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It has not been the focused and relaxing summer I had anticipated and planned for, but I suppose it never is. I keep thinking that once I get finished with x, or once y is over, things will be great and easy. I realized last night that I have been thinking that way for at […]

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Good lord! What is going on? I am rarely fully on the internet now that it is summer, if you can imagine such a lifestyle, and the only thing I miss is constantly writing about myself on my blog. Now we are trying to take it a step further and get off our phones more. […]

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I have been working like a skunk; it is a beautiful feeling. I can’t say enough good things about it. I have been wondering why I find my work so unbelievably satisfying–it’s unlike any job I have ever had in my life, in that sense, even teaching, which I love. I wake up every morning […]

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I just graduated from a PhD program in the humanities (woohoo!) and I actually have a job, but I really don’t want it. Before you roll your eyes, since I know no one has a job in this economy, let me tell you that it’s a 1-year appointment in the department I just graduated from, […]

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Nalu Gruschkus is a 13 year old woman and fellow Marfa resident whom I have the unearthly privilege to call my friend and yes, kindred spirit. Nalu and I do allot of cool things together. These things include:   having slumber parties choreographing dance pieces eating pizza discussing the tribulations of young men pla

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The other day I came home and saw my husband’s to-do list on the shelf in the entryway. It said: - bird sounds - ebirds - Man Ray translation Since quitting academia he has developed a passion for birding. He bought a double CD called “Birding by Ear” and is now difficult to go on […]

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“Never has the phrase put your money where your mouth is made more sense.” Thomas King writes about investing for Chroma.

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Last night I “taught” the last class of the year. I put “taught” in quotation marks because the class consisted of an enormous African dance and drumming troupe coming in and forcing all 150 of my students to dance and sing. It was so fun and I loved it; even the rude handsome jocks who […]

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YACHT is up for a couple of Webbys. Go vote: Experimental & Innovation Media & Entertainment

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“I enter GanjaCon with a vague mission: I want to get past the novelty and occasional silliness of a public celebration of cannabis. I want to try to take the people who take weed seriously seriously. I want to learn.”

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Available at BuyOlympia.com for $18.95 This definitive, hands-on, and experienced guide to the new world of decriminalized recreational marijuana, written by the lovingly blunt and unfailingly witty David Schmader, will educate and entertain the novice and experienced user alike. Complete with history, ways to enjoy, recipe

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Houseguest is a public art intervention at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown Portland, Oregon, USA. It’s an experiment in site-specificity, collaboration, and participatory public art in a city where space is an asset. How will you respond?

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Although I have never personally been a user of the much maligned typeface Comic Sans, I recently found there are actually appropriate uses for the font. Many Portlanders fondly remember the goats grazing over on Southeast Belmont Avenue. They were fun and quirky, yet thoroughly practical in keeping the grasses down—a

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I am on my computer at an establishment that is in between a grad student bar and a semi-nice restaurant and I don’t know if it is weird that I am on my computer. No one else is in here. Oh the etiquette perils of modern life. I just consumed a full order of nachos […]

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I wrote this song with Tavahn Ghazi after accidentally eating a large handful of medicinal marijuana trail mix at 10am. The song concept started out as a poor stretch toward a dissection of romantic nihilism but after about an hour post-mix I was sitting on the ceiling looking down at my giraffe body in the [...]

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It is now truly the countdown to summer vacation. Our last day of school is April 27, if you can believe that! - only four more seminars - only three more undergrad lectures - only two more discussion sections - only eighteen thousand more committee meetings As you know, I have a number of non-school-related […]

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  I am one very tall (I guess if you assume that 6 foot one is so very tall though it does seem like teenagers are taller now than they were in 1999 when I was one so perhaps the coming genetic mutations will bring with them some sense of social rectification of size for [...]

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A few days ago I pushed through into a new (bad) phase of this hip dysplasia situation, and now I really can barely walk. All of a sudden! In the past it has flared up and then faded back down to a manageable level, but this flare-up is lasting longer than ever before and I’m […]

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As part of my job I routinely receive solicitous email from various corporate entities who are trying (successfully) to prey on higher education in various ways. The emails are uniformly poorly written, with misspellings and typos, but they also manifest a really chilling kind of circular meaninglessness that I think charac

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I have been reading about capital mobility and floating exchange rates and how the privatization of the educational system will bring an end to racial discrimination for 1.5 days and I needed a break so I came here to the co-op to get myself a “gigantic crunchy salad,” which I succeeded in doing and which [̷

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This weekend is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre here on campus. The year before I got this job, this event made national headlines for basically turning into a Bacchanalian nightmare of drunk undergrads rampaging like a massive, lumbering tornado cutting a swath of destruction across much of campus and the surro

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Well, it happened! We bottled our cider, which means we drank a bunch of our cider. As you will recall, we recently went to a somewhat life-changing event, in the form of a cider festival near our home. The following week, we purchased five gallons of apple cider from a local orchard (it is a […]

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One thing that is amazing that I think I have not told you yet is that next semester I am on TEACHING LEAVE ODE TO TEACHING LEAVE O teaching leave I love you I kiss your alabaster palm I worship at your well-formed feet I lay my grading pen upon your uncreas’d brow I lightly […]

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Sometimes people leave a box of used donuts in the copy room and then we all pretend like it’s gross but then within an hour all the donuts are gone. I really appreciate how everyone also will take just one little chunk out of a donut, until all that’s left in the box is a […]

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The only sincere New Year’s Resolution I made this year was “say people’s names more often.” As many of you no doubt know, and have even experienced for yourselves, I have mild face blindness. I don’t know if it’s neurological or the product of poor paying-attention skills or if it’

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It has been a long week! I’m so happy it’s Friday (the lesser-known acronym ISHIF) and not only Friday but a Friday with no meetings or oral exams. Huzzah! I am finally back in my office (coffee shop) drinking an americano and slamming a chocolate croissant. I have big plans for this stack of grading. […]

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I am choosing to believe my suddenly poor work ethic is due to the fact that it feels so much like spring outside. They are tapping the sugar maples! In early February! It’s what everyone says when the subject of the bizarre weather comes up, which it does during every interaction with every person. The […]

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Join us for a dialogue on design with Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny van den Dungen of Experimental Jetset. The conversation will be audio-recorded for the Beyond This Point podcast. FREE tickets available Wednesday, 2/10/16 at Noon PST at rsvp.beyondthispoint.design Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 5:30-7:30PM

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Upon exiting this strange multiple year period of making comedically terrible personal life decisions while simultaneously fostering that which I can only describe as a preternaturally instructed professional life (how did one not destroy the other? Bless the protective fortitude.) Here I am sitting inside of this calm cool

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I’ve been once again wonderfully schooled in my comments! I really like how smart and articulate my readers are; I will choose to believe this means I am doing something to attract such people, which reflects well upon me, even though all I did to deserve this particular schooling was declare that The Revenant was [&#

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