How much time do you spend in your office?

This morning the Chronicle of Higher Ed ran this article about how a faculty member’s office should be furnished. Now I will be the first to tell you that in my current position I am very fortunate to have a gorgeous and large office (necessary for all the meetings and outreach that I do). But for the first 7 years of my faculty career I had a rather narrow 14′ wide office space. What I […]

All good things must come to an end

And so the triennial meeting of IOSOT/IOTS/IOQS (and the other associated groups) is coming to an end. As usual I have not been to all the sessions I would have liked or seen all the sights I had hoped to see but at least I have this afternoon to remedy the latter! It was a wonderful conference in a tremendous city. The folks from U of Helsinki did an incredible job organizing this incredibly complex […]

Travel Observations

I spent last Saturday and Sunday traveling to Helsinki. Saturday I start the return trip. I have a few observations from my sleepless 24 hours. When using an airplane bathroom always follow a woman. Some men forget to sit while in flight. No matter where you are in the world, if you are in an airport you will see a man in western (“cowboy”) boots. On an overnight flight a baby will cry just as […]

In Finland

I am here at the IOSOT/IOQS/IOTS conference in Helsinki and it is beautiful with excellent papers. So good, in fact, that I have not had time to blog. I hope to later today as well as uploading some of my photos. If you are twitter I have started relevant hash tags, but i don’t believe there are many twitterers at the conference.  

Teaching of Religion at U of Ill

Seems a resolution of sorts has been reached. I commented on this earlier, see the comments for thoughtful replies. A Separation and a Return July 30, 2010 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced Thursday that it is ending an unusual relationship under which an independent Roman Catholic center has for decades nominated instructors to teach Catholic thought at the university and paid their salaries. Further, the university announced that a controversial adjunct who has […]

Getting ready for Finland!

I am told that the weather is “beastly hot” in Finland right now. It has even approached 90º F! But I am greatly looking forward to our trip there. Why am I going to Finland? Of course you remember that the 2010 IOSOT (and IOTS) conference is in Helsinki this year! Don’t you? It is shaping up to be a great set of conferences. In addition to IOSOT there will also be meeting: IOSCS 29–31 […]

New Home Page

Most of you probably come directly to the blog, but some folks might land on http://targuman.org/ directly. I have not updated that page in quite a while so today I did a quick job in iWeb to provide more of a landing page. There are links there to facebook, flickr, and twitter accounts in addition to this blog. (Makes you wonder if bob cargill had a hand in naming all these lowercase social networking sites.) […]

iPad, iPhone 4 apps and accessories

I have had my iPad for a few months now and my iPhone 4 for a few weeks so I thought I would share a few tips, apps, and accessories that I have found useful.1 First for the iPad. Cases I started out with Apple iPad Case which I found to be very nice. It is a soft microfiber that is completely form fitting, which is very nice since it does not add any substantial […]