A Catholic perspective on the world and all the good things therein, especially books and food. Literature cum chocolate is the order of the day at The Crockery.

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No longer a graduate student, Teresa is now a professional know-it-all.

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's here! It's here!

Some of you may remember that last year, Leopoldtulip bought a Nintendo Wii as his reward for finishing his dissertation. Well, guess what I bought as my reward for graduating/landing a job/etc.? Originally, I proposed the purchase of a Rumba, but as you can see, I went with an electronic toy that was a little more fun.

Yes my friends, that is an Amazon Kindle.

And yes, it's here! True, I have grocery shopping to do, papers to grade, fifty pages of a Victorian novel to read, lesson plans to type up, and dinner to cook. But I must take a moment to bask in the glory of technology.

Truly, this is an historic day.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

New series of posts?

I want to let you, my loyal readers (all two of you!), know that I actually keep having what I think are interesting ideas to blog about. It's just that what happens is I think of the idea at a time when it's impossible to blog: on the bus, or in my office on campus, or while I'm supposed to be preparing for class. As a result, there are a number of subjects I've been meaning to post on. These include the scariness of college campuses, the quirks of public transportation, and some other subject that I had planned to post about but have now completely forgotten. This last one really saddens me, because I had the whole post all worked out in my head, including the points I was going to make and how I would space the paragraphs. But I have no idea now what the subject matter was. It might have had something to do with food, but I'm not sure.

Speaking of food, I have made a couple of really good meals lately. . . and have now forgotten all about them.

Ah well. What I'm planning on doing now, however, is something innovative -for me. Instead of writing one long post with lots of bullet points or a numbered outline, I'm going to try to do a series of short posts now and then on the same subject. The idea is that rather than needing an hour to come up with a well-organized statement about Whatever, I will just jot down a quick thought about the matter. In theory, all these quick thoughts will be related and could be put together into a coherent whole.

The series of posts I'm planning on doing is, incidentally, related to some of my earlier posts about ghosts and "the creepy." But this one has nothing to do with the supernatural or with religion (which, come to think of it, is also supernatural, but why is it that when we say "the supernatural" in this context, we never mean to include religion?)

What I'm going to blog about is the creepiness of colleges. Granted, I only have experience of three colleges, but all three have seriously creeped me out, and I find that intriguing. Why --you ask-- should three different locations, in three different states, all be creepy? Because, I answer, there is something fundamentally creepy about college campuses, and I want to offer some suggestions about what that is.

Actually, I should use the plural, because I don't think there is any one thing that makes a campus creepy. I think there are multiple factors, and some campuses will have more of one and less of another. Some people will experience some of the factors, but not others. I fully grant that there may be campuses somewhere that preternaturally uncreepy. And I grant that there are students out there who are never creeped out by the things that creep me out. This will certaintly be a very individual list of creepy things: I can't predict what will or will not scare other people. For scientific purposes* I encourage my readers to share their own creepy college experiences in the combox.

But you'll have to wait till later for that, because I have to get ready to catch the bus.

* Yeah, right!