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Holiday Plans

By cameron eigner.

As we head toward the winter holidays and the start of the new year, I'll be finding myself, at least for a few days, back in Washington state.  The plane leaves tomorrow evening, and I'll be back in Muncie before the 1st of the year.

In the meantime, I've been making quite a bit of use of ILLiad, collecting materials for a proposal I'm putting together for the Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media.  I have some time to piece it all together, as abstracts aren't due until the end of January, but I don't particularly want to put it off 'til the last minute.

I'm hoping to look at possession-as-insult as it relates to ownership and to one being owned.  Anyone who has played Halo or Call of Duty or any other online game knows what this is all about.  I'm curious what governs ownership, and what classifies the individual as being owned or as owning.  There's not been much investigation into this particular item, so I'm trying, at the moment, to decide if I want to use one of the many existing chat-style corpora, or if I'd like to compile my own.

As an additional tool, I may collect information on this item as used in online voice chat sessions.

First Post

By cameron eigner.

This is the first post for my teaching portfolio blog.  I'm not sure how much time I'll have to update it, but I'm going to try.

Today I've been reading mostly about science.  I found a neat tumblr blog that has a series of interesting micro-entries about different issues in modern science.  The thing is massive, too; there are something like seven hundred pages of entries.  Most blogs burn out or get lazy far before that, so it's nice to see.  The blog is called It's Okay to be Smart.

As I read, I find myself quickly thinking about possible research topics for my 104 students next semester.  The difficulty is that many of the issues are complex enough to be interesting, but not simple enough to be covered with basic research; many of them are presented in their cutting-edge states, meaning that published and reviewed research may be too technical to easily synthesize.

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