Archive for August, 2006

The Downside

Monday, August 14th, 2006

to youngest finding a PS2 game, Kingdom Hearts II, that held her in thrall from lunchtime until bedtime (with appropriate meal, hygiene and family breaks) is that, two hours past her bedtime, she’s apparently still scared by some unnamed element from her gameplay and isn’t going to sleep.
ETA: Apparently the game is not so scary, […]

Obsessed Much?

Monday, August 14th, 2006

I hate it when I have to assign readings that aren’t in page order. I’m pulling together tutorials for my Ancient Near East course and the first such will be the Sumerian King List which, in this sourcebook, comes in the third chapter (”Late Third Millennium BCE Sumerian Texts”). Then the second tutorial hops back […]

Who Indeed?

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Time asks, this week, Who Needs Harvard?
Amen to that question. I know far too many people who obsess about their kids getting into name brand schools, who turn their noses up at excellent programs at smaller schools that might be a perfect fit for their kid sneering “who ever heard of that place?” This isn’t […]

I ♥ Ikea

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Picked up a new coffee table at Ikea while visiting family last week. Put it together today with the help of eldest, then Mike and I hauled its aged and rickety predecessor out to the curb (also from Ikea but, sadly, seventeen years of hard use have rendered it wobbly and careworn). It looks […]

End Vacation

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

We took almost another week to head out for southern city and had a refreshing break. I met up with tiruncula for coffee. It was great to have my first blogger meet-up and to chat with someone who knows so many of the same people and is familiar with the same institutional idiosyncracies. Oh, and […]


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

I finally got around to seeing Good Night, and Good Luck this past week. Two hearty thumbs up as a thoughtful film about how we confront the monsters of our time and how even the most principled person has to choose his fights. Even though I’m not much enamored of American history, since high school […]

Fourteen Years

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Today’s our anniversary — still as much in love as we were all those years ago. Probably more, I figure.
Wishing you all your share of happiness for the day.