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June 14, 2009 - 10:02pm
The indefatigable Lesboprof has a thoughtful post up about whether salaries should be public information. She makes several great points in favor of publicity, including preventing discrimination and giving rookies a fair sense of the going rate. I agree, but will take it even farther.
June 14, 2009 - 8:50pm
When I was growing up, practically everyone I knew watched a TV show called “Bewitched,” about a beautiful young witch, Samantha, who marries a mortal and has to hide her powers to fit into the role of suburban housewife her husband requires her to fill. The show’s message, that it’s necessary for a woman to make herself smaller and more ordinary so as not to threaten her husband, was discomfiting.
June 12, 2009 - 3:50pm
The latest controversy over the outing of an anonymous blogger has UD thinking about privacy and writing. It was by accident that UD entered the blogosphere un-anonymous. She'd planned to hide her identity, but she forgot to tell her computer-savvy niece, who helped UD set up as a blogger, and her niece put UD's real name on the blog.
June 11, 2009 - 9:35pm
When I was in college, a fellow student once told several of us about a boy she used to know. Apparently this boy experienced some difficulties in learning to write, and was also quite smitten with her. He once wrote her a love note in very broken English, the best he could do. The boy realized that he was not writing correctly, and at the end of the note, closed it by saying “all these mistakes are just trying to say ‘I love you.’” I have thought of that often, as I go through life and make mistake after mistake, trying to get it right but not managing to quite do things correctly.
June 11, 2009 - 9:23pm
Every summer, blog traffic slows down a bit, which usually occasions some musings on better marketing. So, some musings on titles... “The” is so much more powerful than “a,” or even a number. Compare: A List of Ways to Run Better Meetings Okay, it's clear, but I'm bored before I even get to the end of the phrase. 7 Ways to Run Better Meetings The '7' suggests at least some level of discipline (or finitude), but it still lacks a certain urgency. The 7 Secrets to Better Meetings
June 11, 2009 - 9:12pm
Since I was raised as a country boy, with an inherited scorn for city-dwellers and "flatlanders", I've never had much of a taste for high population density. But as I get older and wiser (if only by comparison), the potential of cities is starting to look attractive. Not necessarily the current actuality of cities, but what they could be. What they might be starting to be. What we're finally figuring out how to make them.
June 11, 2009 - 12:28pm
... AAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHH! I just read an item that explained how a Nestle bottled water plant in Pennsylvania was awarded LEED Gold certification by USGBC.
June 11, 2009 - 12:22pm
A Times piece a couple of days ago, “Michigan Works to Remake Itself Without King Auto," says that “About 800,000 jobs have been lost in the state—about one in every six—since 2000, and its unemployment rate has reached 12.7 percent, higher than any other state.
June 11, 2009 - 4:29am
Like Tolstoy's unhappy families, every bad meeting is bad in its own particular way. Some elements of lousy meetings are common enough to be recognizable from afar: domination by blowhards, poorly constructed agendas, leaders playing “guess what I'm thinking.” But even without the obvious hazards, meetings can go wrong in so many ways that those of us who endure more than most learn pretty quickly to lower our expectations.
June 10, 2009 - 9:19pm
3 disasters connected to Kansas I’ve watched happen recently: 1. What’s the Matter with Kansas?

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