Monthly Archives: April 2007

Archives, Nations, Ownership

I have ambivalent feelings about debates over the ownership of physical objects that have sacred or heritage value to one group or institution and knowledge-producing value to another group or institution, such as the struggle over Native American remains held … Continue reading

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The Cafeteria Monitor and the Mouseless Security Check

When I was in first grade, there was a woman hired by the school to assist kids in the cafeteria. But she decided that it was her job to ensure that all kids ate properly. (I found out later that … Continue reading

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Fun With Intellectual Property Issues, No. 340 in a Series: Aluka

Regular readers have heard me complain before about the straight-up weirdness of the way the cost of research falls on institutions of higher education. Universities directly or indirectly subsidize faculty to carry out research through a variety of means: sabbaticals, … Continue reading

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History 89 Environmental History of Africa

Here’s a draft of a course I’m teaching for the first time this fall. I’m still making specific selections of material from some of these books, and may shift around titles as I find them, as well as likely pare … Continue reading

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Misery Poker: At Least a Full Boat, Maybe Quads

April really is the cruellest month in the academic calendar, but this year, I am pretty much at the outer limits of my ability to cope with the flood of things that need doing. Some of those are self-made catastrophes … Continue reading

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Putting the Dead to Work

Very busy time the last two weeks, and I’m not out of it yet. I’ve been storing up some thoughts for the weblog, and hope to get them up soon. One thought in passing this morning. Anybody whose first impulse … Continue reading

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He’s a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Maybe it’s because I have whatever this hideous flu thing is that’s spreading around here (sore throat + headache + exhaustion in the worst part of the academic calendar = not happy camper) but I just pretty much read the … Continue reading

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I was sure I was going to end up as Simon on this quiz. Your results:You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) 65% Wash (Ship Pilot) 65% Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic) 60% Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command) 60% Kaylee Frye … Continue reading

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Blunt-Talking Non-Lunatic Mavericks?

John McCain lost any residual appeal to me when he revealed very clearly around 2003 that he had gotten off the Straight Talk Express and boarded the Fawning Courtier Slow Coach instead. Now he’s even managed to paint himself into … Continue reading

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As long as we’re talking about 300, check this out. (Via Penny Arcade.)

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