Posted by on Thursday, April 21, 02016 at 03:03 PM to On Weblogs.


After twelve years of posting here, I've finally exported the blog's archive to XML and switched over to a Wordpress installation at This isn't a promise for more or different posting rhythms. I don't have any blog-related ambitions as of right now, but bailing on MT's neglected infrastructure and going with Wordpress was long overdue. 

Posted by on Monday, April 4, 02016 at 08:10 PM to Sport.

Dissoi Bracketologoi

Time for the EWM Yahoo! NCAA men's basketball tournament pick'em - 13th annual. Like last year, we're using Fibonacci scoring (2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21). Everyone is welcome to join this pool, which will include some of the surest, most over-confident pickers of all time. There's no time for worrying your picks, no time for calling your fortune teller, reading your horoscope, or consulting your constellations. Sign up! Free, free, FREE to you: join this year's group on Yahoo!, Dissoi Bracketologoi (ID#46007). If you have questions, elbow me as hard as you can in the sternum with an email at dmueller at (I'm on research leave; it will take me three weeks to respond). Invite your friends, frienemies, faux-frenemies, square dance partners, Facebook friends, advisees, mentors, bots, posthuman malingerers, artists of the contact zone, hystericists, children of the corn hole ringers, bracketoricians, Jimmie Johns addicts, discount tattoo artists, grandparents at the bus stop, etc. The group has space for the next 49 who sign up. Pride-ish stakes: reputations are made (and ground to coarse dust) right here.

Yahoo! Tournament Pick'em
Group: Dissoi Bracketologoi (ID# 46007)
"13th annual."

Firm up your selections any time between the selection show on Sunday evening, March 13, and sometime (I'm checking) EDT on March 17.

Posted by on Thursday, February 4, 02016 at 06:00 PM to Sabbatical.

Thirtieth Days

Still on sabbatical. Thirty days. Work rhythms have been more predictable and disciplined lately. Up early enough, write until noon or so. Out of this, a chapter takes shape--the third chapter. I just sent it off to the editor. Just over 10,000 words. Fourty-eight references. Ten original figures plus the linked-clickable animated index. Something like 44 pages. Embedded notes about "could do more this this" and "could do more with that." Threaded through is a realization that I've been working on this chapter for a few years. And then up next will be a hard revision of the second chapter, hacking away at its extralong bulk, then adding back another 3,500 words. It's basically a concept review: three concepts. And two are done; one remains. 

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Welcome to Earth Wide Moth. FaceI'm Derek Mueller, Associate Professor of Written Communication and Director of the First-year Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University. Generally, my teaching and research concerns writing, rhetoric, and technology. More specifically, I'm nomadically navigating questions concerning new media and networked digital writing activity, mapping and geographies, visual modeling methods, network studies, and theories of composing. In addition to this blog, which blurs the boundaries commonly thought to separate personal and professional interests, I make use of Delicious, Flickr, Twitter, etc. Send email to dereknmueller at gmail dot com.