Archive for February, 2007

immigration update

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Back in August, I wrote a brief summary of a conversation I had with my mother on immigration as well as a longer summary of a great NY Times article on immigration.  In general, I don’t have a problem with immigrants.  I think that they add a lot to the country and they don’t cause […]

and people wonder why the change to DST worries me…

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

In 2005, congress mandated a change to daylight savings time, essentially, starting it three weeks earlier (March 11th, this year) and ending it three weeks later. Our local paper is requesting suggestions for what people will do with their 22 extra hours of daylight.  Here’s my suggestion:  spend the time fixing all of the computer […]

A subversive proposal

Monday, February 26th, 2007

A few years ago, I was an assistant research professor in a department whose college was undergoing its accreditation process. This happened, I believe, every five years or so and was a generally grueling process. Faculty were asked to maintain student work and submit it, anonymously, to the accreditation committee. We were asked to keep […]

subject: “electronics question”

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

If the subject of the email is “electronics question,” then it’s extremely ironic spam or yet another question from an undergraduate looking for someone to do their homework: Subject: electronics question 1) with the aid of a clearly labelled diagram explain briefly the movement and type of charges involved in the formatiion of an unbaised […]

I know he’s a professor of economics, but…

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I know he’s a professor of economics, but does that mean Russell Roberts gets to lie in nearly every paragraph of his editorial, “Workers are fine with fewer unions?” I guess it does. Okay, in fairness, he may not be lying, but an editorial this bad means it’s either that or the author is incompetent. […]

those wacky students

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

I love email like this: sir/madam plz if u can send me aticles on image compression and neural networks for my thesis reserach work. thanks XXXXX I always want to respond back that I’ll jump right on it since I have nothing better to do. This is in direct contrast to a very nice email […]

Pirate culture

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Can someone tell me when our political experts decided that everyday is Talk Like a Pirate Day?  I’m sure it’s just me, but if I hear the formulation that Iraq has cost us in “blood and treasure,” one more time, I may have to make the cur walk the plank. Top of pageAbstractDegeneration of retinal […]


Monday, February 12th, 2007

Last summer, while visiting my grandfather for his 80th birthday, I got into a discussion with my father about the state of the economy and the structural changes that had taken place which served to increase the gap between rich and poor. I noted that statistical measures of income inequality, such as the gini coefficient, […]

Life as the handyman for a wildlife rehabber

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

A few weeks ago, K took over the outdoor rehab of a pair of possums from a friend who was heading out of town.  One of the possums wasn’t doing so well and so they decided to split them up when her friend got back in town.  The very next day, the animal K kept […]

World Domination Battle

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

If you haven’t seen World Domination Battle yet, you really need to.  I could try to write something profound about how nice it is to see the Internet as a platform for game delivery, but instead I’ll just say that it’s a lot of fun.  No matter who your favorite (or least favorite) world leader […]