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The Calm After the Storm Could Be Its Eye
Now that my partner is finished with her all-consuming deadline and my father-in-law truly seems to be on the mend -- he has a long way to go, still -- I can sit back and, well, not relax. Like her, I'm being overwhelmed by waves of deferred stress from the past month's madness, as well as the already massive stress that was doubly deferred to make room for the extra deferral. All I can say, to sound like a broken record -- for those of you who even know what a broken record sounds like, skeuomorph that the phrase has become -- is that it's a really good thing I started my late-night bicycle riding. Right now I have a dinner I'm preparing for future leftovers on the stove and am listening to the first Teenage Fanclub -- Matador #012-2 -- record in an effort to restore a sense of composure. But it seems to be a losing battle. Maybe the Bears will make a good show against the Bruins tomorrow night to brighten my spirits, though their odds of actually winning the game are remote. Back to the stove. . .

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siyeh From: siyeh Date: January 24th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know you and Greg talked about basketball. Any good game days coming up? We could have chips.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 24th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thursday after next? I'm going out of town tomorrow. And Kim leaves the following week for a trip.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: January 24th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As in a week from Thursday or the week after that? Also, are there any good Saturdays? Sometimes we have dinner/Grey's Anatomy on Thursdays (though not always) but we also have two televisions, so....
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 24th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Saturday might work too. It depends on Kim's dad and such. I'll check. I meant not next week, but the week after.
siyeh From: siyeh Date: January 24th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think we could do it this Saturday or next Saturday. Just let me know when you end up being free. I know you have a lot going on right now.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: January 24th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're making me thinking about how a skeuomorph (a term I've never heard before--thanks!) is different than a simulacrum. I guess, perhaps, they could be one in the same as in, say, buildings at Disney World/EPCOT.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 24th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
EH loves talking about the skeuomorph. He picked it up from Katherine Hayles. I knew it from her, but started using it because of him.

Disney is fun to think about, as Baudrillard rather lamely demonstrated. Still loving it there?
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: January 24th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I once heard a scholar from Harvard give a talk about "Disney studies." I wish I could remember his name, now. But his talk was, of course, less than loosely based on that Baudrillard chapter we're thinking of. I just makes me chuckle: "Disney studies." I'm so qualified to enter the conversation!

I am still loving it, here. Florida in general is obviously home to me, but Jacksonville is something else--it's the best and worst parts rolled up into one. I love that Jacksonville isn't Disney or Busch Gardens and that people move here to live and work, not to party and hang out when it's cold, although this is not to say that element isn't here, it's just not as apparent as in other cities in FL. And I had fresh oysters last week at a place called Slider's: $5 a dozen for Gulf Coast ones. For me, that's a huge deal. I can't wait to see what happens in this town in the spring/summer--that's when outdoor bars open up and stores start extending their hours. A "season" of sorts?

My students are just to die for. Most of them really want to be in college, graduate, and learn something. Oh, and I'm receiving professional respect. My colleagues tell me how lucky the department is to have me, and my program director suggested I apply for the full-time, tenure track position that just opened up (in the Writing Program, so not my dream job, but I'd get to teach lower-level literature courses).
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: January 24th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
And, be careful of those eyes!
celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: January 24th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
it amazes me that in all the time i spent in school studying architecture (7 and a half years) and all my time working in the profession, i've never heard the term skeuomorph. and yet, we do it almost every day. i didn't even think there was a word for that concept.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: January 24th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Just in case

you are interested, some JAX pics from the Jville LJ community whydoesjaxsuck (which, of course, it doesn't).
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: January 25th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Nice choice of music. Teenage Fanclub is a band that makes me appreciate the existence of iPods like few others. Being able to put it on shuffle (A Catholic Ed., Bandwagonesque, Thirteen, Grand Prix, Songs From No. Britain, and Howdy) really shows off how great they are.
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