Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mondoville Halloween

Just turned out the front porch light a few minutes ago, and Mrs. M is on a Spawn retrieval mission. We weren’t actually expecting the Spawn to go trick-or-treating tonight — and she wasn’t planning to go out herself, but … Continue reading

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W(h)ither the Humanities?

In the wake of my post about the admissions open house the other day, Withywindle has some interesting things to say, and Jeff managed to bring a comment with echoes of the last cultural capitalist selling his executioners the rope … Continue reading

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Yep… Definitely My Kid

The Spawn wandered in here a few minutes ago, and because I’m always happy to have my grading interrupted, we struck up a conversation. Somehow the subject of carnies came up, and after I mentioned the excitement of being strapped … Continue reading

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“I Got a Rock…”

Spent the late morning/early afternoon at Mondoville’s Admissions Open House, representing the Humanities Department (English, Religion/Philosophy, History) at a table in the library amidst folks from the other disciplines, athletic teams, Greek organizations, and student services. We had about 300 … Continue reading

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Life Imitates Literature

In his weekly G-file, Jonah Goldberg hipped us to the following bit of scientific research: A recent study out of the National Academy of Sciences found that Israeli parole judges are more likely to grant parole in cases they heard … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Acknowledges He’s Pierre Menard.

Ran across an interesting article by recent blogrollee Alan Cross, on the subject of nostalgia, especially musical: [Author Simon Reynolds] points out that for the first time in human history, we’ve never been this obsessed with our own immediate past.  … Continue reading

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Gig Report

I went to tonight’s gig drugged up like Keith Moon at the Cow Palace, except that instead of gorilla tranks and Courvoisier, I was on antibiotics and Tylenol. The show went pretty well, I guess. The stage felt cramped (although … Continue reading

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At ChicagoBoyz, they’ve theorized that — as their title suggests — “Blogging is for old people.” Their readership poll seems to confirm their suspicions, and I find that interesting. So I’ll put their questions to you guys as well: So, … Continue reading

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Here are a couple of versions of the same song, and since I like both of them, I thought I’d pass them along. The song is “The Smell of Incense”, and first up is the original version from 1967, by … Continue reading

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Promises, Promises…

The Major’s favorite columnist found the following in an ABC News report: At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of … Continue reading

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