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links for 2009-05-05

The 25 most important movies ever made about war and diplomacy. – By Fred Kaplan – Slate Magazine "Last week, in the online edition of Slate’s sister publication Foreign Policy, two of its regular bloggers, Stephen M. Walt and Daniel W. Drezner, drew up lists of what they regard as the best movies ever made about…

Chad Orzel now knows more than he would like to about the loathsome political views of some old acquaintances. Chad Orzel is pretty sure the people in question don’t read the blog, or at least won’t know he’s talking about them. Chad Orzel is grateful for the feature that allows him to stop receiving those…

Thursday Baby Wrestling 032609

Tonight on Thursday Night Wrestling: SteelyKid versus Sky Bison! Roar! Roar! ROAR!

links for 2009-02-24

editors / 23 / 02 / 2009 / Views / Home – Inside Higher Ed Inside Higher Ed has done a comprehensive redesign of the site, including a bunch of new features. The best online academic journal just got better. (tags: academia computing internet) The Reality-Based Community: Annals of sexist oppression "In the middle of…

Happy 200th Birthday…

…Abraham Lincoln. Yeah, most of ScienceBlogs is celebrating Darwin’s birthday, but I don’t have anything interesting to say about that. Actually, I don’t have anything all that interesting to say about Lincoln, either, but given that he’s unquestionably one of the two greatest Presidents (neck and neck with Washington, both ahead of FDR), I wouldn’t…

The Frakes Story

Back in the 25 things post, I alluded to a long-ago encounter with Jonathan Frakes in Williamstown. This has led to a number of requests for the full story, which I will put below the fold, for those who care:

links for 2009-01-30

US LHC Blog » Can We “Point” the LHC, Too? "[C]ould we put up some kind of page where people could vote on what kind of physics we would study over the course of some particular week? Maybe a choice between searching for Supersymmetry, or a high-mass Higgs boson, or a low-mass Higgs boson? "…

links for 2009-01-27

We Need a Civilian GI Bill :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education’s Source for News, Views and Jobs "Unlike the original bill, which rewarded service, this new bill would be a rescue measure. As in the past, a primary goal would be to decrease pressure on what today is a shrinking job market and…

links for 2009-01-18

Explaining the curse of work – science-in-society – 14 January 2009 – New Scientist "How many members can a committee have and still be effective? Parkinson’s own guess was based on the 700-year history of England’s highest council of state- in its modern incarnation, the UK cabinet. Five times in succession between 1257 and 1955,…

links for 2009-01-13

A&M bases bonus on student input | Bryan/College Station, Texas – The Eagle ""I’ve never had so much trouble giving away a million dollars," Chancellor Mike McKinney said, laughing. That’s because he’s never spent it like this. McKinney plans to give up to $10,000 bonuses to instructors based on anonymous student evaluations" (tags: education stupid…