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  1. Facing the Final Exam

    Exams take all different shapes in life. Some are multiple choice. Some, like the ones I put my students through, are essays. Others take the form of 42.2 kilometres.

    Tomorrow I face another final exam.

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  2. And So It Begins (Again) . . .

    My editor is enthusiastic about my revised book proposal, which is exceedingly good news. It pretty well means that two years from now I'll have another book in print. One year or less to write. One year for the peer review and editing process (scholarly publishing moves at a snail's pace compared to trade paperbacks).

    Writing is like an addiction to me (much like gaming . . .) so somethings got to give. The crazy amount of time I spent here at TG will get reduced as more of my evenings ...
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  3. today i went to see a film!

    *spoilers alert!!*

    so today i went to see this film



    otherwise known as pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

    It stars, of course, Johhny Depp and Geoffrey Rush. it also stars Penelope Cruz and Ian Mcshane, who you may recognise from HBO's Deadwood series.

    Now i went into the movie theatre with mixed feelings ...
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  4. Feeding America's Culture War

    Over the years I have encountered all sorts of data and research on the differences between liberal and conservative Americans. I have even seen research suggesting differences in how these two groups access information on the Web.

    Here is a fairly non-scientific but rather compelling look at another aspect of the cultural divide between America's left and right (high resolution image of the graph here).

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  5. The Care of the Self

    We work hard at our jobs, hard at acquisition, status maintenance and status competition. Some say we even work hard at playing and play hard at work. But what is very clear is that there is a general neglect of the body in many advanced industrial societies, including Canada.

    My biggest challenge in life is not to write another book, not to constantly improve my teaching, not to become a better conference speaker, a better friend, a better husband (all of which leave much room for ...
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