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May 5, 2011
(Disclaimer: This is an honest post. I expect to be criticized because I am complaining.
May 5, 2011
- With all the technological advances of the last decade, why are we still using passwords? They’re both insecure and cumbersome. Computer geeks of the world: whoever comes up with a more elegant answer than passwords has a pile of money waiting for her. I’m just sayin’.
May 5, 2011
I am feeling a bit of cognitive dissonance.I just sent off a list of talking points for a board meeting of our friends group, which works hard to support the library and would like to hear some cheering news about what that support means. Because I'm out of town, a colleague will be talking to our friends, and I just remembered--whoops--I had promised to give her some ideas.That's really not hard, because the friends group supports a lot of neat things.
May 5, 2011
OK, so Donald Trump found me out. His recent statement that "most economists aren’t very smart" made me realize that my act wasn’t fooling him, after all. Of course, he has no idea of who I am, but the fact that he pronounced to the world that people with my degree are not very smart well, it just smarts. Ouch. So he knows that I am just skating by, hoping to survive day to day, knowing that my past success is all a fluke and that I don’t have any real talent, after all? How did this person I have never met figure that out?
May 5, 2011
How much water does your campus use each day? Where does your campus water come from? How much does your water cost? If you know the answer to these questions you are probably in the minority. We know (or should know) how much electricity and natural gas we use, but we are all used to thinking about our water as limitless and free.
May 5, 2011
One final thought on why folks work for colleges and universities. It's probably not particularly insightful, given the distinctive role higher ed plays in our society, and the even more exceptionalistic view many of us take about our workplaces. Never the less, it strikes me that there's a fair amount of conflation of what we do with where we do it.
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.

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