Archive for October, 2005

Homework Hell

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

Over at Salon, Ayelet Waldman’s having another kick at the can of parental experiences of homework. (See Homework: How Much is Too Much? from NPR and Too Much Homework can be Counterproductive from
We all know the stories of mothers who stay up all night working on their kid’s project or family outings which are […]

My usability score? 5/10

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

What’s Online (NYT) links to the latest of Jakob Nielsen’s columns on usability: Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes.
Of course, being a big Jakob Nielsen fan, you knew I’d have to check this out.
Let’s see, how does my blog stack up against his checklist?

Author bio? Well, if you count the short tags over in […]

Thinking about elites

Friday, October 21st, 2005

11D has started an interesting conversation about elitism and elites or is it class and credentialism or even something more? It’s evolved into a fascinating discussion about what define “elite” and how we relate to our own experience of class markers and privilege. Go read and participate. I’m still cogitating over what I can add […]

PA Day in Progress

Friday, October 21st, 2005

No school for the kids? They’re happy.
No early wake-up for me? I’m very happy. (Slept in until ten!) I owe Mike a sleep-in tomorrow morning.
No kennel cough bothering the dogs and no department meeting? I took the dogs on a nice, short walk.
No marking? Sadly, no way.

Today? We Mark!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Yes, gotta burn through the rest of the western civ essay pile so I can start on their midterms (written yesterday) so I can clear the decks for the British history document studies (on Tudor rebellions, yay!) which are due on Thursday.
Thank goodness my TA has been strongarmed totally volunteered to mark the fourth tutorial […]

How rude!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Because the movie (an episode of “Elizabeth R”) I showed last week in class ran a bit longer than I’d calculated (100 minutes instead of 90), today’s lecture was a bit accelerated as we accomodated the video climax as well as the scheduled material. It’s hard to cut things down and I’m always worried, in […]

Lost: One Smelly Thing

Monday, October 17th, 2005

I’m a bad mom. Tonight, youngest was getting ready for bed and she handed me Smelly Thing. And I lost track of Smelly Thing between sending her off to the bathroom and tucking her into bed.
Smelly Thing is her latest comfort item. It’s a plastic Polly Pocket coat rack intricately wrapped with a hair elastic. […]

Gossip and History

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

These secrets it is now my duty to tell and reveal the remaining hidden matters and motives. Yet when I approach this different task, I find it hard indeed to have to stammer and retract what I have written before about the lives of Justinian and Theodora. Worse yet, it occurs to me that what […]

Dream funk

Saturday, October 15th, 2005

In my dream, not only did entirely deserving new colleague get his office repainted (as had finally happened the other week, covering over the multitude of sins that were the walls of his office), but so were a rash of other colleagues whose offices were not nearly as badly off as mine.
Annoyance is such an […]

Close Call

Friday, October 14th, 2005

I’d just put down the phone from dealing with a grad student when my secretary phoned. She urgently advised me to call our commercial credit card service pronto — a fraud alert had been issued on my account.
I dug out the rarely used card and found their number on the back. Within minutes, I was […]