Sunday January 21st 2018, 7:52 pm
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I’m not sure about the .htaccess file redirect. But I think I’ve dragged everything over from the old domain host/DNS registrar to the new hosting system and new DNS registrar.


Did I mention I’m a literature person? Why do I know how to do this shit? Why did I just spend this much time doing it?

Wednesday December 16th 2009, 10:27 am
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Because I can, “Admit it!  Despite your pseudo-bohemian appearance and vaguely leftist doctrine of beliefs, you know nothing about art or sex that you couldn’t read in any trendy New York underground fashion magazine.”  Say Anything’s anti-hipster screed.  Makes me laugh.  Which, as I’m fighting but losing to a cold, is a good thing.

uh oh
Friday November 06th 2009, 12:04 am
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From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:

Narcissistic Personality Disorder, characterized by “a persuasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration,
and lack of empathy…indicated by five (or more) of the following:
1) An exaggerated sense of self-importance
2) Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power,
brilliance, beauty, or love
3) Believes that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by,
or should associate with, other special or high-status people…
4) Requires excessive admiration
5) Has a sense of entitlement….
6) Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7) Lacks empathy
8 ) Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
9) Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behavior.”

5 or more? Fuck, I aced it.  Wait, this isn’t a quiz?

Odd cycles at play, this cold not leaving fast enough, the paper still to write (or, cut and paste, depending upon your level of perspective and pedantry), and now this.  Plus, I need a place to stay in Oxford next May, cuz college sucks.  It’s looking like Lincoln, York, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow in early Jan, then Aberystwyth, Worcester, Gloucester, Exeter, Winchester in early Feb, then Cambridge, London, Oxford for mid-May.  Too much work, not enough drinking with friends.  Any volunteers?

on reading hapworth 16, 1924, for the first time
Tuesday January 06th 2009, 12:05 am
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A Salinger story I’d never fricking heard of; passive fan-dom at its worst.  To claim it as samizdat, printed out from the online New Yorker archives, facilitated by the New-Yorker-On-A-Harddrive project, is to fall down the wonderland rabbit hole (or whole) of originality in a digital age, of art in an age of mechanical reproduction, of a world Nadezhda would no doubt have something withering to say.  A letter, from Seymour Glass, to his family, written from camp, with only the most minimal of Buddy Glass frameworks.  A short piece, in Talk of the Town, telling me what to think, and, worse and far more notably, to think of it at all.  The new year, the renewed writing, the renewed work, the renewed sense of purposive engagement with a larger and more complex world, the only thin lines standing between me and not caring about this story at all.  I care, but it was closer than I care to admit, and in admitting, there is still much work to be done.  Huh.  Caring. It keeps coming up.  If “exemplarity” was year 1, and, uhh, I forget year 2 (authenticity? morality?), perhaps emotional connection is this year’s theme, brought to you by the letter C and the number 3….

Of meerkats and plagiarism
Monday January 21st 2008, 5:59 pm
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Ah, copy, paste, and google. You have radically altered the landscape of plagiarism.  Indeed, you have opened fascinating questions about originality, and perhaps blurred the boundaries, some, as fair use and copyright and the exactness of digital reproduction battle it out in a landscape not even vaguely imagined by Benjamin and his art of mechanical reproduction.  The trifecta of google, copy, paste has made it infinitely easier to translate (trans+latio, to bear or carry over or across) materials from one context to another.  At the same time, of course, the classic arms-race model of students vs. teachers (it’s not really oppositional, of course, but the ethical question of plagiarism is an important one.  Plus, we wrap our courses and our exams in a sort of shrink-wrap honor code: cheating will be punished, and enrolling in our institution constitutes immediate acceptance of this.)  has made it infinitely easier to discover when materials have been lifted. (Sorry about the nested parentheses. I’m under-caffeinated, and trying to keep this vaguely comprehensible).  Anyway, I had a student a few years ago who attempted to copy-and-paste some materials from Wikipedia into a 5-page paper on Philip Larkin.  Not the sharpest of kids, the impassioned denunciation of Larkin’s opposition to be-bop and the implicitly racist judgement of Larkin as a white jazz critic on a natively black art form….well, it was clear my charming student didn’t write it, and was a no-brainer to find on the web.  (I love me my ‘statistically improbable phrases’, even if I use them heuristically, they work well enough.)  Revise and resubmit (I would’ve kicked him out, but I was leaving the school in weeks, and I fought the decent fight, but the good fight eluded me), only to discover the annoying little shit submitted a SECOND paper employing google-copy-paste, this time, at least, it was relevant to the paper and the analysis of poetry that had been assigned, and, to his credit, was the second google result on Larkin rather than Wikipedia as the first result.  All of which is to say, meerkat journalism makes for really awful dialogue in romance novels.