Almost everything else
Mom (Essay #19)
An essay on my mother, for mother’s day.
Replying to messages on the SIGCSE mailing list (Essay #37)
A note to a mailing list that I manage.
The end of the world is nigh (Essay #98)
Reflections on the Cubbies’ presence in the World Series.
Cultivating the gross mindset (Essay #103)
An attempt at humor.
Assessing candidates (Essay #112)
Notes for some early-career faculty
The election (Essay #115)
Policies on supervising MAPs, and how they came about.
Mondegreens (Essay #143)
A great term, further explored.
On teaching online (Essay #168)
Preliminary notes for a memo in which I reflect on my experiences teaching online.
Thoughts on student graders (Essay #202)
Why we use them, or at least why I use them.
Giving in to Bootstrap (Essay #203)
Adopting a technology I hate.
A gift to myself (Essay #208)
A night with less essay writing, to allow time for class prep.
Some days I’m clearly not meant to write (Essay #209)
I hate networks.
Dumb Amazon recommendations, episode 1 (Essay #224)
Sam writes too much about too little.
Exam prologues and epilogues (Essay #225)
A teaching approach I appreciate having learned.
Scheduling classes (Essay #231)
One of my responsibilities.
Priorities (Essay #233)
Reflecting on them
Asking questions (Essay #236)
An answer to one.
Office hours (Essay #239)
More thoughts on my professional life.
A few quick reasons I love Grinnell students (Essay #240)
Students in leadership roles.
Some classes that influenced me (Essay #241)
Some things I write (other than these essays) (Essay #242)
Okay, a selection of such things.
A week in the life of a chair (Essay #243)
Joyous and interesting.
Campus speakers (Essay #247)
And today’s climate.
How are you, Sam? (Essay #250)
How I answer that question.
Tipping hotel housekeeping (Essay #252)
Why to do so.
Enjoying listserve chaos (Essay #253)
Watching computer professionals be unprofessional
Textbook prices (Essay #257)
How students deal with them.
The legendary CSC 151 picture quiz (Essay #259)
One of my strange teaching techniques.
Spring break 2017 (Musing #261)
Likely to break me.
Spring break 2017, revisited (Musing #262)
A more positive perspective.
Rhetorical gestures I don’t understand (Musing #272)
Strange ways to use links.
Scholarly opportunities for all, revisited (Musing #274)
My latest in a series of responses to an initiative.
What is the ACM? (Musing #277)
An acronym that continues to mystify.
Other kinds of writing (Musing #284)
Why musing #284 is so short.
I think the subtitle says it all.
Making good choices (Musing #295)
In which I do so.
The state of the CS department (Musing #297)
Finding room in my schedule (Musing #301)
Searching for the imaginary.
Planning a department meeting (Musing #303)
What do we talk about each week, or at least this week?
Hotel Grinnell (Musing #306)
It may actually succeed.
Whoops (Musing #307)
(Lack of) sleep cycles (Musing #317)
Great (?) conversations (Musing #318)
No, not really.
How do you do it? (Musing #319)
Apologies (Musing #320)
Some that are necessary.
Scenes from Graduation Weekend 2017 (Musing #327)
Things to remember (or not).
More scenes from graduation weekend 2017 (Musing #329)
More things to remember.
Self-catering the senior breakfast (graduation 2017) (Musing #331)
Lists for next year.
Questions of the day (Musing #344)
What Sam does when he doesn’t have a lot of time to muse.
Deanly stressors (Musing #346)
Feeling sorry for my dean.
A new CSC 151 (Musing #348)
Thinking about the new version of the course.
A workshop on Universal Design for Learning (Musing #350)
Reading CS Principles, Take 1 (Musing #351)
Starting a series?
Reading CS Principles, Take 2 (Musing #352)
Continuing the series.
Bananas (Musing #353)
A slight detour.
Conversations (Musing #355)
Yet another conversation that I don’t expect.
Reading AP CS Principles, Take 3 (Musing #356)
Returning to the series.
I’m back! (Musing #357)
Returning from a break.
Reading AP CS Principles, Take 4 (Musing #359)
Now that I’m back from the break, I’m adding to the series.
Surface problems (Musing #363)
The joy of Microsoft.
Today’s question (Musing #364)
Are we selling the Chrystal center?
Assembling advising folders (Musing #366)
A requested musing
A message to SIGCSE-members (Musing #367)
One of my responsibilities.
Poor Jerod (Musing #368)
Passing on responsibilities.
Bootstrapping my musings (Musing #371)
More fun with Bootstrap.
Some notes on open educational resources for CS (Musing #373)
Yet another report from a workshop.
Budgeting screwups (Musing #374)
Why do they let me be chair? (Alternately:Sorry Jerod!)
A possible OER project: A more open CSC 151 (Musing #375)
Adding work to my plate.
A chair problem (Musing #376)
A problem for the new chair about chairs.
Fun(d)raising (Musing #379)
Ideas for putting some fun in fundraising.
Keys (Musing #381)
The joy of building keys.
Good will, trust, relationships, and rules (Musing #382)
One of these things is not like the others.
An easy question (or maybe not) (Musing #383)
Why some email messages need context (Musing #390)
Otherwise, comments may have an unclear subject.
A short musing (Musing #394)
Too much to do, too little time.
Game night (Musing #402)
A weekly summer activity, more or less.
A break from my other work, more or less.
A report from the Summer 2017 CS Department Workshop (Musing #404)
The other work that I was breaking from.
Musing too much (or too little) (Musing #408)
Yet another reason my musings don’t always appear when they should.
How I’ve spent way too much time of late.
Local, national, and global (Musing #414)
Why I focus on the local, and sometimes the hyper-local.
The eclipse (Musing #422)
My experience trying to see a total eclipse in 2017.
Too many (lists of) learning goals (Musing #444)
What do we try to teach, anyway?
Embracing three-by-eighty (Musing #445)
My new favorite class block.
We are all shipwrecks (Musing #447)
Traveling to hear a book reading.
Watching terms lose their meaning: Algorithm (Musing #449)
Frustrated at seeing a term coopted.
Experiencing SamR (Musing #460)
The different ways that people on campus seem to react to me.
Weeknight concerts (Musing #462)
A (potentially) great course that’s still evolving.
A week of advising activities (Musing #472)
Some of the other things I do.
Ten miles backwards (Musing #478)
From Missouri to Iowa.
Finding time to grade (Musing #479)
More precisely, not finding time to grade.
Preparing to perform (Musing #480)
I need a green room.
An exam question on loop invariants (Musing #482)
Not a lot of time to muse.
The class before (Thanksgiving) break (Musing #488)
How to handle that class.
Vignettes and followups (Musing #490)
Lots of little things.
Getting my weekends back (Musing #491)
One of the reasons I’m looking forward to the fall.
Achieving sympathy (Musing #493)
It’s not quite nirvana, but it’s still important.
I’m back (I think) (Musing #494)
Starting to muse again.
Setting up an RSS feed (Musing #497)
Trying to make the musings more readily available.
Transferring my digital workspace (Musing #499)
Getting ready to send my workstation in for repairs.
The spectre of Spectre (Musing #501)
Some things I learned by reading about security flaws.
A question about tuition from an ACT survey (Musing #503)
Where do they get their numbers?
Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall (Musing #511)
Eighty years ago today.
My first big programming project (Musing #514)
Myzero knowledge port.
The 2018 Grinnell Posse Plus Retreat (Musing #523)
Reflections on a weekend discussing complex topics with students and colleagues.
JAVA (Musing #524)
What does that acronym stand for?
Minnesota nice (Musing #533)
What does the term mean?
Making a slide deck (Musing #534)
What’s the point of Powerpoint?
Today’s question (Musing #540)
The things my children ask.
It’s not just me! (Musing #545)
I’m not the only curmudgeon!
Should it go to waste or to waist? (Musing #552)
What to do with leftover sweets.
Thanking people (Musing #555)
A good habit.
A committee of old white guys (Musing #556)
Should I be another owg?
Vignettes from a Guthrie Family Concert (Musing #563)
Gee, I’m old.
Checking my MacBook (Musing #575)
Is it dead?
Research Opportunities for All (Musing #577)
It’s a great initiative. Why don’t we say more about it?
Scarlet and give back day 2018 (Musing #587)
Breaking things (Musing #594)
Careless programming decisions can have long term impact.
Free-book tables (Musing #595)
A danger to the addict.
Friday the 13th (Musing #598)
Advice from Churchy La Femme. (I suppose that’s advice, too.)
Recycling, revisited (Musing #602)
Better news on recycling.
Language (Musing #618)
Faculty parties (Musing #621)
Feeling fortunate to work with awesome people, a few more of whom now have tenure.
Guns (Musing #635)
Feeling sad and hopeless.
It’s time to move on to other matters.
An exclamation to avoid (Musing #645)
Please don’t swear in my classroom.
Admitting defeat (Musing #646)
Perhaps I’m too persnickety.
Textbooks and the bookstore (Musing #650)
Reflecting on some sales choices.
I’m so confused! (Musing #651)
Unexpected PL influences.
Getting the preposition right (Musing #653)
Althoughtoandonshare a vowel, they are different prepositions.
Aggressive spam filters (Musing #662)
Your email has been rejected as it contains a shortened URL
Strange calculations (Musing #663)
Two plus four is seven?
Sentient and malicious (Musing #665)
One of my aphorisms.
Linking in (Musing #677)
What links do you accept?
A great quotation (Musing #678)
Explaining the VU.
Saying goodbye (Musing #684)
It happens too often.
Software over-privileges (Musing #691)
One of the minor benefits of being a faculty or staff member at Grinnell.
Even worse collegiate marketing slogans (Musing #699)
And I thoughtno limitswas bad.
Code triage (Musing #700)
It could be an awesome game.
Learning to appreciate Peter Max (Musing #704)
Now I think I understand.
A fun conversation (Musing #706)
It was fun to muse about, too.
Fair fare (Musing #717)
Too much fat and sugar.
Watching a livestock competition (Musing #718)
Learning to understand non-verbal communcation.
The Avital Ronell case (Musing #744)
Something I’ve read too much about.
vintage MacBook (Musing #759)
Cleaning up my hard drive (Musing #763)
Too much cruft.
Dilly Dilly? (Musing #766)
In line at a grocery store (Musing #770)
Responding to the wait.
Iowa weather (Musing #775)
Not a good fall.
CS department initials, acronyms, and abbreviations (Musing #778)
What do those two letters mean?
Marching band (Musing #779)
Musicians, color guards, and the occasional theremin. Oh my!
Unintended consequences (Musing #781)
Small changes can have larger impacts.
What would an extended history look like?
New Facebook friends (Musing #795)
It’s nice to have friends.
Discussing film and music at my fourth Obermann seminar (Musing #803)
An intellectual luxury.
11/11 (Musing #807)
Armistice Day and Walt Kelly.
The moat (Musing #818)
Why does it surround admissions?
Word order matters (Musing #819)
Ordering word matters.
Giving to Grinnell on Tuesday (Musing #821)
You’re giving to the College, not the Administration.
Comics that matter: Master race (Musing #822)
An important piece of history.
MAT-218 (Musing #827)
It’s a dessert topic and a floor wax!
Pricing strategies that confuse me (Musing #829)
The cost of splitting a plate.
Robotics engineer Barbie (Musing #830)
More precisely, robotics engineer Barbies.
Rocket Scientist Barbie (Musing #836)
Celebrating real mathematicians.
git flame (Musing #837)
My bookshelves at the Obermann center (Musing #841)
I can’t bear to see empty bookshelves.
Live music (Musing #842)
Some recent shows of note.
Direction matters (Musing #851)
Fun with Google Maps.
ykcowrebbaJ (Musing #853)
Through the looking glass.
Confusion about Jabberwocky (Musing #857)
d backwards is b, and vice versa.
Searching for academic honesty (Musing #859)
A question from a colleague.
Evaluating candidates (Musing #864)
Reflections on a workshop.
Dream suggestions (Musing #866)
Finding other people’s iPhones.
The creator and the creation (Musing #868)
Does the former affect your appreciation of the latter?
The CS Web server (Musing #894)
I need a life, or at least my own Web server.
Reading the AP CS Principles exam (Musing #914)
A week of grading sounds horrible. But it can actually be a lot of fun.
Visiting Mass MoCA (Musing #917)
I needed a week (or more).
Mid-year graduates (Musing #923)
Lots of CS majors and other students who I will miss.
Car radio (Musing #926)
Whoops! (Musing #930)
Sometimes I’m too persnickety.
Misnaming (Musing #947)
Sam needed a break from even more serious topics.
Raygun (Musing #949)
Favorite store of Midwest liberal snowflakes.
From rabbit holes to dance bands (Musing #961)
You see the connection, don’t you?
Dad jokes for computer scientists (Musing #965)
Humor of some sort or other.
Fresh pineapple (Musing #966)
Misnaming, revisited (Musing #970)
Possibly a more serious topic than I had thought.
Nina Paley (Musing #979)
Sometimes I still feel like a fanboy.
Farewell MathLAN Web Server (Musing #984)
You shall be missed.
Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day (Musing #1002)
The things that occupy valuable memory.
Responding to reader requests.
To create or consume? (Musing #1030)
To produce, practice, ponder, perfect, or play?
Joy in a time of (something) (Musing #1032)
The power of song.
Unexpected joys (Musing #1044)
Perhaps I should expect more of them.
Claviash (Musing #1059)
However you spell it.
(Too much) Virtual live music (Musing #1063)
Suggestions for summer (Musing #1067)
Take care of yourself!
Attempting grace (Musing #1072)
Not always succeeding.
A new interpreation ofcover version.
SLAC education this fall (Musing #1078)
What will it look like?
Perspectives on personal projects (Musing #1080)
Reflections for/from a conversation.
Adventures in Web server transitions (Musing #1108)
So many complexities!
(Mostly) Avoiding social media (Musing #1116)
Shoveling snow (Musing #1117)
A joy of Iowa Winters.
How should a student learn compilers and interpreters? (Musing #1132)
And related questions.