06 April 2012

Anything but water

  1. "Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now" say guys @ LSE with 350 co-bloggers. This caught my attention:
    We don’t think single-author blogs are a sustainable or genuinely useful model for most academics – although all praise to the still many exceptional academics who can manage to keep up the continuous effort involved... people start them with high hopes, in determinedly individualistic mode, but find that hard to sustain after a while. Coming up with fresh content, day after day or week after week, is hard work for any academic, especially in the current climate where there are so many other demands on people’s time. But if you don’t post regularly, in a rhythm that is clear to readers so they know when to come back, then it can be hard to keep things going.
    Dear LSE, thanks for the backhanded praise.

  2. It's that bad:
    The Japanese people’s trust in their national institutions, which had long been flat, had plummeted: it now hovers just above that seen in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The nuclear accident clobbered faith in government officials and power companies. Trust in the media also dived... “The government lies all the time,” said one.
  3. Print this post because we do not remember so well, things we read on a (small) screen.

  4. The abuse of technopanics for stifling innovation and freedom.

  5. The Matt Ridley (author of the Origins of Virtue) prize for environmental heresy is funded by wind farm royalties. Really.
H/T to GG

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