Archive for September, 2007

Dear Dell (Part Two)

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Thanks ever so much for the brand new battery that came by Purolator today. It works like a charm which is especially great since, over the last few days, the old battery went from ailing to dead as a doornail.
Rest assured that on Monday I will box up its corpse in the shipping container you […]

Dear Students

Monday, September 24th, 2007

What part of “submit your work in class or via the WebCT Assignments Area; emailed assignments will not be accepted” do you not understand?
I’m scared to open up my WebCT account and see how many late assignments are decorating that email inbox after the three I found this afternoon in my regular university mail.

Why I Love eMusic

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

No DRM
Inexpensive monthly subscriptions
Lots of obscure folk bands like Steeleye Span and Planxty that I want to upgrade from vinyl and cassette
And now they have audiobooks!

Hoist By My Own Cellphone

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

For the first time this year, a student’s cellphone rang in class. I cheerfully joshed with him as I pulled out my own already muted cellphone and thumbed down the ringer button, reminding everyone that they wanted to turn off the sounds in class.
Not ten minutes later? My own cellphone rang. Seems I had thumbed […]

Seminar Participation Woes

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

You know it’s not going to be a great day when only 13 of 22 seminar students are there at the start of class. A few wander in late, but not many. What’s so tough about a 9:30 timeslot, midweek?
Then the stonewalling start. The readings amounted to less than two dozen pages, admittedly not the […]

Canine Care

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Somewhat like some of my photos, today’s passed by in a blur: much of it dealing with Goldie’s recovery.
The good news is that she’s doing well. The drugs wore off on Saturday and our dog returned to pretty much normal. No more dropping suddenly to the floor in a doze and a return to […]

If I weren’t a professor,

Friday, September 14th, 2007

apparently I’d be a professor or something. #3 makes me laugh, though!

Professor
Historian
Foreign Language Instructor
ESL Teacher
Lobbyist
Criminologist
Computer Trainer
Multimedia Developer
Anthropologist
Judge
Activist
Civil Litigator
Criminal Lawyer
Lawyer
Public Policy Analyst
Corporate / Commercial Lawyer
Writer
Corporate Trainer
Communications Specialist
Politician
Web Developer
Print Journalist
Computer Programmer
Translator
Database Developer
Political Aide
Business Systems Analyst
High School Teacher
Critic
Market Research Analyst
Video Game Developer
Speech-Language Pathologist
Webmaster
Film Editor
Website Designer
Film Processor
Desktop Publisher
Computer Network Specialist
Animator
Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator

From the Career Cruising website, username: nycareers […]

Farewell, Alex

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Alex, the very clever counting parrot, passed away last week. He started out his research career with Dr. Irene Pepperberg at Purdue, my alma mater. My sister even met Alex while we were undergrads. We all marveled at his communication skills but I’m sure that those who worked with Alex mourn his impish individuality a […]

Dear Dell

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Expect a phone call from me tomorrow since the battery light on my nine-month-old laptop started flashing orange (3) and green (1) this evening when I turned it on. Having flashed the BIOS, I know that’s not the problem. It’s probably your POS battery dying young (whoever says only the good die young obviously hasn’t […]

If You Suspect

Monday, September 10th, 2007

that there is a correlation between the crazy busy-ness of my life and the relative lack of posting on my blog, you would be correct. I hope to surface on Thursday, but there is a good chance that I won’t be heard off until sometime on Sunday what with classes to teach, dogs to take […]