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April 26, 2010 - 7:50pm
--Kindles Are Everywhere: People seem to love to read on these things on the beach and at the pool. Mostly guys in the 45 to 64 demographic.--The iPad is Perfect for Vacations: At various times the iPad served to: a) entertain kids with movies and games on long car rides, b) as an easy way to delete e-mail (to lessen e-mail pileup), without the motivation to respond, and c) to download and play Banagrams.
April 26, 2010 - 6:04pm
In the course of my most recent mutterings, I made reference to the Great Depression. I did so to demonstrate that even terrible economic failures are survivable, not to indicate that economic suffering on the scale of the 1930s' experience would be necessary to avoid climate failure. Indeed, the best information available seems to indicate that nothing even remotely similar will be required.
April 25, 2010 - 9:22pm
I had a good discussion last week with a well-meaning professor who wanted to know why the minimum enrollment to run a section is higher than the break-even cost of paying an adjunct. Her position was that another section doesn't add much marginal cost, and as long as you've paid the adjunct, what's the problem?It was one of those "where you stand depends on where you sit" moments. I'll make it a multiple choice.If another section doesn't add much marginal cost, and it generates enough tuition/fee revenue to pay the adjunct, what's the problem?
April 25, 2010 - 9:12pm
In last week’s blog, I talked about the importance of remembering key individuals in the history of an institution. Remembering key events and how those events happened is also critical and here, too, higher education doesn’t do well. All too often key events are mentioned briefly and clinically only in Board of Trustees’ minutes and in more detail, but often with substantial inaccuracy, in student newspapers.
April 25, 2010 - 8:01pm
Peter Porter, a poet born in Australia but resident mainly in England, has died, at 81.Here's one of his poems -- a poem about poetry, but also I think about art generally.this page insists that i explain myselfThis page insists that I explain myself my poems are over-structured, I am toldbut I’m only making good use of my brain
April 25, 2010 - 7:55pm
Some 25 years ago, a quasi-country quartet calling themselves "The Girls Next Door" had a moderate hit with a ditty about how "love will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no love." Which is fine as far as it goes, but doesn't explain why the fool thing has been going through my head for the last week or so.
April 25, 2010 - 6:39pm
“Indicators” are released to provide data on students, faculty and American life.
April 22, 2010 - 10:25pm
I suspect that variations on this will become more common in the next several years. A new correspondent writes:
April 22, 2010 - 8:51pm
A colleague in the Biology department recently told me about a book that applies game theory to altruism in the animal world. Since I study altruism, and game theory is central to modern economics, I was particularly interested. Of course, I had to read about it myself, and found it fascinating.
April 22, 2010 - 6:32pm
Today it really is Earth Day 40, even though we at Greenback celebrated last weekend.


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