Desert of My Real Life

Student Data and Program Assessment

I had an interesting conversation with a colleague today. We were discussing PSU's assessment of our General Education program and what the process might be for a pilot program that we are running in the Fall. We're using a tool called TaskStream (which I think is a product of Watermark). I have not had the…

Women Playing Poker

I played in a women's Texas Hold 'Em poker event at Foxwoods this weekend. I played well but I often felt as though I was fighting against my upbringing as a woman. Let me explain. A good poker player keeps her opponents guessing as to what hand she might be holding. This means that a…

Hereditary

This movie has received a lot of critical praise, with a 90% positive critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. It might be telling, however, that its positive audience score is only 56%. I was really looking forward to this movie. And I liked the first half (maybe not quite half). In the early part of the…

Why is PSU Moving to Clusters?

President Birx wrote a blog post (which I've referenced more times than I can count) about the Four Tools of Clusters. It's important to note that three of the four tools are directly related to the General Education program at Plymouth State University. I am starting to take on my responsibilities as the new (first!)…

The New Education: First Year Seminar

I've been busy for the last month or so IndieWebifying my web site. That's been really fun. But  I've also been started planning for my new position as Coordinator of General Education. Accepted students will start coming to campus this week for orientation which means that First Year Seminar is on my mind. Because of…

Design of My Website

I discovered the IndieWeb about six weeks ago and wrote then about why I think it's an important movement and community. Since that time, I've made a concerted effort to update my web site so that it looks like I want it to look. Although I'm not yet done, I've made good progress. I recently…

Ocean’s 8

An all-female sequel (sort of) to Ocean's 11, Ocean's 12, and Ocean's 13, this movie follows the heist formula pretty closely. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, some of which feel a little intellectually lazy. But this is not an intellectual movie. It's a trifle, entertaining and light, but nothing that…

Solo: A Star Wars Story

When this movie first started, I didn't think I was going to like it. In the early scenes, it felt like everyone was trying too hard and not succeeding. But as the movie went on, Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo grew on me. My friend Liz said that he might not be a great Han…

Disobedience

I have been looking forward to this movie since I first saw the trailer months ago. The story focuses on Ronit, played by Rachel Weisz, who learns that her father has died. She returns home from New York to an insulated Jewish community. She encounters her old friend, Esti, played by Rachel McAdams. The first…

Killing Eve

The best show I've seen this year is Killing Eve. The story focuses on a woman in intelligence in England and the assassin she begins to track. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are excellent as the two women. Much of the pleasure of the show comes from upending the spy genre where the intelligence agent…

Picnic at Hanging Rock

One of my favorite movies of all time is Picnic at Hanging Rock. I have only seen it once, back in college, but its mysteriousness has stuck with me. Because of this movie, I became quite the Peter Weir fan and Australia jumped onto my bucket list of places to visit. That original movie is…

RBG

I loved this documentary. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is inspiring. This rendition of her life strikes a balance between her personal life and her professional career. Without the support of her progressive husband, she would likely not have been considered as a candidate to sit on the Supreme Court. But it was she herself, with her…

My New Photography Blog

As part of my IndieWeb project, I spent most of the day working on a new (self-hosted) site for my photography. It's not IndieWebified yet and I'm still working on uploading my favorite photos from over the years. I'm also trying a new workflow for photos to see whether I can more easily upload them…