I’ve always thought of some of what academics do as “playing at” being of a higher social class than we are. Major field-wide conferences [cough]NCA![/cough]are held at hotels so expensive that they decimate university travel budgets. Groups of academics routinely go out to meals at these events that they can’t really afford. Broke job candidates […]
http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/nsf06319/chap1.cfm Seems kind of interesting. — Sorry things are so quiet on this end. It’s been a lot of evaluating and recommending this week, punctuated by some nice social events and an interesting talk. More anon.
Here’s an article about a surprising test by sociologist of science Harry Collins. Sure enough, experts can’t tell his answers from real physicists’ on a test about gravity. I’m not sure where this is going, but I think it proves just about as much as The Original Sokal Affair did. It proves with some skill […]
So I was speaking on the phone with a friend last night who has just moved from Canada to take an academic job in the U.S. So I did to her what all the Canadians did to me when we arrived here. “So? What’s it like? What are the differences? Have you considered starting a […]
Jonathan Sterne and Emily Raine, “Command Tones: Digitization and Sounded Time,” First Monday 11:9 (September 2006): available online at [http://firstmonday.org/issues/special11_9/sterne/index.html]. — In other news, class went great yesterday. It’s good to be back in the classroom.
I awoke inexplicably early this morning, and decided to use my mental freshness to rework my intro lecture to the sound studies seminar. Now I’m totally psyched to teach it and I have to wait 29.5 hours to do it. Oh well. Such is life. I last taught the course 2 years ago in the […]
I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my sound studies syllabus, which is here, for the interested. After messing around with various approaches, I’ve gone back to the required/recommended model, which assures that students can do a reasonable amount of reading in a week, but also points to other stuff that might be essential in […]