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A New Term Begins

.: Another new term begins this week at universities and colleges around the world. Tomorrow, I teach my first research skills class to ~175 second-year students in chemical and materials engineering. I have more classes later this month, for which I need to prepare new presentations or revise older ones. I look forward to it all with a mix of excitement and trepidation, with the campus about to increase in population by about 35,000, as the students descend upon us once again.

This is the time of year when summer seems to recede each day with a little more urgency. The leaves on some of the trees in my cul-de-sac have turned yellow or red, and are beginning to fall, and you can feel the cool evening air each night. It was a relaxed Labour Day weekend for the most part, mixed in with my usual anxieties. I didn’t get a bike ride in this weekend, despite encouragement from Tony, who has had better luck with MT 3.2 than did I. I saw The Constant Gardener on Sunday, one of the two best movies I’ve seen this year, the other being Crash. I also had dinner on Saturday night and tonight, at the homes of good friends.

I’m exhausted, all the time. There is always too much to do, with not enough time to do it. The only constant is the number of hours in the day. In the past two weeks, I wasted spent too much time wrestling with Movable Type 3.2. One reason I switched to WordPress (for now, anyway), is that our internal blogs at work have migrated to WP as well. It is open source, which my colleagues support in a big way, and so far, it’s working fine.

Sleep now, I think.

3 Responses to “A New Term Begins”

  1. Mike N. Says:

    Gotta get out on the bike buddy. Try going for a ride at 9am Sunday morning. The city is quiet and the roads are safer to ride on. Aim for a specific destination. Some place so far away it doesn’t seem possible to get there on a bike. Some place with coffee. A far away Starbucks, for example. Nice reward…if you like Starbucks. Is there a Starbucks in St. Albert???

  2. darcy Says:

    Hey, you’re back! excellent!

  3. Geoff Says:

    Nice design. I like the minimalist look — very clean.
    See you tomorrow am…

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