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December 18, 2007 - 5:09am
There has to be a better way. I have what seems like thirty thousand logins, each requiring its own username and password combination. (That's not even counting PIN numbers.) Since the identity theft awareness campaigns have gained steam, some of these systems have changed their password rules to prevent anything easy toremember. As the number of username/password combinations has metastasized, I've found exactly three ways of dealing with the information cascade, none satisfactory.
December 17, 2007 - 11:57am
It's specious, writes Philip Larkin in his fear-of-death poem, Aubade, for philosophers to tell us that No rational being Can fear a thing it will not feel, not seeing that That this is what we fear: no sight, no sound, No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with...
December 16, 2007 - 9:03pm
This is really an exercise in idea-stealing, rather than a developed thought. Have you seen (or do you work at) a cc that does a consistently good job of presenting its faculty in public settings as local experts?
December 14, 2007 - 10:42am
I can explain later (or not), but I'm quite serious. Please answer the following: John or Paul, and why?
Me
December 13, 2007 - 11:03am
Paul has said, famously, that the song “Yesterday” came to him in a dream. It was so complete that he couldn’t believe it was original and went around humming the tune to see if people had heard it before.
December 12, 2007 - 9:46pm
This week I ran into another of those "the policies make sense, but the application is silly" scenarios. A wonderful, well-credentialed, hardworking, and well-respected leader of the full-time staff asked me about redefining her job so that it would include a half-time teaching component in her field of expertise. (It's a relatively specialized area, and her academic credentials are more than good enough.
December 12, 2007 - 3:47pm
This is a dirty little industry secret. In some necks of the woods -- moneyed ones, especially -- this is the time of year when we start to see a parade of young men and women with hangdog expressions and very angry parents. The students went "away" to expensive residential colleges in September, and partied their way to a GPA that starts with a zero. Come December or January, their parents drag them to the local cc as a sort of combination boot camp and purgatory, usually with some sort of "improve or else" mandate to the student.
December 11, 2007 - 9:34am
In a story in yesterday's IHE about for-profit companies taking over nonprofit colleges -- the gist of the story was that the "trend" is tiny and unlikely to grow anytime soon -- a particular quote really jumped out at me.
December 10, 2007 - 9:56am
Bowing to the inevitable, I've spent far too much time lately shopping. Which means... The aural assault of cheesy Christmas music has begun. I'll admit, having been raised in a musically unfortunate household (Neil Diamond, Anne Murray, Rita Coolidge, Air Supply), I'm a little jumpy when it comes to awful music. Part of the reason I grabbed onto satellite radio the way drowning people grab onto life preservers was that it offered the prospect of escaping the tyranny of Lite Hits and NPR pledge drives.

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