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El Jefe

Soooo ... how's it going back in front of whatever they've replaced blackboards with now? (Last time I was in the catbird's seat, some years ago now, we'd already shifted to PowerPoint on a ceiling-mounted projector, but there was still a blackboard over in the corner to reassure us nervous liberal-arts types.)

Lance Mannion

El Jefe, there's actually a blackboard in the classroom. Well, a greenboard, but I can't get at it because the table's crowded right up against it. But I can plug my laptop into a console and voila! What's on my screen is up on a big screen behind me and I plan to take full advantage. Wednesday I showed them the first half hour of the first episode of Sherlock.

They seem like a good bunch, smart, eager, cheerful, and---this is key, because it's a seminar---talkative. I'm looking forward to the semester.

El Jefe

"Wednesday I showed them the first half hour of the first episode of Sherlock."

I would too, especially if it were a history seminar. Maybe even in a survey. Because the fact that "wounded in Afghanistan, works with a semi-professional scientist on the fringes of a major urban police force, walks out his door in London and hails a cab on the doorstep because traffic's too awful, writes a published personal journal" applies equally in each era is a little reminder that people have done "modern" before us and it still rhymes.

Wish I'd had your laptop hookup. A blogger's delight :)

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