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May 5, 2011
The New York Times reports today that China has created an agency devoted to the Internet. "China Creates New Agency for Patrolling the Internet"
May 4, 2011
Every so often I get a question that’s almost a guest post. In this one, a new correspondent opens a can of worms...
May 4, 2011
I buy lots of books. All this book buying is strange, as I have a world-class academic library steps away from my door. And if the library doesn't have the book, inter-library loan will get it to me within a couple of days. In the narcissistic belief that untangling why I do something (like decide to buy a book) might shed light on the book buying decisions of everyone else, I propose the following book buying predictive equation.Probability = (Professional Reviews + Social Media + Word-of-Mouth) * (eBook Version + Audio Version) * (Known Author + Price)
May 4, 2011
Today was my last day of classes and finally it feels like spring in Wisconsin. While I do have exams and papers to grade, my teaching is over. The end of the semester is always a little sad but mostly I’m too exhausted to feel anything but relief. Every semester is draining, but this winter/spring has been particularly, well, weird for many of us in Wisconsin.
May 4, 2011
In her well-known 1984 essay, “Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals,” Carol Cohn writes of her experience in a defense seminar in the early 1980s, when the cold war was hot again and missile defense less a question than a Reagan-inspired reality. The essay is often (mis)cited as dealing specifically with the gendered language of the defense community–missile size, “Little Boy” and “Fat Man,” missile silos as “nice holes”–it’s easy to get caught up in that part of the essay, but it’s so much more than that.
May 4, 2011
A few days ago I ran into a friend at a coffee shop, and as we waited in line for our drinks we chatted about the Canadian federal elections that were held on Monday this week. Having recently become a Canadian citizen, he was thrilled to vote in Canada for the first time. I was at first a little taken aback when he asked me if it was obligatory to vote in Canada (it’s not), and I wondered what it would be like to vote in a country where one was compelled to do so by law.
May 3, 2011
I’ve followed with interest the outbreak of tornadoes in the South and Midwest, especially in Arkansas. Several colleges there have had to truncate their semesters, just because the local area was so devastated. (As far as I know, direct damage to campuses themselves was not the driving reason.) First of all, my condolences to everyone who has lost people. The sheer randomness of it all makes it hard to attach any sort of sense to it.
May 3, 2011
Adobe Connect, WebEX, GoToMeeting, LiveMeeting, Skype, Elluminate (what am I missing?), these web conferencing tools are not just for meeting at a distance.Here are 4 reasons why you should hold more of your meetings online, even if everyone meeting works together on the same campus:
May 3, 2011
After working for more than ten years in higher education as contingent faculty (adjunct in the US and sessional in Canada), I got my first full-time, tenure line job two years ago. I’m now giving my job some careful thought. My salary started in the Assistant Professor range based on the same equation that the research tenure-line faculty have: year PhD earned, years of teaching, publications, and more. My benefits package is the same, as well.
May 3, 2011
Some folks just never want to leave campus. That is, they come as students, they get work/study or internships, they get low-level jobs at their alma maters (perhaps whilst completing their masters' degrees), and they they work their whole careers where they started out.



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