Archive for April 2009

Can you quote yourself?

April 28, 2009

I’m working through a book right now (yes, I’m going to post something real one of these days) in which an author placed an unattributed quotation in the middle of a paragraph which was obviously intended to give support for his argument (a rather weak argument by the way). When I flipped to the end of the chapter to check the notes, I almost fell out of my seat. He was quoting himself from an article on the same subject! Isn’t that a little misleading? Shouldn’t you at least say something like, “As I stated elsewhere…”? This is one of the reasons I hate end notes.

Biblical Studies Draft

April 26, 2009

The NFL has a good thing going with draft weekend. Wouldn’t it be exciting if every profession ran a draft when you finished your studies? After you submit your dissertation, they would run a combine and parade everyone around in their underwear (uh, maybe that’s not such a good idea). I think I can get my 40 time down sub 4.6 if I worked on it a little bit, that should lift my stock heading into the draft. Then you could just at home on draft weekend and wait to see who picks you.

The World Digital Library…

April 22, 2009

…is supposedly a portal to primary materials from the world’s cultures available at http://www.wdl.org/en/. The Yahoo! headline promised access to humanity’s ancient writings which got me a little bit excited. Then I remembered that my definition of ancient is about 2000 years earlier then the normal person. The Middle East and Africa region is pretty sparse and contains mostly secondary materials so I was a bit disappointed.

Am I going to be an orphan?

April 20, 2009

The LA Times has picked up the story of HUC-JIR’s financial woes. Hebrew Union has three campuses here in the US: New York, LA, and Cincinnati. The Cincinnati campus is the oldest and home of the grad school, but if the plan is to contract to only one campus then I can pretty much guarantee that it won’t be Cincinnati. I would guess that it would be the New York campus that would remain, but I don’t really have any more information than is in the article. Nothing is set in stone yet so we’ll see if the economy can turn around in time to avert the danger.

I guess I better start working on my dissertation.

Ba’al the Storm God

April 19, 2009

Last night at Blockbuster I was looking for Bolt (they were all out) when I noticed right next to where it should have been a copy of Ba’al the Storm God. I think I remember some other blogger hi-lighting this when it came out, but I can’t remember who. The subtitle on the case at Blockbuster was “There’s going to be hell to pay”. I found that kind of amusing, and I also really wanted to see if the characters were going to pronounce it “bail” like normal English speakers or “bah-al” like us smarty-pants grad students. Alas, I settled on Bedtime Stories instead which actually wasn’t half bad.


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