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Site Notes: We Make Haste Slowly

Out front, I’d like it all to exude this “crisp and professional”attitude

Backstage it’s a bit more like this.

There are a lot of things, a LOT of things, that come up when you are splitting cloning (re)shaping a web journal with a lot of interests and entries. If there was only one system (substack) it would be limited but straightforward. Alas, there is another system, Ghost, with more features and more creative freedom; and hence more complex with a lot more tubes leading to tubes leading to an internet of tubes. Sigh. The short form is that there are two to three new software programs to learn to drive. That takes some time and I am not yet happy with the result. 

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  • Mike Anderson August 15, 2022, 3:20 PM

    This fall is my first “full sized” semester teaching back in face-to-face mode in two years (thank goodness for the “half sized” summer session). Retooling for live lectures vs. online sounds easy, ’til it comes to doing it. I feel your pain.

  • Lance de Boyle August 15, 2022, 3:25 PM

    In the meantime (in between time), while Gerard VDL is busy f%$#ng off, here is the main agenda item at the institution of lower deaduction that I infest.

    From the “Dean”…
    “Prior to this week’s meeting, Schmendrick, Pansy, Prune Face, and Wide Load ask that you pause [YOU pause. I got work to do!] and reflect [Oooo reflect. Sounds philosophical.] on something [An erogenous zone perhaps? Mine or that of another person? Be specific!] that brings you joy [My shorts are positively bursting with joy.], energy, laughter [Where’s the clown car?]- you get the picture! [Yeah, 123 stuffed frogs.] Please come prepared [No, I’ll come totally unprepared.] share an object [Oh, my Gawd!], story [“My journey as a lesbian.”—doctoral dissertation], picture! [How about a sonogram of my prostate?] that sparks personal joy [In contrast to impersonal joy.] and that you are comfortable sharing with colleagues. We hope these moments [precious, precious moments] create an opportunity to reflect [Here we go reflecting again. Nothing new, ever. Just reflect], re-connect [Back off, I say, varlet!], build community [tinkerty tonk], and re-energize [Here. Attach these jumper cables to your ears.] throughout the 2022-2023 academic year!”

    Yup, these dopes teach teachers.

    • mary August 16, 2022, 6:38 AM

      That just shouts that whatever you share is required to fit the liberal agendaa!

  • PA Cat August 15, 2022, 4:53 PM

    Gerard could do a lot worse than taking the original festinator lentus— Augustus Caesar– as a role model.

    Apropos of Augustus’ own injunction (festina lente), here is a lovely musical composition with that title. Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer of religious music who became a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1972. He composed “Festina lente” for strings and harp in 1988. Timothy Judd described the piece in 2017: “‘Festina lente’ is a classical adage which translates as, ‘Make haste slowly.’ Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) chose this contradictory proverb as the title of a hauntingly mystical 1988 composition for strings and harp. Pärt’s ‘Festina Lente’ has been described as a musical hologram in which the whole is contained in each part. The piece is made up of a single melodic line which is heard at varying rates of speed. Long, sustained tones in the basses are doubled by the violas and then doubled again by the violins. The result is music which is both fast and slow, evoking a sense of infinite space and time.”


    You can listen to “Festina lente” here:

    Anyway, I hope it gives some spiritual nutrition and comfort to Gerard as he works on the website.

  • A System Of Tubes August 15, 2022, 5:55 PM

    Getting it 100% right is the best even if it takes longer.
    Keep the pack in the rearview by not overdoing haste.

  • Foo August 15, 2022, 6:29 PM

    Gotcher back brother…waiting patiently.