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May 8, 2011
Reading Aerotropolis got me thinking about supply chains, cold chains (how food and flowers travel market to market), and lately the wireless chain. Not sure if I'm coining a term here, but the "wireless chain" is the degree to which a person can move from place-to-place with uninterrupted access to wireless Internet.
May 8, 2011
As an economics undergraduate major and subsequently a doctoral student, I remember studying World War I, especially the economic consequences of the Treaty of Versailles. Impossibly large reparations were just one ingredient in setting the stage for another world war to quickly follow World War I. In high school and most likely in middle school, I also studied this war to end all wars. As I remember it, history in middle school and in high school was mostly a story of wars with only a brief focus on other events.
May 8, 2011
I did not plan to write about this situation at first, because it involves high school, not college. However, I think incidents such as this one become building blocks for rape culture in higher education, and are therefore worthy of note on an academic blog.
May 6, 2011
I like introducing the student affairs community to folks who identify as student practitioners who work with technology and/or have a tremendous amount of competency with technology.
May 6, 2011
As folks were emailing me and I was noticing the pattern of conflation (what we do with where we do it), most of the writers were staff, and most of my thinking was -- accordingly -- about staff.When I got a little more distance from the topic, though, it struck me that faculty are at least as likely to presume ties between the kind of work that they do and the fact that they're working for a university. While this sort of association might be obvious, it's probably not as logically valid as it once was.
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.

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