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November 5, 2010 - 12:30pm
I was speaking with a Greenback student and the question was raised, "what's a good example of a sustainable product?"Even limiting it to consumer goods, a number of different possibilities came to mind. A good pair of work boots. A well-made hand tool (hammer, screwdriver, wrench). Much hardwood furniture made in this country before about 1980.But then it struck me.Corningware.
November 4, 2010 - 11:00pm
An occasional correspondent writes:
November 4, 2010 - 10:00pm
How do you manage your To-Do lists? My wife uses paper and a pen. She is incredibly efficient and accomplishes a huge number of tasks. Drives me crazy. My goal is to be more efficient and productive with my digital To-Do system than my wife with her dead-tree system. Please help.
November 4, 2010 - 9:30pm
It was two weeks ago, Monday. I knew the deadline for my next post at UVenus was coming up. I thought I would write about the office space and how we academics have our own ways of designing and decorating our offices. I was moving my office on the same day so it felt all the more relevant. I did not have to look for any other topic; spontaneously, simultaneously with what was going on in my life, I would write my piece during the week. However, something changed my plan of writing about this topic that seemed to come naturally…
November 4, 2010 - 9:10pm
I remember a cartoon from my graduate school days that showed a cockroach-looking creature looking over the shoulder of what looked like a scientist working busily at a desk. The caption of the cartoon said “an Exogenous variable watches an economist at work.” I was shown that cartoon about the same time I came to the conclusion that there was really nothing in the world that is exogenous, or determined by predetermined forces.
November 4, 2010 - 4:15pm
Remember CALEA? In 2005 higher education government affairs and information technology specialists held forth against the potential for configuration requirements under a revision of this legislation and ultimately prevailed in federal court in the case in a case brought by the American Council on Higher Education.
November 4, 2010 - 10:45am
No, I'm not referring to the election. I'm referring to the universal meta-question that applies to any research. Academics do a lot of research; some of it gets published, some of that gets read, and a minority of that really matters. If no one cares, the results (and the work it took to produce them) don't matter.
November 4, 2010 - 8:47am
My two teenagers have developed musical skills that neither their father nor myself ever possessed. They both participate in marching band, and have since middle school. I did not quite understand what this meant when my kids first got involved. Most of their friends played in the band and -- like the best student organizations — the after school commitment provided my kids with both a social life and valuable musical instruction.

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