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Sounds like a good start to the year is in the offing. Glad that you avoided that crazy monkey parade and good luck with the Labour Day duties!
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2014 on So far, so good at What Now?
I can't wait to read all about it!
I like that phrase and that mindset. Mind if I borrow it? It will come in useful as I manage my one crazy monkey parade this year whilst attempting to avoid all of the rest of them marching by.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on Not my crazy monkey parade at What Now?
I'm thinking good thoughts for your body to take it easy on you. Having a buddy at work who can support you, and vice-versa, on getting in shape and moving towards a more healthy life is so useful!.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2014 on Back in the saddle again at What Now?
I love this satire in oh so many ways. Point #6 is especially inspired. Kudos!
I'm sorry that I missed the whole trainwreck that was HoS weighing in on the breakdown of the book project. Consider this my hearty support of a reality-based understanding as espoused by Librarian and yourself that ECA was the problem, compounded by HoS's interest in not rocking boats more than doing the right thing. I'm glad that you're staying and I'm glad that you provided Dr. Chair with relief and confirmation of what you both experienced. Sometimes colleagues can be crazy-making! Yay for AP Lit next year and yay for the prospect of a sabbatical further down the road.
He appears to have been a wonderful cat and I know that he will be missed!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2014 on Disraeli, 1999-2014 at The Little Professor
I'm glad that you got it done (and with such great help). Clearly, it needed doing in order to settle yourself and now it opens new prospects, quite literally!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on I no sooner make a plan than I break it at What Now?
Poor you! That is so annoying. I hope they can at least come up with a way that you can swim and exercise a little bit, soon.
Yay for break and happy collegial socializing!
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2014 on Springing forward at What Now?
You poor thing! Our CMS has an adequate grade system that I use to "push" marks to students, even when they submitted on paper. I'm working to use that for an always accessible version of the grades. But you will have to pry my Excel spreadsheet out of my cold dead hands if you ever want to get that old-fashioned gradebook out of my hands. I have it set up with formulas and everything so that it will do calculations nicely and spew out the class averages on various assignments and so forth. I encrypt the file and have it back up on my personal FTP server daily. I used to keep it on Dropbox but I got worried about their security. The administration is very concerned recently about security, we're rolling out all sorts of new password requirements, and I'm sure that they would have a kitten if they knew I was backing it up into the "cloud", even with such precautions. But, like you, I also fret about how vulnerable my tech can be to disaster.
Hear, hear. I lurk on the fringes of acafan scholarship and read voraciously anything that deals with remix culture and creations. It's one thing to knowingly (and usually with a knowing nod) borrow elements from another's work to fuel your creative fire. It's another thing to claim that these exact passages were invented, whole cloth by you. In that case, there's a pretty bright line divide between appropriation and plagiarism. I've yet to hear a single student who's plagiarized in one of my classes even articulate what they've done as appropriation and, therefore, acceptable. Thank goodness!
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2013 on Appropiatiarism? at The Little Professor
That's a lot accomplished! Do you have an idea why the academic dean is resistant - is it particular element or the entire concept around the new curriculum. And my own Crime and Punishment course proposal passed our departmental and Social Sciences Council. Now it is only the Council for English Language Programs!
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2013 on (Couch) time heals all wounds at What Now?
Make sure to check out the Old Bailey Online website which has a lot of historical documents (all sorts of case reports from 1674-1913) as well as some bibliographies and short essays on the context. There might be something of interest there for you. Otherwise, for crime and punishment beyond the novel, "To Althea, From Prison", "The Highwayman"? There are interesting true crime ballads in 17th-19th century publications - I know that I found some via the early modern ballads website - http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/ such as a Caveat for Cutpurses (I linked to the facsimile transcription which is pretty readable) - http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/ballad/30274/transcription
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2013 on Crime and Punishment: a bleg at What Now?
Let's go to Cardiff! *sporfle* Ah, this meta-textual insight actually makes me semi-interested in seeing that movie now - thanks.
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These are all great points - I'd probably generalize the supportive family/spouse/SO to a manageable domestic environment. If you're living in a house that requires hours of labour every weekend or driving from very far away to campus three or four days a week? That eats up time and energy you might use for work OR enjoying life. My personal lesson is that, even when you've been derailed (the years I spent dealing with Youngest's autism diagnosis), it's sometimes easier to pick back up your research agenda at a teaching-intensive school if you get at least minimal support for being an active scholar. The general air of celebration (we announce each publication or presentation at our department meeting to universal applause) and the support given to even low-stakes output really help.
Good for you on all of those fronts and I entirely understand the shedding the burden of the book project. No cooperative project so have so many hassles involved, especially when it's just an "extra" in your life and not the core of your employment.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2013 on Shedding burdens at What Now?
I was going to post something to the same effect as Undine. A "memory book" that documents the buildings, alumnae and "golden moments" could be mostly captions and a warm, fuzzy introduction. Maybe some testimonials and tidbits from various alumnae as curated by coauthor? A history text could then be separately published with only a few illustrations as on the front cover or what-have-you, and focus on the analytic, textual history that others would want. Win/win?
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2013 on Next steps in the FGS history project at What Now?
Good luck on both fronts!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2013 on Tuesday is a big day at What Now?
Wow, that's a lot of evaluations to do. You might ask if one of them, ahem, Co-Author's, could be put off to next year given that this is an unusually heavy load and all that. I'm glad that, otherwise, things are proceeding pretty well with the tech day and the to-do lists helping along.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2013 on Department Chair work gets underway at What Now?
Keeping my fingers crossed that D gets something more settled and that the two of you get some real vacation before the term starts, either way!
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2013 on It's been a hard summer, chez WN at What Now?
I'm glad that D is recovering and that Aunty Camp was generally fun. My sister's doing her first version of "Aunty Camp" by taking Eldest with her to Exciting City Elsewhere for a week in August as a high school graduation gift. It will be a lot of fun for both, I expect.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2013 on Aunty Camp 2013 at What Now?
I'm sorry that Co-Author is being so defensive and passive-aggressive. I agree that you need to focus on what's your purview and let her continue to dig her own grave. But, ugh! That's maddening!
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2013 on A resolution, if only temporary at What Now?
It's hard to stomach the reality of someone else deferring or differing on a decision like this. I know. Oh, boy, I know. (I'll soon be looking at a contract that's going to require me dropping a lot of the "fun" out of summer, so you and I can commiserate.)
Toggle Commented May 26, 2013 on Saturday morning epiphany! at What Now?
Yay for getting through things! And here's hoping that the next six weeks are smooth sailing. How's your summer shaping up?
Toggle Commented May 5, 2013 on Made it! at What Now?