Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Status Update: Back to the Salt Mines

I've been something of a slacker lately, reading some stuff outside the bounds of this blog, traveling before classes start, beginning an exercise program (boy am I out of shape).

Anyway, classes start Thursday, and since I'm in charge of all the undergraduate labs now, I've got to herd cats supervise all the teaching assistants, somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-45, starting this afternoon.  I plan to get back to posting on a regular (or at least semi-regular) basis within the next couple of days.  In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has visited in the last few weeks, both here and at Futures Past and Present.  Traffic has been at record levels, and I really appreciate the interest and support, as well as all the comments.

I need to double check my deadlines on some items I've committed to review, but I've got several indie published books coming up in the next 4-6 weeks that look promising as well as titles by more traditional publishers.  It's gonna be fun.


  1. Yeah, that real life thingie - always getting in the way!

    p.s. - I started reading Empire State. 98 pgs in and enjoying the heck out of it!

  2. I thought you would enjoy Empire State. I'm planning on reviewing Ghosts of Manhattan soon (within the next month), which seems to be somewhat similar.

  3. Looking forward to the reviews. I don't envy you overseeing those lab courses. Lab setups are some of the hardest things we have to do in teaching.

  4. Charles, I don't actually do the setups. There's someone else for that. I'm charge of scheduling and training the TAs, making sure everything runs smoothly in lab, working with faculty on the content of the recitation/discussion sections, and dealing with student complaints.

  5. 40+ TAs? Jeez, they've got a slightly bigger budget than TAMUC