Category Archives: It’s Just Business

More on 3D Printing

As I noted in my prior post on 3D printing, while I could imagine a lot of different uses for 3D printing, I knew my imagination only touched the surface of the possibilities. And today my wife–who as an artist … Continue reading

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3D Printing

How many of you all have already heard of 3D printing? This really blew me away (and made me wonder if Tyler Cowen might have been a touch premature with his “great stagnation” thesis). I’m sure my fairly active imagination … Continue reading

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Reducing the Value of My Investment

I teach some on-line classes for a community college, generally two per term. The upfront costs were pretty steep–learning how to use the software, writing up on-line lectures and quizzes, etc. Everything takes long in the course software than it … Continue reading

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Resurgence of Inter-City Bus Routes

Inter-city bus travel is increasing after decades of decline. Driven, presumably, by higher oil prices, the increasing hassles of flying, and increasing congestion on the interstates, new routes are being established and new companies are popping up. And the buses … Continue reading

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Bitter and Angry

My college administration is forcing through a change to a 3 credit hour base for all classes. Currently we have a mixed 3 & 4 credit hour system, determined by department. That may sound odd, but it’s actually pretty common–out … Continue reading

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Strategic Gregariousness

A funny thing happens on college campuses this time of year, college professor suddenly become much more gregarious, hanging out in each others’ offices or gathering in clumps in the hallway. It’s a great way to avoid grading. My wife, … Continue reading

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Trump on China and the Middle East

Because Dr. X asked, and I’m foolish enough to think I might have anything worthwhile to say, let’s look at Trump’s comments on why he should be our next President. On the trade imbalance with China: “They don’t have the … Continue reading

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Education: A Hopeless Task?

Some students have a knack for making their teachers feel like trying to educate them is a hopeless task. Here’s an email I received from a colleague. In one of my upper level classes this semester, I had a student … Continue reading

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Things I Do When I’m Angry

Students in my adjunct professor’s Congress class objected yesterday to doing a 7-9 page paper with the following requirements. Choose a policy issue of interest to you that has pending legislative action in Congress. Your paper should 1) include a … Continue reading

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New Courses: “The Contemporary Middle East” and “Atomic Weapons and Power”

I’m presently working on two new courses that have me excited. One is a course to take students to the Middle East for three weeks during my College’s May term. We’re planning for our first trip to be in 2012, … Continue reading

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