Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Welcome.


Good.  You found it.  Let's get back to whatever it was that we were doing at CM.

You are all welcome to participate here.  Right now, I'm the only author but that can change, once (or if) I figure out how to steer this thing.

I certainly can't do this by myself.  Send me your posts.  Comments are open.  Have fun.  If it gets out of hand while I'm away, just let it slide, OK?

Any problems,
comments,
questions,
compliments on such a beautiful header (that was two hours well spent)?

Send it all to beakerbenrys@gmail.com.

Be nice to each other, enjoy yourself and have a drink.



83 comments:

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you--and GOOD LUCK.

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  2. ^what TubePlayingProf said. I am grateful for this place. Was thrown for a loop when I logged in over at CM this morning for the first time in 4 days...WTFARKLE, Nimrod?? Wait, no, don't answer that--let us not get bogged down in the past. Forward, mates!

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  3. [Cracks knuckles] Ah, good. [Leans against wall next to water cooler, waiting for coffee to brew, and proceeds to bore you] So I have a student who in the middle of a paper about art museum collecting practices starts witnessing about creationism. Why? I couldn't tell you. And that with the Nye/Ham 'debate' made me have a dream in which I was supposed to give Billy Graham's brother's congregation a lecture, and I realized it was a 3,000 person auditorium, so int he dream I go back to my car to see whether I bothered printing out any notes, and it had been stolen with my laptop/portable harddrive, etc. Trauma! And why don't we have a snow day today, anyway?!

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    1. I cannot tell you how loud I am laughing over this. I'm so sorry: it's not funny, but it is, too. :)

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  4. Wish we had a snow day here, too--have a back injury, and basically, the only thing holding me up right now is this here water cooler...

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    1. Where is the duck? Did somebody fetch it over from the old place? It was looking kind of lonely, and, besides, I'm not sure we want to risk that thing going feral. It's had some, um, interesting experiences at the compound over the years.

      Also, where is the compound now? I'm feeling kinda lost (or maybe I just refreshed myself a bit too liberally at the water cooler on the way in. Did anybody remember to refill it with water for the morning? When do we do the changeover anyway?)

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  6. Dibs on the second cubicle over from the watercooler.

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  7. If I know BB, the water cooler has at least one bottle of Stolichnaya in it.

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  8. Ahhhh, sweet relief, as in this "separation anxiety" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6QtuU1L_A8

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  9. out of the frying pan, into the fire?

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    1. Very probably.
      But in a good way.

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    2. That's sorta the definition of higher ed these days.

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  10. Sometimes I wish I were a professor so I could participate.

    Actually no, no I don't.
    But I'll still keep reading.

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    1. You don't want to participate or you don't want to be a professor?

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    2. Ha, given my view most days is "Well, if I end up staying in academia then at least I can continue to bitch about it," I'm going to go with the latter.

      P.S. Has anyone noticed how difficult the not-a-robot verifications are getting? My last one required me to read a number from a blurry photo of a piece of paper on a classroom wall. Next I would like to see one with a .gif of someone signing the letters in ASL.

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  11. Good Christ the colors are awful. I hate the fonts. Everything is the wrong size. You are censoring me! You are minimizing me!

    XOXO
    Les

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    1. Everyone on here is racist, sexist, elitist, homophobic, and is a disgrace to the profession.

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    2. I'll slug the first person who says I ain't.

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    3. See, Les, the problem is that you take EVERYTHING SO GODDAMNED SERIOUSLY. Typical feminist academic, can't take a joke.
      Love, Honest_Prof

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    4. Thankfully, a place I can fit in. Thanks, Ben!

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    5. There aren't nearly enough left-aligned images on this blog. You have failed us all, Ben!

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  12. Long-time lurker here, from way back in the RYS days. I have checked the page every day, often more than once a day, have laughed and cried and empathized and thought a thousand times about posting but have never done so. I can't let the end of CM go by without chiming in, though. Thanks to LeslieK, Fab, Cal and many many others for giving me so much enjoyment and for sharing your wisdom, your anger, your agonies and ecstasies with me. I'll now be a regular AWC reader -- and thank *you,* Ben, for getting this up and running.

    Speak louder, colleagues! Fill the room with your intelligence!

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  13. Is this where all the cool kids hangout? Can I join?

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    1. It is the cool kids' hangout now that you're here.

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  14. Hooray! I seriously didn't know what to do with myself, CM was usually the first website I'd get on each morning after I checked my email inbox. Thanks BB!!

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    1. That was my immediate thought as well, though to be fair I have been reading a fair bit about European monarchy/absolutism recently. I'm a blast at parties.

      Kudos to Beaker Ben for picking up the baton.

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  16. Too bad a page like this wasn't around when I was teaching. I would have gladly volunteered to conduct quality control tests on the bourbon that goes into the water cooler....and there would have been frequent sampling.

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  17. CM is dead; long live AWC. I managed to get in one of the last posts at CM; here's hoping that this comment doesn't kill off AWC.

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  18. Hello all. My name is Hiram, and I'm an addict.

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  19. Well done all. Having taken over RYS 1322 days ago - yikes - I can appreciate the great sacrifice Ben is making. Best wishes everyone!

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  20. Yay, my fix. Thank you Ben! Thanks CM peeps!

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  21. Congratulations on the new blog, Beaker. There may be some hiccups along the way. I get the feeling that Beaker may not have the time and energy to be as fully engaged as a moderator as we had come to expect over at CM. Can I make a plea for some tolerance here and express a hope that controversial topics will not cause the comments to spiral down the rabbit hole of offensensitivity, grudges, personal attacks, and a lot of crap? 'Cause I don't wanna read that. I want old-school smackdown of student snowflakes, adminiflakes, helicopter parents, links to reasonable articles I might not have found on my own about the decaying state of higher ed. I want bad clip art. I want Molly cartoons. I want the usual peanut gallery. I want funny. Distracting. Thought-provoking. Infantile arguments I can get elsewhere. So. Everyone step up. Make it nice. Be nice to Beaker Ben. Be excellent to each other.

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    1. WYLD STALLYNS!

      I echo the hope that the successor to CM continues to be the golden exception to the basic Internet rule to never ever read comments. THANK YOU, Ben, for keeping calm and carrying on!

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  22. I feel like I am in some sort of perceptual vortex.

    I found this community way back in the RYS incarnation. Felt a validation and appreciation for my struggles in that community.
    Was gobsmacked and perplexed by its dissolution.

    Completely appreciative of the CM RGM's but at a loss to understand the hows/whys of its demise.

    Most assuredly comforted by BB's taking the the torch but ... well ... confused as to why he had to.

    As I'm sure Contingent Cassandra can attest, we of the online academy have a particularly acute need to find kindred spirits.
    It gets mighty lonely out here on the Interwebz

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    1. Hi, A&S! Yes, indeed. This semester, I'm online and face to face (hence my failure to get over here earlier -- long day on campus, where I don't log on, though I followed along a bit); fun times.

      Also, I think your avatar is, in fact, inhabiting some sort of perceptual vortex (but I feel a bit the same way).

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  23. Ben: Please take note.

    See all of us here, we all love our RYS/CM/AWC. We need it. We thrive on it.

    You need help: ask for it. Ask for a list of 10 people who will commit to weekly posts, and for a list of 7 who will each take one day to moderate. Distribute the labor. Spread it around. And we will reward you with excellent food, alcohol, and high-end strippers.

    (Or new lab equipment.)

    We're here to help!

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    1. AM, thanks for the advice. After working on this throughout the day, I am more open to your offer (to help, of course). Send me an email.

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    2. Indeed. I'm in the awkward place of very much valuing this place, but having limited time to offer. But what I can do, I will.

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  24. Fantastic move, Ben! Now we can pick up right where CM left. Looking forward to it.

    "Respect the Chemistry."

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  25. Thank you Ben!
    I was verklempt to see the closure announced on CM.
    It quickly turned to jonesing for some misery.
    Now I can get my fix.

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  26. O hai. Late to the party. But here.

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  27. Didn't have a lot of time to pack, but I think I managed to stuff all the horrible meanness into my briefcase to bring over here before the lights went out at CM. Jeezus: you can't turn your back for ONE MINUTE...

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    1. This comment has been removed by the author's dean's current protege that no one else in the department likes.

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  30. Sorry I'm late! Here, I brought some snacks.

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  31. Um, I don't mean to be a nag, but I was informed that there would be bourbon. All I seem to be getting out of the cooler is peppermint schnapps.

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    2. Peppermint schnapps? You say that like it's a bad thing. That's the only thing that will get you through the winter in Minnesnowta.

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    3. I once went out with a girl who mixed peppermint schnapps with Coca-Cola. Yech. Right-thinking people know it should only be mixed with hot chocolate. Or drunk straight, preferably outdoors at a football game while wrapped in three blankets.

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    4. I was informed I would be issued a stapler. They took my Swingline in the move but they promised me a Porter-Cable.

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  32. Beaker Ben, you magnificent bastard! Many thanks. I've been part of the downward spiral since the RYS daze. I'll be a regular here, to be sure.

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  33. Well played, Ben... well played indeed!

    Academe may have gleefully wished me well in my future endeavors, but I'm wagering that my 20+ years of scars will keep me within earshot of the AWC...

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  34. Hi, everybody! Good to see so many familiar faces! I'm feeling a little bit disoriented (not good at change, don't like moving, grumble, grumble, grumble), but that beats feeling bereft by a country mile, so many, many thanks to Ben.

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  35. I wonder if the page name change itself-- universal, neutral-- will reduce the trolling. No hurt fee-fee reactionary snowflake DON'T JUDGE ME or helicopter parents of said snowflakes responding to the RATE, no one responding to the MISERY aspect by pointing out our paid 5 month vacations during which we just sit around drinking mai tais on a beach raking in our lavish $36,000 salaries or whatever. I like the water cooler tone. We can get our rants in but also just shoot the shit.

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  36. Jesus, those captchas! "Please type in the following code: §¿üKmc⊂∑∫≃w"

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  37. Oh Ben! Thank heaven!

    I feel as if I can breathe again....

    Are there any window cubes left?

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  38. Who gets to take care of the duck? I assume we brought it along...

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  39. I was too late to enter a comment at CM. It really is shut down. So I'll say it here: Thank you, Leslie, Cal, Fab, Peter K, and (recently and briefly) Hiram.

    Great to see that the party has moved down the hall. Thanks, Beaker Ben!

    These brownies are awesome. What's in them?

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  40. OK, this is now two days in a row without bourbon in the cooler. What gives? Tonight, I arrive to find Piggly Wiggly brand tequila in there. Now, I don't mind tequila, but can't it at least be drinkable tequila? This shit tastes like kerosene blended with antifreeze.

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    1. You must indeed have a refined palette to notice the hint of antifreeze. Clearly, you are a connoisseur of the finer beverages.

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  42. Long time lurker here (I've been free-riding since the RYS days). Thanks be to Ben for taking over, and to all of the RGMs who helped build a thing worthy of another incarnation. Now that I know how to work this damned thing, maybe I'll add my own little bit to the misery.

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