johnmac's rants

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Interesting Week

A week ago tonight, I was at a reception at Marist College, kicking off "ECC 2009" (The Annual Conference of the Enterprise Computing Community. The conference which ran through Tuesday evening focused on large-scale computing, often driven by "mainframe computers" of which IBM's Z Series is, by far, the dominant system. The entire conference was excellent, particularly the keynote speech by IBM Fellow Nick Donofrio,an inspirational talk centered on "Change -- and the need to embrace it". Of particular interest to me in relation to my teaching was the fact that 72% of the people now supporting mainframe computing are of retirement age, a fact that points to job opportunities.

Then it was back to Monroe College for two days of teaching!. My Thursday evening class was with my Senior Seminar Class, the capstone course in our IT program. The students have been building a business, based on development of applications for Google's G1 Operating System, and the development team has been having difficulties due to recent Google OS modifications. Hopefully, after contacting the editors and authors of an O'Reilly technical reference, the problems have been resolved.

Then, Friday, it was off to Northern Westchester Hospital's Ambulatory Surgery Center to have a follow up plastic surgery on my basel cell removal scar. After getting all set with an IV in my arm, the doctor came in and we decided that there was really no need for the surgery as the swelling had gone way down. So it was off to Border's in Mt. Kisco for coffee and poetry books.

On Saturday Morning, it was on-the-go again -- this time a trip with Jim Casey to Rockland County for lunch and a theological roundtable to discuss Gabriel Moran's "Believing in a Revealing God: The Basis of the Christian Life" with the author and others. Then, to the "clubhouse" (my local Barnes and Noble) for coffee and reading, the pet store for litter for the 6 cats who rule our house, and the 5:30 Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Sunday, it was the newspapers, midterm grading and posting for my six courses, developing of promotional material for the July 18th Book Signing at Coogan's Restaurant in NYC -- with George Hopkins (author of "Blood Brothers" and "Collateral Consequences"), Mary Elizabeth Williams ("Gimme Shelter"), and Don Wortzman ("The Gyroverse" and "Daughters of Ishtar") -- my contributions to the signing are my three poetry collections ("Cashing A Check", "Writing In My Head: Guinan's, God, & Other Things" and "With A Chip On My Shoulder").

So, it's been a busy week -- Oh -- and I read seven of J.D. Robb's "In Death" Series of books; I'm on the fifteenth in the series, "Seduction In Death" (Once I start a mystery series, I try to-run-the-table).

The Complete List
1. Naked in Death (1995)
2. Glory in Death (1995)
3. Immortal in Death (1996)
4. Rapture in Death (1996)
5. Ceremony In Death (1997)
6. Vengeance in Death (1997)
7. Holiday in Death (1998)
8. Midnight in Death (1998) (in Silent Night)
9. Conspiracy in Death (1999)
10. Loyalty in Death (1999)
11. Witness in Death (2000)
12. Judgment in Death (2000)
13. Betrayal in Death (2001)
14. Interlude in Death (2001) (in Out of This World)
15. Seduction in Death (2001)
16. Reunion In Death (2002)
17. Purity in Death (2002)
18. Portrait in Death (2003)
19. Imitation in Death (2003)
20. Remember When (2003)
21. Divided in Death (2004)
22. Visions in Death (2004)
23. Survivor in Death (2005)
24. Origin in Death (2005)
25. Memory in Death (2006)
26. Haunted in Death (2006) (in Bump in the Night)
27. Born in Death (2006)
28. Innocent in Death (2007)
29. Eternity in Death (2007) (in Dead of Night)
30. Creation in Death (2007)
31. Strangers in Death (2008)
32. Ritual in Death (2008) (in Suite 606)
33. Salvation In Death (2008)
34. Promises in Death (2009)
35. Kindred in Death (2009)
36. Missing in Death (2009) (in The Lost)
37. Fantasy in Death (2010)


Post a Comment

<< Home

A/V Blog
by Userplane