Monthly Archives: February 2011

An Observation on Wisconsin, Indiana, and Academia

Because I’m an academic, I spend a great deal of time in the real or virtual company of other academics. For example, many of my facebook friends are in the higher ed racket, and given the general slant of academia, … Continue reading

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I Think, Therefore I Am… Regulated?

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” — Neil Peart, noted legal theorist and drummer for Rush. How much grease must we pour on the slope before we concede that it is slippery? One of … Continue reading

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Not SpinArt… SpawnArt

The Spawn’s interest in a comics career has been an occasional theme here, and at her request, I’m offering a link to her page at deviantART, where she intends to showcase her characters and assorted other art stuff. You can … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of those guys who gets smarter every time I read him. So here’s a short, well known one of his that matches my mood from the other night. I particularly love the almost Anglo-Saxon effect … Continue reading

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For the Reading List

I dabbled in chess when I was a kid, but I haven’t played since high school. I still read about it from time to time, but I realized I wasn’t dedicated enough to be anything but a wood pusher on … Continue reading

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On Movies and Suction

The guy who happens to be my best bud here in Mondoville and I were talking at lunch today, and as it often does, the conversation turned to movies (Other frequent topics include music, showbiz references that neither of us … Continue reading

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Fantasy Island?

Over at the Chronicle Review, Kevin Carey discusses what he calls “The Dangerous Lure of the Research University Model,” in which too many of the Mondovilles of the world (and even more particularly, their public cousins) have abandoned their original … Continue reading

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A Word from Samuel Johnson

“The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform. It is true that no … Continue reading

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“It Was in Another Country, and Besides, the Wench Is Dead.”

I found out last night that the girl with whom I had a relationship just before I met Mrs. Mondo was arrested a couple of months ago for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. It seems like a no-doubter; … Continue reading

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Reductio ad Practicium?

As a self-identified “small-l libertarian” who sees government as a necessary evil (and whether I emphasize necessary or evil varies with — if not throughout — the day), I find a lot of folks who seem to misidentify my views … Continue reading

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