beyond dubrovnik: visiting split

Because I’m taking several trips out of the country while I’m here–to Bergen, Norway in mid April, to Paris at the end of April, and to Italy at the end of May–I wasn’t expecting to have a lot of time to explore Croatia beyond Dubrovnik while I’m here. But because this is a long weekend …

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poetic lenses

Poetry has served as a way to focus some of my writing of late. Whitman’s Song of Myself framed one post, and Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was the basis for another. Today I helped proctor an English lit exam for a colleague, and the students were given a choice of two …

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destruction, decay, design, delight

Before I arrived in Dubrovnik, I read about the abandoned Hotel Belvedere on my colleague Ed Holden’s blog, and I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity to explore it myself. Saturday was the day, and I coaxed my friend Sebastian out of his dissertation-writing cave to come explore with me. The hotel was built in …

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post, interrupted

I have a long and wonderful post about exploring the abandoned Hotel Belvedere today–but it won’t appear tonight because my internet connection is dead and I can’t upload any of the 200+ photos that I took. (I’m posting this brief entry from my phone.) Tomorrow, though. Tomorrow there will be stories of destruction and decay, …

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curation vs creation (or translation)

This quarter, I’m teaching a class called Technology Transfer. Though the title doesn’t make it obvious, it’s primarily about innovation, diffusion of innovation, and implementing technological change in organizations. I’m finding that a great deal of interesting and relevant information for the students is in videos that are available online. Which means I have a …

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fragments

Usually a blog post forms in my head before I ever starting typing the words. A concept, and then a title, and then the words to accompany it all. Tonight, I have none of those. No clear direction, no clever title, no real story. I have fragments. Frustration about the neighbor back in Rochester who’s …

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in/stability

I climbed Mt Srđ for the second time yesterday. (And no, that image up above is not Srđ, it’s Rainier. Still relevant to the post.) On my first trip up, three weeks ago, it was relatively warm but deserted–the cable car was undergoing annual maintenance, so only those willing to hike the trail (or drive …

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croatian wine

Sebastian and I have been enjoying weekly visits to D’Vino, a cozy wine bar in the Old Town. The woman who works there, Anita, is gracious, knowledgeable, completely fluent in English, and plays music I like–a nice combination. At our first visit, we tried both of the tasting flights–white and red–to learn a bit more …

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dubrovnik through prufrock

For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons…     And indeed there will be time To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?” Time to turn back and descend the stair   Shall I say, I …

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slowing down

So much for posting daily, huh? I was waylaid last night by a scintillating scotoma, which is way more fun to say or write than it is to experience. I have this happen once or twice a year, and it disturbs my vision for about half an hour, but then leaves me feeling exhausted, queasy, …

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