Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for August, 2006

That Julie and her challenges! A few days ago, Guy [Kawasaki] wrote a post called Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn’t Know Who to Ask. Having spent several years in the mid-90s being a contractor, meaning every six or eight weeks I was off on an interview…

Angels, or angel hair pasta?

From field reporter Andy, proof that the Flying Spaghetti Monster supports our troops.

Random quotations meme.

Because Julie tagged everyone: The rules: “Go here and look through random quotes until you find 5 that you think reflect who you are or what you believe.” I’ll add: Go with the first five that work for you (i.e., don’t worry about getting global optima). It took me two bundles of quotations with the…

*Updating syllabi to reflect the coming semester’s actual meeting days and assignment due dates? Really, really boring. The boredom further propagates when it requires updating a kazillion webpages, then uploading the updates to your site (one at a time, since Fetch thinks it’s cute today to “lose” the connection when you use the feature that…

Interverbal has turned the 41st meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle into Awards Night. (Is it too early in the day for black tie?)

David at The World’s Fair has posed another, “Ask a ScienceBlogger, Sort Of” question: Essentially, as scientific types who tend to analyse, over-analyse, supra-analyse things, and who like to categorize and follow empirical trends, I’m interesting in hearing what you think it is that sparks these viral outbursts of information outreach? This question (and apologies…

So, in the Free-Ride house we’re pleased as punch that Pluto hasn’t lost its planetary status. (No, we don’t consider the “plutons” lesser planets. Eccentric in their orbits, perhaps, but there’s nothing wrong with that.) As well, we are pleased that the “tenth planet”, whose local fans call it Xena, will be recognized as a…

In light of my earlier post on academia and capitalism, occasional commenter Jake asks what I think about the newish move, described in this story from the Associated Press, to cut textbook prices by putting advertisements in them. So, I’ll give you some key bits of the article with my thoughts interspersed.

Chatting with the chair of the philosophy department at one of the local community colleges: CC Dept. Chair: Yeah, so I’m scheduled to teach six classes this term. Me: Six?! While you’re the chair?!! CC Dept. Chair: Yeah, six. We have big enrollments, the full-time faculty are fully scheduled, and I can’t find enough part-timers…

Walking outside with a well-known local blogger: WKLB: I never did take a chemistry course. Me: Why not? WKLB: I’m not good at memorizing stuff, and there’s that whole big periodic table … Me: Hey, my memorization skills are pretty worthless, too. But in chemistry, you don’t need them as much as you do in…