Miscellany

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Top 500 World Universities

Via Tomorrow's Professor, the top 500 world universities. I don't put a lot of stock in these lists (the criteria seem skewed toward the sciences, for example, and definitely toward research rather than teaching), but I couldn't help looking for my alma maters. Minnesota's at #33 and Tennessee is in the 101-152 range. Alas, UNA didn't make the list.

Happy New Year!

I'm still in the luverly South. Regular blogging will resume shortly.

Note to self re: upgrade

For the love of God, please stop messing around with the stylesheet. You've basically got it where you want it for now. It's not THAT big a deal that you're having trouble locating the .xtmpl file to change the background color of the cell that contains the banner image so that it will extend to the edge of the right column. So there's a little padding between the banner image and the columns. You can fix it later!

New Literary Journal: Dislocate

Just passing this new literary journal along to those who might be interested.

Dislocate was founded as a new media journal of the arts in 2001 by students in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. In the spring of 2003, a group of new students got together to brainstorm ways they could develop a high-quality print journal on campus. They spoke with faculty, staff, and students past and present. The former editors of Dislocate were interested in handing their journal off to new energy. In the fall of 2004, the newly reinvigorated Dislocate completed its first web issue. The first print issue of Dislocate is due out in spring 2005. Dislocate is committed to publishing high-quality work in many different styles and forms. We publish both established and emerging writers in each of the three genres — fiction, nonfiction, and poetry — in which University of Minnesota students specialize. Each issue publishes an interview with a featured writer who has recently visited our campus, alongside a selection of his or her work.

I looked but didn't find any copyright information anywhere on the journal. It should be obvious that I hope they'll offer authors the option of licensing their work under a Creative Commons license.

Which reminds me, I haven't yet blogged about how pleasantly gobsmacked I still am about the fact that not one, not two, not three, but four journals in my discipline are letting authors choose CC licenses 8): Kairos, Computers & Composition Online, The Writing Instructor, and Lore (if you ask).

Today's Webby Bonbons

Rana's back! :grin:

Like Jenny, I can't get enough of group hug. I have a paranoid fantasy that the administrators of the site are collecting information on the contributors through some behind-the-scenes means and are waiting to do a massive blackmail. Have you read what people write there? Lots of stuff that would get folks in trouble, like violent 1nc3$+, etc.

Speaking of Jenny, go congratulate her! Her piece in Postmodern Culture just came out.


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The Cell Phone Talkin'est Person I Know

...is probably myself. I got my Sprint bill today, and I always open it with a morbid curiosity about how many minutes I racked up. This month, it was 2,333 minutes, and believe it or not, that's not as many as most months. I range between at least 2000 but usually about 3000 minutes a month. That's about 100 minutes a day. Why that much phone-talking? Is it really necessary? (Yes. Yes it is.) :P I reluctantly agree with the statement, "Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone." I do it quite absently.

Edited to add, in case you were wondering: I have one of those mega-plans with more minutes than I can possibly use, which ensures that I pay a flat fee every month. One thousand one hundred daytime minutes, unlimited Sprint-to-Sprint minutes, and unlimited nights and weekends (nights start at 7:00).

9 Interviews

Everyone in academia needs to watch these nine short films spoofing MLA interviews. Funniest thing I've seen on the interweb in a while. :D Via Kairosnews.

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