Howdy, friends, and as the sign says, “Welcome to Colorful Colorado!” Heck’sapoppin’ out here on the high plains, where the cold and the snow apparently will never cease this winter. Oh, well: I’ve got my horse to keep me warm–here’s hoping that you have someone to keep you warm, too. Some in-state news and views you can use (or at least laugh at):
- What the hell is going on in the CU-Boulder Philosophy department? Here’s a story from last weekend in the Boulder Camera; the Inside Higher Ed summary; and today’s op-ed in the Denver Post called “What Exactly Went On in CU Philosophy Department?” A brother-in-law yesterday alerted me to the fact that this story made it onto Gawker. Is anyone really surprised that alcohol may have been involved? Obvious advice for proffies: if you’re having more than one polite drink with a grad student or multiple grad students, you have a problem, which is that you’re a pathetic loser, in addition to whatever alcohol or sexual harassment problems you’ve made for yourself. Go find someone your own age and size to play with.
- What the hell is going on at CSU-Pueblo? (H/t Jonathan Rees @jhrees.) Apparently, no tenured or tenure-track faculty will need to Xerox their CVs anytime soon, but $290,000 of adjunct and VAP faculty will be cut, in addition to a dean of continuing education and a $100,000 security contract with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department (!). However, “[t]eaching loads of the current faculty members will be readjusted to cover the classes of the eliminated positions.” Naturally. Will they leave the SWAT team equipment and maneuvers to the regular faculty, too?
- Clive Thompson says Hello, Millennials, and welcome to Generation X’s former role in the media stereotype landscape. I’ve been saying this for years on this blog, but I’ll let Thompson speak for me as we’re exactly the same age: “MTV was frequently blamed for turning Xers into ‘a post-literate generation,’ as a Random House publicist sniffed. And if their moronic, ironic pop culture wasn’t grating enough, they were constantly whining about their economic lot, having graduated into the recession of the early ’90s. A typical headline in The Washington Post snarled, ‘Grow Up, Crybabies.’ Now, I’m 45 years old, which places me right in the middle of Generation X. I remember reading these sneering op-ed pieces all the time.” And now it’s your turn, Millennials! Enjoy. You’re still full of pi$$ and and vinegar, and haven’t yet curdled into middle age yet like Thompson and me. Remember: they only say mean things about you because they fear you.
- From the Department of What the Hell: As some of you noticed, Historiann is now on Twitter at @Historiann. I am still learning and plan to incorporate its use slowly, but I’ve been gratified to see all of the followers who have appeared, and that as of yet (nearly 1 week into my experiment) no one has yet called me an “a$$hole!” (#lifeboater), but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. As some of you know, I have long been a Twitter skeptic, at least for me. I understand its attractions–it’s a really easy way to set up a social media account, and you don’t have to worry about design or making very many decisions in using it. You are, famously, limited to Tweets of 140 characters or fewer, so nuance and complexity are pretty much right out, however. I was a little dismayed that Twitter felt the need to email me every single time one of you clicked “follow.” Other than that: can anyone tell me how to change the wallpaper on my Twitter page? Some people have really cool backgrounds, and I want to have something at least as stylish.
- Finally: stay tuned for some really happy news from chez Historiann! My long nightmare of failure to find external support and professional validation for my current book project may finally be over. As they say: DEVELOPING. . . WATCH THIS SPACE!