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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.
January 5, 2012
Same tired arguments against tenure. I have a slightly different response. Hint: it's about the money.
January 5, 2012
Race Against The Machine is a 67 page count-argument to Tyler Cowen's excellent (128 page) The Great Stagnation.
January 5, 2012
Some thoughts on our ability to sustain open iniatives, particularly in light of the proposed Research Works Act, legislation that would end open access requirements for federally funded research.
January 5, 2012
While I have not always agreed with some of the tenets of the phenomenon known as "personal branding," I do value the importance of certain aspects.
January 5, 2012
A correspondent pointed my attention to Dylan Walsh's NY Times green blog entry from yesterday.
January 4, 2012
Long ago, when I heard or read about the huge pressure continuously faced by serious and appreciated academics to publish as much as possible (following the overused and abused slogan “publish or perish“), I was extremely surprised – if not automatically cynical. How could an academic do anything else but write?
January 4, 2012
I’m working on the executive summary for an annual report on a major grant.  Much of the report involves importing budget numbers from wherever, and I have help with that, but the summary part is my own. Which means I have to write in the office.



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