Dissertation Thoughts/Notes…

November 29, 2006 at 10:24 am (Dissertation)

A possible title: Diplomacy with the Dead: A Survey of Communication and Transit Between the World of the Living and the World of the Dead in the Ancient Near East. We’ll see how it works out…

The reluctance among scholars both in Assyriology and, to a lesser extent, in Classics to accept the possibility that much of Greco-Roman art and culture was inspired by or influenced by preexisting Near Eastern developments seems to be based in the argument that, if we don’t have absolute proof of transmission, than we have nothing more than idle speculation. However, this argument runs counter to standard scientific logic: If, for example, a disease which was common in China (and nowhere else) were to appear in America, and there was regular traffic between the two countries, an epidemiologist would start on the assumption that the most likely source of the American outbreak was along the Chinese vectors. Read the rest of this entry »


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15 minutes a day…

November 28, 2006 at 9:44 pm (Dissertation, Horror)

Marilyn lent me a book called Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day, by Joan Bolker, which I have only now (at her urging) gotten around to reading. Marilyn, I admit it: I’m a fool for having waited this long. Within the first 20 pages, this woman has done more to make me feel confident/valuable/worthy than the last 7+ years of grad school have! Now, if only I’d read this book back then… Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28, 2006 at 9:21 pm (Family, Wine)

Let it be said that, although having a warm, purring cat sitting contentedly in one’s lap is indeed one of life’s great pleasures, it can make it a tad bit more difficult to type. Especially if said cat mistakes one’s tip-tapping fingers as play toys and tries to stand on the ‘m’ key. But, since Heather and I leave in a couple of days to spend a week in Hawaii, I’m trying to stock up on kitty-time, so I haven’t the heart to stop her. I’m such a softy… Read the rest of this entry »

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My Educational Computer Game

November 21, 2006 at 11:15 am (Computers, Education, Horror, Travel)

I gave a presentation at the NMC Regional Conference two weeks ago about “Excavation,” the educational game that I spent the summer developing. When I posted the results of said presentation on the ITC Alumni Blog, of which I’m a member, the post ran on for ever. So, I decided to cut out the middle and post it here, in case anyone really wanted to read it. The beta version of the game itself is here; the level editor, here. This game was the result of (a) the NMC 2006 Summer Conference in Cleveland, which focused on educational gaming, and the ITC Educational Tool Contest (that may not be the correct title, if it had one) sponsered by CDH that ended September 15. The game itself represents the answer to three questions about educational gaming that I began to ask at Cleveland, and that I have continued to think about and refine since then, and even since the completion of this version of the game! They are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Some fantastic comics

November 17, 2006 at 10:49 pm (Comics, Horror)

While at the NMC Regional Conference last week, I made friends with a fellow named Bryan who shared my interest for gothic horror-themed literature and comics. I mentioned at the time The Black Forest, one of the books that got my back into comics, and promised him I’d send him the link. Well, I got around to digging it up today, and discovered a wealth of other riches by the same group, of which I want to keep track. Read the rest of this entry »

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The purpose of my blog

November 17, 2006 at 10:17 pm (General)

I am contemplating starting a second blog. Indeed, only three days after restarting this blog, I’m already dissatisfied with it. Or, specifically, with its content. I had hoped that it would be a literary and artistic masterpiece, full of poignent observations about the future of education and technology, the continuing relevance of the past, the surreal beauty of the occasional ghost story and musings on fine (and less than fine) wines. Instead, it is gradually (by which I mean three entire posts) turning into a personal corkboard, where I can post info that I want to remember or be able to find again in the future, but not necessarily a digital tourist destination. So, I am thinking about starting a second blog which, in my haze of poetic illusions, will of course fulfil my literary aspirations, while keeping this blog for more mundane notes and commentary. Of course, even writing this post displays my incorrigible vanity, since I don’t need this to remind me; I post this in the obvious hope that someone will one day find me to be so fascinating and worthy of study that they will make it as far as this blog. Well, at least this blog is providing me with a window into the depths of my own soul!

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One of my favorite NPR stories ever

November 14, 2006 at 12:10 pm (Humor)

This article was absolutely hilarious. In the buildup to last week’s election, NPR interviewed a pair of voice artists who regularly voice political attack ads. The best part is at the end, when the interviewer has the two of them voice some familiar nursery rhymes… with unexpectedly cool results!

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Educational Gaming at USC?

November 14, 2006 at 12:05 pm (Uncategorized)

I heard an article on NPR this morning about USC’s new Interactive Entertainment undergraduate major. They’ve had an MFA in the subject for 5 years now, rather tempting… maybe I should finish my current degree first, though!

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My Christmas List

November 13, 2006 at 8:02 pm (Uncategorized)

I feel vaguely dirty, having just made some grand post about leaping headlong into the Web 2.0 as a responsible digital citizen, only to have my next post be a Christmas list. However, hiding behind that old standby that “technology is supposed to make our lives easier,” not “technology is supposed to make us feel guilty,” I’m going to take the risk. For those of you who ask why I’m not just creating a “wish list” on Amazon.com, it’s because I don’t want people to feel that they need to buy from Amazon. I AM including an Amazon link for a lot of items, so that you can see what they look like, but feel free to buy locally. Read the rest of this entry »

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My (second) first post

November 13, 2006 at 7:24 pm (Computers)

I originally started this blog in order to learn how blogs worked as part of a work assignment. Half a year later, I decided that I wanted a personal blog and, rather than creating a whole new blog (and clogging up the Internet with yet another unread, unloved blog) I decided to repurpose this test blog for myself! I’m not entirely certain what the content will end up being, but I hope that it will be fun and thought provoking. In any case, I now feel like an honest citizen of this new, digital millennium that I keep hearing so much about. So, without further ado…

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