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Date: 12/20/2006

“Joy is Here” is bumped to New Year’s Eve

An exchange of notes with my editor goes like this:

She: [other poet] sent me a christmas poem, so i’d like to run yours on new years eve. okay?
Me: You mean it’s more joyful than mine?
She: Not necessarily. [other poet]’s is more Christmasy.
Me: More Christmasy that a contingent and contextual look at the compromises we make to achieve joy?
She: [other poet]’s has a star in it.
Me: if i add a star somewhere in my poem can i be the christmas poem? i already have birds and a tree.
She: yours will be the perfect poem to greet the new year.
Me: What if someone shows up with a poem with party hats and champagne in it, will I get bumped again?
She: hmm. well .. let me think about that.
Me: Wait! Wait! I’m rewriting now. Mine will have a party hat. And it will have a very large acorn.
She: ok! you’re secured!

Such are the battles of literature.

What is the price of pursuing excellence?

In today’s NYTimes, “Public Universities Chase Excellence, at a Price” focuses on Florida but gives positive mentions of UNC. Even with a positive mention there are things for us to be aware of there too. A quick but highly relevant read.

Coincidentally, I was moved by the ASU/Google article below to pick up Frank Rhodes’ The Creation of the Future only about an hour before noticing the NYTimes article.

Arizona State to GMail in 2 weeks or less

Here’s an impressive story about how ASU moved their campus email to GMail in less that 2 weeks including a one click conversion from campus email to GMail and integration of the ASU single signon in to GMail.

Staggering benefits and great usability through Google Apps for Education which includes GMail, GTalk, Google Page Creator and Google Calendar.

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