Spring quarter starts for me tomorrow: Categorical Data Analysis. I am curious how it will go. I have been urged to switch my teaching around so that next year I would teach Fall and Spring quarters here, with Winter quarter off. I’m not sure how to feel about this.
I was thinking today about the line from Top Gun, “You’re ego’s writing checks that your body can’t cash.” I always thought this was a clever line, but today I realized that it doesn’t really make any sense if you think about it. Which is too bad, because the other thing I was thinking about the line was how the academic equivalent would be “Present You is writing checks that Future You will never actually get around to cashing, at least judging from any dispassionate examination of what Past You has gotten done.”
Apologies to whoever I dissed for recommending Dexter as my exercise workout video. I decided to give it another shot past the first five minutes of the pilot where he brutally murders someone, and I enjoyed it so much I did a longer workout and watched two episodes. I do have to cover my ears and look away when he’s murdering someone, which is half-awkward-half-dangerous on the elliptical trainer.
One friend wants me to get a budgie. Or a lorikeet, which is my favorite bird in the abstract but in actuality need a special liquid fruit diet and are reputed to decorate one’s apartment like a fecal spritzer. Another friend says I should take up abstract painting and try to be like a postcocious Marla. Another friend says the follicular recession has finally reached the point where I need to be shaving my head and possibly growing a beard.
I am still holding to my use of LeechBlock at the office, and on my home PCs between 7am-8pm. (Recap: LeechBlock is a firefox extension that I use to make me unable to access blogs, news sites, and other non-work-related Internet timesucks.) I have even tightened the self-paternalistic reins to have it shut me out of GMail except for a brief window at the beginning of every other hour. I won’t declare it MiracleWare just yet, but it’s helped. It’s cut into my Scatterplot participation, sure, but it turns out the Internet goes on without me.
Speaking of which: My colleague Bruce Carruthers is guest blogging at Crooked Timber, further consolidating the leading role of Northwestern sociologists in the socblogging order of things.