Archives: April 2012

Musing

An old friend of mine died recently. He was young, late forties. We were not close or anything. In fact, I only met him in person once; we knew each other through online roleplaying from years and years ago, well before MMOs, when text-based MUSHes were still popular. This would be the late nineties, when

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Hercules, the legs! Lift with the legs!

Well, two days of heavy activity have resulted in me hurting my back, no matter how much I quoted that particular SNL skit. Like the mighty Hercules, I could lift a smaller boulder, but screw that one. Fortunately, Friday is a faculty assembly, where as far as I know, there is no boulder-lifting; then again,

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Productive

I had a pretty good day yesterday in terms of productivity. I finished a longstanding article revision, graded a whole class of papers, and even worked in cutting and trimming the lawn. I also spent some time thinking about a completely new article – imagine that. It’s been a long semester. I’m moving my office

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Out of town

I was out of town much of last week to attend my grandfather’s funeral. He was 87. He was buried in the new (not the old) veteran’s cemetery in Memphis, as he served in WWII. The service was very appropriate; my cousin gave the eulogy. Life is short, and our bodies are frail. While we

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Ready Player One

Another book review, this time Ready Player One. It’s a recent young adult book that H had us listen to in the car on the way to work. We ended up reading the last half of it. No offense, Wil Wheaton as narrator. My feelings on the book are mixed. On one hand, the subject

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Irish

I finished my first playthrough of Crusader Kings II last night. 1066 to 1453, starting as the Duke of Munster with two counties. I ended up as the King of Ireland, Scotland, Brythain (Wales and Brittany), and England, plus most of western France and a chunk of Iberia. My self-imposed goal was to control all

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Normally

Normally Dowd gets her point across through satire. This is probably the first time I’ve simply seen her say her mind with a minimum of the usual technique. Now we all know that the SCOTUS is not really impartial, or objective, or just – anything like what its ideals point toward. But it’s refreshing, occasionally,

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