November 2010

Version Control Demystified, Part 2: A Subversion Primer

by Tom November 29, 2010

Introduction A couple of weeks ago, I outlined how version control, which I defined as the management of changes to documents, code, or information is both something you should care about, and something that you may already have been using or can easily use with Time Machine, Dropbox,, etc. One of the areas where […]


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Sleep Better by Adjusting Screen Brightness at Night

by Kelle November 19, 2010

F.lux for Mac 5.0 Review | Macworld via Mike Cushing …looking at a computer display late at night—particularly when that display is calibrated to be bright and clear during the daytime—can be both visually irritating and a contributor to sleep problems. Once the sun starts to go down, [F.lux] gradually—over the course of an hour—dims […]


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Bad Press for JWST Due to Poor Budgeting

by Kelle November 17, 2010

I know this is old news by blogging standards, but what are people’s thoughts about the hubbub over the JWST independent review report? NASA Space Telescope Center of $1.5 Billion Fiasco | Science Insider NASA would not be able to launch the telescope before September 2015—a year behind schedule. In order to make that deadline, […]


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Version Control Demystified, Part 1: Version Control in Apps you already use

by Tom November 15, 2010

Have you heard about ‘version control’ but don’t know what it is, don’t see the point, don’t want to invest time finding out about it, or think that it is only accessible to the tech-savvy? Think again! This is the first in a series of posts devoted to demystifying version control. By ‘version control’, what […]


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The Power of iChat: Sharing with Yourself and Collaborators

by Jessica Lu November 12, 2010

iChat is for more than just instant messaging. Collaboration with colleagues remotely is easy as pie with iChat’s support for voice-chatting or video-chatting simultaneously between 4 people. Additionally, one of the most powerful features of iChat is screen sharing. You can share your screen with a collaborator to show figures, have them help you edit […]


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Communicate, Cooperate, Collaborate

by Kelle November 11, 2010

Research shows that two people can learn to cooperate intuitively, but larger groups need to communicate | University of Leicester Two people can learn to cooperate with each other intuitively – without communication or any conscious intention to cooperate. But this process breaks down in groups of three or more. In collaborations of three or […]


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by Kelle November 10, 2010

Procrastination | You Are Not So Smart This article is a bit on the long side, but the bottom line is worth it: Your effort is better spent outsmarting future-you than making empty promises through plugging dates into a calendar. For an even longer, but much better written article, check out the New Yorker review […]


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Writing Better Recommendation Letters

by Kelle November 9, 2010

Two great links on writing recommendation letters. First, a post with some very general advice. A great place to start if you’re new to writing letters and/or you haven’t seen very many as a committee member: Writing Badass Letters of Recommendation | 3 x 3 in Cullowhee. (via Profahacker.) Second, an article describing the differences […]


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Let Go, Delegate, and Let the Students Do the Work

by Kelle November 8, 2010

Why I suck at delegating (and why you might too) | kent’s posterous (via Lifehacker.) Delegation is not natural, it’s a skill and an art. Some of the most successful and note worthy people got to where they are due to their ability to let go of control and delegate. Other would be great people […]


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More Advice for the Job Search

by Kelle November 3, 2010

If I Could Do It Over… | Career Advice – Inside Higher Ed ‘Tis the season for job hunting and therefore also for job hunting advice. This article has lots of good advice but this is my favorite: Humility has no place in a job search. There’s no reason that you should be anything but […]


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