Various historians of technology who used to be in my department but aren't any more are in town now, since my department is hosting the
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Various historians of technology who used to be in my department but aren't any more are in town now, since my department is hosting the <a href=""http://shot.press.jhu.edu/"">Society for the History of Technology Conferenece</a> (SHOT) this weekend. In between the hours I spent today folding pieces of paper and stuffing envelopes, 3 notable things occurred:
- Nearly a year after doing my little piece for the Discovery Channel, I learned from Marianne, who knows the Discovery folks, that they thought my work was 'exemplary' on it! Hurray! She's doing a history of tech in the media session on Saturday, along with the guy who did the LOTR things for Discovery, and, since it involves a person who's involved in SHOT, they're thinking of using my 5 minutes!
- Steve, who graduated the year after I started here, mentioned he'll be the respondant to my Kalamazoo paper. Also a hurray! He knows the material well, AND he's a friend.
- Mindbogglingly, my advisor left a job advertisement in my mailbox today. Suddenly, it's as if I've grown up, as if I'm actually eligible for jobs! Admittedly, I won't be applying for this one: it's a good post, one I would be happy to apply for in a year or two, but not one I would rush through and finish my PhD a whole year early for. I don't want to be too rushed in this - I want to have the full benefit of the degree, and I DO want to finish doing PhD Latin. And be proud of my dissertation, if at all possible. Part of the reason he thought of me is that the position is in medieval history, at Iowa State University, a mere 45 minute drive from home. If any of you are on the market, you're duly alerted that the position exists.
Still, those were three amazing things to all happen today.