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Brief thought exercise: In higher education, research is hard. It takes time (presumably). So is there truly any incentive to actually focus on teaching?

Brief thought exercise: In higher education, research is hard. It takes time (presumably). So is there truly any incentive to actually focus on teaching?

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Two quick anecdotes to jump this off:

1. Last night, I was going to a graduate school class. I ran into my friend on the steps and we stood there talking for 10-15 minutes — in the process annoying the crap out of everyone trying to pass us, no doubt — about life and school and all that. An interesting tidbit came up: I had taken a…

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Did Mad Men use the same foreshadowing clue as How I Met Your Mother once did?

Did Mad Men use the same foreshadowing clue as How I Met Your Mother once did?

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You won’t see Mad Men and How I Met Your Mother compared that often — although Neil Patrick Harris could probably fit seamlessly on both — but they may have dropped a similar foreshadowing technique in their final couple of seasons. Above, you see a clip from 9.19 of HIMYM where Ted appears to get sad about mothers/fathers missing…

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Is Jeff Teague going to become a star as the Hawks beat the Pacers in Round 1?

Is Jeff Teague going to become a star as the Hawks beat the Pacers in Round 1?

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Pretty much all the signs are there, even if you don’t want to admit them/see them:

1. The Hawks won Game 1 of their series vs. the Pacers (the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference), and it wasn’t like it was a true nailbiter: they won in Indiana, and they won by eight.

2. The last time the Pacers made the second round in…

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Dakotah Quail-Dyer, Jessica Heeringa’s fiancee, seems to be cleared in her disappearance. But could it be a former boyfriend?

Dakotah Quail-Dyer, Jessica Heeringa’s fiancee, seems to be cleared in her disappearance. But could it be a former boyfriend?

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Jessica Heeringa disappeared a year ago Saturday from her job at an Exxon in Norton Shores, Michigan. This case has gotten a good share of national attention — and with it, a lot of different theories — but the basic concept is that she went missing on April 26, 2013 between 10:50pm and 11pm. There was a questionable minivan — poten…

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Brief thought exercise: is showing your emotions at work likely doomed to stagnate your career?

Brief thought exercise: is showing your emotions at work likely doomed to stagnate your career?

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This is a pretty nuanced issue, and I’m not sure I’m going to give it the most comprehensive treatment available (simply because there are huge gaps in own knowledge), so I’ll try to keep this (comparatively) brief as a potential discussion-starter. I feel like a numbered list may be the way to go (but I could be wrong).

1. There…

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The first Earth Day was the result of Gaylord Nelson, Pete McCloskey, and Denis Hayes

The first Earth Day was the result of Gaylord Nelson, Pete McCloskey, and Denis Hayes

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“This planet is threatened with destruction — and, we who live in it, with death.”

This were some of the first words associated with Earth Day when it started — way back in 1970 — and despite being depressing, the other thing is: well, they’re still true. You can argue for a long time about the relative success of “Earth Day” as a…

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Did Lagunitas beer really grow 85 percent from 2012 to 2013?

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There was a recent article in The Atlantic about “the state of American beer,” ultimately using data from Beverage Industry Magazine to see where the different beer brands (the American ones) stand as of the end of 2013. Most of the article is pretty basic — for example, Bud Light is the most popular American beer, with 294 million…

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Laszlo Bock and Google’s resume advice is good, but it isn’t the be-all and the end-all

Laszlo Bock and Google’s resume advice is good, but it isn’t the be-all and the end-all

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This article from Thomas Friedman that ran in Sunday’s New York Times “How To Get A Job At Google, Part 2″ — has drawn a bunch of attention (if you’re curious, Part 1 of the same article is here). Part 2 is more like a straight-up interview — and you will see a lot of articles by Friedman in the coming weeks around “How’s my kid…

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