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December 9, 2009 - 8:44am
My son and I arrived ten minutes before the official vaccination clinic start time, but already the line-up for H1N1 vaccine snaked out the cafeteria doors and down the path into the cold rain outside. Although the clinic was held at a university dining hall, it was open to any provincial resident, and over a hundred university staff, faculty, students, neighbors, and their kids were queued up.
December 8, 2009 - 9:22pm
Discipline is one of those words that can mean almost anything.
December 8, 2009 - 8:39pm
I agree with the NYTimes' Jenna Wortham that the combination of the App Store and the iPhone/iTouch is a "Game Changer." (If you don't agree then please comment - I'd like to hear your contrarian view.)
December 8, 2009 - 5:50pm
Sometimes, you need to fight fire with fire. Taking the high road (sharing information; describing costs, benefits and risks -- all that cognitive stuff) is necessary, but it's not sufficient in today's deafening cultural environment. As proven by both politics and Politics (my ... an L. Frank Baum moment!), negativity works. Nasty works. Totally absurd arguments can be persuasive, particularly when they're never pointed out for what they are. Gresham's law applies to information as much as to fiat money (which is, of course, only information with prestige).
December 7, 2009 - 9:39pm
A savvy admin will pick battles carefully. I've seen too many cases of "you're right, but you're wrong to bring it up" over the years. So as a public service to any newbie administrators out there, I'll offer a few examples of battles you're really better off skipping, if you have the option.
December 7, 2009 - 9:32pm
I come from an academic family. My Dad, George Masnick, has had a long career as a demographer at Harvard. Dad sent me this e-mail the other day in response to some of the work that I'm doing in learning technology:"Boy, has teaching changed since I was in the saddle! I kind of feel sorry for all the over 50 professors who will become increasingly marginalized unless they can retool their teaching. Love, Dad"
December 7, 2009 - 8:39pm
Mothering at Mid-Career: End of Semester Bullets and Questions--What happened to Thanksgiving? We had a houseful — which is why there was no blog post from me last week—a broken oven (fixed before the big day, thank goodness) and a leaky roof. And yet we were thankful — for family, food, and a remarkable number of lost items recovered and broken items fixed. We might have preferred that they never got lost or broken, but you can't have everything.
December 7, 2009 - 8:34pm
When I hollered "The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!", I thought I was joking. Honest.
December 6, 2009 - 11:57pm
It’s time again in the academic year for reflecting on pressures that have held sway for months and, if you teach, for decamping from minds you’ve inhabited all semester. I find I’m never as relieved with all this as I’d anticipated being since August.
December 6, 2009 - 9:16pm
I need a word that falls between 'serendipity' and 'strategy.' (And no, I won't use 'strategery.')

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