Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Bad times

Sorry to be away so much. Very hard month.

But, on the plus side:

1. My good friend Stephen Wilkinson got tenure at Duke!

UPDATE: I misspelled Steven's name. My only excuse is that I was assuming he was using the old Brit trick of adding useless letters words, such as labour or colour. That way their books are longer with no additional effort. Anyway, sorry about that, Steffan!

2. My good friend Scott de Marchi got tenure at Duke!

3. Classes are over!

4. The Department finished its response to the external review report, and sent the response up to the Allen building.** This took days and days of "work," meaning the thing you do when you are too stupid to write anything useful or interesting. (UPDATE: Yes, I am talking about myself being too stupid to write anything useful or interesting. Being chair is like a lobotomy, except there is no scar and it pays better).

5. Neither of my sons play lacrosse.*

So, I'm feeling blessed.

(*UPDATE: earlier version said "plays." Sorry)

(**Quick: is refering to the university administration as "The Allen Building" an example of (choose all that apply)? :

a. Onomatepoeia
b. Synecdoche
c. Metonymy
d. Irony
e. Pomposity )

(UPDATE: actual pix of Wilkinson and de Marchi added after original post. Uncanny, right?)


Anonymous said...

f. category mistake

From Wikipedia's category mistake entry, which seems appropriate here:

"In philosophy and formal logic, and it has its equivalents in science and business management, Category Error is the term for having stated or defined a problem so poorly that it becomes impossible to solve that problem, through dialectic or any other means."

James Bourke said...

All except onomatepoeia. Unless the administrators have started making noises that sound like "the Allen building."

Anonymous said...

If Wilkinson's your good friend why don't you spell his name correctly?