Archive for January 17th, 2008

Why aging academics are a lot like aging

January 17, 2008

Rock stars! Yes; you did hear it correctly. FemaleScienceProfessor explains:

In a conversation this morning, a colleague and I convinced ourselves that we are a lot like aging rock stars. Perhaps there are some differences, but there is at least one compelling similarity of which we are aware.

We have both been giving a lot of invited talks on our research this year, and in most cases the inviting department or session organizer wants to hear about research we have already done/published. They want to hear our old songs, but we wanna play our new material.

FSP goes on to point out the differences too and ends her post with a suggestion for a song, even! Take a look!

PS: Don’t miss the comment where SaraJ tells why porn star is a better analogy than rock star!

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Casanova in Bolzano

January 17, 2008

I finished reading Sandor Marai’s Casanova in Bolzano; if you have read Embers (which, you should, if you haven’t already), there are certain things that are familiar — a rich and powerful man, his wife, and her lover; the lover is a coward since he ran away leaving the girl to the rich man; and so on. There are also the typical meditative and ruminative monologues of Marai, like the one which goes on page after page discussing a single line note that the girl wrote to her lover “I must see you”. If you like Marai and his writing style, here is a book that you would enjoy. If you haven’t read any Marai, I would still recommend that you read Embers first before reading this one.

PS: Here is the Complete Review on Casanova in Bolzano:

 B: more talk than action, decent character-study.

How(Not)To: write lousy papers

January 17, 2008

Just yesterday I asked for pointers to writing a decent paper in two months; and what do I find in my feed catcher? Teppo at Orgtheory on how to write lousy papers: that is blogosphere for you!

Darwin cricket connection

January 17, 2008

I knew G H Hardy was a great fan of cricket; I did not know that Charles Darwin was one too, till I saw this piece by Saad Shafqat in The Telegraph:

Charles Darwin, otherwise known as the father of modern biology, was also keen on cricket. During his voyage on the HMS Beagle, he made an admiring record in his diary of cricket being played by the children of missionaries. Later, when he was living at Down House in Kent, he gave up part of his estate for the activities of a local cricket club.

Take a look!