28 May 2008
I'm staying on someone's couch, someone who was supposed to be a friend of Bob, but was revealed to have never actually met Bob. Anyway, I'm grateful.
I remember 0% of the Spanish I studied for 5 years.
I enjoyed 0% of my time in the Moscow airport, although you really can't blame them. Communism, man. I know I had briefly converted, but I'm back to capitalism now.
23 May 2008
22 May 2008
21 May 2008
In October 2007 the Guardian published a national league table that ranked the research strength of UK universities and the University of Birmingham came 7th in the UK.
In November 2007 the Times Higher Education Supplement world rankings were published, which placed the University of Birmingham 65th among 200 universities worldwide.Looks tempting. And they just hired Stephe-o to tutor MA students in their Applied Linguistics/ TESOL course.
19 May 2008
Maybe these four or five months will have been some of the best of my life when I look back. I'm so untethered right now. I point my bike at the mountains and go. I will be in Europe next week. I come home to Yoko and Naomi, both so full of joy and encouragement. This will end soon enough, within a year as I start the PhD either here or there and start to think about my thirties in a more serious way. But for now, for today and yesterday, there is nothing in between me.
17 May 2008
14 May 2008
12 May 2008
I love how everyone keeps saying, 'The math is against Hillary Clinton' or 'The math doesn't look good for Hillary' or 'The math is troubling.' No, morons, she's lost the race. Lost. So yes, in the sense that Obama has more votes than Hillary, the math is against her. I'd love to hear that commentary in the basketball game.
'The Lakers are down by 14 with 10 seconds left in the game. Jerry, just looks like the math isn't going to work out for them.'
'That's right, Greg. The Lakers would totally win this thing if only they had more points. Unfortunately, the math is just not going to happen.'
I, meanwhile, am trying to make my own math work to pay for this PhD.
Oh, and I'm supposed to be going to Europe in two weeks.
10 May 2008
08 May 2008
Yeah, I know. Sounds fascinating.
I got my official letter of acceptance from Birmingham and had some good, but also troubling news. The good news was that I got the most popular supervisor in the program who is famous for her attention to detail and caring about her students. Unfortunately, there was also news about how much they expected me to pay for their PhD. Looks like they might hire me to teach a course in the summer there, but I still will be putting up more bling than I'd like. Here's hoping I get an offer from the OU and I blow this joint.
I did sleep some last night, until the baby kicked me in the face at 6.
07 May 2008
More to say about bike riding (60 km today), throwing rocks into the river (ie. camping), and my baby yelling. But no time.
03 May 2008
And here's my first ride. 81 kicks of pure hard-working, groin muscle killing in the mountains. Oh, there is more, more, more to come.
01 May 2008
Although the guy in the tights and the skirt in the background is totally Bob Kurtz.