Sunday, May 2, 2010

Shout Outs

Inside Higher Ed is now inside my head. I wanted to write “inside my higher head” but that could be interpreted a couple of different ways. Although feel free to pick one and there’s a good chance you could be correct. (award yourself 10 blog reading points!) So every once in awhile I, and many of you, get a shout out over in Inside Higher Ed land. This results in flood of people reading a particular post. It’s like Inside Higher Ed sent out invitations to your party- but didn’t tell you. That’s OK. It’s actually rather flattering . It’s like seeing your work cited. Does that not cause a minor, but very real, rush? A little thrill? I should specify that I am referring to the positive/neutral citation, not the negative “what is wrong with this motherfucker?” type of citation. But seeing my name and work like that? It never ceases to amaze me. The Inside Higher Ed shout out is similar.

Similar, but not quite the same. It has the additional component of making one feel a little party-crashed upon. It’s as if Inside Higher Ed compiled a perfectly respectable guest list, sent the invitations, the guests show up, and the party is packed and jovial. But the next morning you wake up and think “who the fuck were those people?” What just happened exactly? Whose underwear are these?

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  1. The underwear belong to Harker.
    jc

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  2. The underwear belong to Harker.
    jc

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  3. I wrote about this strange experience on my blog -- how the IHE hoards descend but don't write any comments. That's the thing I find disconcerting about it: the lack of participation.

    Just a head's up: as a result of my blog post -- which was, admittedly, much more negative than yours here -- IHE removed me from their "linkable" list.

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  4. There are times that blogging feels a bit like a conversation between friends in a zoo - only, you're in the display.

    Meh, I figure if it makes a few people come back and maybe participate down the road it works for me... As long as they don't raid the liquor cabinet.

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  5. Yeah, those are mine. Shit, sorry.

    I keep hearing about IHE (you, RYS, various people in the real world), but so rarely in a positive light. Maybe I'll finally give them a little visit.

    But hey, congrats on the 'citation,' I guess?

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  6. Hey, any excuse for a party! But I bet you're cleared out of Cheetos and Scotch right about now...

    And frankly, I think you should add to your sabbatical report that your writings were "acknowledged by Inside Higher Ed." Yeah!

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  7. Harker! Damn dude- I hadn't figured you were a thong guy...

    Bitternsweet: Ooh, I wonder if I'll be disinherited too!

    Proflike: I wish we got bananas.

    Ink: Yep, scotchless...but packing! Rum drinks! Umbrella fruit! Bananas!

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  8. I've been linked twice now on IHE, and I get a little sad when that spike in traffic doesn't sustain. IHE readers, why don't you come back? I mean come on! What's not to love about a hilarious, self-deprecating, bourbon-loving neuroscientist?

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  9. Ooh, will you make me a Rumbrellanana, too? I need one.

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