Sunday, October 21, 2007

My Prog-Rock Savior

Eleanor from the Fiery Furnaces

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Ok, there's this point at the end of the third track, Nude where Thom sounds like he's seriously channeling that moment in The Little Mermaid where Arial loses her voice to Ursula...

Anyone else hear that?

On another note, I paid one pound Sterling for In Rainbows (selling England bt the pound).

I like it so far...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Attention Rennaissance Faire Geeks:

Blackmore's Night is headed to Raleigh:

Not since Ian Anderson girded his loins with a hefty codpiece, has middle earth been so satisfied. This combination madrigal-music-extravaganza, Celtic-mystic-riverdance promises to satisfy even the most ill-tempered Orc.
All Hallows Eve Special! Come in costume and receive free cup of Wassail and dragon scale.
Hope my dublet still fits. Almien!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I'm sorry, could you repeat the question?

NPR had an interesting piece today about the over use of laptop computers in college classrooms.

I've been in graduate school for 3 years now and I must say, I found this a completely fascinating phenomenon, after 20 years outside academia. For a while I tried typing notes in class but found I was causing too much of a distraction (I do a 4 finger peck that is VERY lowd; the younger you are, the softer your touch - all that practice in the tweenie years).

Though in the beginning I was lured by the novelty, and tried to take notes on my laptop, I must admit that I eventually reverted to written notes. I found I was better able to retain the material, and with the computer, I was often tempted to check my email and the sports scores.

The ONLY time I found using a laptop practical was in a municipal law course where the professor was constantly referring to state statutes, and it served everybody well to simply cut-and-past the statute reference from the state website into your written notes.

But this post is going out to many of my friends who teach, professors and piers studying at graduate school. So I put it to you, what's your opinion of the use of laptops during course lectures?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

What-The-"bleep" Is This?

It's October 7th, and I'm being bitten by misquitoes?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Shhhhhhhh... I'm studying Gillian Welch's Time (The Revelator).

This could take all month.