Reading 2008

2008 Goal to read 25 books. How Doctors Think – Jerome Groopman – 04-JAN-2008 – A look at how doctors make mistakes. Patients should take on a more participatory role by asking the right questions and challenging doctors to be more confidence. Finished Jan 2008 What is Intelligence?: Beyond the Flynn Effect – Dr. James R. Flynn… Continue reading Reading 2008

Christmas Blog Post 2008

Last night I read Uncle Bill’s Christmas letter. He mailed it, but he apparently doesn’t have my postal address so I got the electronic version. Woohoo! His letter recaps the year for his family. Do any of you have such a tradition? Or a family member who does? Oddly my blog doesn’t provide much basis… Continue reading Christmas Blog Post 2008

Brainwashed

People do weird things. Often these are due to the operant conditioning or classical conditioning inflicted on them. Its funny I’ve been seeing references lately to these to describe…. Email – Like Skinner’s pigeons, we hit the button to check for new messages hoping to get something. The intermittent reinforcement of not getting a new… Continue reading Brainwashed

Division Issue in YAPB

Problem PHP in Yet Another Photoblog causes “Warning: Division by zero in exifReader.inc on line 859” (the problem line is in bold):   case TAG_SHUTTERSPEED:   // More complicated way of expressing exposure time, so only use   // this value if we don’t already have it from somewhere else.   if ($this->ImageInfo[TAG_EXPOSURETIME] == 0){     $sp = $this->ConvertAnyFormat($ValuePtr, $Format);   … Continue reading Division Issue in YAPB

Separate Populations?

What are my neighbors doing? Curiosity about that question resulted in some conflicting data. Ordered by when I added the RSS feed for them. search.twitter.com for “Athens GA”  – results are full of people talking about Athens, GA not in Athens, GA. Useful for people coming into town for an event. TweetLocal search for “Athens, GA”… Continue reading Separate Populations?

Access to Multiple Systems

For the term starting Jan 7, we have students who need to be directed to the new Vista system (v8). By standard practice, students also have access to the previous term a few weeks into the new term, let’s say Feb 23. So we’ll need to ensure some access to the old Vista system (v3).… Continue reading Access to Multiple Systems

Merge Historically Black Colleges With White?

Retention is one of those numbers higher education leaders tend to review to determine how effectively the faculty reaches the students. Historically black colleges and universities were created because students found it difficult both to get into “neutral” colleges and graduate from them. That latter part sounds like they were created in part to solve… Continue reading Merge Historically Black Colleges With White?

Open Source Is Not Broken

Cohen says: Open-source code is generally great code, not requiring much support. So open-source companies that rely on support and service alone are not long for this world. The traditional open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue streams is failing to meet the expectations of investors. The whole point is to… Continue reading Open Source Is Not Broken

Virtual Doctoral Graduate Student

People think I am smart because I read hard stuff. Okay, maybe it takes a special breed to read a book by academics on applying game theory to every day life. I read hard stuff because the easy stuff doesn’t take my mind off things. Today, two people asked me if I am a doctoral student.… Continue reading Virtual Doctoral Graduate Student