Links Harvest

  1. Economic downturn hitting public libraries. Also, library fines.
  2. Another popularly focused article on the digital dark age; it proposes using open-source rather than proprietary file formats.
  3. The best suit for your body type.
  4. Proto-scholar learns the hard way to ask the right people for process advice. No one would blame her for feeling angry and bitter about this mess-up. Her dilemma reminds me of the importance of grad skool rulez #1 and #2.
  5. All sorts of reasons why British readers get reader's block.

Links 22-May-08

  • This paper studies the CVs of assistant professors of economics at several American universities and finds "evidence of a strong brain drain" and a "predominance of empirical work." If you searched the CVs of assistant professors at top-10 IS/LS schools, what do you think you'd find? [via Marginal Revolution]
  • Michael Leddy (of the consistently fun Orange Crate Art blog) recommends this Atlantic article written from a teacher in the academic trenches. Professor X's message to her/his students? "[T]hey lack the most-basic skills and have no sense of the volume of work required; that they are in some cases barely literate; that they are so bereft of schemata, so dispossessed of contexts in which to place newly acquired knowledge, that every bit of information simply raises more questions. They are not ready for high school, some of them, much less for college." Note, though, the type of college the Professor works at. Does this lack of preparation prevail at better colleges also?
  • A great NY Times profile of the great Mad fold-in artist Al Jaffee. By hand, people!! And the Times did a fabulous job of animating some of the fold-ins. The Broderbund set of Mad CDs I bought (cheap!) years ago had that feature, also.
  • Tyler Cowen cites the really only truly most important reason for becoming a full professor.