“OMG we built a robot kangaroo!”

by meanlouise April 2, 2012 academia

This is painfully funny, because it’s so very true. Adam Ruben – “How to Write Like a Scientist.”

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McSweeney's Open Letters

by meanlouise January 15, 2011 academia

McSweeney’s has a whole series of brilliant open letters. I especially liked Liz Skoski’s “An open letter to my abandoned MA English Degree.” Like the genie (who, as you’ve taught me, is actually a metaphor for the oppression of the mystical practices of various indigenous tribes in the Middle East) you could have granted me […]

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truer words…

by meanlouise November 13, 2007 academia

“He had that faraway academic look that was sometimes mistaken for homelessness.” Jo Dereske, Miss Zukas and the Raven’s Dance, p.9

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March of the Librarians

by meanlouise August 28, 2007 academia

“Twice a year tens of thousands of librarians make a trek across the United States to a meeting of the ALA. How they know to congregate in the same spot, no one knows. They come to learn, to network, to collect free stuff…and possibly to mate.”

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and not a moment too soon

by meanlouise May 5, 2003 academia

I’ve turned in the grades for all of my classes. I’m pleased with myself at a level that is all out of proportion with the accomplishment, but right now I couldn’t care less. Dr. Noodles leaves tomorrow for 10 days. I’ve been telling some people he’s going on his yearly LSD binge and others that […]

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A mathematician, a physicist and a squirrel walk into a bar…

by meanlouise October 4, 2002 academia

This morning I was getting out of my car when Dr. X, a mathematician, pulled into the lot. I left my car door open while we exchanged pleasantries. I could have sworn I saw something out of the corner of my eye. That’s when Dr. Y came running over insisting he’d just seen a squirrel […]

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by meanlouise October 1, 1999 academia

I’ve been talking with faculty in Anthropology and CompSci about developing a course in Digital Culture that I could possibly teach after I finish my Master’s Degree next year. I have to finish Comprehensive exams and complete two major projects between now and then, so I don’t want to get too excited yet…. If you […]

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this site may be doomed

by meanlouise July 28, 1999 academia

I have to use AOL to access Open Diary from home and my connection is very painfully slow and I can’t seem to stay logged in long enough to update anymore. I’m not about to return to handcoding so I’m going to have to try to remember to update between classes while I’m at school. […]

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Happy 4th of July!

by meanlouise July 4, 1999 academia

I’m trying to coax my Chinese office-mates to go to the roof of one of the buildings on campus to watch the fireworks, but I’m afraid that the concept of the 4th of July is a little perplexing to them. They’re also freaked out by the concept of hot-dogs because they don’t like not knowing […]

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by meanlouise September 20, 1998 academia

I know you’re all sick and tired of hearing about grad school, but I had an epiphany I just had to share. To briefly recap: my secondary speciality is Communications. My advisor convinced me that taking the fiction screenwriting class would be useful to me in my non-fiction writing. My epiphany isn’t that he’s right, […]

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