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June 21, 2008
I've taken my headline from a piece in today's Wall Street Journal about Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, about whom people are talking as a strong candidate for Obama's Vice-Presidential running mate.
June 20, 2008
My son Starbuck, who’s six, is home a lot this summer, so I figured we might find some time to do a little home-school unit on Twain: Read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, drive over to Springfield to the Lincoln Museum and out to Hannibal, ride a steamboat, watch some grave robbers, smoke a few pipes. That sort of thing.
June 20, 2008
1. Low boredom threshold“The book was the worst…no just the first couple of pages. I skimmed a summary on wikipedia for the rest….what do you mean, she dies in the end? I didn’t get that at all! Oh well I already wrote my paper – I’m not going back and re-doing it now.” 2. Lack of follow through “The thing is I really meant to be there, I just didn’t wake up. No I have an alarm. I just slept through it.” 3. Splintered focus
June 19, 2008
A commenter to yesterday's post about compensating staff made a point I've wondered about before. It's worth contemplating – not advocating, just contemplating – at some length.Given the crazy-high ratios of applicants to full-time faculty jobs in many disciplines, why not lower the wages to a 'market clearing' level?
June 18, 2008
Last Friday, an impromptu conversation in the mailroom at my University jolted my pulse into my aerobic zone. I might have even gone anaerobic, but I am not sure.
June 18, 2008
Non-traditional academics have many skills different from the general population of "parent volunteers" at an elementary school. This provides a unique opportunity for schools to benefit from well-educated parents who have the time and inclination to create programs that supplement school curricula. Here I describe the Science FUN Fridays that I created to motivate and excite the children about science.
June 18, 2008
Water is energy. Not literally, of course (the square of the speed of light notwithstanding), but practically. Naturally moving water can be made to yield energy, either directly or through hydroelectric generation. Unnaturally moving water (like what comes out of the faucet) consumes a tremendous amount of energy, necessary to make it follow a path of greater resistance.
June 18, 2008
In my mind, I’m already a mogul.
June 17, 2008
According to this article in IHE, the state of Florida is trying to get its community colleges to offer the four-year degrees that its upper-level schools can no longer afford to offer.According to this article in IHE, the major points of discussion seem to be:



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