I am so glad other people are writing interesting things and posting them on the open-source, non peer-reviewed world wide timewasting web today! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to click the following links and enjoy the wisdom, mystery, and pathos of it all:
- Wisdom: once again from GayProf (we call him “Code Talker”), a handy-dandy translation guide for the comments on your teaching evaluations. (That is, unless you still don’t have access to them because your university foolishly went with an on-line system that is even less fair, thorough, or reliable than the old scan-tron forms!)
- More Wisdom: Go read Squadratomagico on the importance of outside reviewers’ letters in tenure cases.
- Mystery: Someone is chopping off the tails of horses in Elbert County, Colorado. (Is there a secret gang of mortifiers of the flesh down there looking to weave hair shirts? Could be…)
- Pathos: More men getting pink slips than women in this economic depression. ZOMG the workforce may have a majority of women! The good news is that because it’s men out of work, people will respond to this as a real emergency, lest “[a] deep and prolonged recession . . . change not only household budgets and habits; it may also challenge longstanding gender roles.” Well, that’s quite unlikely, as the article later notes:
When women are unemployed and looking for a job, the time they spend daily taking care of children nearly doubles. Unemployed men’s child care duties, by contrast, are virtually identical to those of their working counterparts, and they instead spend more time sleeping, watching TV and looking for a job, along with other domestic activities.
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Historically, the way couples divide household jobs has been fairly resistant to change, says Heidi Hartmann, president and chief economist at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
Do tell! Anyway, I’m off to find those tail-scalpin’ scalawags, for probably only 80 cents on the dollar. Ride hard, but don’t put your horses away wet, friends.