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January 8, 2012
Why do you live where you live?  Did you move for a job, a partners job, or for the location? Perhaps it is the schools? Avent, an economics correspondent for The Economist and primary contributor to the Free Exchange blog, thinks that the most powerful explanatory variable of location choice is housing prices.
January 8, 2012
Even thought I wasn't in Seattle, I was able to still engage, learn, and participate.
January 8, 2012
The advent season invariably leads me to engage in a self-reflection on whether (and to what degree) I have been naughty or nice. Oftentimes, I am very confident I have done more good deeds than bad, mainly because I have little occasion to potentially do ill to somebody. As long as I did things on my own (as a professor, researcher and writer), my actions bear little direct consequence to others. I would like to think I have a modest amount of social capital after being in the academic profession for 20 odd years, which I could bank on in case I veer towards the naughty territory.
January 8, 2012
I just finished listening to the Sam Eshagoff interview on 60 Minutes. Before I comment on the interview, I would like to commend 60 Minutes for decades of worthwhile news and human interest coverage. 60 Minutes remains a leading example of TV at its best.  
January 8, 2012
Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has created an institute comprised of scholars who support her political positions to reexamine the way the nation's history is recorded.
January 8, 2012
A weekly update on what's happening with the University of Venus writers. 
January 6, 2012
This is a story about a professor who wanted his students to use Twitter to continue an in-class discussion. As we all know, Twitter is an amazing way to communicate, collaborate and converse.  You could make a good argument that every course would benefit from a hashtag, and that some smart LMS company will build auto-generated hashtags and seamless Twitter integration deeply into the learning platform design.   
January 6, 2012
I have a confession: I love snow. You might not understand the profoundness of this confession, but I was born and raised on the Central Coast of California in a city slightly north of Santa Barbara. The ocean and 70F weather were normal for my family during the winter. We would make regular trips to the beach, eat Jalama Burgers (a delicious treat from my hometown), and chill on the sandy shore with the water lapping slowly at our feet. However, one thing the Central Coast doesn't have is snow. That part of California is a too far south and too close to the ocean for snowy weather. 
January 5, 2012
The Boy got a 1254 piece (honest!) milennium falcon Lego kit for Christmas. He disappeared into the basement at 2:00 on Christmas Day, and re-emerged six hours later with a fully built ship.
January 5, 2012
When my daughter was first learning geometry, she came home one day to proclaim "I know what a ray is, mom. It is a line pointing in only one direction." She then went on to tell me that math was becoming her favorite subject. Of course, this was music to my ears.

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