Joshua Beatty

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2020-11-22: One of the perks of living where we do is that Montreal is only an hour’s drive north. …

2020-11-21: For all that I would prefer to not have to wear a mask, it is at least going to keep my face much …

2020-11-20: Next week is Thanksgiving in the US, and I have more vacation days than I can keep, so even though …

2020-11-19: It’s possible I forgot today’s post until bedtime.

2020-11-18: Caffeine dependence shows a dark side on evenings like this, when having only half as much as normal …

2020-11-17: At 11 it might be a little late to train this guy.

2020-11-16: From 2003, the earliest memory in my camera roll: the remains of the slave quarter living-history …

2020-11-15: King of the squirrels, for as far as his eye can see

2020-11-14: The least spooky Halloween decorations I saw this year.

2020-11-13: Every evening I wait and refresh for the college to announce the day’s Covid-19 positives. …

2020-11-12: A fashionable accessory to wear

2020-11-11: poling gently upstream on the River Say

2020-11-10: Our elderly Peanut

2020-11-09: Back in August, our gym having announced it was closing for good, I began working out with …

2020-11-08: One of the things I like best about GoodNotes is how it embraces the analog notebook metaphor while …

2020-11-07: I’ve been disappointed with the past two Democratic administrations so hardly want to inflate my …

2020-11-06: A puzzling posture

2020-11-05: Racing to paint the house before winter arrives. Scraping of the old paint has begun; flakes falling …

2020-11-04: Yesterday brought the season’s first snowfall. It’s nearly melted and tomorrow begins a string of …

2020-11-03: Our faculty senate, themselves strained by both today’s election and our ongoing public health …

2020-11-02: We can be hard on ourselves when unable to concentrate. But sometimes, it’s not willpower but …

2020-11-01: A dreary, rainy first day of November, long past time to take down the screen tent.

2020-07-24: Gecko-sitting for the summer.

2020-07-19: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 79: 23.0 km, total 1028.6 km, at Burnt Hill in the NE …

2020-07-18: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 78: 13.2 km, total 1005.6 km, on the Virginia Creeper Trail …

2020-07-17: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 77: 10.3 km, total 992.4 km, near Damascus, VA.

2020-07-16: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 76: 17.7 km, total 982.1 km, near Abingdon, VA.

2020-07-15: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 75: 10.5 km, total 964.4 km, passing by Bristol.

2020-07-14: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 74: 16.1 km, total 953.9 km, passing by Bristol.

2020-07-13: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 73: 8.1 km, total 937.8 km, Bluff City.

2020-07-12: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 72: 8.3 km, total 929.7 km, past Piney Flats.

2020-07-11: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 71: 11.1 km, total 921.4 km, Johnson City.

2020-07-10: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 70: 13.1 km, total 910.3 km, past Jonesborough.

2020-07-09: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 69: 10.2 km, total 897.2 km, approaching Jonesborough.

2020-07-08: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 68: 17.7 km, total 887 km, past Chuckey.

2020-07-06: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 66: 25.1 km, total 869.3 km, Greeneville.

2020-07-05: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 65: 10.3 km, total 844.2 km, crossing under I-81 near Bulls …

2020-07-04: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 64: 13.7 km, total 833.9 km, past Russelville.

2020-07-03: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 63: 12.3 km, total 820.2 km, in Morristown, at the Crockett …

2020-07-02: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 62: 11.2 km, total 807.9 km, Morristown.

2020-07-01: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 61: 18 km, total 796.7 km, Jefferson City.

2020-06-30: Statement on Textbooks in the Library Collection: This is not a library problem. This is an industry …

2020-06-30: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 60: 10.3 km, total 778.7 km, Strawberry Plains.

2020-06-29: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 59: 8.6 km, total 768.4 km, past Knoxville.

2020-06-28: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 58: 22 km, total 759.8 km, past Knoxville.

2020-06-28: Robin D. G. Kelley sums up the concept of racial capitalism: Racial capitalism, as far as Cedric …

2020-06-27: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 57: 10.4 km, total 737.8 km, Knoxville.

2020-06-26: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 56: 17.6 km, total 727.3 km, Farragut.

2020-06-25: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 55: 10.2 km, total 709.7 km, Lenoir City.

2020-06-24: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 54: 10.6 km, total 699.5 km, Loudon.

2020-06-23: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 53: 12.4 km, total 688.9 km, Philadelphia.

2020-06-21: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 51: 18.4 km, total 676.5 km, Rails Hollow.

2020-06-20: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 50: 10.2 km, total 658.1 km, Rails Hollow.

2020-06-19: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 49: 10.2 km, total 647.9 km, Harmon Hollow.

2020-06-18: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 48: 10.4 km, total 637.7 km, Elder Hollow.

2020-06-17: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 47: 15.3 km, total 627.3 km, past the Hiwassee River.

2020-06-16: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 46: 7.4 km, total 612 km, in Georgetown.

2020-06-15: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 45: 30 km, total 604.6 km, past Harrison.

2020-06-14: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 44: 10.4 km, total 574.6 km, in Chattanooga.

2020-06-13: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 43: 18.3 km, total 564.2 km, in Chattanooga.

2020-06-12: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 42: 13.1 km, total 545.9 km, a brief detour into Georgia.

2020-06-11: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 41: 10.4 km, total 532.8 km, past the Tennessee River.

2020-06-10: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 40: 18.4 km, total 522.4 km, past Jasper. Halfway to …

2020-06-09: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 39: 11 km, total 504 km, past Tracy City.

2020-06-08: Maple sugar and Marx's <em>Grundrisse</em> During this spring of social distancing I sat at home and read Karl Marx’s Grundrisse. The …

2020-06-08: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 38: 20.1 km, total 493 km, in Tracy City.

2020-06-07: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 37: 10.5 km, total 472.9 km, near Sewanee.

2020-06-06: “No Justice No Peace” Walk for Change protest today here in Plattsburgh. 2,000 participants, in a …

2020-06-06: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 36: 16 km, total 462.4 km, past Winchester.

2020-06-05: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 35: 13.1 km, total 446.4 km, Cowley Hollow.

2020-06-04: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 34: 10.2 km, total 433.3 km, Cowley Hollow.

2020-06-03: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 33: 17.6 km, total 423.1 km, Cowley Hollow.

2020-06-01: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 31: 9.2 km, total 405.5 km, past Fayetteville.

2020-05-31: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 30: 26.1 km, total 396.3 km, approaching Fayetteville.

2020-05-30: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 29: 370.2 km, outside Sarge’s Shack in Frankewing.

2020-05-29: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 28: 359.8 km, Owl Hollow.

2020-05-28: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 27: 342.1 km, Jones Hollow.

2020-05-27: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 26: 329 km, past Deerfield. No Google Street View!

2020-05-26: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 25: 318.7 km, past Deerfield.

2020-05-25: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 24: 301 km, approaching Deerfield.

2020-05-24: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 23: 290.6 km, Lawrenceburg, approaching the Natchez Trace …

2020-05-23: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 22: 272 km, entering Waynesboro.

2020-05-22: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 21: 261.6 km, Bromley Hollow.

2020-05-20: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 19: 247.5 km, in Olive Hill.

2020-05-19: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 18: 234.4 km, past Savannah.

2020-05-18: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 17: 229.3 km, in Savannah.

2020-05-17: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 16: 203.8 km, past Selmer.

2020-05-16: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 15: 193.8 km, past Selmer.

2020-05-15: Day 14, Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee: 176.1 km, near Bethel Springs.

2020-05-14: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 13: 163 km, approaching Hornsby.

2020-05-13: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 12: 153.1 km, in Boliver.

2020-05-12: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 11: 135.4 km, past Whiteville. Stopping for a virtual …

2020-05-11: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 10: 127.3 km, past Laconia.

2020-05-10: Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee, day 9: 117 km, past Somerville.

2020-05-07: Strong defenses of, respectively, public higher education and faculty-led humanities education: …

2020-04-11: The theme of this morning’s long run looks to be labor history — theory, then practice.

2020-03-31: Last September we drove to Lowell, Mass. for a New Japan Pro Wrestling show. With the pandemic, I …

2020-03-29: Butter chickpeas

2020-03-26: The W. W. Hartwell house (1870), Plattsburgh, NY

2020-03-25: Rural colleges like mine recruit from NYC via social contract. We provide a good education in a …

2020-03-24: Working from home

2020-03-23: Late March snowstorm

2020-03-22: Coronavirus, day 12: the weekend, running, media consumption It’s surprising how little there is to write about from this weekend. I ran both mornings, a …

2020-03-21: William Gibson, Agency, ch. 12: “The drivers for the jackpot are still in place, but with less …

2020-03-20: Coronavirus, day 10: Animal Crossing It’s become clear that we will all be socially distancing for some time to come. Since my …

2020-03-19: Mimi, preparing to slink onto someone’s lap.

2020-03-18: Coronavirus day 8: 18 March 2020 Of course the coronavirus crisis is more than eight days old, but the day it began to change my life …

2020-03-17: Coronavirus: small routines in the midst of chaos An odd day, even by the current standard. A flurry of emails received from different levels of …

2020-03-16: The coronavirus, online classes, and physical infrastructure Back to work today, from the comfy chair in my home office. We began putting together the systems …

2020-03-15: Preparing for social distancing This morning I went to the library to grab the things I’ll need at home over the next few …

2020-03-14: The Saranac River, running high from snowmelt in the Adirondacks.

2020-03-13: Holding our breath until classes resume I worked from home today, so if there was any excitement on campus I missed it. But I doubt there …

2020-03-12: The library's role under coronavirus The college is open today, and classes are in session, but it seems strange: why can’t we …

2020-03-11: Coronavirus and the college Today the governor announced that all SUNYs would be moving to online instruction for the rest of …

2020-03-10: Ten years ago. Still the worst sleeping arrangement I’ve seen at the library.

2020-03-09: Maritime Museum of San Diego. This way to the Soviet B-39 submarine!

2020-03-08: Mather Point, Grand Canyon

2020-03-07: Jardin botanique, Montreal

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2020-03-05: Jardin botanique, Montreal

2020-03-04: Powder horn from the Seven Years’ War, Fort Ticonderoga

2020-03-03: Frederick Douglass mural, New Bedford

2020-03-02: Ellen gave a talk to the Lions Club tonight.

2020-03-01: An attempt to capture a sculpture on campus with the setting sun eclipsed behind it, not entirely …

2020-02-29: A reminder every time we open the fridge.

2020-02-28: I’m reading Joanne McNeil’s Lurking: How a Person Became a User, and aside from giving …

2020-02-27: Sign above door, Madison Community Market, Madison NH

2020-02-26: Mimi, under covers

2020-02-25: Syracuse University, June 2014

2020-02-24: Ellen at Point au Roche

2020-02-23: Treadwell Bay, looking west from Point au Roche to the mainland

2020-02-22: Point au Roche State Park. 40°F and the ice on Lake Champlain is beginning to break up.

2020-02-21: 2014: Ellen with Roni Raccoon, the 1980 Olympic mascot.

2020-02-20: Ellen made the local news!

2020-02-19: Pockets full of pocket notebooks

2020-02-18: Our icicles are about halfway to the ground.

2020-02-17: Helpful ammonite, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque

2020-02-16: Dog sled on Mirror Lake, Lake Placid NY

2020-02-15: Looking out the front window, Around the Lake Coffee, Lake Placid

2020-02-14: Friday afternoon; time for a Long Trail Butternut Harvest Ale.

2020-02-13: So close to snatching a snack

2020-02-12: I’m reading Marx’s Grundrisse alongside David Harvey’s lecture series. What, I wonder, was the …

2020-02-11: Winter running, shoe mods

2020-02-10: Reading helper

2020-01-31: lightning talk proposal, “I Volunteered to Be Our User Experience Librarian and I Have No Idea What …

2020-01-29: Research note: in 1792 one Samuel Harris of Loyalsock, PA blamed his failure to produce more maple …

2020-01-01: In Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, a frontier teacher has to defend himself from students who …

2019-12-31: In the 2010s I: finished grad school got a job got a t-t job finished other grad school got cancer …

2019-12-28: Was briefly detained at the border this evening. Apparently I set off sensors because I’m still …

2019-12-24: Christmas Eve, the holiday traditionally devoted to troubleshooting family technology issues. …

2019-12-07: expressing his concerns

2019-11-24: Rereading Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312. I remember finding it tedious several years ago, but my …

2019-11-20: I’m an Arsenal supporter. My father follows Tottenham. Neither of us wants to see more of …

2019-11-18: Spent an hour going through old pictures today. The first photo is of Peanut in 2010. I’d …

2019-11-15: They blocked off the cupcakes until the event starts, the monsters.

2019-11-13: Peanut complained my feed was too cat-oriented.

2019-11-12: Snowblower update: it works.

2019-11-10: I’ve spent much of my life in the far northeast US. But I didn’t expect to feel this excited about …

2019-11-09: For my birthday Ellen found this amazing box set celebrating the 60th anniversary of my favorite …

2019-11-08: Signs you might live in a college town

2019-11-07: Spotted in our neighborhood. I laughed.

2019-11-06: One more cat picture

2019-11-05: November 5, 2019: our 14th wedding anniversary, and my last day of chemo. We’ll celebrate them both …

2019-11-04: Pink tongue

2019-11-03: A Love Note to the Plattsburgh Ball Machine As a child I spent hours in front of the similar …

2019-11-02: A reminder, perhaps appropriate for microblogvember, that even before we all had glowing rectangles …

2019-11-01: Friday. Week 10, two-thirds of the semester gone. Less and less inclined to lecture. You’d think …

2019-10-31: Professor Narwhal only teaches on Halloween.

2019-10-17: Time to stop pretending I work better at a desk and just bring a POÄNG to the office.

2019-10-02: Mimi discovers acorn squash.

2019-09-21: Sources: Wenger to take FIFA role, wants club job I want to see Arsène on the bench again, but not …

2019-09-20: The night mode feature on the iPhone 11 Pro is seriously impressive. This is a shot of Hawkins Hall …

2019-09-15: My American Revolution course now has a core of committed students. We took a field trip yesterday …

2019-09-15: lemon squares

2019-09-03: Amazon’s algorithm now has all it needs to predict my behavior going forward.

2019-08-23: Back in the classroom this fall after two years away. This is my syllabus for The American …

2019-07-23: Poke-o-Moonshine, Chesterfield, NY. Peanut and I had the mountain to ourselves this morning.

2019-07-22: In the space of two days I’ve gone from “potential threat” to “kitty jungle gym.”

2019-07-14: 🏏 shakes head

2019-07-10: With Kohli, Sharma, and Rahul all back in the pavilion, India’s middle order is under pressure …

2019-07-03: Notes from the Ironbound: If The Democratic Primary Field Was a University History Department Notes from the Ironbound: If The Democratic Primary Field Was a University History Department My …

2019-06-30: Last week I bemoaned England’s lack of specialized players. Happy to see Bairstow and Roy …

2019-06-27: Last month we adopted Mimi after a friend and colleague suddenly passed away. She’s still very shy; …

2019-06-26: I know it’s just the song they play during breaks, but I like to imagine that “Sweet Child O’ …

2019-06-25: Up early for England - Australia. Though West Indies became my team, it was listening to BBC Test …

2019-06-07: Gritty, as reinterpreted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania reference librarians

2019-06-01: Forthcoming books: happy to see my colleague Jessamyn Neuhaus's Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for …

2019-05-31: Near the top of any list of small pleasures in life must be to wake up early, brew a big pot of …

2019-05-29: My father, who turns 82 this year, has finally discovered his true calling: Internet troll. Back …

2019-05-25: Ellen is prepping a research talk on 1890s Chicago. She’s trying to understand the …

2019-05-15: Earlier @schuth linked to a 1992 interview with Wallace Stegner. The whole piece is great, but one …

2019-05-10: A dear friend and colleague passed away this week. Four of us descended on her house to make sure …

2019-04-27: At the end we preferred to travel all night, Sleeping in snatches, With the voices singing in our …

2019-04-24: Grange Hall, Whallonsburg, site of a great talk last night by Amy Godine on blackface and minstrelsy …

2019-04-09: Teaching history from the local On April 6, 2019, I delivered a version of the following as the keynote speech for the SUNY …

2019-04-09: Sunrise, Otsego Lake

2019-04-07: The head of the Susquehanna, at the southern end of Otsego Lake.

2019-04-03: If you’re on micro.blog, when your book hits our recent acquisitions shelf I’ll turn it cover …

2019-03-31: Making maple syrup: a photo essay As we drove by a small sugar house, we saw smoke and steam rising from the vents in the roof – …

2019-03-23: Florida trip, days 3-4: Old Spanish Point, Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center, and baseball

2019-03-19: Florida, day 2: an unexpected focus on birds.

2019-03-18: Early attempts to commoditize maple syrup were hampered by what were, in retrospect, the obvious …

2019-03-17: Day 1 in Florida: flowers and an inquisitive wood stork

2019-03-14: I laughed.

2019-02-20: Chris Gayle! 💯🏏

2019-02-16: Oval Craft Brewing: good beer, good dogs.

2019-02-16: Reading notes: Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer, The Farm in the Green Mountains 📚 Herdan-Zuckmayer, Alice. The Farm in the Green Mountains. Translated from German by Ida H. …

2019-02-12: Education and research go together. Even more important than mere teaching of technology is the …

2019-02-12: Today’s project: reverse-engineering our Word letterhead and recreating it in Latex.

2019-02-11: Reading notes: Matthew Thomas, Maple King: The Making of a Maple Sugar Empire 📚 Thomas, Matthew M. Maple King: The Making of a Maple Sugar Empire. Published by author, 2018. The …

2019-02-10: The Lake Champlain ferry doubles as an icebreaker.

2019-02-09: Our old Saturday night standby: Livingoods’, Peru, NY

2019-02-01: Reviewing January 2019 January began poorly, as we had to say goodbye to our cat Simon. In late December he hurt himself …

2019-01-28: Our local library system is now loaning out baking pans, resume-writing kits, and pickleball sets. …

2019-01-04: Five and a half years ago Ellen called to tell me she’d found a stray, sick orange cat huddled …

2018-12-31: Goodbye 2018 It’s strange how placid things feel now at the end of December, because, taken event by event, …

2018-12-24: Twilight snow, Christmas Eve, Saranac River

2018-12-23: Waiting for Santa

2018-12-22: Whale cider

2018-11-11: Lenticular clouds, Adirondacks

2018-11-01: this is fine

2018-10-29: Campus, after rain

2018-10-18: My birthday present: an Arséne Wenger figurine

2018-10-14: Sunset over Lake Champlain

2018-10-14: Five years; one month

2018-10-09: The Madison Boulder, at 85’ x 37’ x 23’ the largest glacial erratic in North America. It’s big!

2018-10-08: Foothills of the White Mountains, near Madison, NH

2018-09-29: Mourinho, hands in pockets, trudging through a field of soap bubbles.

2018-09-27: One last harvest.

2018-09-19: Point au Roche, September 2

2018-09-10: a sea serpent for the campus pond, that’ll help admissions

2018-08-11: What passed for fun in the Eastern Townships, circa 1875. (Source: Little, J. I. “A Wilderness …

2018-08-07: From the Dept. of Intersecting Interests: Ruby Tandoh of the Great British Baking Show writes about …

2018-08-02: The Stanford UP edition of The American Yawp doesn’t look to have broken any links!

2018-07-29: Ishii vs. Ibushi. Who knew Kota could brawl like that?

2018-07-26: “Elsevier solutions” shudder

2018-07-26: Writing a memoir, bird by bird.

2018-07-25: I was, I thought, ahead of schedule in prepping my US history survey course, spending the morning …

2018-07-17: a perfectly normal combination

2017-04-08: Converting PDF files for use with LiquidText I’ve begun to use an iPad to annotate pdf files. Many apps let you highlight text and write …

2016-01-18: Chambliss and Takacs, How College Works: The Importance of Place Chambliss and Takacs rely on sociologist Randall Collins’s theory of “how emotionally …

2016-01-01: Browsing matters There was a moment of serendipity on my Twitter feed today. First, Nnedi Okarafor wrote: I had to …

2015-12-29: Chambliss and Takacs, How College Works: Teaching and Learning Skills In How College Works, Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs (C&T) argue that “college …

2015-12-21: Shimer College and Diversity Jo Becker, writing in Vice: In every class I've had at Shimer, women have struggled to speak and be …

2015-12-18: Oral History and Earthquakes Ann Finkbeiner, “The Great Quake and the Great Drowning,” in Hakai: From the Tolowa …

2015-12-16: On Chambliss and Takacs, How College Works How College Works, by Daniel F. Chambliss and Christopher G. Takacs, is a book about the ingredients …

2010-05-28: Historical Documents in a Digital Library: OCR, Metadata, and Crowdsourcing

This was originally written as a paper for Chris Tomer’s graduate class on Digital Libraries …