Mike’s Posts

Reconsideration

Now that I have drafted the prospective takedown, I’ve changed my mind. This is a journal article in of itself. And the most effective route is to submit it to the same journal. But it is low priority compared to all the rest of the stuff I have to do! It’s fresh in my mind,

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Mad. But constructively.

I am upset right now, intellectually. This usually signals a marked increase in productivity – anger fuels ideas – but in this case, I don’t think this particular anger is going to lead to a productive publication. Instead, I’m going to do something different, inspired by the critical responses I have my graduate students do

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Six projects

Yesterday I straightened out the mess on my desk and wrote a short document that lists the status of my various research projects. There are six of them currently: 1) A co-authored piece on tech comm textbooks with a graduate student that is nearly done – perhaps a month of revisions left. Let’s say March

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Most repair work done – further thoughts

I have restored most of the past content after the hack. I have also done a few more things under the hood, such as turning comments back on again. I feel a lot more talkative than I did last year, so I think I’ll be posting far more often! Registering is still required to keep spam

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Hacked!

Some clever duck hacked my website, but I have mostly fixed it. I will be making some big changes soon in response, in particular opening up comments and doing some link-fixing.

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Brief Rant

I have been feeling depressed lately about my research and publishing prospects. I’ve accomplished a fair amount since I finished my Ph.D., but I don’t feel professionally or emotionally fulfilled by any of it.  I haven’t published anything since 2015. Much of my time in between has been taken up by two articles, one which

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Try Again

So I was reading this piece in the NYT: “We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment.” I have some problems with its theory of mind: Your brain engages in the same sort of prospection to provide its own instant answers, which come in the form of emotions. The main purpose of emotions is to

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You’d think…

… with all that’s happening with Trump, I’d be posting like a madman. But I have been doing that on Facebook instead. I’ll summarize. At this point, the guy, and possibly his VP as well, is doomed. The midterms look very good.

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The best PC games of all time, 2017

There are two rules for the following list, which are – multiple games in a series are collapsed into one entry, with one representative game examined. I also cut things off at 12 and didn’t rank them. Ultima (Ultima V, the Ultima entry) Thief (The Dark Project, the Looking Glass entry) Deus Ex (the first

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Randomness and Teaching

Well, Trump won, and I suppose I will comment on that at length at some point. But I want to discuss something else. I was thinking this morning about the randomness inherent in making decisions. Think of a path that forks left or right with no clues as to what follows  – what makes you

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