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January 18th, 2006

anal bum cover

gadarene has thrown down the gauntlet, meme-wise (well, not really, she doesn't seem to be the type of person for whom gauntlet-throwing is a typical activity, but anyway, she started this fun meme):

Post an album cover:

I first bought Rush's 2112 as a cassette tape (remember those?), and not as a vinyl album, but I think it still counts. A friend of mine in high school was really into Rush, and this album opened me up to the world of classic rock. Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Aerosmith, Steve Miller Band, Foghat, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jethro Tull; the music of these bands formed the soundtrack of my high school career. I was in band (both marching and concert), and all of my friends listened to this music as well. WRDU 106.1 Classic Rock was the radio station all of us tuned into in our cars. I didn't listen to Pearl Jam or Nirvana or Nine Inch Nails until I got to college. Classic rock was it, as far as we were concerned.

And 2112 started it all.


appreciation comic reading students podcast

snurri just emailed to let me know that my appreciation of Andy Duncan's "The Pottawatomie Giant" has been posted up at the ED SF Project. He also wanted me to pass along the fact that there are still plenty of stories available to provide encomium for (here's the list), and there's no deadline (though I think he'd like to keep putting up new appreciations as soon as he gets them), so please consider contributing to the cause to send SCI FICTION off with a bang!

The Small Beer newsletter also just arrived in my inbox. Among the news is a link to "Glenn Ganges," a comic by Kevin Huizenga, who has done cover art for their three Peapod Classics books (the format is a little awkward, but the comic is a good read/see). Also, Kelly Link will be participating in the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC, and doing a reading on the campus at Belk Centrum on Thursday, February 16. Hickory is about 3.5 hours from Raleigh, so I won't be able to make it that evening, but I thought I'd pass along the news.

Today, I had almost the full complement of students in each of my MWF classes, which was good to see. It appears that I've got some good groups and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do. I discovered last week and this one that I'm getting more comfortable with this whole teaching thing. At the beginning of last semester, I was absolutely terrified to stand up there in front of everyone and act like I knew what I was doing. This time, I'm much more relaxed. It helps that my division head has a lot of confidence in me and provides a lot of encouragement.

I'm going to be a little late with this week's podcast. There are a few things more important right now demanding my attention, so if it gets done at all, it'll probably be on Friday.

Happy Hump Day!

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