purple stripes

There’s been a lot going on around here lately, and some days it’s been hard to see the good in it. This fall semester was a test of my optimism. I’m an inherently optimistic person, and I believe in the good in people. This fall pushed me to some of…

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clocks and bombs

I sat down to work on a pile of reading, projects, and writing this morning, and saw that my twitter feed was lighting up over… something. I clicked a few links. My heart sank. Ahmed Mohammed, of Irving, Texas, a 14 year old who loves making and building, has been…

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A warning to 2015

So, 2015. Let’s talk. I had really high hopes for you. I wanted to make something awesome with you. I still do. But this thing you’ve been doing for the last two weeks, where you go from the sublime to the ridiculous to the horrifying AND BACK AGAIN approximately every…

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we sink to new depths

I woke up this morning to an anonymous commenter sarcastically attacking me for writing that Stephen Abram should apologize for the “Jane, you ignorant slut!” debacle, and accusing me of failing to apologize for my own talk at Charleston. I’m not going to re-engage with that beyond saying that I…

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on confidentiality and FOI laws

For the past few weeks now I’ve been emailing back and forth with a vendor, debating terms of a license agreement. I struck several terms, both of my own volition and on recommendation from purchasing officials on my campus, and added additional SUNY-specific terms that need to be included. I’ve…

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