Thursday, August 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Google Earth and Stat Counter
Saturday, August 19, 2006
-From an article in the Chicago Times, on Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the day after he delivered the 272 word oration. Source: Wikipedia article on the Gettysburg Address.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The smartest man I know...
Aside: on bandmember Richie Sambora's marital problems, JBJ said that Richie is having a tough year, but that Denise Richards seems like a very nice person. Hahahahaha.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Anna Deavere Smith...Uncovered
She said there were three significant questions one should ask oneself:
1 When have you come close to death?
2 Have you ever been accused of something you didn't do?
3 What were the circumstances of your birth?
So, in the interest of full disclosure and eyes wide open:
1 Yes, when I was working as a construction grunt in the summer of 1974, in Macon GA, hauling up plywood and such to a high rise building. I climbed out on some high steel 6 or so floors up and almost pitched over. I relive that instant every once in a while, groin aching all the while in remembering. I also fell on some exposed rebar that summer while grunting along on a cigarette factory construction site. That hurt!
2 I have, but who has not? There were certainly times growing up when this happened. When I was associate dean and interim department head at my present university, I am sure things were said about what I did. I am not sure this question is all that illuminating. Maybe ADS had something more elemental and less mundane in mind...
3 Well, the circumstances of my birth were not that spectacular. About the same time Lucy gave birth to Little Ricky on that new medium, TV, and all America watched. Now, that was spectacular!
ADS also said something like "...being "cool" and uncommitted does not serve democracy." I will drink to that one!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Writing Less is More
I am not sure of the moral obligation, will have to think about that more. But I do think that using length as a criterion for quality is wrongheaded. This same friend told me, apropos of this incident, that he wrote short books, and rued that he probably would have had more acclaim if his books had been longer.
Give me a short volume any day. When I read Don Quixote for the first time while on sabbatical several years ago, I marveled at how repetitive it was. I cried out, Miguel, where was your copy editor? But I have been told by our resident Cervantes scholar that the tale of the Knight of the Rueful Figure was not edited as books are today.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Everybody's got a huh, huh, huungry blog
The Alfred State president seems clueless to me,...she didn't seem to know what a blog was, and then tried to shut it down, threatening anyone who participated in criticism. I am astonished that she didn't seek more constructive means to deal with the issues. Obviously she was out of her element as a university president, IMHO.
Thanks to Nick Burbules for suggesting I look further into this...
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I spent the day polishing another AERA proposal, due today, and yesterday on the other one. That is why my brain is mush. Writing is hard work, getting the words just right. I have a tendency to be elliptical, when I need to be more explicit.
But there has been good stuff to read and to think about, but I guess I don't have it in me now to blog about...More on Spinoza...an odd hero for our times, but perhaps not! A review, and then a Diane Rehm interview, with Debby Applegate, the author of a new book on Henry Ward Beecher, "the most famous man in America." Fascinating. Still, all my brain can absorb is some faint harpsichord music from one of Itunes stations...