Monthly Archives: January 2014

Part I: PhD to Tenure Track Panel

Crashing events at the University of California Irvine is my new favo(u)rite hobby, because they have some really great events. Plus, their grad students are friendly, funny, and generous – who wouldn’t want to crash? Today, I’ll give interested parties … Continue reading

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Swipes File #22: Leafs?!

Let’s make like a tree and get out of here: UPDATE: Couldn’t resist adding…

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“By agreeing to these terms, you shine a ray of hope upon a weary world.”

Did anybody else read the new Tumblr Terms of Service (modified earlier this week)? In case you missed out, here are some of the most hilarious excerpts: I can only assume they added in these gems about gore, spam, cats, … Continue reading

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Swipes File #21: Butts

Today, let’s look at butts (going through airport security): UPDATE: Recently came across this one and had to add it to the file: Serge Chapleau, La Press, January 2010 — The Comics Journal had an interesting feature called the “swipes file” where … Continue reading

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Canadian Nationalist Superheroes

A long, long time ago, I responded to a query from Jeet Heer on the Comix-Scholars list-serve. He replied: “Any thoughts on why Canadian nationalist superheroes (Nelvana, Captain Canuck) never gain the iconic status of their American counterparts?” And I wrote: Off the … Continue reading

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Who(m)* are you calling ignorant?

In A Short History of Canada for Americans (1942), Alfred Leroy Burt wrote: American geographies have long shown maps of the United States in full color with a blank white space north of the Great Lakes and the forty-ninth parallel. … Continue reading

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What IS a rigabamboo?

This post will likely be of most interest to former or current Girl Scouts of America / Girl Guides (in Canada) / Boy Scouts / summer campers. The title of this post refers to the campfire song “The Princess Pat” … Continue reading

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Did NPR just suggest using Canadian universities as “safety schools?”

Yes, yes, that did just happen. Normally I don’t like to blog current events. Typically, I line up topics far in advance and schedule them for months from now, so it’s like a surprise to me every time I re-read … Continue reading

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Really?

We have talked about this before. Seriously.

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Tricks & Treats on the Hill (Week 5 at work)

This is a bit belated, but I thought I’d catch you up on my final weeks at the Canada Institute (which was, yes, way back around Halloween – just found this in the drafts folder): – Did some editing (wooho[u]o!). … Continue reading

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