March 31st, 2005

Cake, Round Two!

Last night: creme brulee-baking until about 2am. Fortunately eclectician is amazing and rscott came over with his new copy of Evil Genius so we kept ourselves entertained. It was just a very long day already, and I think I was pretty spacey. To make things worse, I then couldn't fall asleep until well after 5am, making me even spacier today.

I've never had a problem with insomnia before this year. Maybe I'm just sleeping enough for a change?

In other news, please go read the New York Press being snarky and then check out the Sin City movie-comic comparison shots. I can't wait to see it on Saturday!!

Finally, happy birthday to thran! I don't know whether I can make it up to Inwood tonight as I am supposed to be at school, but if I play hooky I will see you then. :)
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Disturbing News

I can never tell whether I'm ahead of or behind the curve when it comes to news, but this proposed law to let students who feel their beliefs are not tolerated sue the professor is incredibly upsetting, especially as a current student and future academic. I think it's fairly obvious what's wrong with this, but another disturbing thing is that some of the things that Baxley is saying - in a very different context - are actually important tenets of the educational philosophy here at Columbia. Just yesterday we had a long discussion of Paolo Freire in my social theory class, where Freire talks about the notion that teachers have as much to learn from students as students do from teachers, and that teachers should not be a dictator in the classroom, and that control of the curriculum should respect the lived reality of the students as well as the expertise of the teacher. Yet somehow when Freire says it, it's liberating, but Baxley turns it into a horrible joke. Maybe that's just what happens when you get the legal system involved?
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Books for the Boy

For my sci-fi-loving, proto-socialist boy: Science Fiction for Socialists. Even better, the very first book on the list is Iain M. Banks. Life is good.

(Many of the rest of you may also care. Or be curious about why I am blogging so much today. Too bad for you on both fronts. Don't click, I say, don't click!!!)

(Okay, done now. Really.)
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