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Happy Holidays

As 2014 winds down (with a marked lack of posts here), I'd like to thank all for a good year. May you and yours have a happy holiday season.

Excuse? Reason? It doesn’t matter.

People love to say there is a fine line between an excuse and a reason. The truth is that it doesn't matter. The world doesn't care which category your excuse1 falls into. If you didn't do the job you promised, you didn't do it.

Excuse ...

Minding My Business

Running a university research lab is very much like running a small company. I am responsible for not only portions of my own annual salary,1 but also my graduate students' stipends and tuition and, of course, all the funding necessary to actually do the work. With this, particularly at ...

Improve the World

… lacking the feedback that people in the private sector get from product sales (or not), us academics are particularly susceptible to falling in love with pretty ideas that don’t improve anything.

http://blog.regehr.org/archives/1134

Be Interested in the Problem

What it means to be interested in the problem and how that mindset dramatically influences the quality of work. This idea is tied to some discussion of how to be a successful researcher.


  1. Or publications. Or tenure.  

Defining Inovation

But there is another form of ignorance which seems to be universal: the inability to understand the concept and role of innovation. The way this is exhibited is in the misuse of the term and the inability to discern the difference between novelty, creation, invention and innovation.

http://www.asymco ...

Half-Life of Knowledge

I had a conversation with some students recently about the changing face of the engineering faculty here at UL Lafayette. As we shift to doing more (and better) research, we will have fewer professors dedicated solely to teaching. I'll leave the discussion of the necessity of this shift for ...

Always Be Improving

Tim Cook and some other Apple executives gave an interview to ABC News recently. They walked by a huge Steve Jobs quote on the wall at Apple headquarters. They didn't even show it, but it's this one:

If you do something and it turns out pretty good, then ...

Living with It

From an article on the Economist titled In praise of laziness:

Creative people's most important resource is their time—particularly big chunks of uninterrupted time—and their biggest enemies are those who try to nibble away at it with e-mails or meetings. Indeed, creative people may be at their ...

Speak to Proof Service

This is an extension to this earlier post to allow Speak to Text inside PDFs and other places where the built-in speech service might not work. To do so, you need to create a Service using Automator. First, when you open Automator, it will ask to "Choose a type for ...