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July 19, 2010 - 2:24am
Buceadores del ejército de los Estados Unidos, Isla Grande, República de Panamá, el día de Navidad, 1985. I’m the beautiful one.
July 18, 2010 - 11:15pm
As is evident in the end note to my most recent entry (‘Are we witnessing the denationalization of the higher education media?’), I acknowledged the insightful comments of one of my ‘retired’ colleagues, the venerable (in the best sense of the term) Yi-Fu Tuan. Yi-Fu (pictured below) is always ready to launch a witty or illuminating commentary, no matter what the topic.
July 18, 2010 - 10:00pm
I’m working with a colleague who’s going through the shock that hits every new dean the first time she has to deal with someone being a colossal jerk.It brought back memories.In a perfect world, people who move into administration have established themselves as credible, hardworking, intelligent people in their earlier roles. (Admittedly, this doesn’t always happen, but bear with me.) They’ve earned respect by being conscientious and productive, and at some level they expect that others will be conscientious and productive, too. And most of the time, that’s mostly true.
July 18, 2010 - 9:49pm
I threw a stack of college catalogs in the recycling bin last week. It was a symbolic as well as a practical move, a step toward the triumph of the electronic over the printed. Will today’s students really come to the Registrar’s Office to browse for cross-campus classes?
July 18, 2010 - 9:41pm
I read The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion for one reason: "John Seely Brown." If JSB writes something, I'm buying. If JSB gives a talk, I'm there (at least virtually). If JSB says to "jump", I'm saying "how far." You get the picture.
July 18, 2010 - 8:57pm
In May 2010 the University of Nairobi in Kenya closed down indefinitely after violent unrest and looting in the streets by students over disputed student elections. The disturbances were allegedly caused by external interference of local politicians in the students’ elections. A year earlier, in March 2009, it was Kenyatta University, also in Nairobi, which closed down after students’ protest over the set deadline for examination registration. The incidents resulted in one student dead and serious destruction to university property.
July 18, 2010 - 8:12pm
All of us have heard that the key bottom line in real estate is location, location, location. The value of property, be it residential or commercial, is directly tied to the neighborhood and what positives or negatives are contained therein. How good is transportation and access; how good are the schools; how low is the crime rate; and what is the proximity to major attractions and critical needs. Do we have a water view or a strip mall view; it all enters into the equation.
July 18, 2010 - 7:29pm
Last week I wrote about the insanity of life as a freelancer. This week I’m writing from a cabin in Maine, with no cell signal and sporadic Internet access. The cabin overlooks a quiet bay, where I swim in the mornings. You can’t see other houses in any direction, and when we turn the lights out at night, the only illumination is from the moon and the stars. In the city, I am wired and at the computer by 5AM; this morning, I slept until 9 for the first time in at least ten years.
July 18, 2010 - 3:41pm
Doing "sustainability work" on campus generally means trying to change institutional operations so that they're less destructive of the environment. Or helping students organize so that they can encourage society to be less destructive of the environment. Or teaching about technologies which can help businesses and individuals operate in a way that's less destructive of the environment.
July 16, 2010 - 11:57am
Cesare Pavese, the Italian writer who killed himself in 1950, when he was 41, once wrote: "Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world."One of the strange blessings of the burqa - the black robe that entirely hides a woman, even her face - is the way its presence among us reminds us of this truth. Existence, we remember when we pass blank sheaths on our streets, is a luxury - a brief, beautiful luxury, a flash of light before darkness. We should not extinguish that light.

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