Out of the Ashes – Pompeii & Katrina

My colleague Susann Lusnia’s course on Pompeii has made the Tulane news. Pompeii. Herculaneum. New Orleans. Natural disasters that destroy part or all of a city are nothing new, says classical studies assistant professor Susann Lusnia. The spring course she teaches at Tulane about Pompeii, before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, has allowed students to discuss parallels between New Orleans, Pompeii and Herculaneum, a second city devastated by the eruption.  

Macworld: News: Apple ships faster than expected MacBook Pro

Apple on Tuesday shipped its recently introduced Intel-based MacBook Pro, surprising customers with processors speeds that are faster than previously announced. The new laptops are available beginning this week with speeds up to 2.16GHz. “We are shipping the fastest available microprocessor available in the Intel Core Duo family that they can produce,” Dave Russell, Apple’s Senior Director of Portables and Wireless, told Macworld I still don’t like the name and I will not get a […]


My student Evan Sparks writes: A few Bradyisms for you… “Everytime I think I’m a geek, I just get outgeeked.” In Historical Jesus: “Good name for a band, that: ‘Genuine Josephus.’” Late in the day halfway through a long seminar: “I see eyes glazing over, including my own.” There was too much noise in the Brady household: “Something needs to turn off, and it can’t be one of the kids, because I’m not allowed to […]

Apple’s Upgraded iLife Has Benefits, but It’s No Bargain

So says Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post. My copy shipped last week and has not yet arrived so I cannot tell you how accurate his review is. I did see it in action last week in a friend’s office. The two main benefits (in my mind) are iWeb (and its integration with the other apps, if it works, look for a move of this blog!) and improvements to iPhoto. Rob’s main complaint is that […]

TIME.com: First Photo of Bush and Abramoff

The first pictures released aren’t exactly damning. You have to look hard for the little red circle in the back left of the first picture to see Abramoff. What does it prove? Wait a minute. Read this: It shows a bearded Abramoff in the background as Bush greets an Abramoff client, Raul Garza, who was then the chairman of the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas; Now I do not mean to offend, but “Kickapoo” is […]

Can the Green Wave Rise Again?

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education looks into the suspension of 8 of our teams. It will be available until Feb. 15th (or by subscription). Rick Dickson thought he had seen the worst last summer after Hurricane Katrina caused $3.5-million in damage to Tulane University’s athletics facilities and forced its teams to relocate to four different colleges. But nothing prepared Mr. Dickson, Tulane’s athletics director, for December 5, the day he learned that […]

“I Own Phil Jackson” Mark Cuban

Aside from the fact that I think it is a curious delight to read a blog by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and all around very wealthy guy, the fact that he claims ownership of Phil Jackson is great. I Own Phil Jackson Not literally of course. That thrill belongs to the smartest businesswoman in professional sports, Jeannie Buss. Figuratively however, the coach formerly known as the Zen Master must now be considered […]