College Textbooks: Room for Innovation

I’m glad to see a featured discussion on the New York Times online that poses this important question: Why do new college textbooks cost so much? Certainly I remember semesters in college where my textbook bill would reach $500. It wasn’t uncommon for one book to cost more than $100 (especially for the big, bulky textbooks). Not only were/are the books costly, but they’re unruly … Continue reading College Textbooks: Room for Innovation

“What Should I Do With My Life?” asks Po Bronson

Just came across an article that Po Bronson wrote for Fast Company. “What Should I Do With My Life?” is both the title of the article and the title of Bronson’s book on the same topic. I’ve seen the book on the shelves at my local bookstore for years (though I never read it — at least not yet). So as I came across the … Continue reading “What Should I Do With My Life?” asks Po Bronson

Fleeting Youth, Fading Creativity in Science

In the Wall Street Journal, Johah Lehrer explores the connections between youth and creativity in the sciences. For one, he notes the demographic shift toward older scientists: In 1980, the largest share of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) went to scientists in their late 30s. By 2006 the curve had been shifted sharply to the right, with the highest proportion of grants … Continue reading Fleeting Youth, Fading Creativity in Science

Donate to Haiti earthquake relief

From everything I read online and hear on the radio, supplies of food, water, and basic shelter are in dire need for rescue operations in Haiti. With the extreme interconnectedness of communications online today, I feel that there’s a duty to use the internet not only to stay informed but to play a contributing part where possible. Google has established an excellent set of resources … Continue reading Donate to Haiti earthquake relief

Exercises in Inanity on TV

After doing a lot of research about TV shows and their content lately, I have new-found respect for some shows. “Modern Family,” for example, is great. You can watch all episodes on Hulu. But some shows are…well…reaching. Take “Smallville,” for example. I have to admit I’ve never watched to show. But after watching a clip recently, I couldn’t figure out what the episode was about. … Continue reading Exercises in Inanity on TV

Take Your Name Off Your War? (Dick Cheney slow jam remix)

I was just watching President Obama’s Afghanistan Plan in 4 Minutes on YouTube. It’s part of The White House YouTube Channel. You can watch the video right here: What struck me–aside from the President’s talking points on the war–is just how few views the video has. As of this writing the video’s been up for almost four days and has 4,787 views. That’s almost 1,200 … Continue reading Take Your Name Off Your War? (Dick Cheney slow jam remix)