What I haven’t been blogging

Holy CowYes, I know it’s been a while. I started this semester out on the wrong foot, and have been scrambling for the last several months. If I haven’t answered your email (and there many hundred that need to be answered), I am very sorry. I promise I will get back to you. I considered email bankruptcy, but won’t go that far. If it’s time critical, email me again, since I’m working through in reverse chronological order, and that will push you to the top of the queue.

I have declared a bit of blogging bankruptcy, and abandoned some ideas for blog posts. Here is a partial list of the things I haven’t blogged, but thought about blogging:

* I was in Vancouver for IR8.0. The Mac Book Pro has developed another problem, and it is not charming–so no conference blogging. Lots of people did, though, including my anagramic colleague. Lots of stuff on Second Life, which was fun.

* Inside Higher Ed has an article that strikes a little close to home, denigrating profs with avatars, blogs, and wearing Hawaiian shirts. I far preferred the Chronicle‘s advice on how James Bond can make you a better professor.

* Mutating Pictures allows human viewers to determine fitness and evolves faces from symmetric distributions of triangles. It’s already doing well. I am amazingly curious about the final outcome.

* Speaking of genetics, I am ready for the cow man.

Unlike other semesters, I haven’t been dumping my other writing and activities to this blog, for a variety of reasons, but now that I have a day of breathing space, I’ll try to start doing that again.

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  1. Jennifer Kelly
    Posted 11/6/2007 at 12:44 pm | Permalink


    I was watching an episode of “King of Queens” the other day (I know, how American of me) and a professor said, “Turn to your left and then to your right. One of these people is going to fail.” I laughed and said to my fiance, “This professor I worked with in college did that, except he said that both people were going to fail.” Anyways, I made a mental note to drop by your blog for the first time in a few years. I checked out your syllabus and it’s nice to see you’re still scary. I’m envious of your “Manhattanite” status, seeing as how I’m an “Indianaite,” if there is a such thing. Keep doing what you’re doing! ~Jennifer~

  2. Posted 11/6/2007 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Ha! My students will tell you I’ve mellowed a bit with age :). But I’ll have to remember to use that line if they ever unleash me on undergrads again.

    Hope all is well in Indiana (Indiana?!). Keep in touch…

  3. Jennifer Kelly
    Posted 11/6/2007 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    I went back a few, or a hundred, pages on your blog to show my fiance my college past. He was impressed. I was amazed it was over five years ago. I am in Indiana because he was transferred for his job. It’s not quite Buffalo but I make do. Freelance writing is my life now, and a damn good one if I may say so. Well, Augusten Burroughs is calling me, er, at least his new(est) book is. Talk to you soon.

  4. Posted 11/7/2007 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Hi Alex,

    I enjoyed checking out your blog. I’m a recent grad in Silicon Valley, and I’ve just started a company that is mapping the blogosphere to our world. Here is an example of a blogger in Georgia who’s plugged in: http://www.verveearth.com/landing/#type=user&id=772. It can be fun to explore different localities.

    It’s an easy process to get on board, and I can be reached at clayton@verveearth.com for questions or feedback. If you resonate with the vision of painting a global canvas of voices, please give VerveEarth a mention.

    Cheers! -Clayton

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