Dear out-of-towners,

There are a number of you in town this week for the world’s largest Independence Day rodeo, and we welcome you and your spending money.  Potterville is the place to be for PRCA action this week! But, please:  if you stop a local to ask for directions, try to listen to us and answer our […]

Monday round-up: Stampede-a-riffic!

It’s Stampede season here, friends, and we’re all excited about rodeo days and the world’s largest Independence Day rodeo, right here in Potterville!  Heck’s’a’poppin’. First up, the hearings for Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court start today.  Tenured Radical has a nice round-up of her own, with some quality links for your enjoyment.  I liked this […]

The academic life: movin' on.

I had an e-mail exchange yesterday with a good friend of mine from when I lived in–let’s call it Winesburg*–Ohio.  He left Winesburg a few years after I moved out to Baa Ram U.  He told me today that the junior scholar who replaced him there really likes her job.  He writes, Apparently, this new assistant prof loves it […]

Sunday round-up: Rodeo Days edition

Who can resist “The Grandaddy of ‘Em All?” It’s high rodeo season out here on the high plains desert–check out this bareback rider, courtesy of the Denver Post.  There’s a reason you don’t meet too many rodeo cowboys over the age of 21–especially not the bull riders.  (One exception:  calf-roping teams frequently feature “senior citizens,” […]

Why I call this place Baa Ram U.

And of course, I do so affectionately, since I like teaching at the old Aggie school because of days like yesterday, when some of the Ag students put on a show-and-tell for the rest of the university in a plaza in-between the Liberal Arts college and the library.  The big guy at left is the university mascot known […]

Try this on Jeopardy, baby

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Historiann! Native Americans never actually ate Historiann; killing such a timid prey was thought to indicate laziness! Historiann can usually be found in nests built in the webs of large spiders. The only Englishman to become Historiann was Nicholas Breakspear, who was Historiann from 1154 to 1159. When provoked, Historiann […]