To strike, or not to strike?

For those of you who are familiar with the goings-on at the University of Oregon, the GTFF 3544 (the union that approximately half of all UO graduate students belong to, particularly if they have teaching assignments) is currently on strike. This article from theĀ Register-Guard does a fairly good job of explaining what’s going on in a nutshell.

However, after carefully thinking it over, I’ve made a decision not to participate in the strike, and I thought I’d try to articulate why.

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Symposium

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to present at the Tablet Symposium at the University of Sussex in April of this year! I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “The iPad and Notions of Magic in Modern Media and Culture,” which investigates the idea of the iPad as “magic” and why this rhetoric has persisted to now. Thanks to the Centre for Material Digital Culture at the University of Sussex for inviting me, the University of Oregon for supporting my attendance, and all of my various benefactors for making this trip possible!

Enter Eugene

Prior to my arrival in Eugene this past Saturday, I had precious little information to go on regarding life in the town aside from what I had gleaned from my two or three prior visits, what I had read on the Daily Emerald‘s website in the meantime, and what I had been told from faculty and staff after being accepted into the SOJC’s PhD program.

As a knowledge fanatic I had also done as much research as I could, too, poring over the Eugene and Lane County Wikipedia pages, not to mention UO’s “Campus Profile,” where I learned that (not including faculty and staff) the school is nearly as big as the town that I grew up in in North Carolina. (You can read the Wikipedia page there that I’ve linked to in order to get a sense of the typical small town mythos that plagues the place.)

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Hello again

If someone gave awards out for the most inconsistent bloggers on the planet, I’m fairly certain I would come close to the top of the list of honors–I started blogging (personally) as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University between 1999 and 2003, prior to the development of tools like WordPress or Blogger. I actually hand-coded all of my new entries into HTML and manually updated my archives, just because at the time there was no easier/better way of doing it.

There were several other personal blogs that roared to life but then sputtered, each with a fairly interesting-sounding name–Ryan Sometimes, 86th Street… and most recently, Gaussian Blur.

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