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Fall Break (In the Nick of Time)

The weekend introduces the start of the Fall Break, a two day mini-break whose conception, imposition, and imminence could not be more eagerly anticipated or needed. Like some charged particle zinging around in the nuclear universe, I am ready to de-energize, to shed some elements of my being, perhaps degenerating into an extended sleep state.

This is the Prodigal Student expressed as a mental state:

The Boiling Pot

I have been at a rolling boil for about 8 weeks.

This is the state to which I aspire:

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Is it possible?

A New Member of the Blogroll

nutcracker-tn1.jpgPlease welcome The Chicken to the blogroll of honor here at Gates of Academe. A mysterious character, found often in the company of marine biologists, the chicken seems to pose more questions than answers with every sighting. The daily rituals of Man, travel to the far corners of the globe, social intercourse, and a deep understanding of modern culture; all seem to have been embraced by a creature previously considered to be a part of the food chain. Now a significant member of a social hierarchy, he has transmigrated from one milieu to another. Could he be the missing link?

Advantages of a Mistress

Read today on the internet:

An artist, a lawyer, and a computer scientist are discussing the merits of a mistress.

The artist tells of the passion, the thrill that comes with the risk of being discovered.

The lawyer warns of the difficulties. It can lead to guilt, divorce, bankruptcy. Not worth it. Too many problems.

The computer scientist says, “It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. My wife thinks I am with my mistress. My mistress thinks I am home with my wife. And I can spend all night on the computer!”

H/T Theo Spark

On a Tangent

This is pretty funny. If you like, I could calculate the slope of the secant line and thus give you an approximation of the slope of the tangent line…perhaps providing the direction in which he went…..

H/T Indexed

Maybe This Explains It……..



Maybe this article can explain the thought processes of the brave admissions committee that agreed to let me re-enter the world of academe: admissions in favor of males admissions.

An excerpt:

Many colleges heavily favor male applicants to prevent women from dominating their student bodies, a U.S. News & World Report study of admissions data of 1,400 colleges shows. Women tend to be better students than men in terms of grades and the kinds of extra-curricular activities, like theater or music classes, that admissions officers look out for. If the same proportion of male applicants were accepted as female applicants, men would become a small minority at some small liberal-arts colleges.The small liberal-arts colleges in between, however, have to heavily tip the scales in favor of male applicants in order to maintain a gender balance. For example, in 1997, William and Mary’s admissions rates for men and women were close: 51% for men and 43% for women in 1997. Following a steep rise in applications, the gap had widened last year to a 44% rate for male applicants versus 26% for women. Meanwhile, the proportion of female undergraduates has fallen to 54% last year, from 60% a decade ago.

Then there is this nugget of advice:

Steve Goodman, an independent college counselor, advises male students to emphasize their maleness in applications by submitting pictures or playing up the sports they play.

If I had to compete with either of these students, I might still be putzing around in my unfulfilling job…..

Gifts for Hard Working Students

Think you might want to give your hard-working student a gift to kick off school? Maybe serve up a small dose of motivation laced with some humor? Or, better, maybe a taste of what skills might be acquired NOW to be of use in the FUTURE? As in what your first JOB might require?

Herewith an idea: The Workaholic Survival Kit.

Presented by One Who Knows……..


“Life’s hard, son. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” — The Duke.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. - Joseph Addison
The term informavore (also spelled informivore) characterizes an organism that consumes information. It is meant to be a description of human behavior in modern information society, in comparison to omnivore, as a description of humans consuming food. George A. Miller [1] coined the term in 1983 as an analogy to how organisms survive by consuming negative entropy (as suggested by Erwin Schrödinger [2]). Miller states, "Just as the body survives by ingesting negative entropy, so the mind survives by ingesting information. In a very general sense, all higher organisms are informavores." - Wikipedia

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