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Go Western, Young Man

Hi! Long time no blog.

The usual raft of excuses apply: Work. Travel. Fecklessness. Catastrophic Computer Failure. Lack of Moral Fiber. Adult Swim. The Job Hunt—hold on. I can’t use the Job Hunt as an all-purpose excuse anymore. And why not? Because I got a job!

I have just accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in U.S. History at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. I’m very pleased: Western is a great school (one of the top doctoral research universities in Canada) and London is a very pretty and friendly little city. I have family there and friends close by. I got a good vibe from the department and the job sounds interesting and fun. It’s a tenure track position, the balance between research and teaching is just about optimal, and the courses I’m developing are exactly what I want to teach. I could not have asked for more.
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The Great Wave

The earthquake that caused the tsunami of December 26 2004 will keep generating waves for some time. Not the waves of water that killed more than 280,000 people, but other sorts of aftershocks and consequences. Waves of disease like typhoid and cholera remain a danger, though the United Nations now seems hopeful that widespread famine can be averted. More happily, the tsunami generated waves of sympathy around the world and, after a bit of a slow start, waves of generosity as well. Somewhere between plague and human kindness in terms of desirability are the great waves of comment and punditry that the tsunami also produced, as we all feebly attempt to make sense of a human tragedy on this inhuman scale.

(Yeah, that cheery start is going to get you to read the complete entry…)
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