Friday, July 14, 2017

Interview with the author of "Ultimate Slime"

In Toronto Life magazine.

I liked this line: "My mom tells me I started the Etsy shop to feed my slime addiction."

Slime is produced at my house as well.

One correction to the editors at Toronto Life: The busyness school at Western is the "Ivey" School, not the "Ivy School".

Hat tip to my M-I-L

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Assorted links

1. Advances in acronym science.

2. I liked this pre-election piece on Donald Trump from the Atlantic, which I read only recently.

3. An economist and a sociologist on panhandling.

4. Another old Atlantic piece, this one on pawn shops, that I liked. Same author as above.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cold war summary statistic

From the DDR Museum in (what used to be East) Berlin. The presentation is interesting because the museum wants to cater to both visitors from the west celebrating victory and visitors from the east who are full of "ostalgie".

The Stasi museum, located in the old Stasi headquarters building, is also well worth a visit.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On emails to faculty

I like this useful post from Chris Blattman though it is a bit fussier than necessary.

#1 is very important - I received an email from an undergraduate at Western Ontario back in the day whose email address involved the term "longdong". I think probably that account is best used for other things than emailing your professor.

The other most important ones have to do with wasting people's time. Don't do it!

I am fine with emoticons in moderation and with quotes from either the famous (or the infamous - those are often better). My favorite, from a long time ago, was "It doesn't take all kinds, but we have all kinds."

I also think some of this varies with how well you know your professor. I would treat Blattman's comments as a guide for initial emails, not emails with a faculty member that you know reasonably well.

Via Sue Dynarski

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Assorted links

1. The seven-second rule for social gaffes.

2. The amazing things they get up to in Greece.

3.On the evolution of Jim Carrey.

4. Not a wolf pretending to be a man.

Hat tip on #1 to ASAK and on #2 to one of my esteemed colleagues.