One month into my sabbatical, I find it is slowly slipping away without much of anything happening. For some reason I assumed that having a year free from teaching would instantly produce an unprecedented outburst of productivity. So far, it’s mostly produced anxiety about my lack of productivity. Only ten more months left, so pressure’s on.
Before I go on with my typical list of gewgaws and links, I do want to direct some attention to a benefit event being held to help out my youngest brother. He’s the creative one in the family and he’s fallen on some tough times. Over the past decade, Fritz has worked to coordinate charity events and benefits in the Ft. Myers area. Now, some of his friends are putting together a benefit concert to help with his mounting medical bills. That’s right, we have Fritz Aid. Let’s do this.
While I fret about all the things that need to happen today, you should take this opportunity to relax and enjoy some quick hits and varia.
- There’s a paid internship position at the Corinth Museum that looks pretty fly.
- The draw and significance of unruly places.
- The ship under the World Trade Center.
- The story of the Greek farmers who shot at their Bangladeshi guest workers is truly disturbing, although I recognize that any censure from Americans will ring particularly hollow.
- New ways to scan massive quantities of historical documents.
- I’m fascinated by exotica and nothing was more exotic than the Kahiki Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. Here’s something on the exotic dining in the U.S.Here is something on the sad last days of the Kahiki. These stories are best read while listening to a selection music from the Exotica Project.
- I love these unstructured learning environments. I wish I understood better how to get students to take such ownership of their education.
- How to survive travel. I wish I had this before my summer trips.
- Some things just sound cooler when spoken by a legendary South African cricket player: “I am currently on the bush with Bouchy, looking after rhinos.”
- For your next endless meeting…
- What I’m reading: E. Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology of beyond the Human. (2013).
- What I’m listening to: Black Keys, Turn Blue; A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Sea When Absent.
The Mighty Milo in Repose
Blurred for Effect.