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Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Grades Turned In So... Xanadu!

It's been a long time since finishing grading left me with the energy and spirit to celebrate, but today I return to an old Amor Mundi grade-finishing ritual (sans the pink champagne and Cherry Garcia ice-cream, in neither of which do I partake any longer in my new lean however superannuated frame):

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Zinger

Greg Sargent has the zinger: Two years in, "[t]he case against Trump’s corruption and criminality is getting built & his border wall isn’t." I can't say I was particularly thrilled with the American, all too American bloodlust of Obama's own zinger, two year's in -- namely “Osama Bin Laden is dead & General Motors is alive” -- but it is easy to see which one is the winner and which one is the loser. You know, nearly two years ago I already complained that "I suspect that finding it simultaneously equally impossible to believe Trump will and also will not be impeached day after day is driving nearly every intelligent person quite mad right now." If anything, that feeling of madness is now more acute than ever. Trump and McConnell both seem to be unraveling a bit here at year's end -- it will be interesting to see whether Mueller and Pelosi and others can provoke Trump into fatal errors that empower Democrats to halt the worst abuses now and make a compelling case for a 2020 transfer of power for rising Millennials and dwindling Xers to fully join forces and begin cleaning up the mess of the sociopathic Boomers before the climate endgame takes its fully genocidal/suicidal course. Working for that outcome, sometimes hopelessly, sometimes hopefully...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The New Ew

New tech is old scams all the way down.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Grading, Grating

Two stragglers have handed in their papers, six stragglers remain as the hours to the deadline go pit-pat in the glass, always always always the straggler struggle at the end...

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily (Well Deserved Congratulations Are In Order Edition)

Monday, December 10, 2018

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The Wait For the Eight

Eight stragglers, grading deadline looms, we'll see...

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Sunday Walk

We took our long walk through Mountain View after our weekly brunch at the Piedmont Avenue Cafe under a brisk blue bowl of sky, red maple and yellow ginkgo leaves shimmering in the light cold autumnal breath like elven magic. Nearly fifty final papers and projects and reading notebooks and peer editing workshop worksheets are done, stacked in piles like the monolith from 2001... Ten students have yet to hand in their final projects and so it is the usual fraught waiting game -- do they submit before my grading deadline and pass or nah? Fingers crossed: I want every single student to do well this year, for once! As happens most years I've got a bit of a cold, and was probably deferring it the last few weeks through by means of straight-up dumb grim grit-teethed denial, and so have spent no small part of my grading marathon sessions these last few days under blankets and amidst mounds of wadded kleenix.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily (All The Best People Edition)

Friday, December 07, 2018

Grading Grading

...the goal is to get one-third through today... ...looks like I just may make it... ...on and on it goes...

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

This Is Us

Grading Grading Grading...

...and the late papers are still pouring in!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

...Le Deluge

Fall's last lecture took place yesterday, another wonderful symposium of student work, quite uplifting and even fun I must say. And now I contemplate a stack of papers, workshop worksheets, peer edits, late midterms, reading notebooks, for sixty students or so. This stack will be my constant companion for many days to come, growing only larger as students with extensions add their contributions to the pile. Here goes!

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Last Day First

Last lectures today in my critical theory undergraduate survey and my digital anti-democracy courses -- lots of loose ends in the one, not sure how everything will tie together all told, symposium of student work in the other, should be more fun. Feel as though I have been teaching on fumes for weeks, raw and ready for a little time off once the grading avalanche is behind me.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Barbara Lee Speaks For (Us All) Daily -- Congratulations Edition