Things that happen at work, sometimes: My deeply crappy magazine cover mock-ups (complete with ludicrous fake math equations, please do not look too closely), become really super beautiful for real-real magazine covers. Also: I write about coffee, corn fungus research, balancing judgeship and parenting, and how to be wrong. Hey!

One Friday in early June I drove up to Chattanooga and hung out in an abandoned cemetery with a man I’d never met. This is not something I’m generally in the habit of doing; until a few years ago, actually, I would not even set foot in a cemetery, let alone one long-neglected and riddled with broken tombstones and sunken graves. The man was named David Young and he quite fortunately is a Georgia Tech graduate, which means I got to tell his story in the alumni magazine (which, despite the fact that I don’t mention it much in this space, is what occupies the day-job realm of my life). Writing the story was an honor and a challenge and it is finally out in the world which is, as always, both a relief and totally unsettling. Andy Lee took the photos and I love them.

Have I ever told you that I work on Georgia Tech’s alumni magazine? I don’t know if I have. But I do! I have since last June but haven’t really written about it here, mostly because there hasn’t been a whole lot of excitement to report, although now there is, because we just wrapped up the first issue of our entirely redesigned book, and it’s fantastic. Metaleap did the whole thing and I basically just love it. (This might be my favorite spread BUT I REALLY CAN’T CHOOSE!) There’s more here if you’re a designhead and would like to nerd out about it (that post doesn’t include any “before” shots, though, which I think is totally crucial; here’s what we started with). I would also like to brag about the fact that the magazine’s editorial staff numbers exactly two and that my EIC and I wrote pretty much all of the copy except for the one feature (on SPACE TRAVEL!) we farmed out to a more-qualified freelancer. So. Yes. Quite pumped about this, god I love magazines, writing about nerds is so great, etc.

“Please Note: The subject will lead us through difficult terrain (topics like death, corpses, embalming, rotting flesh, cannibalism, etc.), and we will have to sludge through some gore along the way. If you are squeamish you would likely prefer another section of this course.”
— Georgia Tech offers a “Multimodal Composition” course on zombies and the undead. Just so you know.



trying really hard to not read this entire nyt sunday magazine piece about the reckless breeding practices associated with the university of georgia’s mascot until i get it in the mail sunday.

Georgia fans, say what you will about Tech (which, full disclosure: I am employed by their Alumni Association), but at least the nerds at the “North Avenue trade school” aren’t breeding mutant yellow jackets that frequently expire via heart explosions. I mean, right? Right? Is this how you trash talk? I’m bad at this. I don’t care. I just want everyone to be happy and the dogs not to be gross blobs and dying all the time!

New Tech dining hall has panels of changing rainbow lights. Also, a soft serve machine. But it was too cold for that mess today.

Just learned my office is partly in “area of MEDIUM probability for containing intact archeological resources”! This is because the Georgia Tech campus is basically built on a Civil War battlefield. I also just learned that. (Related: The thing I wrote for the Burnaway party about Atlanta’s weirdly/maybe not weirdly lacking sense of its own history.)

Wikipedia | The winners of the 1922 Freshman Cake Race at Georgia Tech

This school has some of the oddest traditions. Only one that I’m aware of involves baked goods, however.