pete rorabaugh

father | atlantan | cyclist | educator | scholar | union member

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  • Luli

    Luli

    in a field of green

  • Why Mastodon?

    I posted earlier this week about the surprise vacation I’m about to take to Costa Rica in two weeks. Some family and friends with whom I want to share some parts of my trip may wonder: why Mastodon? why don’t you just use Instagram like everyone else?  This post is my short attempt to answer…

  • Leaving Gmail

    TL;DR: I’m switching from Gmail to Protonmail for reasons of security, privacy, and digital ethics. Today I’m beginning my departure from Gmail and switching over to a new email account with Protonmail. As I’m informing friends and colleagues about the move, I’m documenting my reasons for that decision here. Over the last several years I’ve…

  • Wherein I tell the story about being anonymously reported for a work email that I sent

    Some weeks ago, on October 6, I was informed by a Kennesaw State University lawyer that I was being investigated because an anonymous complaint about me had been called into the USG (University System of Georgia) hotline. The complainant took issue with an email that I sent to my department that mentioned a campaign organized…

  • How do you read [this image]?

    How do you read [this image]?

    Reflections in class . . . Memes: the same images (Obama/Biden pictures) can be spun from two different ideological perspectives depending on the text associated with them (ex: “everyone gets a participation award”). The intention of an image (specifically it’s connotation) as certain but porous. Fitzgerald’s quote from The Crack-Up: “The test of a first-rate…

  • Reading while stunned

    I can’t capture how this morning feels. But I am collecting here the things that I’ve read and seen in the last twelve hours that give me some kind of way forward. “Donald Trump and the Fall of Whiteness” by Michael Mark Coen Written before the election, this has some pithy relevant reflections on the the long…

  • “Addressing Islamophobia” Workshop at Kennesaw State

    I’m attending a day-long lecture on “Addressing Islamophobia” at Kennesaw State today. During a Twitter conversation this morning inspired by this tweet (thanks @Rusul), I wanted to share the agenda of the workshop with her and Maha Bali. So there you have it: short story. Longer story: I couldn’t attach the PDF to a tweet,…

  • Refusal of Service Was a MegaMistake

    On Dec. 10, after a company holiday party in Chattanooga, my wife sat down at a bus stop to catch the 10pm Chattanooga-to-Atlanta Megabus. She documents what happened next in the following email that she sent to Megabus; Megabus will not take complaints over the phone. After you read, please consider sending this around whatever…

  • Atlanta to KSU by bike and bus

    When I started a post-doc at Georgia Tech in 2010, I started bike commuting to work to avoid the $600 annual parking costs. It was easier then: it was just 3 miles from where I live in East Atlanta Village.

  • Conversations on the Serial Podcast: Two

    In my conversation with Rabia today, we discussed Serial’s latest episode, “The Case Against Adnan Syed” and Rabia’s post last week “The Worst of It.” Discussion of Serial at this point mainly focuses on Adnan’s guilt or innocence, and, while I’m just as interested in this as anyone else getting up early on Thursday morning to…

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