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.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Assorted links

1. On the impending demise of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct. I think I most enjoyed driving on it late at night.

2. The Atlantic makes Calvin College (where one of my best friends from gradual school teaches) sound a lot more intellectually open than, say, Middlebury or UC-Berkeley.

3. Great innovations of the 1970s: headphones edition.

4. Russell Hardin, R.I.P. Hardin was around at Chicago when I was in graduate school and I had the good fortune to attend a couple of sessions with his students that he held in his home.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bill Johnson's review of Paying for the Party

Bill Johnson's review of Paying for the Party is now out in the Journal of Economic Literature.

Gated version here.

My earlier thoughts on Paying for the Party here.

Also, the companion book that reports on interviews with the parents of the students from Paying for the Party is now out. It is sole-authored by Laura Hamilton and entitled Parenting to a Degree. I have not read it yet but it is on the stack; Amazon page here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nick Gillespie interviews P.J. O'Rourke

Podcast here.

My favorite line is P.J.'s description of Trump:"He's a big government guy for small-minded people."