La Profesora Abstraída

Weblog of Michelle Dion, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, at McMaster University. My blog has moved to Visit my other website.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

But can it make me appear taller?

Then, I might be in the market for one of these.

posted by Michelle @ 1:30 PM, 3 comments

Saturday, September 16, 2006

All My.... Absurdity

Mike Patton and blogs on All My Children.

Too wierd. What will they do next in their lame attempts to attract young viewers?

posted by Michelle @ 9:57 PM, 0 comments

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

My new blog

It's the program page for the study abroad program I'm leading next summer to Monterrey Mexico. I finally figured out that I could install Wordpress on the Tech servers.

I say it's a hooptie blog...and it's totally pimped out. That is, it looks totally fancy with every plug-in and widget possible, but if you look under the hood, the code is totally hacked and rickety. [Just don't look at it with iexplorer!]

It actually didn't take as much time to set up as it might look [in part b/c it's a hooptie, but also] because Wordpress rocks and Brian helped troubleshoot stubborn code.

posted by Michelle @ 9:35 PM, 0 comments


[Misspelling intentional.] If only I had the nerve to tell my students these things.

posted by Michelle @ 12:43 PM, 0 comments

Sunday, September 10, 2006

About the Mexican presidential election

This post is long overdue. I'd like to be able to say that it's overdue entirely because classes have begun, I went to the APSA meetings, and then to NYC. But that wouldn't be true. I've avoided writing about the election situation in Mexico because I haven't wanted to write about it. I've been too disappointed to write about it.

I'm disappointed not only in the outcome but also the process that led to it, not for partisan reasons as much as the impact it will have on the new administration and the government for the foreseeable future.

I'm disappointed that Calderon resisted a full recount that could have given his administration more legitimacy.

I'm disappointed that Lopez Obrador seems intent on further disruptions despite the electoral court's ruling.

I'm disappointed that the IFE didn't better police before the election those 3rd party ads that were clearly partisan.

I'm disappointed because I suspect that many Mexicans, on the left, right, and center, are also disappointed in their leaders. That can't be good for collective confidence in political institutions and democracy.

I'm disappointed that though Mexico's new democracy has so far survived this crisis, it is still in critical condition.

So that's why I haven't written a post about the Mexican presidential election lately. It's just too disappointing.

posted by Michelle @ 10:54 AM, 5 comments

Mexico City slideshow

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