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  1. LinkedIn OvervaluedOut

    by , 05-21-2011 at 10:50 AM
    I think I joined it once long ago, then unsubed. I do recall just a few weeks ago trying to sign up as someone was asking me to join LinkedIn. I stopped half way through the annoying too-many-questions too-much-personal information signup requirements and left, unsubscribed, in disgust.

    Last year it made a whole $16 million. Wheeee.

    Now it miraculously has a market value of $8.7 billion.

    Barron's nicely highlights the insanity of that market evaluation: ...
  2. 1,000,000 Key Strokes

    by , 05-20-2011 at 01:33 PM
    Well, in truth, somewhere between 700,000 and 1,000,000 key strokes.

    That is what it takes to write a 250 page book. I have just started my third one for the University of Toronto Press (and my 5th in total).

    The big picture, thinking of all that work -- is a real buzz killer -- so I start each new book with a numbers game.

    Thinking about 1,000,000, or 700,000 key strokes, or 80,000 words, 550 footnotes, 450 bibliographic sources, or 250 pages is too ...

    Updated 05-20-2011 at 03:35 PM by E-Male

  3. Caffeine Withdrawal Headache

    by , 05-18-2011 at 10:29 AM
    Got one.

    Started around 4 am last night.

    Searched the all-knowing web -- "Caffeine withdrawal is often characterized by a headache, fatigue, feeling less alert, less energetic and experiencing difficulty concentrating."

    And didn't I just miss a morning dentist appointment -- got confused on the time.

    And I am tired.

    Of course, I could just be old and it could be just a brain tumour.

    Never missed ...
  4. Born to Be Good

    by , 05-17-2011 at 11:40 AM
    Just last week I was lecturing to my students on the connection between genes and morality, so I'll probably mention the following article from today's New York Times in tonight's lecture at the University of Ottawa.

    "Human beings, Haidt argues, are “the giraffes of altruism.” Just as giraffes got long necks to help them survive, humans developed moral minds that help them and their groups succeed. Humans build moral communities out of shared norms, habits, emotions and gods,
  5. TGU Madness Event Promotion

    by , 05-16-2011 at 03:43 PM
    What can I say, I'm exciting to be one of the instructors hosting this event. I am hoping that the turnout will be larger than any previous TGU event. I invite all types of Project Reality players, both novices and veterans. Stop by to brush up on tactics and tips, to learn something new. There will not be cake unless you are eating it at your computer but there will be...............wait for it..............................keep waiting........................................... .......


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