Monthly Archives: September 2011

Problem Report Form

I was thinking about how intractable some of the problems we face are and how nice it would be if there a government office to help us with them. Then I realized there would be a form you would fill … Continue reading

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Mr. Squishy – Part 3

“Mr. Squishy – Part 3″ from the collection “Oblivion” by David Foster Wallace”

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Mr. Squishy – Part 2

“Mr. Squishy – Part 2″ from the collection “Oblivion” by David Foster Wallace”

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Mr. Squishy – Part 1

“Mr. Squishy – Part 1″ from the collection “Oblivion” by David Foster Wallace”

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Episode Twelve – What to read

In the final episode of this series, we talk about what to read to keep informed as a practicing academic. One nice tool is an aggregator. (I use NetNewsWire). MindFeed: Fundmentalism in astronomy: article. Music: “Pop Science” by Devin Anderson … Continue reading

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Epsiode Eleven – Multitasking and Time Scavenging

This week, we talk about multitasking and time scavenging. Multitasking is trying to do two things at one time and we talking a little about how the brain works, what works, and what doesn’t. We also discuss using those odd … Continue reading

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Episode Ten – Gadgets

There are lots of things around to help us get organized and stay on top of things: Palm Pilots, cell phones with infinite features, a huge number of programs for our computers. In this episode, we talk a little bit … Continue reading

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Episode Nine – Feeding the Bad Wolf

How much time do you spend feeding the bad wolf? The bad wolf is that thing inside us that feeds on ill feelings. Feeding the bad wolf leads to distraction, brooding and neglect of those things that are good for … Continue reading

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Episode Eight – Stuff

Our lives can explode with all the things we try to stuff into them. Just in your office: books, papers, manuals, discs, computer things… That’s not including the virutal world inside your computer. The key is to deal with all … Continue reading

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Episode Seven – Email

Email is probably the most important tool computers and networks have brought it. The protocols for using are still evolving, so it is worth a little thought. Does email replace the post or the phone? What are the right things … Continue reading

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