“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats As if I didn’t already have enough stuff to do, I’ve been taking courses online through Coursera. Coursera offers “Massive Open Online Courses” or MOOCs  for short, from universities all around the world. Currently I’m enrolled in … [Read more…]

I Miss Football

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” -Vince Lombardi I discovered this weekend that I really, really miss football. The real football, not that soccer shit that they have over here in Europe. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find American football games in the Netherlands. There are … [Read more…]

A Rose By Any Other Name?

“Names are loaded, full of pitfalls and possibilities, and can prove obstacles to writing.” -Carmela Ciuraru Belle de Jour didn’t invent the pseudonym. Concerned that his fantasy writings would reflect badly on his academic work, mathematician Charles Dodgson wrote under the name Lewis Carroll. As to not alert the neighbors that they were featured in … [Read more…]

New Year’s Resolutions – 2011

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” -Abraham Lincoln I didn’t do so hot with my 2010 New Year’s Resolutions. 2010 resolution: I wanted to use Bedpost regularly. 2010 result: I did okay with this, some months I was better than others. 2010 resolution: I … [Read more…]