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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

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I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Well, I was going to write about the incredibly disturbing implications of this article --- which, unsurprisingly, seem to be missed entirely by not only the instructors and students engaged with the devices, but by the journalist as well --- but I've been shifted in focus to the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

I just can't get the image out of my head of the imagined proposal: "So, honey, how would you like to be the future Queen of England?"

Talk about a great come-on. I'm not sure that can be topped.

As to the handheld remotes in higher education, just read the last few paragraphs, and consider: isn't the capacity to do exactly what these tools are enabling students to avoid --- speaking their minds publicly, supporting a point of view despite opposition, and having the courage to stand up for what you believe even when the majority is of a different (and potentially antagonistic) mind --- isn't this a critical part of what higher education is supposed to provide?

OK. I'm off to sit by the mailbox now and wait for my Royal invitation.