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August 10, 2010 - 4:15pm
According to a couple of recent reports, many large US companies want to be operate more sustainably, but really don't know how. As lame as that might sound, I think it's likely to be true.
August 9, 2010 - 9:00pm
Ever since I read an essay, "The Shock of Inclusion" by Clay Shirky in Edge, I've been pondering the implications of one of the stickiest concepts in the essay: he argues that publishing is the new literacy.
August 9, 2010 - 8:40pm
We’ve had some discussions on campus recently about new employee orientation, which starts in a few weeks. The general consensus seems to be that some sort of orientation is called for, but nobody seems terribly happy with the current version.
August 9, 2010 - 8:30pm
When our President gives a major speech devoted to higher education it is important that all of us take some time to listen and discuss what he has to say. If you have time, please go check out the full text of his speech in Austin. For those of you who do not have the time, I tried to pull out the quotes that I thought were most relevant and would lend themselves to discussion and debate.
August 9, 2010 - 8:24pm
This summer for the first time my family joined a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture). We signed up to receive a weekly supply of vegetables from a local farm family, paying in advance to minimize their risk and ensure that we’d get an ample supply of fresh vegetables every week.It was a little bit of a leap of faith. Friends have done it in the past, but this was our first time, and we weren’t quite sure what we’d get. We weren’t sure we’d like it, or that we’d be able to use it all up before the next week. We weren’t sure it would be worth the price.
August 9, 2010 - 7:45pm
In the course of my wanderings, I found a lock. Not a padlock -- a canal lock. At a place called the Narrows.Now, I've seen locks on canals before. I've watched some modern ones operate, lifting great big freighters up what looked like a couple of stories. Impressive, to say the least.
August 8, 2010 - 9:00pm
My office-mate Jessica spat those words out in exasperation one afternoon as she raced into the office with a pile of papers to grade and I raced out, laptop and lecture notes tucked under my arm. We were teaching, working at administrative jobs, finishing up our dissertations, and also working hard on our marriages/partnerships. At that time, neither of us had children but we both knew that we wanted to find time to add a kid or two to the mix and we also knew that something was going to have to give.
August 8, 2010 - 8:26pm
In conversation recently with a colleague at another college, I realized that what she was describing something I’ve seen a few times, too. I call it pulling the goalie.
August 8, 2010 - 5:28pm
Eric Stoller and his discussants make a compelling case for using Delicious. I'm no longer a Delicious person, and was wondering why the service has lost its utility in my digital life.Some possibilities why I no longer use Delicious:
August 8, 2010 - 5:24pm
A constant theme in discussions with Indian academics, government officials, and business people concerns the low quality of the country’s rapidly expanding higher education system. India now ranks third in size, after China and the United States. The current cumbersome, and ineffective accrediting system is being dismantled. The government is proposing a new system — how it may work is as yet unclear.

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