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Dan sent me a link to a website he found that links back to one of my websites. Specifically, it links to a paper I wrote my senior year in college in a class I hated on Latin American history. (The subject matter was fascinating, but the professor was clueless and vindictive.) The paper's thesis is that Panamá is a region that has never been self-governed or free of foreign influences. The professor gave the paper a C or a D, if I recall correctly, because, according to her, I didn't seek her help writing it. And now other websites are linking to it as if it were a worthwhile resource on Panama's history. It feels weird!


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Jul. 18th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC)
Google yourself. Google your Web site. Google your phone number. You'll be amazed at how often Google finds reference to you.

Or to me.
Jul. 19th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh, I've done this plenty of times. The references Google finds are almost always things I've created on the internet. A couple of salsa and fan sites link back to my Ruben Blades page as well. But this link is the first I know of that links to anything on my sites besides the Ruben Blades fan-stuff. The page that links to me makes me sound like an authority! That's just weird.
Jul. 19th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
Save the page for your scrapbook so you'll have something to show your grandchildren. "See, kiddies, I was an accepted authority on Panama because I was there when ... ."
Jul. 19th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
Ironically, I wasn't there "when." The paper dealt with influences on Panamá from its earliest known history until the end of the Spanish colonial period.
Jul. 19th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)
Are you not an expert?
Jul. 19th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
Relative to your average American, perhaps. But I am hardly an authority on the subject. ;)
Jul. 20th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
I really do recognize that, but I also like to dream.
Jul. 19th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC)
You got a bad grade, because you were original and independent? Where was this?
Jul. 19th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
Even Amherst has some bad apples! I began to file a formal protest at the Dean's Office but then dropped it because I didn't have time to spend on anything but classes and my thesis.

If the professor had told me the paper was poorly written or insufficiently researched, I could have accepted that. But, no, she was upset that I hadn't consulted her. I clearly stayed within the parameters she supplied in choosing a topic, but I hadn't consulted her and I hadn't simply regurgitated her lectures back at her. People like her shouldn't be teaching!
Jul. 19th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
Many who shouldn't be teaching still do so, even in the best of institutions.
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