Unconnected thoughts and gestures outward

I'm trying to get back into the flow of work and shake this out-of-sorts feeling I'm experiencing. Last night I got back from a far-too-short trip, a place and a person it always twists and bends my heart to leave. My prospectus defense is Wednesday afternoon, 1:00-3:00, and I'm anxious about that. I have writing deadlines looming and grading to do this weekend.

But enough about all that. The most important thing in this post is this link to a recent presentation by Samantha Blackmon, David Blakesley, and Charlie Lowe titled "Teaching Writing, Collaboration, and Engagement in Global Contexts: The Drupal Alternative to Proprietary Courseware." You should all read their slides immediately; they've really done a great roundup of problems with hegemonic course management software like WebCT and Blackboard, and they've done an even better job spelling out most of Drupal's features. When I try to talk to people about Drupal, I find myself not even knowing where to start. I guess what I need to do is rank my two or three favorite things about it, or, rather, two or three salient differences between Drupal and the major course management applications.

I got a brief mention in my college's newsletter (I'm under "People.").

Are Sam and I the only ones who will be knitting at CCCC? It makes no difference to me whether those in attendance knit or not; I just want to have a lively group there. Email Sam or me if you'd like to find out the time and place.

Speaking of knitting, you can get in touch with Betty Burian Kirk if you'd like to have a knitted item made of your dog's fur. (Via Marginal Revolution.)

I hate it when people confuse the words "reign" and "rein." I wish Brendan would devote one of his Writing Pedantry posts to this problem.


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Knit Not

Good luck with you prospectus defense, Clancy. I'll be bringing a needlepoint project to the 4 C's (crochet, crewel, cross stitch and ummmm....?).
It will be great to meet you.

don't forget

everyone's favorte "cat" blog has a big screenshot in the presentation (as it should :)

i'm confidant you'll do great on the defense. don't sweat it.

Ditto on the best wishes for

Ditto on the best wishes for your prospectus defense!! A good friend of mine is also defending her's tomorrow and I'm defending mine in a week! Power to the Defenders of the Prospectus! (What's the plural for that - prospecti?) You'll be fabulous and your many friends will look forward to celebrating your success! (With weak apologies for overuse of exclamations -- I'm emotional that way ;-)

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