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Squirrels are evil (Las ardillas son malas, guey)

In the period of two days, I’ve had three unrelated brushes with the concept of squirrel. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Or maybe it’s a sinister reminder that we’re sharing our planet with the genetically engineered hybrid offspring of lab rats … Continue reading

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The sentence that ate Colorado

I took refuge in a Barnes & Noble while waiting for the fire trucks to pull away from in front of the Apple Store, which I was unceremoniously kicked out of (along with everybody else) when they evacuated it, because … Continue reading

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Teaching the owls (and why I cheer for vampires)

Anastasia Salter has a nice post on Profhacker (a Monkey Grammarian favourite) about the challenges of teaching night classes — some nice suggestions for make them easier on both prof and students and links to even more good advice. Monkey … Continue reading

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Plus ça change

Let’s celebrate the astronomical start of summer, which of course we academics are all furiously spending on research, with some century-old déjà-vu on the topic of research — specifically two items published in Science in the summer of 1914. The first … Continue reading

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How new does news have to be?

Cutting-edge update from Yahoo Canada’s “Good News” blog: Psychological Review recently published a study that claims that the key to success is working hard in short bursts of time. I’m all in favour of the post’s theme that successful people … Continue reading

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Unite the left already

Here’s the graph that CBC’s Vote Compass drew for me, while trying to advise me who to vote for in today’s Canadian federal election. There’s something seriously wrong with this picture. (And it’s not the fact that the check-mark that … Continue reading

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