Since, in THEORY, I will have a new job sometime this year (still looking), I thought this might be a good time to start trying to clean up my office. I re-discovered a whole bunch of old folders that I stashed in a box many years ago.
I found an entire NSF grant proposal that I have absolutely no memory of. It got a positive review, it had all sorts of collaborators, but wasn’t funded. And I remembered None. Of. It. Scary!
I found 2 half-written manuscripts that I never finished, and will probably just give up on.
One was an examination of how advertising has historically used gendered entomophobia in order to sell pesticides and cleaning projects. If you want to pick that one up, let me know; I’ll mail you everything I’ve got.
The other was a project I started working on in the late 90s. I was placed on several prayer lists courtesy of some students in my evolution classes. I got interested in writing about how millennial fears factored into different styles of Creationism. Millenialism isn’t much of a hot topic now that it’s almost 2011, so I guess that one is dead in the water.
I also found lots of strange things stashed away in folders. In 1996, there was not a web as we know it now: “In 1996, Americans with Internet access spent fewer than 30 minutes a month surfing the Web.” So, when I got kinda crazy stuff about Beware the Blue Beam, I couldn’t just blog about it, or post it to Flickr. I could maybe post something to alt.science.biology’s listserver on Usenet.
But now, with Web 2.0, you are welcome to riffle through my files!
I got stuck on The Institute for Creation Research mailing list from 1994 to 1997. Before the novelty wore off, I used to actually open and read all the stuff they sent me. ICR even produced little daily devotional booklets, I guess so you could read something condemning evilutionists every morning with your coffee.
Most of them featured the standard bible verses that showed up on nearly all of my class evaluations: False prophets, Fools that think they are wise, yadda yadda.
But some of them were really weird. Like Henry Morris, Mr. Creationism, suggesting that teachers of evolution should be hanged and drowned.
In fact, he said it twice–here’s a link to the second time.
WWJD? My reading of texts about Jesus give me the distinct sense he would not be down with this. While I might like for JC to put a smiting on ICR, that isn’t his style. Dude’s a pacifist. (Except for bankers, maybe. But who hasn’t felt that way recently?)
Check out all the strangeness in my Flickr Stream; I’ll be adding things over time.