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“…and what have you done?”

So…Happy Christmas. There are really two ways to handle holidays–any holidays–of larger social significance. I’m not talking about National Pancake Day, although that holiday is awesome and should totally get more play. I’m talking the kinds of holidays that get folks the day off: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc. St. Patrick’s day is a […]

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Guilty pleasures

Here’s something that non-academics probably don’t know about academics: reading for pleasure is a rebellious act. It may not seem like it to most folks, but finally getting to crack that novel I bought six years ago and just haven’t had the time to get around to yet is kind of a big deal, especially […]

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A Technology Wishlist

There are a ton of things going on in my head right now, and I’m not sure that I can really focus enough on a lot of them to develop coherent paragraphs, so I’m just going to make this as easy on myself as possible and drop a simple list of things that I hope […]

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It’s good to have hobbies…

Yesterday I spent a little time talking about the fact that grad school is a difficult thing to do, both in terms of the work that one must complete and the environment in which one must exist. Today I’m going to write a little bit more on the subject, but rather than complain, I’m going […]

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The Holidays in Academia

Not all of my posts here will be long, introspective rants or thoughts about tech. Sometimes I’m just going to flat out complain. I’d worry about it more if the function of this blog weren’t to be a sort of dumping ground for words to help me get writing the stuff I actually need to […]

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Academic Gratitude

It would be bad form for me to start a post about gratitude without first thanking Flickr user Purdman1, who made the featured image for this post available for use under creative commons. The image was taken at TEDxBuffalo, and I think that this is a great idea. Once things simmer down here a bit […]

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