Sunday, November 16, 2014


I visited a colleague's class on Friday as part of the personnel review process.  It was really good.  There was smart conversation about some interesting texts.  When I have classes go that well, I feel pretty darned good about things.

And tonight, I'm prepping to fill in tomorrow for a different colleague who's ill.  Fortunately, it's comp, and we're all supposed to teach comp in basically the same way using the same basic program.  Frustrating in some ways, but it means that there's a shared vocabulary.  And, theoretically, if someone walks into my class on a given day, they should find themselves in familiar territory, and within a few days, give or take, of their own class.  That is, at this time of the semester, we're all doing the Blue Project, and probably finishing that up and starting the Green Project.  So, my class has peer editing its Blue Project, and has the assignment for the Green one, and we'll begin working on the Green while they put the finishing touches on the Blue and then turn it in.  Voila.

Except the course I'm filling in on tomorrow seems to have cut one of the projects completely. 

I don't really know what's up (the chair and head of comp stuffs do), but it makes me feel like my own abundant inadequacies with this comp program aren't quite as inadequate as I sometimes think.

In other news, tomorrow is the anniversary of a VERY big day in history.  Or at least it was big when it happened.

It's also the anniversary of a mildly famous concert which became, in one form or another, the name of an album that contributed to a rock and roller's rise to fame and fortune.

Anyone want to take a shot at the anniversary game?


  1. Anonymous6:22 PM

    I looked up "This Day in History" to get the first one, and I'm glad to know about it! But it doesn't seem quite fair. The second one, none of my guesses has panned out so far.

  2. Why not quite fair?

  3. Well, it's not Altamont, though that day is actually pretty close. Hmmm...

  4. I know the first without looking - QueenElizabeths Accession Day. It was celebrated with sermons and solemn fasts, but also feasts and bonfires and bells, well into James reign. The official events moved to Guy Fawkes Day after 1605, but Accession Day was used sometimes to offer covert criticism of James by honoring his predecessor. Both picked up energy from their proximity to All Hallows' Eve. Officially, it would be bell ringing, a sermon; but it was a holiday, so drinking, bonfires, etc could all happen.

    I'm mystified by the concert, ad my guesses have all failed.

  5. Susan, I thought you'd probably know easily.

    The rock thing, would it help if I said the year was 1970?

  6. Anonymous9:20 PM

    I meant that it was not quite fair for me to put the answer, because I looked it up! Still don't know the concert one.