Archives: May 2012

Reviewing

Recently, I received an essay to blind peer-review for a journal. This is a first for me. I’ve reviewed conference papers before, and edited a collection, but not a journal submission. This feels dangerous and exciting. Given my past experiences with reviewers, I am very, very concerned about writing a scrupulously fair and quality review.

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Day Z

Dropping a note here about Day Z, a mod for Arma II, to remind me to keep an eye on it as it develops. It looks very promising, but I’m not sure I want to drop thirty bucks for the game just so I can play the mod – yet. I am still very hesitant

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Juxtaposition

The morning’s NYT: Whites Account for Under Half of Births in U.S., and a fascinating color spread of a race-baiting super-PAC attack ad on Obama that links him to black-liberation Wright all over again. I remember, back when I was working on the diss – early 2008 – I was in the stacks of Harding’s

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Spring semester over, Diablo

With a few odds and ends left here and there, the spring semester is over. I should have some special or snarky comment to make about it, but I don’t. Instead, I just feel tired. It could be those third-year blues I’ve heard about, or it could just be that I’m often morose when I

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The Right Thing

I think he did the right thing. Time will tell how much it hurts him, but you can’t say he lacks guts, announcing support for gay marriage at the beginning of his re-election campaign. You could say he’s swinging left due to lackluster big-money donations, but this is a move at a entirely different level

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Board games

In the last few years, I have gotten into board games of the type called eurogames, or German-style board games. They are different than the traditional board game fare that I drew up with (Monopoly, Clue, Stratego, Risk, chess) or later party games (Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Scattergories, etc) in that they are more abstract and

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