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22 February 2006
This quarter's gone by fast. Really fast. Blink and ya miss it fast.

But, to sum up, some things have been afoot, and I, your jelly-pinched friend, am here to update those few listeners I yet have on what's been the what.

I've now had both of my formal observations (department head and academic dean), and seem to have come through with flying colours. Apparently, I have a rapport with the students. I'm still not sure how that's possible, but then I reckon one doesn't get to be "L-Dog" while being totally lame. So, yay on me.

Meanwhile, the poetry night I've organised is on for this Friday night, and it looks as though I'll have a bit of a crowd. I've got a notice in me alma mater's alumni email which went out this week, and already have had a few inquires, and there are a fair number of my students planning on attending. Of course, offering students extra credit for writing a poem and reading it there is certainly an incentive for them to go.

Furthermore, I've got a lead on a coffee shop in Arlington which sounds perfect for an after-Lent poetry night. Will update when I have info.

And that be all for now.
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11 February 2006
Yesterday, I finished grading the last of my juniors' research papers. Finally, I can breathe again! In the midst of them, however, I encountered some great quotations*.

The first two are from Ambrose Bierce, who I've admired for many years now without realising he was a great crusader against socialism.

"The socialist notion appears to be that the world's wealth is a fixed quantity, and A can acquire only by depriving B. He is fond of figuring the rich as living upon the poor - riding on their backs. The plain truth of the matter is that the poor live mostly on the rich." (taken from The Socialist***)

"Nothing touches me more than poverty. I have been poor myself. I was one of those poor devils born to work as a peasant in the fields, but I found no difficulty getting out of it. I don't see that there is any remedy for the condition which consists in the rich being on top. They always will be. The reason that rich men are poor** - this is not a rule without an exception - is that they are incapable. The rich become rich because they have brains." (taken from a speech on Socialism***)

I also ran across a terrific Dorothy Parker witticism: "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."

*For those who care about the state of the English language, there has been a dramatic increase in the misuse of the word "quote" as a noun. Check your Strunk & White. Unless it's used for extremely informal purposes, "quote" should never be used as a noun, but only as a verb. The act of quoting produces a quotation.

**I've italicised this because I'm not sure my source quoted it correctly, and I don't have an actual copy of the speech. Something just seems off about the phrasing here.

***Quotations found on
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Jelly Pinched Wolf   10:21 PM
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08 February 2006
You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic

At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung

You drink coffee when: anytime you're not sleeping

Your caffeine addiction level: high

**via Doubleshot Thoughts
Jelly Pinched Wolf   10:11 AM
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07 February 2006
Poetry Night
Been working on getting an open-mic poetry night organised for some time, and I've finally got everything together for it. If you're in the DFW area, and are a poet, or just enjoy listening to people read poetry, please come out and join us.

Poetry Night

24 February 2006
7 - 9 p.m.

5910 N MacArthur Blvd Irving, TX 75063

Bring your original poetry or the work of your
favorite author to share.

This is not a poetry slam.
Jelly Pinched Wolf   10:14 PM
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