Tidbits on August 22, 2005
Bob Jensen at Trinity University
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Music: FolkClub Online ---
http://www.folkclub.com/welcome.html (Good folk music, comedy, and
serious stuff here)
Folk Club Playlist
Amy Smith ---
(This is a good site. Just let the music sample clips run automatically
like commercial-free radio. You won't hear entire songs, but you will hear
very generous portions of those songs.)
Train of Life
(Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline)
Folk Music Archives ---
http://folkmusicarchives.org/ (For the
student of folk music)
Work distances us from three great
evils: tedium, vice and need.
Sharing academic of the week --- Alfredo Perez.
Bookmark Perez seems a bit like Bookmark Jensen, but Bob Jensen links to blogs,
reports quite a lot of input from friends or less-than-friends around the world,
and probably does more editorializing than Perez.
"Reading Left to Right," by Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed,
August 16, 2005 ---
Once upon a time — back in the
days of dial-up and of press conferences devoted to the
presidential libido — there was a phenomenon known as the
“web log.” It was like a blog, only different. A web log
consisted almost entirely of links to pages that the ‘logger
had recently visited online. There might also be a brief
description of the site, or an evaluative remark. But the
commentary was quick, not discursive; and it was secondary
to the link. The product resembled an itinerary or a
scrapbook more than it did a diary or an op-ed page.
Daily Review started in January 2003, it already
looked a little bit old-fashioned, blogospherically speaking. It was a log,
plain and simple. There were three new links each day. The first was to a
newspaper or magazine article about some current event. The second tended to
go to a debate or polemical article. And the third (always the wild card,
the one it was most interesting to see) would be academic: a link to a
scholarly article in an online journal, or a conference site, or perhaps the
uploaded draft of a paper in PDF.
. . .
How does Perez keep up with all
this stuff? What are his criteria for linking? Do readers
send him tips?
To take the
last question first: No, for the most part, they don’t.
Evidently he just has one wicked set of bookmarks.
“I try to link to things that are
interesting to me or to anyone trying to keep up with
current events,” says Perez, “not just political theory....
I don’t link to technical papers on, say, economics, but if
I see an interview with Gary Becker or an article on Amartya
Sen, I don’t think twice about linking to that. Sometimes I
link to articles on Theory, essays by literary critics, or
events in the world of literature.” He also has an interest
in the natural sciences — biology, in particular — so he
links to things he’s following in Scientific American
and other publications.
Perez doesn’t link to blogs. That
way, madness lies. “It would be too much work to consider
linking to the blogosphere,” he says.”
He places a special emphasis on
pointing readers to “articles that are sure — or have the
potential — to become part of what’s debated in the public
sphere.” That includes things like op-eds in The New York
Times, articles on public policy in The American
Prospect, and essays from the socialist journal
Dissent — “material that I think should be a part of the
‘required reading’ for anyone who wants to stay on top of
the news and public debates.”
His default list of required
readings shows a certain tilt to the left. But he also links
to material far removed from his own politics — publications
Policy Review, and
“The Occidental Quarterly.”
Actually, it was Perez’s site that first introduced me to
the latter periodical, which describes itself as a “journal
of Western thought and opinion.” Its editors are keen on
eugenics, stricter immigration laws, and the European
cultural tradition (in particular the German contribution
“I think it obvious,” says Perez,
“that anyone interested in public debates about more
philosophical matters has to be familiar with those on ‘the
other side.’ I think it’s just plain smart to do so. Reading
counterarguments to your position can often be more helpful
than readings that just confirm your own point of view.” He
says he makes no claim to be “fair and balanced,” but also
“doesn’t want to alienate visitors who are on the right. I
want them coming back!”
Any editorializing at
Political Theory Daily Review tends to be implicit, rather
than full-throated. It may be that lack of a sharp
ideological edge, as much as the sheer number of links in
the course of a week, that creates the impression that the
site is the work of a committee.
Perez admits that he’s “not very
comfortable about publishing opinions willy-nilly like many
people are when writing on their blogs. In fact, I am part
of a group blog,
Political Arguments, but I hardly
ever post there.” It’s not that he lacks a viewpoint, or is
shy about arguing politics and philosophy with his friends
“I’m pretty sure I could defend
those views well enough,” he told me. “I guess it’s my way
of being a bit careful about the whole process. People in
academia cannot be timid about their own views, of course,
especially political theorists with regards to politics. But
it’s different when discussing day-to-day events as soon as
The line between public
intellectual and pompous gasbag is, to be sure, a slender
one; and it runs down a slippery slope. Perez’s caution is
understandable. “I don’t think I have to mention any
specific names in academia as examples,” he says, “in order
to make my point here.”
Wild, wild Web ideas
"From Web page to Web platform," by Martin LaMonica, C|Net, August 16,
Allowing individuals to play with their Web site data
has resulted in programs that the companies might never
have thought of. For example,
, a 24-year-old
programmer, built a Web site called
that taps into Google Maps to display where crimes occur
Holovaty, whose day job was
lead developer at the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper,
said he wanted to provide a service to citizens of
Chicago, and tackle a fun technical challenge. He spent
about 40 hours on the job, spread out over a month of
nights and weekends.
Another slick application,
which taps into Amazon's book search service, is
BookBurro which lets people
compare book prices. This sort of Web service can be
constructed pretty quickly: Instead of having to build a
book search and e-commerce engine from scratch, one
person can create something entirely new by combining
Amazon's tool with other data sources.
Inviting third-party developers
to build on top of a company Web site--much the way
Microsoft woos outside programmers to its Windows
operating system--creates a healthier business,
advocates have argued.
Continued in article
No! You may not hand out a copy of your syllabus, at least
not at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh
That’s because the dean of the College of Letters and
Science told professors that — for financial and educational reasons — they
should put their syllabuses online, and stop distributing them on the first day
of classes. If students want to print out copies, they can do so themselves,
says Michael Zimmerman, the dean.
Scott Jaschik, "The End of the Paper Syllabus," Inside Higher Ed, August
22, 2005 ---
The deep Web search technology of
the future ---
"Duo's search engine scours 'hidden' sites," by Michael Bazeley,
Mercury News, August 17, 2005 ---
The Web is made up of hundreds of billions of Web
documents -- far more than the 8 billion to 20 billion claimed by Google or
Yahoo. But most of these Web pages are largely unreachable by most search
engines because they are stored in databases that cannot be accessed by Web
Now a San Mateo start-up called Glenbrook Networks
-- says it has devised a way to tunnel far into the ``deep web'' and extract
this previously inaccessible information.
Glenbrook, run by a father-daughter team,
demonstrated its technology by building a search engine that scoops up job
listings from the databases of various Web sites, something the company
claims most search engines cannot do. But there are myriad other
applications as well, the founders say.
``Most of the information out there, people want
you to see,'' said Julia Komissarchik, Glenbrook Networks' vice president of
products. ``But it's not designed to be accessed by a machine like a search
engine. It requires human intervention.''
This is particularly true of Web pages that are
stored in databases. Many ordinary Web pages are static files that exist
permanently on a server somewhere. But an untold number of pages do not
exist until the very moment an individual fills out a form on a Web site and
asks for the information. Online dictionaries, travel sites, library
catalogs and medical databases are few such examples.
Continued in article
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Higher education is not cheap
College students are expected to spend $34 billion as
they return to campuses this fall, up 33 percent from a year ago, according to
the annual survey of consumers by the National Retail Federation. Among the top
spending items: textbooks ($11.9 billion), electronics ($8.2 billion), clothing
($5.7 billion), dormitory and apartment furnishings ($3.6 billion), class
supplies ($3 billion), and shoes $2 billion).
Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2005 ---
1. An often harmful organism that lives on or in a different organism.
2. A person who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without
making any useful return.
— Webster’s Dictionary.
Some students are parasites that weaken good students
It’s an odd partnership, I think. But is it? On every
campus I have worked, I have seen it over and over. The academically weaker ones
attaching themselves to the stronger; hoping for a lift, a chance, a ride on
someone else’s success. Blatantly exchanging sex (or sex appeal), bravado,
status, money or simply a ride to campus for another’s brain-on-loan. Sometimes
it develops into a romance — but more often than not a partnership develops that
seems mismatched. I want to be shocked; but I have seen so many things. Students
buying term papers from one another. Students lying about work not produced.
Excuses, excuses, excuses. In my office, deluged with yet another onslaught of
excuses, the phone rang. After four minutes of all the sympathy I could offer,
along with the assertion that I would tape an assignment to my door, I turned to
my colleague. “Guess she can only use that excuse one more time,” I said to him.
“Dead grandmother,” I answered him before he could even ask. “Oh, yeah,” he
replies, his voice tired, “I’ve already had two and it’s only four weeks into
Shari Wilson, "Indestructible Student Relationships," Inside Higher Ed,
August 22, 2005 ---
Different Kinds of Diversity
Specifically, speakers talked about how counseling
centers can do more for Arab-American students, gay minority students, and
biracial students. And speakers also said that those groups were reflective of
other groups of students who don’t fit neatly into some well understood
category. Majeda A. Humeidan, assistant director of counseling and psychological
services at the University of Michigan, cited the example of Arab-Americans, who
face numerous issues for which they could use support and guidance on campus.
Many struggle with their identities and how much to be identified with their
ethic background, and depending on how they resolve these questions, they face
“legitimacy testing” in which other Arabs ask them if they “are Arab enough.”
Other students on campus may treat them with open hostility, as exotic, or as if
they are not Americans. (Humeidan stressed that she was talking about
Arab-Americans, not the large population of foreign students from Arab nations.)
Scott Jaschik, "Different Kinds of Diversity," Inside Higher Ed, August
22, 2005 ---
Stock options tempt CEO's to make bad choices and bad
long-run decisions that favor the company
Two studies have found connections between lucrative
stock options and grants paid to chief executives as compensation and companies
that report accounting irregularities, flawed accounting practices, or engage in
risky business strategies. These studies were undertaken by Brigham Young
University and the University of Minnesota. The Brigham Young study found that
companies who compensate their executives with large stock packages tend to
engage in potentially dangerous business strategies leading toward larger
capital spending or growth by acquisition.
"Stock Option Studies and Options Expensing," AccountingWeb, August 15,
Tax break for K-12 teachers but not college faculty
Amidst the flurry of back-to-school shopping and
sales, it’s easy to lose track of spending. For teachers and other educators, it
is especially important to put those receipts somewhere safe, because they may
lower their 2005 taxes. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), up to
$250 of qualified expenses may be deducted when figuring the adjusted gross
income (AGI) for 2005 of any individual working at least 900 hours during the
school year as a teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide in a public
or private elementary or secondary school. The deduction is available whether or
not the taxpayer itemizes deductions on Schedule A. Spouses filing jointly can
also take the deduction, even if one spouse is not an educator. If both spouses
are educators, they can both take the deduction allowing them to deduct up to
"Teacher Spending Earns a Tax Break," AccountingWeb, August 17, 2005 ---
If your state has a sales tax and does not have these holidays,
please contact your legislators
“The good news is that more states understand the
significant benefits sales tax holidays for computers bring to shoppers,
retailers and families with school-aged children. It is clear that if there is a
computer in the household, children will use it for schoolwork. We hope to see
more states create such a program each year,” said Douglas Johnson, senior
director of technology policy for CEA.
"Computers Top Sales Tax Holiday Back-to-School Buys," AccountingWeb,
August 8, 2005 ---
In Texas, your legislators can be contacted by entering your zip
Other states have similar helper sites using Google or some other search engine.
Uncle Sam Wants Accountants for Something Other Than Federal
The U.S. Government is in search for as many as 13,000
business related professionals, many of whom will be trained in accounting.
Especially heavy is the demand in the IRS and FBI.
"Uncle Sam Wants Accountants," CFO Magazine, July 2005, Page 16
Extreme Accounting (they're not as dull as you may think)
Accounting Gets Hip—Companies Scramble
It's got it all: great pay, generous benefits, a fast
career track and the respect of the highest executives in corporate America.
It's accounting, which is fast becoming one of the most prestigious and
in-demand careers around. Thanks to a spate of corporate scandals and the flood
of jobs created by the Sarbanes-Oxley reform legislation, talented accountants
are being wooed with raises, bonuses and a long list of perks. Even those just
starting out are being recruited heavily. Accounting majors top the list of most
desired job candidates in the United States, according to the National
Association of Colleges and Employers. Graduates can expect to make $43,370 to
start, up from $40,538 in 2002. Some recruits get a month of paid vacation,
before their first day on the job, the Trenton Star-Ledger reported. An
accounting MBA can start at around $55,000, not counting health insurance and
"Accounting Gets Hip—Companies Scramble for Talent," AccountingWeb, July
19, 2005 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on accountancy careers are at
PC and Mac, Joined at the Switch
It's technically possible to run two (or more)
computers -- even mixed combos of Windows and Macintosh machines -- using a
single, shared monitor, mouse, keyboard and speaker set. But until recently,
only techie geeks and office information-technology departments were familiar
with the gadget that allows such sharing: a KVM switch. KVM is an acronym
for Keyboard, Video and Mouse -- the three basic things that can be shared when
a KVM switch is used to connect computers. In recent years, KVMs have become
less expensive and easier to set up, making them more popular among everyday
people. A simple KVM is a small, often boxy-shaped device with cables running to
it directly from the keyboard, mouse and monitor, and then out from the KVM to
Walter Mossberg, "PC and Mac, Joined at the Switch: Testing a Device That
Lets Multiple Computers Share Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse," The Wall Street
Journal, August 17, 2005; Page D4 ---
Organizes Your Endless Stuff Onto an Endless Tape
is another way to tackle the information overload. For years, some folks
have turned to an obscure type of software called information
organizers. These are programs designed to collect and organize your
notes, as well as snippets of information copied from elsewhere. Users
of these are addicted to them. Among these products are Info Select for
Windows, $250 from Micro Logic; and StickyBrain for the Mac, $40 from
Chronos. Microsoft entered the field a couple of years ago with a
Windows organizer called OneNote, which is $50 after rebate. A new
contender has now entered this field, and it boasts an unusual design.
It's called EverNote, and is for Windows computers only. EverNote is
being offered as a free download from its maker, EverNote Corp., at
www.evernote.com. A paid version, the $35
EverNote Plus, adds handwriting and shape recognition for people who use
tablet computers. I have been testing EverNote and it works well. It is
fast and logical and a good way to round up random thoughts and
Walter Mossberg, "EverNote Organizes Your Endless Stuff Onto an Endless
Tape," The Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2005; Page B1 ---
"ACT Scores Are Level, "Inside Higher Ed, August 17, 2005 ---
While the scores of men and women are
not far apart, the statistics released by the ACT point to
other demographic and educational differences that correlate
to test scores. On family income, for example, students from
families of incomes of less than $18,000 have an average
composite score of 17.9, while those from families with
incomes over $100,000 have a composite average of 23.5.
The data also show significant
differentials by racial and ethnic group, and a boost for
members of all racial and ethnic groups who took the
recommended core courses in high school to prepare for
Average ACT Score by
Racial/Ethnic Group, 2005
||Students Who Completed
||Students Who Did Not
Complete Core Courses
Gaps among racial groups grew
slightly in the last year. The two groups with the highest
averages, Asians and whites, saw their scores increase by
0.2 and 0.1, respectively. Scores for Hispanic, black and
Native American students all fell by 0.1.
Continued in article
Online Tutoring Part of Growing Trend Market for Web Education Matures
More than 500 institutions, including Anne Arundel
Community College, Gallaudet University and the Art Institute of Washington,
subscribe to Smarthinking. And the company says it has signed up 19 institutions
for this fall, including District-based Southeastern University. Schools pay
Smarthinking for a block of time and offer students free access to the service
from a personal computer or a college lab. Colleges signing up for the first
time can buy a plan that permits up to 15 hours of tutoring for each student and
then adjust its next contract according to usage, Smith said. The company did
not disclose the cost per hour. Terry H. Coye, director of tutorial and
instructional programs at Gallaudet University, said his school turned to
Smarthinking to supplement its limited tutoring services for graduate students.
With many of Gallaudet's deaf and hard-of-hearing students accustomed to
learning online, the service was a good fit, Coye said.
Mark Chediak, "Online Tutoring Part of Growing Trend Market for Web Education
Matures," The Washington Post, August 16, 2005 ---
Is she from Mars? I don't think my liberal arts college would
sanction a men's caucus?
"The Quotidian Miasma of Discrimination," by "Phyllis Barone," " Inside
Higher Ed, August 17, 2005 ---
Lay off men, Doris Lessing tells feminists
The novelist Doris Lessing yesterday claimed that men
were the new silent victims in the sex war, "continually demeaned and insulted"
by women without a whimper of protest. Lessing, who became a feminist icon with
the books The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook, said a
"lazy and insidious" culture had taken hold within feminism that revelled in
flailing men. Young boys were being weighed down with guilt about the crimes of
their sex, she told the Edinburgh book festival, while energy which could be
used to get proper child care was being dissipated in the pointless humiliation
of men. "I find myself increasingly shocked at the unthinking and automatic
rubbishing of men which is now so part of our culture that it is hardly even
noticed," the 81-year-old Persian-born writer said yesterday.
"Lay off men, Lessing tells feminists," The Guardian, August 14, 2005 ---
Faculty Conference at Lincoln University
Forwarded by David Coy
I'm starting tomorrow with the Faculty Conference
at Lincoln University
www.lincoln.edu I'm teaching Cost/Managerial Accounting,
Intermediate Accounting I, Cases in Financial Management and Managerial
Economics in a PC Lab using Excel/Powerpoint and student teams presenting
their homework each day.
Lincoln is a HBU (Historically Black University)
with a proud, 150 year tradition. It has a significant foreign student
population. The school of Economics and Business is focused on providing a
current, business and technology oriented education. They graduate about 50
Business Majors a year, so the six professors get to know them pretty well.
Last year, while teaching as an adjunct, I knew
several graduating Accounting, Finance and Business Administration majors
who were top notch and did not have job offers. One of my goals is to change
I plan to make calls to my network of business
associates and invite them to campus for interviews. I would be remiss if I
did not give this group of friends and professional colleagues a similar
opportunity. I and my fellow professors would be happy to provide references
to any students that you are interested in. We are located between
Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa.
Please respond either on or off list if you would
like to discuss this opportunity by phone or to schedule an on-campus
recruitment visit. Thank you.
Professor Jeff Hillard, MSM, CMA, CPA
UT at San Antonio Selects Gateway for University-Wide Technology
Officials at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have announced a
strategic alliance with Gateway Inc., the nation's third-largest PC vendor, to
be the university-wide provider of notebook and tablet computing products for
students, faculty, and staff. UTSA has more than 26,000 students and 3,500
faculty and staff, making the university's alliance with Gateway one of the
largest initiatives of its kind in the country.
T.H.E. Journal Newsletter, August 17, 2005
Power in Pee: The beer industry will love this one
Physicists in Singapore have succeeded in creating the
first paper battery that generates electricity from urine. This new battery will
be the perfect power source for cheap, disposable healthcare test-kits for
diseases such as diabetes, and could even be used in emergency situations to
power a cell phone.
"Urine-Powered Batteries Developed for Cell Phones," Mobiledia, August
16, 2005 ---
Overcoming the Power of Skunk Scent
August 17, 2005 message from Blair Wolf
My son's large dog met an unfriendly skunk last
night. He went by the vet and got this recipe and it took the odor away
instantly. Thought it might be a good thing to pass along.
- 1 Quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Liquid Soap.
Double for large Dogs.
Blair Wolf, Sr.
Secretary Dept. of Mathematics
Jensen Comment: Somebody wrote in that if you don't have the above
ingredients, try plain old vinegar.
Forwarded by Paula
The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had
covertly funded a project with the US auto makers for the past five years,
whereby the auto makers were installing black boxes in four-wheel drive
pickup trucks in an effort to determine, in fatal accidents, the
circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash..
They were surprised to find in 44 of the 50 states the last words of
drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, "OH S___!"
Only the state of TEXAS was different, where 89.3 percent of the final
words were: "Hold my beer and watch this!!"
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