Archives for June, 2008

My iPod Won’t Let Me Be President

Via Matt Yglesias, an interesting twist on the shuffle-play “meme”: 1. Take out your iPod (or Zune, I guess…really, who buys a Zune?) 2. Press shuffle songs. 3. Answer the following: a) How many songs before you come to one that would absolutely disqualify you from being President? b) What is that song? This sounds…

links for 2008-06-29

I create gods all the time – now I think one might exist | Mail Online Terrible, terrible headline for an excellent essay. (tags: books religion literature SF science)

Project Nursery

The garage remodel is dragging on a bit– the room is usable, but not all of the shelves are in yet. We have, however, cleared enough space to set up some of the piles of baby things we’ve acquired: A few details:

links for 2008-06-28

Dynamics of Cats : Who is Obama’s Science Adviser? I’m available… (tags: politics US science) Colby pig could live happily ever after “If you were a pig and you go to a pig roast, you’d run away, too. It’s not the ideal spot to hang out.” (tags: animals academia silly) Graphic: How Class Works –…

Over at Science After Sunclipse, Blake has a very long post about the limitations of science blogs. Brian at Laelaps responds, and Tom at Swans On Tea agrees. You might be wondering whether I have an opinion on this. Since I’m going to be talking about it at a workshop in September (first talk, no…

links for 2008-06-27

Under the Same Sky How far apart can you and your beloved be while standing under the same sky? (tags: physics science math education literature) Confessions of a Community College Dean: Systems and Silos “[W]e don’t have a [higher education] system. As in so many things, we have thousands of independent silos, each with its…

A few days ago, some colleagues and I were discussing the year that just ended, and the curriculum in general, and the frequent lament about needing to repeat ourselves came up. Due to some quirks of our calendar, we have a lot of students taking courses out of sequence, and as a result, have to…

links for 2008-06-26

Annals of Medicine: The Itch: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker The neurobiology of itching. Sadly, it doesn’t include a cure for hives. (tags: medicine psychology science) Swans on Tea » Ghostly Visages Video of laser-cooled atoms in a trap with the magnetic fields not balanced. I used to spend half an hour a day…

Postcards from the Kindergarchy

From today’s New York Times, and article headlined “White House Refused to Open Pollutants Email”: The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said…

links for 2008-06-25

Teaching Business at a Liberal Arts College :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education’s Source for News, Views and Jobs “With its successful integration of multiple academic disciplines, the study of business is a highly developed form of area studies.” (tags: academia education humanities social-science)