Archive for May, 2011

New theme!

Three people tell me they like the new theme, but one person actually called me and gave me a 5 minute lecture on how awful it is. According to my blog stats, that means at least four of my readers haven’t weighed in. Here’s your chance: [poll id=”1″]

Pollution, Overfishing, and Framing Biodiversity Issues

Have you ever noticed how environmentalists tend to talk about ecology and the environment as if we humans aren’t part of the Earth’s ecosystems? That’s silly. With very few exceptions, all humans live on Earth in environments of Earth resources. For the most part, the environmental movement doesn’t recognize that the ways people change and […]

Writer’s block

From How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia: Academic writers cannot get writer’s block. Don’t confuse yourself with your friends teaching creative writing in the fine arts department. You’re not crafting a deep narrative or composing metaphors that expose mysteries of the human heart. The subtlety of your analysis of variance will not […]

The fun part of research

From How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia: Research is oddly fun. Talking about ideas and finding ways to test your ideas is intellectually gratifying. Data collection is enjoyable, too, especially when other people do it for you. Even data analysis is fun – it’s exciting to see if a study worked. But […]

Choices for a new laptop

I’m getting a new laptop soon. I’ve already picked out the one I’m going to get, but I need your help with another decision. Eventually, I’d like to get a skin for my laptop. I’ve narrowed it down to three choices: Which do you like best? Which do you think suits me best?