Obligatory End of Semester Post III: An Update Because I Need a Break Already

Now with pictures that have only tertiary reasons for appearing with this post.

The good news (for me): I’m nearly done with my Shakespeare paper. And surprisingly, it doesn’t suck. The topic is homosociality and eroticism in the sonnets, a topic entirely overdone but interesting nonetheless.

The bad news (for me): I still have to edit and write a conclusion for another paper and compose an abstract explaining the dogs pooping project with matching Powerpoint. Neither are difficult, but I’m ready to lay around on the couch and knit something. All must be finished this evening.

Additional blogging-related news: I’m in the process of banning someone from the blog, not because he was particularly abusive, but because the air of bigotry and ignorance emanating from his comments so got on my nerves. I rather like the peaceful, witty disagreements we have on this blog (even though the occasional naysayer has his or her fifteen minutes of engagement) and resent someone coming along to stir up trouble. His time was up and, goddammit, I pay good money for this thing.

I have no problem with dissent, but attempting to hijack comment threads for one’s own amusement under the guise of reeducation is disrespectful and goes against the unspoken rule of blogging conduct. I think it irritates most webmasters, including this one.

In other blogging-related news, I’m considering running another silly blogging contest. If anyone is interested in perhaps being a judge and helping compile votes and whatnot, contact me for further information. My contact information can be found under the related link in the sidebar. This one will be much bigger than the last.

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5 comments for “Obligatory End of Semester Post III: An Update Because I Need a Break Already

  1. April 28, 2005 at 12:40 am

    I’ll help you out, Lauren… let me know what I can do.

  2. April 28, 2005 at 8:25 am

    School ends quite soon-like for me, so I’ll soon have nothing to do. So I can help out with judging and what-not…though I can’t totally guarantee that I won’t cheat. ;)

  3. April 28, 2005 at 9:16 am

    On item #3: they’re real tar-babies, aren’t they? There’s a real tension between (1) accepting the gift of free-range idiocy that they’ve provided you and (2) your necessarily giving them the notoriety they seek by publicizing the free-range idiocy. My rule of thumb would be to inversely link the level of idiocy to the amount of notice you give before purging your bandwidth of the idiocy.

    Good luck on the other stuff.

  4. April 28, 2005 at 1:52 pm

    On my own blog, I am very reluctant to ban annoying people, in the spirit of the free market of ideas and all that. But on other people’s blogs, I constantly wish they would be much more ruthless in excluding the people who are all noise and very little signal.

    It’s the internet as a whole that is a free market of ideas, not each individual blog. It’s your site, you should ban people who make it less enjoyable for you.

  5. April 28, 2005 at 2:26 pm

    Part of it, selfishly, was that I was working on papers and was sick of monitoring his comments.

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