Telescope and Grant Proposal Calendar [Wiki]

by Kelle January 25, 2011

Upon the excellent suggestion of Angelle Tanner, we’ve created a shared Google Calendar for common telescope and grant proposal deadlines. The calendar is embedded below and also has its own wiki page: Telescope and Grant Proposal Calendar. We’ve already added a lot of deadlines and programs, but I’m sure we’re missing some. Please comment on […]


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Mac OS X Hints for 10.6 Snow Leopard

by saurav January 13, 2011

As we look forward to the days of Mac OS 10.7 Lion (Summer 2011) and a flood of hints on how to take advantage of new features in Lion at Mac OS X Hints, I thought it would be a good idea to share the list (from my bookmarks) of my favorite hints  since 10.6 […]

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Version Control Demystified, Part 3: Git and Mercurial

by Tom December 20, 2010

This post is the third in a series devoted to version control. In Part 1, I talked about version control features that are already integrated into everyday tools, such as Dropbox or Google Docs. In Part 2, I gave an introduction to Subversion, which is a ‘traditional’ command-line version control system. In this post, I […]


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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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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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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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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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Write Now! And Write Often

by Kelle November 2, 2010

Write Now! | Career Advice – Inside Higher Ed Actively seek systematic ways to move a writing project along when small amounts of time present themselves in a busy schedule. He calls this “active waiting,” a means of being patient and productive and avoiding an all-or-nothing approach to writing…[This advise requires] not becoming comfortable with […]


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Is It Time You Were Reliably Unreliable?

by Kelle October 26, 2010

Is It Time You Were Reliably Unreliable? | ProfHacker I stopped being the person who tried to please everyone and instead became someone who kept my responsibilities but was not always everyone’s good boy. It actually took some effort on my part. There were times I would say out loud, “Wait. Not now. It’s not your responsibility.” Be a […]


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