Archive for February, 2006

What would YOU do?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Don’t worry, it’s not one of those fraught moral dilemmas. No, this question’s far more practical:

You’ve nursed two kids through a 24 hour stomach bug over the past six days

You wake up this morning feeling hot and out of sorts

You notice yourself burping a bit biliously as you return home to mark assignments

You have a […]

Teaching with Old Bailey Online

Sunday, February 12th, 2006

I’ve been teaching with the Old Bailey Online database for three years now. I first stumbled upon the site as I was preparing a new course for our history majors. These “Approaches” courses are a bit of a scholarly smorgasboard, intended to introduce students to concepts in historiography as well as key problems in the […]

Back in the swing

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I slept twelve hours last night thanks to Mike who got the girls up and ready for school in the morning. Those hours of sleep were enough to make it possible to face today. Of course, I’m now a bit behind my schedule of where I wanted to be on everything but not impossibly so. […]

This is my brain

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

on sleep deprivation (no sleep since Monday night!).
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Sick Duty

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

I came home from teaching tonight’s much-improved class to the ominous and unexpected sounds of rushing water. No, there wasn’t a leak — there was just some serious washing up underway because eldest had been thoroughly, awfully sick. Now it’s closing in on midnight and she’s still not completely settled, poor thing. I’ll sit up […]

Another one down

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Gave my departmental seminar at lunchtime — there’s still so much primary material I can work into this and so much context that has to be provided that I despair of ever compressing it down to fifteen minutes which is the maximum time allowed for the CHA version. I guess I’ll just tell my audience […]

R.I.P. Betty Friedan

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Author of The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan passed away today at 85 years of age.
I liked this quote from the Toronto Star snippet:
As a founder and first president of the National Organization for Women in 1966, she staked out positions that seemed extreme at the time on such issues as abortion, sex-neutral help-wanted ads, equal […]

Keeping count

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Six pages written today on my seminar paper. That’s good.
I’ll probably rattle out six more pages this weekend. That’s even better!
Sixty-seven hours until I present the seminar paper to the department. That’s not so good.
Fifteen minutes maximum length for the final version due to the CHA May 1st. Help me!

Indescribably Funny

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Lisa over at the Paper Chase posted the most excellent video the other day. It’s entirely work-safe and only a minute long but if you don’t take the time to watch it, you’ll be sorry because you’ll have missed the best belly-laugh of the year to date:
Check it out for yourself

This course is not

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

This course is not a narrative history of anything. You will not get to listen to lectures outlining the story of the events of World War II or our other topics in anything resembling a conventional history of who did what when, where and how. It’s not because I don’t know that material, it’s because […]