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June 30, 2010 - 10:16pm
Last night TW and I took the kids to the local library for Bingo for Books. (It doubled as an excuse to return a pile of books we all had finished, and to get some new piles.) On the way into the library, we ran into a family whose younger daughter is in TB’s class. When she saw TB, she immediately hid behind her older sister. Her sister shoved her out in front, and she smiled at TB. It was a classic embarrassed-to-see-my-crush move. TW and I decided that his charm comes from double recessive genes.
June 30, 2010 - 9:28pm
In the spirit of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, by Kathryn Schulz, I want to share with you what I've been thinking about a good deal - curricular media management platforms - and try to discover where my thinking is all wrong.
June 30, 2010 - 9:17pm
The National Research Council has produced Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century, a report describing how farming practices and thinking need to change so that society and farmers can both thrive.
June 30, 2010 - 8:16pm
On my first day as president of Alma College in Michigan, an alumnus I’ve come to know and admire sent me quote he attributed to a Major League umpire: “You’re expected to be perfect on day one and get better from there.” Phew. There's nothing like making the expectation clear.
June 30, 2010 - 12:22pm
The new UK coalition government presented its “emergency budget” to Parliament on 22 June. This aims to more or less eliminate the current deficit, mostly created in order to bail-out overstretched banks in 2008, by taking £113 bn (say US$ 170 bn) out of the economy in spending cuts and tax increases by 2014/15.
June 30, 2010 - 8:27am
My family and I are once again located at our favorite summer marine biology research station (our “summer camp for biologists”) through mid-July. Not only is it a research facility, but the marine station also offers summer intensive courses in different areas of marine biology, mostly for graduate students but a few advanced undergrads and some postdocs participate too.
June 30, 2010 - 1:02am
Andrew Jackson seems to be thinking: I’m not sure I can hold up under the weight. Warren G. Harding seems to say: It tickles me pink to be in office. Franklin D. Roosevelt swears: I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new meal for the American people.
June 29, 2010 - 10:06pm
They don’t teach this stuff in dean school.I hear a rumor that a professor has moved out of his office, and intends to take a job this Fall thousands of miles away. Nobody knows the institution, though, only the geographic region. He has family there.I’ve received no communication at all from this professor. Neither has his chair. Neither has human resources.I wander by his office, and notice that not only is it empty -- this from someone who has some pronounced “packrat” tendencies -- but that his nameplate is gone.Hmm.
June 29, 2010 - 9:54pm
Two years ago I would have bet that the Mac/PC divide would have lost its salience by now. I thought that Web applications and RIA's (rich internet applications such as Adobe AIR) would have once and for all supplanted the client OS. That future has failed to come to pass.This fact has been brought home to me as I'm selecting my next computer - Mac or PC? This is a consequential choice, as I continue to utilize a range of client applications, not all of which are cross-platform.
June 29, 2010 - 9:37pm
Speaking for all of us here in the Northeast, I want to apologize. In truth, we probably deserve our fate. We didn't do it consciously, nor intentionally, nor entirely without justification (ahem!), but we did do it and we should not have.


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