Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for December, 2007

There are less than seven hours left in 2007 as I write this post, and as yet, my better half and I have no idea what we’re doing tonight. If we manage to get out, chances are good that a cover band may be involved. In general, cover bands aren’t really my thing, but every…

The One Laptop Per Child program’s Give One Get One promotion (which I blogged about back in November) has been extended through the end of December 31 (today!!). If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, for $399 ($200 of which is tax deductible) you can donate a spiffy new and super-cool XO laptop to a…

Over at Bioethics Forum, Carl Elliott has an essay questioning the wisdom of the “convention interview” in the academic hiring process. As he notes, it is a fairly standard practice for philosophy departments to schedule a round of preliminary interviews for job candidates — those who make the “long list” of applicants still in the…

Anemones.

On that beach walk the other day on which we saw the various shorebirds, we also got a peek at some tidepool inhabitants, notably anemones.

As the new calendar year approaches, I can’t help but anticipate the coming spring semester — and to hold out the hope that this one will be the semester in which none of my students commits plagiarism. Otherwise, I’m facing a perfect 12-semester streak. Near the end of last semester, one of my colleagues related…

Eleven (sand)pipers (sand)piping.

My better half and I were able to join friends on a beach walk yesterday. We hiked a little more than five miles from Goleta to Santa Barbara, and along the way we saw at least eleven sandpipers. At least, I think the birds we saw were sandpipers. Perhaps those of you who are birders…

With only a few days left in 2007 (and having temporarily fled my children for a cat-free location, so as to give my immune system a chance to recover from cat allergens), this Friday I offer the sprog blogging year in review:

Tradition takes its toll

The tradition in the Free-Ride family (passed down from my family) is that, on Christmas morning, no one gets to start opening presents until everyone is awake and ready to start opening presents. It doesn’t matter how early the kids are awake. Until the last sleepy parent is ready, you just have to wait. Santa…

Not a creature was stirring

Given the available options, would you be stirring? You could, after all, be sunbathing on the beach. Of course, you might have to haul yourself out of the waves every now and again.

Can you go home for the holidays?

Having filed grades and extricated myself from the demands of my job, at least temporarily, I have come with my better half and offspring to the stomping grounds of my better half’s youth. Well, kind of.