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November 7, 2010
A recent New York Times article describes an incident in which two young people on bicycles ran down an 87-year-old woman on a Manhattan sidewalk, knocking her to the ground. The woman suffered a hip fracture that required surgery. A judge has ruled that they can be sued for negligence.You might think a lawsuit is a light punishment for that degree of reckless behavior—unless you consider that the perps were 4 and 5 years old, and their bikes had training wheels.
November 7, 2010
I was sitting in a session on InCommon at Internet 2 this week when I noticed my spouse’s name pop up in my inbox with the subject line "Trouble." Oh no, I thought, what could be wrong? Her mother has been ailing lately, and so my concern went immediately to her as I clinked on the message. Here is what it said in full:Hi
November 5, 2010
I was speaking with a Greenback student and the question was raised, "what's a good example of a sustainable product?"Even limiting it to consumer goods, a number of different possibilities came to mind. A good pair of work boots. A well-made hand tool (hammer, screwdriver, wrench). Much hardwood furniture made in this country before about 1980.But then it struck me.Corningware.
November 4, 2010
An occasional correspondent writes:
November 4, 2010
How do you manage your To-Do lists? My wife uses paper and a pen. She is incredibly efficient and accomplishes a huge number of tasks. Drives me crazy. My goal is to be more efficient and productive with my digital To-Do system than my wife with her dead-tree system. Please help.
November 4, 2010
It was two weeks ago, Monday. I knew the deadline for my next post at UVenus was coming up. I thought I would write about the office space and how we academics have our own ways of designing and decorating our offices. I was moving my office on the same day so it felt all the more relevant. I did not have to look for any other topic; spontaneously, simultaneously with what was going on in my life, I would write my piece during the week. However, something changed my plan of writing about this topic that seemed to come naturally…
November 4, 2010
I remember a cartoon from my graduate school days that showed a cockroach-looking creature looking over the shoulder of what looked like a scientist working busily at a desk. The caption of the cartoon said “an Exogenous variable watches an economist at work.” I was shown that cartoon about the same time I came to the conclusion that there was really nothing in the world that is exogenous, or determined by predetermined forces.
November 4, 2010
Remember CALEA? In 2005 higher education government affairs and information technology specialists held forth against the potential for configuration requirements under a revision of this legislation and ultimately prevailed in federal court in the case in a case brought by the American Council on Higher Education.

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