Author: Crissie Brown

Furthermore! – Proposing a Moratorium on Self-Kicking

A high school teacher once told me “Stop kicking yourself. Let someone else do it.” I was a perfectionist, and was prone to not only blame myself for anything that went wrong, but do so in self-destructive ways. I sometimes still do. (More) All things considered, I think rigorous self-skepticism is useful and it’s better to err by looking for ways we could have done better than to err by blaming others. So I still kick myself, but I’ve learned to stop being mean about it. I no longer insult myself for not knowing everything that someone else knew or foreseeing every consequence that someone else foresaw. None of us can know or foresee everything. But I can foresee this: Democrats blaming Democrats for our nation’s ills will not help Democrats in the 2010 midterms.  And as there is no historical evidence suggesting our party or our nation will benefit if Tea Party Republicans win in November … … I propose a moratorium on self-kicking. We know there have been shortcomings. Some were unavoidable – expectations that exceeded the possible – while others were mistakes. Of the mistakes, some were the kind any of us makes when scrambling to catch up with unanticipated challenges, and others could and arguably should have been anticipated. We could argue over which events fall into which of those classes, and that might be...

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Morning Feature: Pass in Review? (Meta Monday)

The BPI resident faculty put in a requisition for a bubble machine and a roll of bubble wrap today. Either they’re planning a party themed on Champagne Chomsky, or it was their clue that it’s time for another End-of-Semester Activity Fraught With Stress And Sometimes Disappointment, like a formal dance or something. (More) First our thanks to last week’s guest lecturer. Last Wednesday, Professor of Neuroholdemology Caractacus explored one aspect of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and why some parents choose to wait a year before starting their children in school, in Back to School, Part 2. It sparked an excellent discussion and is worth reading. This Tuesday, Professor Caractacus returns to his normal lecture day to continue his Things We Learned This Week series. He was traveling this week, so his topic will be a surprise. On Wednesday, Professor of Commuhealthmemiofieldrogueology TheFatLadySings returns to the lectern to report on her county’s health care success event featuring Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). As always, Chef will provide coffee and bagels, and the Professor of Astrology Janitor will program his computerized buffer. Note: We have a Morning Feature guest lecturer for next Wednesday (September 8th), but we have openings starting the following Wednesday (September 15th). We also have openings on Mondays and Wednesdays for Furthermore!, the BPI campus soapbox, and openings for our daily people-watching series, Midday Matinee. If you would like to...

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Campus Chatter – August 30, 2010

The cities of Melbourne, Australia (1835) and Houston, Texas (1836) were founded today. Also the Burgess Shale fossils were discovered (1909), and the “hotline” between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. went into operation (1963). And Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first black Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1967). Greetings and social banter here. Good morning!...

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Morning Feature: Eat the Poor? (Ask Ms. Crissie)

Professor Plum was out of sorts after learning his paper proving the existence of paper was rejected by yet another journal. “Poor dear,” Chef said. “Please don’t say that,” he said. “I don’t want to go to prison. Or get eaten.” He must have found the mail, or the breakfast menu. (More) After Professor Plum left to join the rest of the resident faculty in the wine cellar library to spend the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), the BPI Squirrel insisted that Professor Plum could not have found the mail. Be did admit that the baby may have played with it. That would explain the stains, nibbled edges, and _____ words. The Professor of Astrology Janitor took time away from the staff poker game, trying to clean the mail in BPI’s not-so-state-of-the-art High Apathy Washers En Dryers (HAWED) lab. That didn’t work out. Although the Squirrel had already scanned the mail onto his Blewberry, the Professor of Astrology Janitor was apologized and began that plaintive mewling, which sent Chef to the kitchen to make what the Germans call Arme Ritter (poor knights) or what we call French toast. That left your lowly mail room _____ time to review this _____ correspondence…. +++++ Dear Ms. Crissie, You liberals overreact to everything. I never said we should put all the unemployed...

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