Since I haven't got any cohesive thoughts of my own today, I'm taking my cue from Spanish Prof's Link Day the other day and featuring links I find noteworthy:
For starters, Steve Jobs died. Yes, he was very smart and too young but also very sick. Sad but no surprise. Why is it that EVERYBODY under the blazing sun thinks they have something to say on this subject? I think Comradde Physioproffe puts it best. Just because you have an iPod/Pad/Phone doesn't mean you have anything of substance to say here.
However, JC does have a great Jobs quote up about how our time is limited and that we should be doing what feels right rather than what we think is right. Unfortunately for me, I don't have a freakin' clue anymore! Up is down and down is up. I'm bored shitless and dissatisfied generally with where my life is right now, but I look around and don't see any alternatives. I'm glad there are people out there like JC and Anastasia who feel good about where they are as postacademics -- and are thriving in their new roles. I just wish I could figure it out. I'd gladly close the door on academe forever if I knew that doing so really would make me happy ... but I don't. I don't know anything anymore.
I've been posting far less about disabilities (in the workplace and everywhere else) than I thought I would be when I started the blog. I guess, honestly, after the few technology hiccups the first week, my lousy eyesight hasn't been much of an issue. But Steve Kuusisto over at Planet of the Blind posted a provocative paragraph today titled Vortex of Disability in which he elegantly and succinctly captures the experience of how a disability can creep up and surprise you -- there are so many ways, and he seems to condense them all. He writes, "Here comes your grandmother, disguised as a wolf, telling you nature is unfair."
For any of you who remember my posts here and here a few months back about being in a band, this article explains some of the back story on why things went down the way they did.That band is now defunct and the album project indefinitely on hold. A splinter group I'm in is putting together some new material, but it hasn't been worth writing about here -- long story short, I need a new band!! The guy that the article is about that I've linked to was not actually involved in the band by the time I joined, but he was part of an earlier incarnation. Our singer/songwriter and he had a major dispute over who had actually written the songs ... and now the album is indefinitely on hold because that singer/songwriter and the bass player/sound engineer who is producing the album have gotten into a dispute over rights to the finished product, among other things. Which is why the album is indefinitely on hold. Did I mention I needed to find a new band? What's the point of all this postacademic freedom if I can't be in a band whose members don't hate each other too much to get stuff done?
Grumble, grumble. I think I'm going to go see what these folks are up to in person, now that the weekend is here ...