June 11, 2009

"Lord, I'm twittery this morning. Must move on to things that require concentration. Grading. Even blogging. Life's easy in the Twitter lane."

Oh, look at that! An entire 140-character tweet fits in the Blogger headline window, even with quotes added. Room to spare too. Surprising, considering that I often run out of space for things I want to cram into that large colored print zone.

Here's the rest of my twitterage from the last minute:
annalthouse Early breakfast alone in the dark. I'm hoping somehow it will inspire me to efficient exam-grading today. Deadline tomorrow.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

annalthouse Some synchronous things are pleasing, but I'm sorry my art museum foolery coincides with the Holocaust museum shooting.
less than 5 seconds ago from web

annalthouse Obama at the Obama museum, where even the wallpaper is Obama. http://tinyurl.com/kk5x8d
less than 5 seconds ago from web

annalthouse Must there be a thunderstorm every morning at 5 a.m.? Ah, maybe I'd love to adapt to exactly that.
1 minute ago from web
"From web"... I sound like a spider!

Follow me on Twitter. Please. I have 1,103 Followers — yeah, it's capitalized— on Twitter and — do you think it's pathetic? — it means a lot to me. The writing over there is different. Some things don't make it through my blog filter. Some things don't make it through my Twitter filter either. Twitter's just that zone between 2 filters. I'm inviting you to see what collects there.

Do you think it's narcissistic of me? I took this narcissistic personality inventory yesterday, after blake tweeted it, and scored a 14 out 40. "The average score for the general population is 15.3. The average score for celebrities is 17.8." Actually, I took it a second time — with someone else — and got a 19. I don't know if it was the presence of a co-quiz-taker that boosted my score or the fact that I was taking it a second time. The choices require interpretation, and reading something a second time, you see new angles, new reasons to veer one way or the other as you decide which of 2 things you wouldn't say sounds more like something you would say.

Ah! What if one thought each exam should be read twice? And why not 3 times? Do you ever wonder why lawprofs miss grading deadlines? Some of them genuinely fret over what is the one true grade for each exam. Others dither and delay or just quite simply can't maintain the concentration long enough. Law profs who twitter and blog — what kind of concentration do these characters maintain?

It's still raining. The above-quoted tweets have aged to the half-hour vintage. It's still dark. A few different birds have determined it's time to — oh! — to tweet.

And now, I've tweeted and blogged.

13 comments:

Deborah said...

how about a rare tweet?

Chase said...

Early breakfast alone in the dark.

It's 4:06 am here on the left coast.

I'm having breakfast in the dark. Why are you?

rhhardin said...

I don't understand the grading. What course is this?

Jason (the commenter) said...

Althouse : Do you think it's narcissistic of me?

The problem with a test of narcissism is that you know it's a test of narcissism. You need results from a test you don't know you are taking.

So, here are the results from Twanalysis, which rates your Twitter behavior:

Personality: renowned sociable vain

Juris Dentist said...

Do you think it's narcissistic of me?

a. Uh, does the bear s**t in the forest? Does the sun rise in the east? Do Obama haters congregate here?

b. Did you take the "lying story to make yourself look good" test, roo? You'd get a perfect score, no doubt.

c. But PLEASE humor us!!!! Explain why it is so important for you to have twitter followers!! I can't wait.

Fen said...

Do you ever wonder why lawprofs miss grading deadlines? Some of them genuinely fret over what is the one true grade for each exam. Others dither and delay or just quite simply can't maintain the concentration long enough

And some lose everyone's papers because they're too busy screwing the coeds to care.

Ironic that Bill pulled a former student as a judge.

blogging cockroach said...

hey fen
i used to screw coeds in my past life
as a professor
hell a --music-- professor
so don t cast aspersions on only lawprofs
altho they re connected with some
real world power and i was an artsy type
but that was then and even then
we didn t call them coeds
no they were graduate students
ah i remember kathy o back in 61
but i think that s the reason i m now
a cockroach so i m trying to forget
and mend my ways
i ll tell you i didn t fret
about exam grades either
nope kathy got straight a s
asshole male students got c s
now the department is completely
lesbian and marxist so i just
wouldn t fit in any more

Michael Hasenstab said...

*points out to any trolls sniffing around the blog this morning that blogging cockroach screwed coeds during the JFK democratic administration*

Heh.

blogging cockroach said...

true enough michael
but i should also point out that
kathy o later became the chairperson
of the department good for her
but along the way also became
a marxist and a lesbian
so sometimes it s not clear
who is screwing whom

Jennifer said...

Great link, Jason. I like my twanalysis. Now I want to twanalyze everybody.

m00se said...

God, I can't wait until we look back on "Twittering" as the epitome of the content free Internet...

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

"Do you think it's narcissistic of me? I took this narcissistic personality inventory yesterday, after blake tweeted it, and scored a 14 out 40."

Hell no, it's not narcissistic of you to have taken the "Am I a narcissist?" quiz.

Anyone who says it is, is, well, narcissistic.

And your published results prove my point, do they not?

Ann Althouse said...

"Hell no, it's not narcissistic of you to have taken the "Am I a narcissist?" quiz."

I think people who are actually seriously narcissistic would not take the quiz, which is a narcissism inventory, not an "Am I a narcissist?" quiz. We all have some degree of narcissistic traits and would be miserable, servile sadsacks if we didn't. The question is to what degree, and taking the test is part of trying to have an undistorted self-perception. An all-out narcissist is into the complete delusion of power, beauty, and importance, and would I think be repelled by an exercise that would break down the pleasures of the delusion.