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Nov. 11th, 2005 | 06:59 pm

The Dover, Pa.school board had tried to mandate the teaching of intelligent design in the districts schools. At any rate, Dover just had an election and voted out every school board member up for reelection in favor of canindates who had run against the teaching of intelligent design. Anyway, here's Pat. "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover, if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there." I like the arrogance here, Pat Robertson thinks he can see into the mind of God and predict his wrath. Seems a little chancy. I kind of like this idea via the plank. http://www.tnr.com/blog/theplank/. Today God appears to have inflicted seasonably cool weather on Dover. Now granted it looks like it might be a little cold tonight, it's forecast to get down to 29, so maybe the lord has decided to visit his wrath upon the vegetation first.

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Hmm, this seems worth worrying about...

Nov. 10th, 2005 | 04:14 pm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/09/AR2005110902204.html

I like this, along with writing a paper this year, passing my comprehensive exams next year, writing a thesis, getting a job, and getting tenure, I can worry about an asteroid obliterating life as we know it in 30 years or so.

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Been gone too long

Nov. 9th, 2005 | 09:47 pm

Been distracted the last week or so, Sarah in Town, work, etc, etc. Don't have much new to report. My microfilm might get here tomorrow, but thats not really exciting to anyone but me. It will be nice to get going on my first year paper. I tend to be much more neurotic about things when I'm not actually working on them.

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Reading, Reading, Reading

Oct. 31st, 2005 | 07:06 pm

Thats probably not the most exciting title, but its all I got at the moment. Graduate work, at least here, is structured entirely differently from undergraduate work. Its not just that there's more of it, the work (literally) never ends. Just as an example, right now I have two classes left this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. For each of those classes I need to read a book. I haven't actually started either one yet because I've been busy with other stuff. (We'll get to that) This isn't really as bad as it seems becuase we aren't really expected to read every word of every book for seminar. Its basically understood that we will read more of some books than others. I do, however, need to have read enough to be able to talk reasonably intelligently about both books.

Okay fine, not so bad. Of course, I'm also supposed to be doing a field for one of my classes that I will take an exam on at the end of the year. I'm supposed to meet individually with the professor I'm doing that field with. I really should have a meeting this week, probably on Thursday, we agreed we would talk about two books at that meeting, I've read one of them, haven't even started the other, which is kind of a monster.

Then, of course, there's my first year paper. I'm still waiting for the microfilm I'm hoping to be able to base my paper off of to show up. Of course in the meantime, I have ridiculous amounts of secondary reading to get through, again, this is browsing as much as reading, but still, its a lot of stuff to read. Making me more anxious is that I don't actually have the microfilm, so I don't really know how good my sources are going to be. I'm not unfamiliar with the sources, since I've worked with them before, I have some idea of what I think I'm going to argue about them, but still, its microfilm of 19th century cursive handwriting, and its not always the easiest stuff to read and I can't be totally sure this stuff is rich enough to support my research until I actually get at it.

The work is never stop or start like college, its never actually done and sometimes it just gets pretty overwhelming. This is kind of my doom and gloom post. Really, I'm actually enjoying grad school a lot. The reading I'm doing and the conversations I've been having in and out of Seminars have been very stimulating and I'm getting a clearer idea of what my interests are and how they fit in to the broader historiography. I think its just an issue of getting to the point where I'm okay with just having massive amounts of stuff to get done all the time. Alright, I'm back to the mines...

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What the Hell

Oct. 29th, 2005 | 09:50 pm

I too have decided to start a blog. I know this really puts me on the cutting edge at the moment. What can I say, I'm a joiner. Several people might have heard my extended rant on why I wouldn't have a blog, but I've been feeling a need to write more often. One of the problems about grad work is that it tends to involve spurts of writing and long periods of not writing. For example, right now, I'm in the middle of doing research and probably won't actually start writing my first year paper till December at the earliest. The problem is that writing is the kind of thing that you need to do often to do well. Of course this isn't really the same kind of writing as academic writing, but hopefully just doing some writing will help.
Then again this may all be an elaborate attempt at procrastination, but dammit I'm going to sell it as an intellectual exercise, that might make me feel better about all the books I'm not reading.
I'm not really quite sure what kind of blog this is going to be, I have decided to remain anonymous, although I imagine that most of the people reading this will know who I am anyway.The issue is really that I don't want someone to be able to google my name and have this blog come up. So if anyone links to my mumblings, I'd appreciate if they didn't identify me by my full name or anything. I think that I will keep most of this public, it might help keep me out of the gutter. However, I still might occasionally write something that I'd prefer to be sure about who is reading it. So, if you'd like to be added to my private list just tell me and I'll probably be happy to add you. (If someone wants to tell me how I add people that would be nice too) Alright, I think that will do for now.

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