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monitor server memory with GeekTool and Python

I use a multisite wordpress installation to manage all of my courses, and a number of other virtual presences, hosted on a VPS at dreamhost. In the process of moving everything onto the virtual machine, and nailing down my resource

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playing with python

A few months ago I started a concerted effort to learn to code some Python. The last time I wrote a program for a computer was in 1985 in 8th grade, and it involved BASIC and some blip moving across

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Posted in Digital History, Miscellaneous

que bestia!

I wrote recently about a case of bestiality brought against poor, unfortunate Geronimo Berveran, a 15 year old kid accused having sex with an unbroken mare (yegua). Luckily for both of them, their case was overturned on appeal and the

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what I’m reading these days

Now that the semester is back in full swing, my reading habits are again drawn to fulfillment of teaching responsibilities, but not entirely. Right now I have a handful of books underway- some for my classes and others not. So,

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Posted in Books, Miscellaneous

Off to #AHA2010 in a few weeks

The AHA is set to go in a few weeks in San Diego, CA. I’m happy, actually, that its in southern California this year instead of the more frequent northern climes. (Next year, unfortunately, it’s back to the northeast and

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Posted in Conference Reports, Miscellaneous

Are we certain Charles II had no heirs?

This past week in response to a lecture on the War of Spanish Succession and the Bourbon Reforms, some students in my History of the Early Andes class made a compelling argument against the prevailing belief that Charles II was

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UNM History Dept Commencement

But, in the current set of circumstances in which this world finds itself, I’d like to suggest to you today that the cultures of New Mexico, their endurance, and the historical consciousness they can provide are of real import indeed. … And yet, for decades now, the financial and political leadership of our country increasingly have dedicated their actions to an ahistorical audaciousness that minimized its inherent riskiness in obfuscation— in fulfillment of the hubris of a freemarket fundamentalism obsessed with what they saw as the beauty of the violent erasure of the structures of sociability in the name of profit and freedom. … So, what I want to say to you today is that we, as a country, as a human community, need above all else people like you with the capacity for critical historical thought not only to help find solutions to our current crises, but to the see the next ones coming— not in form of Isaac Assimov’s psychohistorians, but as citizens of the world continually engaged in the judicious study of reality. … As you leave here today, and immerse yourselves in the next of a number of moments of self- reinvention, promise me that you will hold on to the capacity for critical historical thought, that you will evangelize that consciousness, and that you will bring it to bear on your own corners of the world.

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Posted in Graduation Speeches, Miscellaneous, Panic and Terror

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Chad Black

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