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Quick, somebody hand me a violin that only dogs can hear:

Paul Martin, who shall remain nameless, has hurt David Wilkins’s feelings: “Just think about this. What if one of our best friends criticized you directly and incorrectly almost relentlessly? What if that friend’s agenda was to highlight your perceived flaws while avoiding mentioning your successes? What if that friend demanded respect but offered little in return?” Wilkins asked. I’ll be honest: I’d feel…

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Ruminations on the value of a dollar

One day this past summer, a camper of mine, bored, threw herself onto an armchair and demanded that I tell her a story. A story? I said. What kind of a story? Y’know, she replied, one of those stories you always tell. Recognition dawned instantly. You mean one of my bitter childhood memories? Her eyes lit up. Yeah, one of those. And all…

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This girl isn’t one of my students, but she might as well be:

(I got this link from Ernie. Blame him.) Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ailee Slater, who thinks it’s like totally unfair that her professors are assessing her knowledge. I realize I’m firing into a barrel of slow-witted guppies that have already floated to the surface, but what the hell: Personally, I have come to the conclusion that the University system makes absolutely no sense. Students…

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There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say there isn’t

You’ve probably heard of this one by now, if not this year then any of the last ten: Christmas is under attack! And I for one am having trouble choosing sides, because I can’t decide whose position is more compelling. Do I ally myself with the devout Christians who get the vapours whenever someone wishes them a sectarian Happy Holiday? Or should I…

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Playing with fire

I’ve said before that throwing is by far my favourite part of making pottery. And for the most part, it is. I’m almost never terribly happy with the way the surfaces of my pots turn out, and I’ve always felt somewhat cheated by the firing process: load the electric kiln, and then wait patiently for two days as a machine transforms your…

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It’s not a conspiracy theory if it’s actually true

At the risk of engaging in the premature counting of chickens, it looks like I’m going to be involved in something off-blog that will expose my rants about the fucking graphing calculator to a wider audience. Like, wider by a few orders of magnitude. Exciting stuff. Exciting enough that I spent some time today researching the link between Texas Instruments and the…

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Back among the working

Throughout the conference, I was trying to figure out how to blog about the conference without…well…blogging about the conference. And then, on my last night out of town, it came to me in a dream. On my last night out of town for the business conference, I dreamt that one of my coworkers found my blog. But the blog that…

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