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September 2, 2010 - 8:30pm
Mary Roach's "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" is the perfect book for anyone who is curious about the ins and outs (literally) of space travel.We learn:
September 2, 2010 - 8:17pm
--I don’t get the Apple tv thing. It only gets two networks, and they’re ones that I can get over the air for free. Apple, I enjoy following you guys, but you’re missing the point here. The point is to make it possible to drop cable tv, or at least to cut it back all the way to the very basics. Gaining the option of paying again to watch shows I could have tivo’d the first time they were on, on a connection I already have to keep anyway, is not a selling point. I don’t need another way to get ABC. I need another way to get Comedy Central.
September 2, 2010 - 8:14pm
This weekend is Labor Day, a day that signifies the end of summer and the start of the school year. Never mind that most of us have already started back to school, and that summer technically does not end for a few weeks. This weekend allows us a chance to relax and savor a few last minutes of summer before the cold weather begins to arrive. And so, as I prepare to join relatives for this long weekend, I sought out a bit of information about the history of Labor Day. Such information is all the more interesting to me, since my Ph.D.
September 2, 2010 - 5:45pm
In my more cynical moments, I sometimes feel like Merlin in T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Merlin had the distinct (dis)advantage of living life backwards, so that he was sometimes a bit vague on what had already happened but remembered well what was yet to come. All this gave him a richly ironic sense of humor which I flatter myself (the "rich" part aside, of course) that I share.
September 1, 2010 - 9:49pm
In a follow-up to an earlier discussion, a correspondent wrote:
September 1, 2010 - 9:45pm
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September 1, 2010 - 9:27pm
Classes start tomorrow and my syllabi are finally done. They've been completed for a few days, but I never deliver them to the copy center on time; I prefer making endless micro changes in the vain hope of creating the perfect syllabus. Ideally, a syllabus conveys a tone, makes a clear and compelling argument for the importance of the subject matter, and lays steel traps for potential slackers.
September 1, 2010 - 10:45am
But in my shop, only three entries in the “Write Your Heaven” contest could be chosen, on the basis of originality, wordcraft, and evocativeness.Congratulations to:Connie Corzilius SpasserHeaven isthe anteroomthe dim shop on the narrow streetshelves of books and potionsthe walk under brancheshumming with portent
September 1, 2010 - 10:00am
I recently attended the Second Science with Africa Conference jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union Commission and many others in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23 to 25 June, 2010. More than 500 scientists, researchers, representatives of bilateral and multilateral development partners, NGOs, higher education and science and technology ministries attended from more than 50 countries around the world.
August 31, 2010 - 9:45pm
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