Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It's That Time Of Year Again...

As final projects are being handed in and assessed, and grades are being posted digitally to on-line resources, I tend to get a couple of letters every semester from students pushing for a change in the grade. Here is a sample of a letter I shall never receive:

Hey Professor,
I cant believe you got grades up on line so quick. I was amazed by teh A-. I was hopping I could get you to reconsider the grade. Normally I don't do so well in collage courses, and I don't wanna upset my parent's expectations of me. Is there any kind of extra course work I can complete to get a lower grade? I'd really, really appreciate it.

Thanks, and have a good break!

(spelling errors and formality issues were added to suspend disbelief)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

George in the Journal

Gretchen and I subscribe to only one paper: The Wall Street Journal. It was a perk with business school when she started her MBA - now it is our periodical mainstay.

Over the past couple of years I have noticed a change in the depiction of George Bush's image in WSJ articles related to his actions and policies. It started around the time the Republicans lost the midterm elections. Apparently, I wasn't the only one. This guy also noticed.

I won't rip off his blog, but it's worth taking a look.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Roden Crater

I stumbled upon an interesting article from the NY Times about James Turrell's Roden Crater. A couple of months ago I stumbled upon an article that said the crater opened last year. Apparently plans have been delayed. 2011 is the opening date. It doesn't stop people from trespassing.