Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Caltech undergrad and fencer Laura Decker has been competing in the national championships this weekend. I've been looking for the results, with no success yet. Any way you slice it, this is a great achievement. Congratulations and good luck! For more information, check out Caltech Today. Credit for the photo is also Caltech Today.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I KNOW, right?? Legend offers two stories for these tables (there are 2 of them in the building). According to some, when we bought this building (a lovely late-19th-century middle school) the tables were already here. Too big to move, they stayed. Another version insists that they originated in the old campus and moved here.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Last year's yard waste filled the beds about 80%, but I figured that one or two inches of real soil would be a nice nest for my seeds. You can see the way that my FIL constructed PVC pipes into a frame above each bed. I'll use that to drape landscape fabric in case of bad weather, or netting when the blueberries set fruit, etc.
Ok, so above the beds filled with soil. I used about 4.5 cubic feet (3 bags) of a soil mixture that contains all the good stuff (vermiculite, perlite, compost, etc.).
So here's what's in there. On the south end, all the way across the bed (ie, 2 square feet), Cascadia sugar snap peas. Just north of that, 4 square feet of loose leaf lettuce (Red Velvet, Red Sails, and Navara Red. I realized, too late, that I only buy red lettuces.). In the final two square feet, on the north end of the bed (closest to you in the picture), on the left Charlotte red chard and on the right Teton spinach.
In the orange bed, on the south end I planted two square feet of Oregon Giant snow peas. North of that are two square feet of romaine lettuces (both Little Gem). The last four square feet are butterheads (Four Seasons, Buttercrunch, and Speckles).
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I planted both of these last summer. The blackberries are in the ground because - basically - they're invasive snarling hyenas of the plant world. The blueberries (2 of them, different varieties) are in a raised bed because the soil here is basic while blueberries love acid. In a raised bed I can add soil amendments more easily.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
It comes in green, blue, and grey. We got one set in blue (my favorite color) and one in green (Iain's favorite color). Plus bottom sheets, and a mattress ordered from Sears, that makes us readyreadyready to host a house party.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
1. Modern life, for all its connections to the past, offered Americans a series of profound changes. Explain the power of modernity, and responses to it.]Student: So, if I write this one, I can discuss modernity as an intellectual force as well as a set of social and cultural changes, right?
I can't wait to read that. Sometimes teaching is like eating a huge ice cream sundae with a cherry on top. And fudge sauce. And maybe some caramel, too. Yes, that good.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
If you're thinking, "He looks so grown up!" don't worry. He's not ready for college yet. Can't spell, for one thing.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
Aristotle plagiarized James Franco's dissertation. Ashamed, he burned all extant copies of it, a treatise on comedy.James Franco's diss. doesn't have rough drafts. It just has the parts forthcoming from Verso, Routledge, & @UChicagoPress.James Franco doesn't hire research assistants. 1. He doesn't need help. 2. He doesn't search; he has already found.James Franco is allowed to drink in Special Collections. His reflexes guarantee no coffee spills on rare books.
James Franco never pays for photocopies at the library. Why kill trees while neglecting a photographic memory?
James Franco's dissertation is not a "contribution to the field." It *is* the field.
Search committees fly to James Franco's house during the MLA Convention and interview him while sitting on his bed.
James Franco doesn't take notes in class. Sure, his memory is great, but, more, it's that the lecturers are quoting him.
Funny stuff, especially if you've ever been on the academic job market, gotten a PhD, or spent much time with the folk in English. You can read the rest here.
In other news, last night Iain ran around the house yelling "Wonder Iain! Superboy!!"