January 3, 2015

When I snag this particular table...

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... I can always concentrate and get some work done. I once wrote an op-ed on a deadline here. Yesterday, it was just some exam grading. If only the deadline were closer, I might have enforced the rule that I can't get up until I'm done. But life is more luxurious than that. The deadline is 2 weeks away.

26 comments:

Ron said...

My god, I've been commenting here for 10 years! Is that good or not?

madAsHell said...

Soooo....what makes this table so productive? Inquiring minds want to know!!

Bob Ellison said...

Ron, it means you should start roncomments.blogspot.com.

Laslo Spatula said...

The important thing is that, at that table, you have a fire extinguisher handy.

I remember what happened to that bakery after you photographed it.

I am Laslo.

Carl Pham said...

Now the interesting question is whether you would do better grading if the deadline was tomorrow instead of two weeks hence. In this context a first pass at "better" could just be "more consistent," as in, you get neither harsher nor more lenient as the stack shortens.

Saint Croix said...

My apologies to Althouse for my ill-temper on the feminist war chant rape thread. I know you're not Catharine MacKinnon, I wouldn't bother posting here if you were. I'm afraid rape, like abortion, upsets the hell out of me. No excuse though. My apologies.

Anonymous said...

That is a table that's able.

Meade said...

Tableism dog whistle.

David said...

2 weeks? Hardly a deadline at all.

David said...

Ron said...
My god, I've been commenting here for 10 years! Is that good or not?


You are alive, which some of the commentors are not anymore.

traditionalguy said...

Studying in a close space near the human traffic on one side with a window to the outside is harmony of stimulation and peace. Only add a refillable cup of coffee.

Big Mike said...

With that letter 'A' so prominently displayed in your line of vision to send a subliminal message, I'm sure your students are glad you're grading at that table.

FleetUSA said...

Isn't it nice to get things done BEFORE the deadline. Gives you extra free time.

chillblaine said...

I would give the lawprofblogger an A for thematic consistency and the stream-of-consciousness of the vocal fry post. But a B minus for click-baitey-ness (nothing about Nicki Minaj speaking to Rolling Stone, and talking about her abortion).

Overall, a good solid B plus.

Ann Althouse said...

"Isn't it nice to get things done BEFORE the deadline. Gives you extra free time."

No. It takes much longer trying to get it done earlier. What I have learned in 30 years of experience is that when there is a far off deadline, it's better to take your free time earlier and use it to cause the deadline to get closer, which produces efficiency.

I loathe working with someone else who is causing a time crunch for me, but in solitary work like grading, it's just how it goes. Trying to get done makes it take longer. Fighting that only makes it more noticeable.

jr565 said...

"When I snag this particular table .. I can always concentrate and get some work done."



I've got to concentrate...(echo - concentrate... concentrate...)
I've got to concentrate...(concentrate...concentrate)
Hello? (hello... hello...)
Echo! (echo...echo..)
Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon,
Manny Mota (mota... mota...)

Ron said...

Unlike what my avatar conveys...It is a myth that I comment drunk, to match the Althousian Myth of drunk blogging!

However!

I would be will to comment drunk if simultaneously Althouse will blog drunk! Think of those "sitemeter" hits! (is it now a Brigadoonish Technology?) Think of the extra Amazon purchases!

Performance Blogging is the Future!

Ron said...

And I can neither confirm nor deny any nude commenting....

Freeman Hunt said...

"My god, I've been commenting here for 10 years! Is that good or not?"

I'm so glad you're here, so I think it's great.

Saint Croix said...

I'm not sure who Melanie Z is, an Althouse hillbilly or some random person who picked up my book, but whoever you are, thank you, thank you, and thank you.

ken in tx said...

Melanie means Queen of Darkness. A pretty name for sure. Most people ignore the meaning.

Ron said...

Freeman Hunt, you are one of my favorite people in the online world! And the "real" world too!

I've always been grateful for your wise counsel...

chickelit said...

Ron said...
My god, I've been commenting here for 10 years! Is that good or not?

Decade of decadence!

St. George said...

Jethro lives.

Saint Croix said...

I was thinking about Roman Catholics and celibacy.

For me, anyway, it's impossible to think about God when I'm having sex. It's just not going to happen. It's like thinking of my dead grandmother, who hopefully is in heaven. I love my dead grandmother, but that is not a sexy image that I want it my mind.

When I'm having sex, I think about sex. It's sex, sex, sex. I'm like Ted Williams thinking about baseball. My focus is absolute. It has to be, if you're going to do it right.

If your idea is that you should be thinking of God all the time, you will be celibate. So I think that's where this idea of celibacy comes from. Jesus was celibate. Jesus was focused on spiritual matters. Let's be like Jesus!

But of course none of us are thinking of God all the time. You ever see a nun at a baseball game? I love seeing nuns at a baseball game. It's very strange and peculiar and cool. But of course if your mission is to think about God all the time, you really can't focus on baseball.

It's an impossible mission. And you can argue that we should pursue it without regard to accomplishing the task. And yet, if all of us are celibate, if all of us are following the Catholic Church's leadership on this issue, then humanity dies out. That is not God's plan, I am fairly certain.

So this idea that priests cannot marry, or enjoy human sexuality, that seems to me to be quite wrong. It's not a serious theological error. It's like a rule saying "nuns can't go to baseball games." It's too harsh, I think. Celibacy should be a calling, not something you force on people. But I am a Protestant so this is not exactly a new insight (or a new fight!) And it's not like Martin Luther was without sin.

I'm not a Lutheran, either, so there! My church was created so the king could have sex with another woman.

tim maguire said...

It's quite a responsibility sitting next to the fire extinguisher.

I've also been a reader for over a decade--back then I read many blogs, so many it was hard to keep track of them. Now I read just a few, Althouse is one of the survivors. I'm sometimes curious what my first comment was. And when.