Category Archives: Pixel-stained Wretchery

Tuesday Afternoon Potpourri: Catching Up Edition

Busy, busy, busy. Stories to read, stories to write, classes to teach. That’s where I’ve been. But let’s get to it, shall we? *** One of the highlights of last week’s action was getting to appear at Real City’s inaugural … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Concerto for Prof and Orchestra

I’m in the office this afternoon, copying departmental boilerplate into my syllabus. I’ve been on something of an orchestral music kick for the past couple of days. Friday and yesterday were Henry Kimball Hadley; this afternoon it’s Ralph Vaughan Williams. … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Notes That the Statute of Limitations Has Passed, and Confesses

As we edge from Spring into Summer, it’s graduation/commencement season, and therefore the season for senior pranks. I was reminded of this when a friend of mine mentioned that some group of miscreants had filled the grassy area in front … Continue reading

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Monday Potpourri: Mind the Gap Edition

Having finally put Spring Semester away last week, I have a couple of weeks before taking up the cudgels for my customary summer courses. So here we are, and here we go. *** My ongoing dental issues are, well, ongoing. … Continue reading

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Almost Forgot — Happy Bloggiversary to Me!

We interrupt Gradeapalooza to note that I started doing this thing eleven years ago. Although I’ve been going through something of a fallow period here at the blog (with pretty much all of my writing energy going towards online teaching … Continue reading

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How Twigs Get Bent: The Prof Gets Regional

The husband of a colleague of mine is the publisher of Mondoville’s weekly newspaper. (It came out three times a week when I moved here, but we all know about the newspaper biz these days.) They came here from the … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof is Peevish, Prescriptive, and Pedantic? Perhaps.

I guess we can file this under “signs of growing older,” but at this time of year, I find myself increasingly irritated by the use of gift as a verb. Yes, I know the OED traces this usage back to … Continue reading

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The Projector’s Clatter, The VCR’s Grain

A former student of mine tweeted today about what she sees as the oddity of ZIP codes that begin with a zero. (She’s from Out West, with little reason to mail things to New England.) I replied to her that … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri

Fall is edging into Mondoville. A few trees are coloring and the Japanese Camellia in out backyard is blooming. We’re looking at a cool and rainy week, but we may see some sun next weekend. Here’s hoping. *** One of … Continue reading

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Thursday Afternoon Potpourri: Pre-Labor Day Edition

It’s a searing afternoon here in Mondoville, currently feeling like about 102 or 103 degrees. Fortunately for me, I’m indoors, and have every intention of staying that way. I’m also putting off working on a short video I have to … Continue reading

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