People do not understand why I turned down both of the full scholarships I was offered to law schools in the 1990s. Judith explains: [A] law full scholarship means tuition only, and an obligation on top of that to do a part time research appointment (you do get a stipend but it’s minimum wage). The … More Validation and Invalidation
I am still on strike, but this petition being circulated through LASA contains very good background information on the matter. It is a pronouncement to the international community, the Peruvian State, and the people of Peru, and it has been composed by a committee of important and thoughtful Peruvians and Peruvianists. Read it, it’s smart. … More Regarding the Situation in the Peruvian Amazon
I used to have a recurring dream in which I called my mother from my office at Yale University, holding the phone in my right hand and the hand of my three year old in my left, to say I had been granted tenure and promotion and therefore, now having achieved at last the equivalent … More The Legal History Blog
While I remain on strike there will be occasional guest posts from a shaman. He is speaking now. He reminds us that it is well justifiable to enslave Africans because they are not of the same species as us. They are less intelligent and better suited to physical labor. They are insensitive to poor conditions, … More The Shaman Says
I am still on strike. But Samia recommends Londa Schiebinger, Has Feminism Changed Science? She says: “Has Feminism Changed Science?” by Dr. Londa Schiebinger is a wonderful book that kinda changed my life. It covers the birth and life of the Western scientific establishment with a focus on female participation and the role of gender … More States of Our Fields: Open Thread
This article from the International Society for Computational Biology is really good and really worth discussing. Via 49%. She points to this article as well and it amazes me how different the advice is in both pieces from much of the anti procrastination advice given to people in the humanities, according to which we are … More Best Research Practices for Scientists — And I Am One
I am on strike because two of my three advertisers have not paid me. They say there is a check in process, but my first advertiser sent me a check post haste. I am not pleased, although I am not yet so displeased as to reveal the renegade advertiser’s names. I am nevertheless on strike, … More Delle Venezie
There is a new assistant professor to whom I would like to send the following memo. People who would like to do well as assistant professors should not say things at meetings and parties that inspire their older colleagues to write fantasy memos like this. 1. I disagree with Colleague A on many things. I … More Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackguard
I dreamed last night that I had been scheduled for three surgical operations which were unnecessary. At the very last minute — I was already seeing attendants in surgical uniforms — it was revealed that the diagnoses had been someone else’s dream, and that I could opt out if I so chose. I opted out. … More Siegfried Kills Fafner. Sangre de Cristo Range.
Qui potest capere, capiat: this post is a bagatelle and footnote to various earlier posts, and I am on strike and will therefore not explain context. You will understand it if you have been in that conversation, or if you go through earlier posts to look for it. Those ladies who resembled my Reeducator kept … More Postscript on Those Ladies. Excursus on Vampires Who Seek Blood, or on Cannibals Who Seek Fresh Meat.