How to Add a Shelf to an Ikea Table Top Desk for About $16, with Thoughts on Making

I believe that it is important for everyone to make things. Making uses the brain and the body. Making acts on the world. Making is an expression of ourselves. Making can be for ourselves alone or it can be shared with others. Making can be meta, too–making about making (like this blog post). Making inContinue reading “How to Add a Shelf to an Ikea Table Top Desk for About $16, with Thoughts on Making”

NASA and the Postmodern

Yesterday, I picked up my Grandpa Gerald’s wedding ring from Kent Jeweler’s after it was resized. In preparation for wearing a ring all the time, which I am not accustomed to, I am wearing my high school class ring. Why am I doing this? It’s something that I’ve learned from NASA and their preparation forContinue reading “NASA and the Postmodern”

Mars and Beyond, Thinking Big

My students are watching Walt Disney’s Mars and Beyond in class today. They will write a response to the film over the weekend that will be one element of their second essay assignment–constructing a narrative of our solar system. As many times as I’ve seen Mars and Beyond, it never ceases to amaze me howContinue reading “Mars and Beyond, Thinking Big”

The Beginnings of a Major Lego Project

For the past couple of weeks, I have considered playing with Legos bricks again. I had a lot of fun assembling the Midi-scale Millennium Falcon, because during that build, I returned to a kind of concentration and elevation from worry that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. It is the same kind ofContinue reading “The Beginnings of a Major Lego Project”

Kent State Writing and Composition I, Sections 11161 and 11174, Fall 2009

I’ve begun to receive emails from future students in my two sections of Writing and Composition I at Kent State University in Fall 2009.  If you’re in CRN sections 11161 or 11174, please feel free to order your books ahead of time online, or you may purchase them from one of the local bookstores onContinue reading “Kent State Writing and Composition I, Sections 11161 and 11174, Fall 2009”

College Writing, Space Exploration Theme, Take Two

I just completed my second semester teaching college writing I at Kent State University, and I’ve learned a few more things about teaching and how to organize my class (for my past postings on college writing click here).   In Fall 2008, I taught my first college writing class at KSU with the theme, “SpaceContinue reading “College Writing, Space Exploration Theme, Take Two”

ICFA 2009, Science Fiction, Space/Time, and Postmodernity Panel

Surprisingly, I woke up in time this morning to visit Starbucks for coffee and a piece of lemon loaf, return to my room for a shower, and arrive just in time for the 8:30am panel on SF, Space/Time, and Postmodernity.  David M. Higgins moderated the panel, which included Veronica Hollinger, DeWitt Douglas Kilgore, Megan Bygness,Continue reading “ICFA 2009, Science Fiction, Space/Time, and Postmodernity Panel”

College Writing and Space Exploration Theme

As many of you know, this is my first year teaching college writing at Kent State University, and it’s already been an enlightening experience.  I chose space exploration as the course theme (after a suggestion by Brian Huot and protracted consideration on my part and a mad scramble for resources before classes began), because IContinue reading “College Writing and Space Exploration Theme”