Category: Rantings

Rant and rave.

Food

I'm trying to keep my body from going from insulin resistance into full-blown Type 2 diabetes by watching my diet carefully and trying to exercise. My doctor recommended a low-carbohydrate diet, and the more I watch myself and try to maintain it, the more I see the connection between what I eat and how I …

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I WILL Be Cheerful, Damnit!

Yes, today's weather was warmer. In fact, it was a GORGEOUS late fall day. But I'm far from perfect, and having spent the weekend feeling kind of like no one loved my work makes it hard to keep up that good attitude. This wasn't the worst show we've done, sales-wise, but it was close. I …

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Election Day Blues

Of course I went and voted in the general election today. I try to always vote, even in the special referendums but definitely in the primary and general elections and runoffs. It's rather painful to do so at times, though. I am so disgusted with the self-serving, double-talking scumbags that run for most political offices …

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A Followup Letter

Following up with My Latest Special Snowflake: Dear Student, Rest assured, the grade you saw this week on your semester grade report was the grade you EARNED in my class. Let me repeat that. I did not GIVE you that grade, you EARNED it. As far as discussing that grade with you, I do not …

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My Latest Special Snowflake

Received via email tonight (personal data changed to protect the student’s identity): hello professor this is ********** in your ********** class, according to a friend in the class that you gave back the exam 2 grades in class which i asked you for it before i left the class on monday, you told me you …

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Google lost me!

Whoa! If you Google me by my maiden name, Julia Benson, I’m no longer on the front page except at the very bottom with my Google profile! Apparently some young, very well-endowed Canadian actress of the same name made her debut on Stargate Universe this fall and has taken over. We other Julia Bensons — …

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Show recovery

I’m too sleepy to do more than a token post tonight. This was one of those days where I just never quite woke up. I taught my classes & got through office hours, but when I got home I lay down for five minutes and totally conked out. I woke up to watch Dancing With …

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Branding & Being a Polymath

My business partner Andrea commented on Twitter this week that I totally fail at branding. I tweet about rescue dogs, academia, early music, lampwork and jewelry, words, health care, and politics. She’s not alone — I could almost have written that tweet, though mine would have said “I tweet about rescue cats, computing, lampwork and …

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One Reason to Love Ubuntu

A lot of my co-workers don’t understand why I loathe Windows (or anything Microsoft) so much. Nor would they “get” why the news today that the faculty are getting new laptop computers running Windows 7 to replace our desktop computers made me bang my head on the desk. Several times. My current desktop computer is …

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A Few Obligatory Post-Inaugural Thoughts

Art of the Firebird still isn’t a political blog, but I’ve had a couple of thoughts over the last few days to share.? Yesterday, all day, when reading through so many of the blogs I follow, you would have thought that the sun was shining everywhere around the world, the sky was full of rainbows, …

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