Crazy

So, in the original oh-so-naïve plan, I’d have been on my way to Scotland today. Alas, I didn’t discover the requirement that I supply two different verifications of my last year’s income, so my thousand-dollar visa application was rejected.   After kicking the topic around for several days with relevant representatives of the Glasgow team,…

Notes from IHE

Noteworthy stories on notes-sharing software and websites and self-paced, quiz, based online instruction. I don’t suppose that either of these heralds the new, jetpack-included, hyper-ultra-definitive Wave of Future Education, but both show people responding to a new technology by using it (well) to do what it’s good at. No, online quizzes do not replace seminars…

In case you know the film work of John Hughes, heard of his recent death, and haven’t read this impressive memoir of one woman’s long-distance friendship with him, well, there’s the link. Stories such as this, and especially the comments thread, demonstrate one of the great benefits of the internet.

Where It Is

After several interactions with the Human Resources department at Glasgow, it appears that my best option is to reapply for a fresh Tier 1 visa.   These are the complications: I’ve already sent in the documents I had gathered for the previous application; I now have to gather a new set, plus the one bit…

Beware Of The Leopard

It turns out that the British Embassy ruled against my Tier 1 visa request because they did not accept the signed and countersigned contract letter from Duke that stipulated my salary for last year as adequate evidence that Duke paid me that sum. The rejection notice indicates that it is not a “specified document” under…

Will Not Cause Improvement In Rates

Language Log points to the Anglo-American Telegraphic Code (via Google Books), a guide to the code by which telegraph users could abbreviate their messages, conceal their communications from casual observation, and save money on per-word charges. Since Language Log checked their blog title and came up with “Do not leave if you can help,” I…

Denied!

My visa application has been denied, certainly delaying my trip to Scotland significantly. I don’t think I can learn what went wrong till my materials get back from the embassy, via UPS tomorrow. It could easily be a small detail that I missed — but I’m irked that the process is so cumbersome, when I…

Traveling Stromateis

Encouraging news about my current employer from The Scotsman; encouraging, that is, in the sense that the report identifies the cost of living there as low, and characterizes the students as hard-working. Now, that’s based on the number of hours they work for pay outside of academic efforts, and I don’t wish financial hardship on…

Sauna High Mass

This morning’s services went well, especially since it was the first time several of us have celebrated this rite, especially together. Everything went relatively smoothly (if you allow for a couple of whispered prompts). I think I was not pitch-perfect on a couple of the chanted parts, but everyone was too polite to say anything.…

Coming Attractions

I’m looking over the story from today’s New York Times, to see which parts of Glasgow I ought to visit soonest. I’ll be living relatively near the Botanic Gardens and the Oran Mor whiskey bar. (Numerous people have asked about my taste in whiskey; I will confess to all that I have a perfectly unformed…

Several Points

1. Cory notes the fulfillment of what many of us have been saying all along. “Free on the web” drives people to want the (better-quality, value-added) paid-for versions of books and performances.   2. Margaret left this morning. I’ll see her again at the end of next week, then (after I leave for Scotland) not…