I think this is what's now settling in the worst about the pandemic: academia for me is really a *planning*-based affair. I need to think now about book proposals and syllabi and conferences and projects for next year. I need to build my writing calendar, start opening coauthored collaborations. But, given everything... I just can't. No data to go on, not much inclination to do it. So it's just day by day, a surefire way to move sideways. And the tenure clock ticks.
This has really been a year for me of thinking about unbundling and decentralizing my internet presence. (Pandemic silver linings?) I'm moving backups over to rsync.net, doing more social media here, code at Codeberg, mail moved to Mailfence.
Anybody have a super-clean, inexpensive replacement for AWS-type static site hosting? I'm almost certainly stuck with EC2 for my (grant-funded) web application cluster, but I could at least get my plain site hosting elsewhere...
The Great Man Theory, Musk
Teaching history as a series of great things done by great individuals who changed the world exacerbates the worship of people like Elon Musk.
It makes it easier for people to believe it when Musk says he's going to revolutionize the world by selling you another product. After all the schools taught us that that's what Ford did!
swearing, bad news, academic complaining
Just got rumors from our administration that we're out of office now until September.
I'm in the middle of an ECR grant funded project. This crisis is now going to cut out months 9-15 of a 24-month project. There's no recovering from this anymore and really doing the project, I just have to try to play damage recovery.
Unless I'm misreading it, our masters degree reform project dissolves something like half the courses I planned to teach in my long term planning. More than that short term, as I have a course release for a few years pre-tenure.
So that's great. Glad I've spent two years working on these syllabi. I have no idea what I'll even be doing here in 2 years.
Arché, where I did my PhD, are putting videos from their Conceptual Engineering project on YouTube:
I'm glad that a quick YouTube search revealed that I'm not the only person for whom this is now permanently engraved in their brain https://youtu.be/q_A1GNx0M9M
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