Friday, March 21, 2008

Viva Spring Break!

This week was Spring Break. My wife and my youngest daughter promptly came down with the flu, not your normal measly three-day cold, but the genuine flu. My wife is a constant reminder that the German for "sick" is "krank"... she's constantly cranky that is. So my Spring Break has consisted mostly of hiding in the spare bedroom in an effort not to get sick, while emerging to cook meals and to nag the children to clean up after themselves, the latter a vital job that my wife is unable to do while she's sick, hence she delegates it to me.

Today she insisted that she was well enough to drag us all through the Turner exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. Which was well and good, I suppose, but my favorite part of the DMA is a small permanent exhibit on Sir Winston Churchill including some feathers from his favorite budgie. So here they are, for your instruction and edification, Winston Churchill's budgie Toby's tail feathers.





Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Finally got around to publishing my Cruise Diary from GDCSE 2008. Enjoy! http://www.eng.unt.edu/ian/Cruise2008/

Thursday, March 06, 2008


Snow!

I headed to work today with my wife's dire warnings of snow ringing in my ears. About 11am it started sleeting. By noon it was snowing. By 1pm the snow had turned into huge snowy clumps a couple of inches across. Still the university did not announce closing. Finally at 2:10pm I got the announcement from the UNT emergency notification system on my cellphone telling me that the university would close at 2pm.

I would have liked to have gotten the notification before 2pm though.

It took over an hour to slog home through the snow. My thoughts go to the UNT employees who live further north, deeper into the snow. It's not like the university didn't know this was going to happen. At least, to hear my wife talk about it, it was pretty obvious.

Here are images of UNT's front page with my happy smiling face on it, and the article about me. As predicted, they've taken me off the front page already. How fleeting is fame! Click on the images to see full-sized ones that you can actually read.