Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Here, there, and everywhere

whoa - crazy busy last couple of days. Drove for an academic visit to Texas A&M, squeezed in a trip to Austin to meet friends, and spent all of yesterday just plain talking about research. Really looking forward to taking the train out to Chicago today - at least I'll be able to get some sleep.

A&M. Interesting place. Was greeted in town by a huge sign on a water-tower saying WELCOME TO AGGIELAND - if I'd had the time and a can of blue paint, that would've read JAGGIELAND today, and my sorry ass would be in rotting in a stockade with ROTCs jeering at me. Apparently got a big brigade of very respectful cadet students - they even have a general who reports to the president of A&M.

The CS and EE departments are huge, and hiring like crazy. I believe Engineering alone is looking to hire over a 100 new faculty over the next few years, so if you're in the market for a family-oriented environment with good primary schools and far (but not too far) from the madding crowd... {end sponsored ad}.

There was this weird moment when my host, Alex, introduced me to two other faculty as the loon who'd just visited a maximum security prison before A&M, and they both were like, "yeah, the maximum security prison *I* visited was..."
Guess there's something about us young faculty wannabes that attracts us to the dark side.

Wokay, off to brunch downtown Houson with a friend before Amtrakking out. Dammit - won't have time to catch the latest Harry Potter.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"wonderful idea"- just book mark the spot on your map, then maybe in June we four "Jaggies" could do it together.
I'm game- even if arrested- you will have to do the needful "Dr Jaggi".remember the elephant sign?
While you were sawing away - I was preparing my dialogue for the police :)

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