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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.
July 15, 2010 - 9:08pm
I have had administrator (admin) rights on every computer at each institution where I have worked. Admin privileges grant a computer user the ability to install programs and to tweak the settings on their computer. For a student affairs techie, being able to install applications and/or customize a computer is about enhancing productivity and efficiency. When I get into a car, I have to adjust the seat, tilt the steering wheel, and move the mirrors. I am setting up the car to my specific requirements. Being able to do the same with a computer is a similar experience.
July 15, 2010 - 8:57pm
Good God, I'm bored.Maybe if I shift in my seat...Nope. Still bored.Ooh! A dropbox! However might it work?Ayup, it drops. Color me impressed.Why is the presenter staring at me? Am I rolling my eyes?Try to look interested. Try to look interested.Good God, I'm bored.I bet celebrities don't have to watch dropbox demos.I bet Lindsay Lohan doesn't have to watch dropbox demos.I bet they don't even do dropbox demos in prison.They should.Naw, that's cruel and unusual.
July 15, 2010 - 8:44pm
BbWorld is going on now in Orlando, and I'm 1,400 miles away. Haven't been to BbWorld now for a few years, and I'm starting to wonder if I should be re-adding the conference to my list?
July 15, 2010 - 8:06pm
Last week, the greater Cleveland area let out a collective groan as we learned that our star basketball player would be moving from the local team. As I watched him and several other star players congregate in another team, I was reminded of the game “Monopoly." As you may remember, this game is won by amassing market power and then charging fellow players high prices for landing on one’s property. A similar approach is taken by monopolies in the marketplace, where market power forces consumers to pay higher prices for goods than would be otherwise expected.
July 15, 2010 - 7:39pm
First, the big news. BP's undersea oil gusher appears to be stopped, at least temporarily. I say "appears" because a pressurized reservoir of fluids is a dynamic system, and any time you strengthen the weak point in a dynamic system (by, for instance, plugging a hole), you create another weak point at another location. Unless the complete envelope (particularly the area around the borehole) is able to contain the considerable pressures, another leak is likely. Still, as far as it goes, this seems to be good news.
July 15, 2010 - 1:58pm
I am writing from my balcony, lit by the last rays of the sunset. It is almost 10:30 pm. Late sunsets are one of the unique beauties of the Swedish summer. With a bit of help from the weather gods, I will be sailing for the next few weeks along the Southern coast of Sweden, away from my office, my students and my coworkers.


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