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August 6, 2010 - 4:15am
I have been using Delicious.com as my social bookmarking service for more than 2 years. It has become an indispensable tool in my online toolkit. I have more than 2,500 bookmarks and almost 500 unique tags in my account. If Yahoo, the current owner of Delicious, ever decided to charge a fee for the service, I would gladly pay whatever they asked. Delicious is my online memory.
August 5, 2010 - 9:21pm
As regular readers know, I used to work in for-profit university. I fled it for various reasons, but still find some of the commentary about them unhelpfully reductive. Naturally, I’ve been following Senator Harkin’s hearings -- and the responses to the hearings -- with interest.
August 5, 2010 - 9:00pm
I just had to do some housecleaning among my RSS feeds. Some of my favorite blogs had moved from Scienceblogs to Scientopia in the wake of PepsiGate.
August 5, 2010 - 7:45pm
My career has always been important to me, but I never wanted it to dominate my personal life. Early on, I instated my “8 o’clock” rule: if it’s not done/read/written/graded by 8:00 pm, it would have to wait until the morning. This was the time when civilized people had a glass of wine and ate dinner with someone they loved.
August 5, 2010 - 7:36pm
There is a concept in mathematics that shows up in calculus and geometry, the concept of a "neighborhood." Like its real life counterpart, it is a designation of all points within a certain distance from a particular point. That distance is often represented with a Greek letter, such as “epsilon” or “delta," and these play important roles in the definition of the concept of a limit, which is the cornerstone of calculus. I thought of these concepts recently as I realized how lucky I am to live in the (geographic) neighborhood in which our house is located.
August 5, 2010 - 7:05pm
Editor's note: this guest entry was kindly produced by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, as well as Director of the First Year Experience, at the University of Washington, Bothell.
August 5, 2010 - 4:15pm
What do we learn from Google's decision to kill the Wave?
August 5, 2010 - 4:15pm
A piece in the Times recently was titled “The Web Means the End of Forgetting.” Thank god, we’ll finally be able to find Mrs. Churm’s keys when she needs them.
August 5, 2010 - 3:30pm
Yes, I own a car. I also own a truck. Neither one is a hybrid, and both were built in North America.
August 5, 2010 - 7:53am
This week I rewarded my productivity by reading a totally engrossing, satisfying novel: Jean Hanff Korelitz’s Admission. Korelitz's deftly-written novel, which portrays a Princeton admissions officer, isn’t a parody of the ridiculous ways that desperate students (and their parents) try to win acceptance into Ivy League colleges (hint: baked goods will be eaten but will not help a student get in), but a moving novel that centers on the double meaning of the title. As one character explains, “Admission.

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