Archive for February, 2006

In Defence of Blogging

Saturday, February 18th, 2006 at 19:45

What is blogging? Is it worthwhile or is it a form of self-indulgence? It’s both, of course. Trevor Butterworth in today’s Financial Times Magazine tries to deliver a death blow to blogging by characterizing bloggers as get-rich-quick spoilt brats with too much time on their hands and an inflated sense of ego. Journalists, by implication, […]






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Lawyers Investigating Lawyers

Thursday, February 16th, 2006 at 17:55

The New York Times today reported that the Office of Professional Responsibility, the ethics office of the Justice Department is to investigate the department’s lawyers’ roles in the NSA eavesdropping program ordered by George W Bush. Although he and his Attorney General consider the listening on citizens’ communications to be legal, plenty of others don’t, […]






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The Value of Fear in Student Surveys

Monday, February 13th, 2006 at 10:18

A friend of mine, David Wall, was gently chided by his university. His error? To tell students to think carefully when they completed the national student survey. This is how the Times Higher Education Supplement put it: “It is a delicate balance universities must strike: how to encourage students to complete student satisfaction surveys while […]






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What the Hell is Knowledge Transfer?

Friday, February 10th, 2006 at 18:08

“John, your head of department said I should talk to you about knowledge transfer in the law school. When would you be available to meet?”, the nice fellow from the university research office asked. “I don’t know what knowledge transfer is, but don’t I do it already. I research, I write it up and I […]






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Divorced from Life? Ingrown Toenails and Abba Concerts

Thursday, February 9th, 2006 at 14:53

I’ve been unsure about including this one, but occasionally academics do get caught up in everyday life. Here is a recent day. For a long time I have had an ingrown toenail on my left foot. Most of the time I’ve endured it with infrequent visits to a podiatrist. The last one I went to […]






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