Monthly Archives: April 2012


I’ve been treating linkedin requests as spam in my email inbox. I really don’t need any more email. But I’ve gradually become aware that some people I respect seem to be using this. The one thing I’ve heard is that it is used more by business people than academics. What do you know about this? […]

tea party of the north

They call Alberta the Texas of Canada. The province extracts oil, raises cattle for beef, and it has a long history of evangelical Christians as political leaders. Its policies are the most conservative in Canada. Albertans pay no sales tax, and the provincial income tax is a flat 10%. And yet, the conservatives who have […]

marriage equality: where do marriage promotion policies fit?

The debate over marriage equality for lesbians and gay men is once again taking shape to be a hot item in this election year. A number of events have put the issue in the spotlight. The Washington state legislature passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage, the legislature in Maryland followed suit, and Chris Christie vetoed […]

how bad policing & the infamous pepper spray incident happened at Davis

In an incisive¬† analysis of UC Davis’ investigation into the infamous pepper-spraying incident , titled “Sometimes, When “All the Facts are In,” It’s Worse: The UC-Davis Pepper-Spray Report” by J Brad Hicks (whom I don’t know) provides a textbook example of organizational dysfunction leading to bad policing. The story involves people speaking vaguely and being […]

majoring in football

Joe Nocera of the NYT wrote a column the other day endorsing the idea of allowing football players to “major in football.” The column begins at a lunch here at UNC. I was at that lunch, and Nocera’s claims are broader than what was actually said at the luncheon.

bleg: favorite network visualization software?

I am beginning an analysis that involves network visualizations. I’m in good shape with respect to the statistical analysis of the networks, but am in less good shape with respect to visualization. If it matters, this is a network of texts as nodes and the ties are co-occurrences of topics and themes. I’d like to […]

alphabet evolution

I was just using what seems to be an old set of alphabet dividers. It has an Mc tab in addition to the M tab. Brings back the day when that mattered. Computerized alphabet sorts and the changing demographics of the US have made Mc irrelevant at best and problematic at worst. And the xyz […]


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