Professional Stuff

Mad. But constructively.

I am upset right now, intellectually. This usually signals a marked increase in productivity – anger fuels ideas – but in this case, I don’t think this particular anger is going to lead to a productive publication. Instead, I’m going to do something different, inspired by the critical responses I have my graduate students do

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Six projects

Yesterday I straightened out the mess on my desk and wrote a short document that lists the status of my various research projects. There are six of them currently: 1) A co-authored piece on tech comm textbooks with a graduate student that is nearly done – perhaps a month of revisions left. Let’s say March

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Most repair work done – further thoughts

I have restored most of the past content after the hack. I have also done a few more things under the hood, such as turning comments back on again. I feel a lot more talkative than I did last year, so I think I’ll be posting far more often! Registering is still required to keep spam

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Wow

I’d almost forgotten about this site.  I’ve been busy dealing with the new house, a rapidly growing baby (now almost ten months!), and work, to the point that some things have started to slide off of the radar. I have a lot to say about the presidential race, and very little of it pleasant, so

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Checking in

I haven’t written much here lately. I’ve been busy, what with L now four months old and  H and I having returned to work. We are in the process of buying a house for the first time. Like with the baby, this is occurring a little later in life for us than most folks, but

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200 days

Recently earned the 200 days of survival achievement in The Long Dark.  I have enough rifle ammo hoarded to go for 300. Perhaps the makers of the game will add more achievements in a future build. In the meantime, I have bloody mastered your game. Luke is growing and strong. He cries when he’s hungry

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Tenure

I have my tenure letter in hand.  It is a yes. In one sense, receiving it was somewhat anti-climatic, as it is the end result of a very long process that involved a considerable amount of hard work. So, the actual moment is not as transformative or exciting as some might think it, at least

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Ferguson speech

The prosecutor in the Ferguson case, Robert McCulloch, gave a very interesting speech last night while announcing the grand jury’s decision. I am particularly interested in it because of the extensive use of moderating language, given that I have published a piece recently on moderation. Over and over again, McCulloch stressed that the grand jury

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Cogency

Our article (Adam Ellwanger and I) “The Rhetoric of Moderation in Deliberative Discourse: Barack Obama’s December 1, 2009 Speech at West Point,” is online in the journal Cogency. I really thought our collaboration worked well in this article, and that it says several valuable things about how political discourse is formulated.

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It’s in, and other news

Yesterday was the due date for my tenure file. Now that it’s in, I can concentrate on teaching and on other projects. I haven’t been writing here much lately, partially because I have starting keeping a private journal on my iPad where I can let loose about whatever, whereas here I am more circumspect. One

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