax in the school concert band. She’s the one at centre stage with the black hairband.
The bands held a fundraiser on Thursday night to support their forthcoming trip down to the big city in April. She’s so very excited at the prospect of an overnight trip […]

On requesting appointments

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

The correct response when a professor indicates the many, many hours she’ll be on campus this reading week and asks you to respond with specifics as to when you plan visit her in the office is not to write back and declare that you’ll stop by sometime. Oh, no, no, no!
The professor might well not […]


Monday, February 19th, 2007

Today I finished ranking all the files from that imposing boxful of scholarship applications. The whole task, so far, has taken up just a little more than a day and I’ll probably add about another day’s work to the task over the next two weeks as I’m chairing the panel and will have to process, […]

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 […]

The Value of Visuals

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Further to our discussion of Powerpoint and the value of visuals in class, an interesting Imperial History of the Middle East (Shockwave animation) which I’d show in my Ancient Near East, medieval or Modern Western Civ class at the drop of a hat. (Well, that will have to wait ’til next year since I’m not […]

Geek Grrl Excitement

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Finally! After a month of using the calendar function in our university’s system to display all of my time commitments, someone finally sent me an appointment request using the system. It was great to be able to just click on the request and see it added to my online calendar.
Now if only I could […]

The Powerpoint Dilemma

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Over at 11D, we’ve been having a great chat about the use or uselessness of Powerpoint in the classroom.
Full disclosure: I use Powerpoint in all but my seminar classes. I find it a useful tool in my arsenal and even more so since I messed up my hand the autumn before last. It’s not so […]

Histoire Immobile

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Someone gets it. Barbara Weinstein is the new president of the AHA and her column in the recent Perspectives is all about the problems of mobility for historians. Not the mobility issues of personal disability (though that would be a worthwhile question), but the broader issue of one who cannot easily travel to archives or […]