I emailed The Fish at 104 the X today. Here is what I said: Why don’t you ever play any chick groups or groups with chick lead singers. The only one you play is Evanescence (over and over). Why don’t you play someone like Courtney Love, or Avril Lavigne, or Pink, or Cheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Poe, Liz Phair, Joss Stone, L7. Seriously. I could go on and on. Where are the chick’s voices? If you want to mail The Fish too, his email is: thefish@104thex.com. I think on Monday I might call the programming director and lodge a formal complaint. Woo.Read More →

I just discovered a friend I haven’t talked to in years wrote a book Her name is June Casagrande and her book is called Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies. I can just hear her voice saying that. She’s so expressive. Anyway, in an interview for Powells.com, she said something about why she writes that struck me: Because I feel an impulse to write. There is no other reason to. Writers spend a lot of time asking each other, “How do you discipline yourself to write? How do you force ourself to sit down and just do it?” And my answer to them is aRead More →

People need to realize that Hillary is not the first woman presidential candidate. Many people keep making this mistake. Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872. Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman on a Democratic party ticket, yes. That is not the same thing as being the first woman “on a U.S. presidential ticket.” Check out this list of other women who ran for president of the U.S. including Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, Pat Schroeder, and Sonia Johnson. Clearly, only two parties count: Democrats and Republicans.Victoria Woodhull didn’t run on a “major” party ticket. Ah well.Read More →

Second Life, the MMORPG, is huge; stories about it pop up everywhere in the press. For instance, someone named “Stroker” just sold his “Amsterdam” site on Second Life for $50,000. Wired has an interview with Stroker. Last year, Reuters opened a virtual news bureau office on SL. Most recently, Sundance has held a virtual screening of a film from the festival. About a year and a half ago, someone told me about Second Life, and many of my cyber/VR friends have bailed from my various cyberhaunts to this site. So I got a character there, and even bought a video card to do so. ItRead More →

I generally recommend that professors NOT respond to student emails as soon as the messages arrive, even if it will take less than two minutes to respond, because it leads undergraduates to expect immediate feedback. If you routinely reply to student queries within minutes, later in the semester, when you don’t answer the 11pm cry for help the night before the exam, your students will become disgruntled at your “lack of responsiveness.” Don’t train them to expect service 24/7.

– Academic Coach

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