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July 8, 2010 - 7:48pm
There is a concept in Labor Economics known as "internal labor markets," which notices that many firms hire employees only at specific points in their career paths and then train them with very firm specific training once they are there. This is a concept that most of us in academics readily acknowledge, as many faculty members are hired at the assistant professor level and then progress on their career paths within that one institution.
July 8, 2010 - 7:59am
This past month, I have been trying to follow fellow blogger Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s advice on how to eliminate summer regret by breaking up my writing goals into small tasks and plotting them onto a calendar of available days. I scheduled weekly dates with my writing “coach”/colleague. I made progress by forcing myself to write drafts even before I felt quite ready, instead of circling around and around a project.
July 7, 2010 - 9:58pm
This piece, and its attendant comments, stuck in my craw a little. It’s a discussion with an author of a book about the obstacles to low-income students’ success in college.
July 7, 2010 - 9:55pm
So yesterday, I get back home. The last thing I'd done before leaving campus had been to post some thoughts about how people (Greenback students, particularly) were disconnected from the origins of their food, and how that's a hurdle to ecological awareness. Then the first thing that happens after I walk in the door is Mrs. R. slapping a piece of junk mail in my hand and saying "you've got to look at this!" She had a chuckle in her eye, so I knew that I wasn't in any serious trouble.
July 7, 2010 - 6:51pm
Here I'm going on "Gut Feelings" and my "Blink" - an approach I wouldn't necessarily recommend.
July 6, 2010 - 9:13pm
I’ll stipulate upfront that this will vary by region.
July 6, 2010 - 7:58pm
The first book that I'm going to give to my learning and technology team is Rework, by the guys from 37Signals. 288 concise pages - or less than 3 hours in unabridged audio format. We need more books to be this good and this short.
July 6, 2010 - 7:36pm
This week I'm reporting from Edmonton, Alberta, at the half-way point of our family vacation. With our car looking like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies, we took off for our first ever family road trip. Now, a car trip with kids ages 5 and 9 might not seem like such a big deal, and some of you (those with particularly calm, easy-going children, perhaps?) might be wondering why we've never done this before. My husband and I both remember fondly long drives to see relatives throughout Canada and the U.S.
July 6, 2010 - 5:15pm
Although I'm not a devout local-vore, I do prefer to eat locally. In terms of meat and poultry, buying locally allows me to know what the birds/beasts were fed, whether they were shot full of antibiotics, that sort of thing. In terms of fish, local means fresh-caught (and "fresh" means within the past couple of hours). But neither of those particular preferences carries much of a lesson with it (unless you want to get into that "teach a man to fish" thing).
July 6, 2010 - 2:00pm
"I must continue to write for the same reason I am always compelled to write, in sickness and in health: for otherwise I die deadly, but this way, by this work, I may die forward into the intensified agon of living."


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