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Archive for September, 2005

Comment Spam

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

I’ve been getting a ton of comment spam lately, so I’m considering solutions. There are a number of plugins provided by Wordpress, including disallowing comments on old posts (apparently a target for comment spammers) and using a Captcha approach for comments (where the commenter must type in the text displayed in an image).
I’d be […]

I guess Christians like soup

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

My latest issue of Christianity Today arrived in the mail today. It’s thicker than usual, and I don’t know if that’s a one-time thing or not. But the other unusual aspect of this issue is that there’s an ad for Campbell’s soup (with a recipe for “Cheesy Chicken and Rice Bake” to boot).

Ooga Booga

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

We radical right-wing fundamentalist Christian creationist gay-bashers are verrry scarrry! And we’ve got the rest of America shaking in its boots!
Just look! These Defcon guys want to foil our evil plans for “achieving absolute power over all branches of government and breaking all the rules to get it.” And they want to […]

Cost of Textbooks

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Not a new subject by any means (just see Robert’s post from April), but a colleague sent us a link today to a Friday Op-Ed in the NYTimes (again, subscription required — sorry) about, well, the high cost of textbooks:
IN time for the new school year, the Government Accountability Office has released a sobering […]

“Forced Speech” on Constitution Day

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Happy Constitution Day!
Western has been celebrating Constitution Day in a number of ways this year. The focus seems to be on the First Amendment (ever seen a university celebrate the Second Amendment?). These include a talk by a local newspaper editor, a radio dialogue among some of our undergrads, and an essay contest.
And […]

The New New Orleans

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

I think this is a terrific idea (subscription required):

As crews rush to restore basic telephone and Internet services to areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, some executives, academics and analysts are urging a more ambitious approach: Make New Orleans and the surrounding areas super-connected communities, with advanced services that surpass what is available anywhere in the […]

More Wisdom from a Seven-year-old

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

“Your echo is your shadow’s voice.”

“Thinking about Teaching …”

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Leamnson, Professor Emeritus of Biology at UMass-Dartmouth and author of “Thinking About Teaching and Learning.” Bob was here for a workshop related to his book, which is the selection for this year’s Faculty Reading Roundtable at Western.
Bob is sort of a gadfly in the higher education […]

I’m still here

Friday, September 9th, 2005

It’s just been a non-posting kind of week. Don’t give up on me, please!

Western Carolina offers help to students affected by Katrina

Monday, September 5th, 2005

It’s refreshing to write about something that universities are doing well. Like other schools, my institution, Western Carolina University, is offering to take in students from colleges and universities closed by the hurricane. Details here.
By the way, kudos to Robert at brightMystery for taking the same idea to his president at Franklin College […]

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