Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Making Plans

I head off to Pasadena on Thursday to attend and present a paper at a psychoanalytic conference, sponsored by the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education or IFPE. Although it's great to get away, and I'm happy to go to a place I haven't been before, getting ready is a pain in the neck. This week is advising week for students, and I'll be trying to see some before I go, working that into doing next week's lecture preps and making a test for next week. Yowza.

Today the Professor's union at the university met with the president and other administrators about finances. In December 2004, they asked us to give back some money that was supposed to go to our retirement fund. The university was attempting to secure loans to undertake a great deal of capital improvement. In order to demonstrate financial solvency, the university figured a variety of cost cutting schemes, including forced faculty generosity. We were told that this would enable the university to eventually improve the campus to a substantial degree. But the plans unveiled at the Convocation were underwhelming. Hence, we ask "what gives?" Today's answers were likewise underwhelming. Unfortunately, our union is as anemic as can be. I'm not really the union type myself, but I have to live with it at this university. I'm not sure where that's heading. But I'll be heading to Pasadena for a few days. I'll try to blog from there (will bring camera).

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Dreary Fall Day

We have one of those cold, damp days where it feels colder than the temperature says and you want to make a fire to get warm (hey-good idea). Fall has been very wet this year. Each day I leave the house, it seems like it is dark and rainy and stays that way for most of the day. The kind of weather that makes you want to go back inside. But it's better to make the best of it. I took these pictures in my backyard with my Canon Powershot A70, a handy little camera that has made taking pictures more fun. Actually, the camera isn't so special. Rather it's the digital photography revolution. Click away and don't worry about the developing costs or waiting for photos.

I'll be off to Pasadena in under a couple of weeks to present a paper and attend a conference. I suspect the wather will be nice, and it will be a fine change of pace.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Been a Long Time Coming

On to the World Series. Our Detroit Tigers have pitched their way into the big one. The season has been great (until the last few weeks of the regular season). the Tigers sailed along for most of the year and then seemed to collapse at the end of the season, falling out of first place and getting in as a Wild Card Team. Well, down go the mighty Yankees and a sweep of the A's. It will either be a return to New York (to face the Mets) or a rerun of 1968 against the Cardinals. The guys get a week off and then hit PrimeTime for the Series.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Is it Really the End?

We knew this all had to end someday. Who knew it would be available today. Follow the link and get off the Merry-Go-Round, folks.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Post Presentation

Overall, the presentation went well. Folks liked the slides, and we later talked about how the pictures can influence people to think in a somewhat different way than when only listening to the words. I forgot to bring my fliers for the book---d'oh. It really wouldn't have made much difference as we had the usual small turnout. Still, I don't want to forget them when I go to Pasadena next month. I will try to make a podcast of the presentation. I recorded it using my iPod and microphone attachment. I probably won't have time to fiddle with it until next week at the earliest, as this week will be busy.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Presentation on Sunday

This Sunday I'll be presenting a paper and power point presentation. You can find the details here. The meeting is free and open to the public. I worked for a while on this power point aspect to the presentation, and I think it will turn out nicely. Above is a diagram from my book about the etymology of the word Tantalus. At each step of the way, a word that eventually spwans Tantalus relates to the myth itself. Everyone is welcome to come (if you're in town).