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2014: The Absolute Minimum

I have a bad habit of complaining or criticizing things way too much. I know that. It's long been one of my flaws. But in trying to come up with some sort of reflective response to the past year of 2014, that trap became difficult, if not impossible, to avoid.

I am grateful to be alive, to be doing reasonably well in the global scheme of things, to have a solid job and a wonderfully loving wife, and all of those things we tend to take for granted.... But. The endless failures in my personal and professional lives this year have led me to conclude: the year 2014 simply was not good enough.

Those who know me best know I've had some unique health challenges the past year -- nothing deadly, mind you, but something that's certainly occupied a lot of my time. Because of my generally bad attitude about the whole thing, a manageable situation devolved into one where I'm only getting by in my responsibilities by doing the minimum. Then, deadlines pile up, work doesn't get done, and I'm too busy freaking out about a project that should've been done months before.

It has to stop, and I'm hoping it will in 2015. I make no promises, but I'm working hard to improve everything about my current life situation and mindset to bring myself back to where I should be: moving forward.
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Coming to Terms with My Academic Self

I recently had an interview for a gig with a major research university, an "R-1" institution with all of the trappings and resources that academics dream of achieving, myself included. Well, chances are very strong at this point that I will not be getting that job, and that realization has forced me to do some soul searching about my path as an academic, a teacher and a researcher. Read more
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Siri's Joey Votto Adventure

I've been a long-term admitted Apple fan as long as I can remember, literally. I've been using Apple products continuously since I started messing with my prized dad's Apple II at 18 months old, irritating him to no end. When I wouldn't leave it alone, he took up my mom's suggestion, and instead of barring me from it, taught me how to use it. Hence, a technophile was born. Read more
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Why I Didn't Go to Columbus.

Sure, I'm against the rampant GOP cuts to education, particularly higher education. But I certainly couldn't, in good faith, participate in helping my tenured and tenure-track colleagues maintain their stability when they've done nothing to help us, the abused class of adjuncts. Read more
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When Does Patience Become Foolishness?

"Patience is a virtue," we're all taught. Is it always? I'm not so sure. Read more
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Our Epic Forthcoming Journey, and My New Project

Amy and I are using our trip to 2011 AAG in Seattle as an excuse to put together a crazy cross-country overland trip with a bunch of friends. Geographers FTW. Read more
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Sorry Folks, I'm Gonna Sit This One Out

I discuss why, for the first time in my life, I choose not to vote. Read more
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Grabbing those parts, Cashing them in for scrap

So, my PhD and dissertation are 99.9% complete. It's about time, right? Editing and defending are the names of the game, which sound easier than they are. Now what? Read more
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