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On (teaching) writing well.

January 23rd, 2010 (11:28 pm)

Not long ago, parenth_blog blogged about a talk given by William Zinsser called "Writing English as a Second Language." This post started out as a comment on that blog post, but it is mostly about the article. It got a little overheated, and a little overlong, and isn't about what Sam said, so I decided to post it here, instead. It turns out that teaching writing is a subject about which I have a rather elaborate opinion.

Here is my opinion.Collapse )

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Hipster Brussels Sprouts

March 28th, 2009 (08:40 pm)

I just made really good dinner. And I thought I'd share. For a few reasons: I'm obsessed with braising, I want to teach you about a point of traditional French cuisine, and I have successfully and satisfyingly substituted something for bacon in a recipe that usually calls for it.

Foodie wankery, plus a recipe I'm calling Hipster Brussels Sprouts, the reason for which will remain obscure for several paragraphs.Collapse )

Nom.

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December 29th, 2008 (10:28 pm)

holy shizzle, you must watch this NOW: "how bread was made in the 80s."

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words fail.

December 1st, 2008 (01:57 pm)

from a right-wing talk radio station's website:



(via Andrew Sullivan)

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bad localvore!

November 21st, 2008 (05:15 pm)

i'm a bad localvore for a bunch of reasons. i like bananas. and i eat green things all winter. i'm better than most americans, sure. i have a local, organic farm share. our first winter veggies arrived yesterday. (i haven't seen them yet, but i bet they're great.)

i'm a bad localvore in particular for this, the world's best smoothie (particularly at a time like this, when i'm coming down with a cold):

1 banana
1/2 avocado
1 or 2 stems of kale, leaves taken off and put in blender, stems tossed/composted/disposed
as much soymilk as you need/desire, to liquify (i use unsweetened)
whey protein powder (it's better if it's unsweetened and unflavored)
honey to taste

it's ::bright green:: and totally yummy. is all.

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November 6th, 2008 (05:31 pm)

lolz: this 100 foods no environmentalist should ever eat is stoopid. like really stoopid. some of it's good advice, i suppose. my favorites?

...
10. Conventional food: Conventionally grown foods use pesticides that can get into our waterways and other parts of the environment. It is also believed to have fewer nutrients than organic food.
11. Organic food: While organic food tends to be cleaner for the environment, it’s often more energy intensive and inefficiently produced.
...

and that leaves me with... what?

i suppose food made in my garden. oh, wait. i live in chicago: i don't have a yard; and it's ass cold a whole bunch of the year.

also to be avoided because of "environmental concerns": rice, bread, olives, and a whole bunch of vegetables because they use pesticides (apples, strawberries, spinach, bell peppers, corn). i could get around that by eating organic vegetables. oh, wait....

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a variety of a bleg

October 15th, 2008 (01:48 pm)

i kind of hate the word "bleg," but i suppose it's technically what i'm about to do.

i've found myself (co-)in charge of our graduate student conference this year, and i'm trying to do the responsible thing of leaving as much of a paper trail as possible, so that next year's conference organizers don't find themselves in the situation we're in. e.g. so all the everything we're doing is getting wiki'ed. so far it's working really, really well. yay.

but we're coming up against, now, needing to do budget projections for grant proposals. and here's where it gets interesting. we have, in fact, four discreet events, one of which is the actual conference, which is workshop + reception + screening + dinner + day of conference + screening. and, by my rough count, we have at least 8 constituents giving us money (well, including the two grant-giving organizations we're panhandling).

this is not an unusual situation. but it is an accounting nightmare. past conference budgets are unsystematic messes, with little to no reasonable documentation. my bleg is this: what tools have those of you who've run conferences/similar affairs found useful for such weird accounting? do you have excel templates that'll handle this? do you have general advice on such accounting?

i took a whack at an excel workbook, but it got amazingly complicated and unwieldy really quickly. am i doing something wrong?

or is the answer: you just do it ad-hoc like we have been for the last 5 years, and it'll all work out in the end...

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October 9th, 2008 (11:14 pm)

i'm not sure how to embed google finance charts in other webpages. and i'm still feeling bewildered & spooked enough, i'll just say it out loud:

in the last year, the dow jones industrial average fell 39%.
in the last month, the djia fell 23.6%.

jesus christ on an effing pogo stick.

and mccain can only talk about ayers? and this resonates with a truly frightening number of people.

i've said it before, but i think for the first time in a while, i really, for serious, mean it: where are we going, and why the fuck are we in this handbasket?

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October 9th, 2008 (12:09 pm)

it's funny you should post that, anna. i was just about to repost here an email i sent to my "affect publics" research group's listhost:

the Mob: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E
McCain's most recent ad: http://tinyurl.com/4l2zm2

One topos I've seen emerge quite recently in the Liberal Blogosphere (how I hate that word) is that Sarah Palin's speeches have turned into Fascist rallies, and that conservative populists have been cast as "mobs". A bunch of bloggers and columnists have recently heard in the Republicans' tactics echoes of Nazis. The Ayers association, Barack-Hussein-Obama comments, and the stoking of white jingoist ressentiment against Obama---these have all recently been a part of what I can only think of as a generalized version of Godwin's law.

This election has repeatedly returned to characterizations (or outright violence against, cf the RNC in St. Paul) of "mobs" on the other side.

Of course, the new accusation I've heard leveled is that this type of character assassination is an incitement to a real assassination. It's histrionic (I think), but I feel it in my gut, too. It's echoes of the sorts of things I heard in January and February: that Obama will never make it through the election; or in May when Clinton compared Obama to Bobby Kennedy.

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September 12th, 2008 (03:05 pm)

so i just can't stop saturating myself with politics. i wish i knew how. i think i need at least one day in which i'm not at least somewhat plugged into the blogs.

Liberal Elite Blowhardy Grad Student Political Analysis and Autobiography, not without jargon and with highly inconsistent capitalization.Collapse )

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