Friday December 21, 2007  To the Aldi at Hi-Rise Mall.  As I left the LRT station, I thought about going to Savers thrift store.  No, better to wait for next Tuesday; Tuesday is senior discount day.

And then I remembered they’d be closed next Tuesday.

So after Aldi, I went to Savers.  Found a large exercise ball for $1.99.  Turned out the tag was color of the week (orange), which meant it was half price.

Back to Lake Street Station.  There was one other person on the elevator.  He asked what floor I wanted.

“Thirteen, please.”

-“We don’t have a thirteenth floor.  Will fourteen do?”-

I assented.

-“This isn’t a horror movie, so we don’t have a thirteenth floor.”-

On the train:  in the car ahead of mine, I saw several people wearing Santa Claus hats.  (And other Santa Claus clothing, on the ones where that was visible.)  Then I noticed several people with reindeer-antler hats among them. And some with ordinary clothing.

At least some of them got off at 38th Street Station (which was also my stop) and went into the Cardinal Bar.
“And so in the end it was the littlest shoggoth of all who guided Santa’s sleigh that night”
From the online_books LiveJournal Link:
The Industrial Republic: A Study of the America of Ten Years Hence (New York: Doubleday, Page, and Co., 1907), by Upton Sinclair (multiple formats at
LOC from Fred Lerner:


“The most prestigious American colleges and universities are like dysfunctional families. Faculty members are judged by their research — not by their ability to teach undergraduates.”

That’s a non sequitur. It only makes sense if you take for granted that the primary purpose of these institutions is to teach undergraduates.

[I believe most say it’s ONE of their primary purposes.]

If you judge them by their success at scholarly research, scientific discovery, and the application of knowledge to social and industrial problems, you might come to a more favorable judgement.

Perhaps their primary purpose ought to be the teaching of undergraduates. But unless you first establish that point, you can’t fairly call them dysfunctional.

[If one of their announced primary purposes is teaching, and this is said in a way which does not explicitly exclude the teaching of undergraduates, I would count it as a primary purpose.  If the administration and/or faculty then treat teaching undergraduates as an unfortunate necessity, I would say this is dysfunctional.]


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