I didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed it while looking for datasets to use in homework problems for my Experimental Design course. But it looks...moreI didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed it while looking for datasets to use in homework problems for my Experimental Design course. But it looks to be well-written, with good explanations and really nice use of extended case studies that tie different topics together. I might try it as a textbook next time.(less)
I didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed it for review exercises to use with my students for an Experimental Design course. But it seems to be writ...moreI didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed it for review exercises to use with my students for an Experimental Design course. But it seems to be written at a good level for students who've had at most one statistics course, with some really helpful exercises. It might be worth using as a textbook next time.(less)
This is basically a short pamphlet on Mazur's instructional philosophy, then a collection of exercises for use in teaching physics courses. The exerci...moreThis is basically a short pamphlet on Mazur's instructional philosophy, then a collection of exercises for use in teaching physics courses. The exercises didn't help me (I teach statistics courses) but the ideas are good.
Instead of having the instructor talk throughout a traditional lecture, 1) assign students daily readings and ensure they do it by giving a quick check quiz at the start of every class; 2) use class time to ask students conceptual questions based on the readings, which they can discuss with peers before voting on the answer, after which the instructor clarifies any misunderstandings highlighted by wrong answers.
This way you can also walk around the room checking in with one group at a time and hear any detailed misconceptions as they argue about the answer. The students actually have to think actively, not just listen passively, which helps them learn, and helps you debug your teaching.(less)
I didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed parts of it while looking for helpful explanations for my students as I taught a course on this topic. It...moreI didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed parts of it while looking for helpful explanations for my students as I taught a course on this topic. It has a lot of helpful SPSS instructions and Syntax, if that's the software you're using, and a few good clear explanations, like: p.18: "We say it's 'significant' (meaning 'unlikely given the null hypothesis')..."
But I think the book also has way more detail in some ways than you really need in order to merely *use* this stuff, and yet not nearly enough detail to really *understand* the behind-the-scenes stuff.(less)
p.1, p.25, p.42: AAAH! STOP INTRODUCING NEW MAIN CHARACTERS! The past three books already gave me more social networks and backstories than I can reme...morep.1, p.25, p.42: AAAH! STOP INTRODUCING NEW MAIN CHARACTERS! The past three books already gave me more social networks and backstories than I can remember. Do you *really* need to add more people to keep track of? You sure you can't just wrap up the stories of the *existing* characters first, and then write a *separate* book series about these other folks?
As Time magazine's reviewer said about the next book: "In some chapters you suddenly find yourself in a strange land with a character you have little attachment to, wondering where this thread is going, as if you had stayed too long at a party after the friends you came with have left."
p.204: HALLELUJAH. For once, a mysterious stranger turns out to be someone we already know. My relief is palpable. Seriously, I'm palping my relief as we speak.
But Martin is getting as repetitive as Robert Jordan. Jamie needs one of those Helvetica t-shirts while he keeps reminding himself whom Cersei might be screwing:
(Now that I look, there are other GoT-themed parodies of this shirt, such as here and especially here.)
p.???: Oh come on. There's a couple of Wheel Of Time references. Yes, I know, there have been many other mythologies involving the passage of time as cyclical and snakes eating their tails, but there's no way Martin wasn't thinking of WoT here. I wish Martin had learned a different lesson from Robert Jordan than "Stretch your books out longer and longer; take as long between books as you damn well please; now that you're successful, people will buy any damn crap you publish."
p.894: NO, DAMMIT, DON'T TELL US THE FAMILY HISTORY, just tell us whose heir he is and get it over with.
I think I've figured it out. Tolkien was a linguistics nerd, who wrote about Middle-Earth only so that he'd have someone to speak Elvish, and Ursula K. LeGuin geeked out about anthropology as is clear in the Earthsea books. Robert Jordan must have been obsessed with garment design and interior design, of course; else why would he have written so many encyclopedic books mostly about women smoothing their imaginary skirts and sipping from imagined tea cups?
In this vein, GRR Martin is a genealogy geek, pure and simple. The only purpose of A Song Of Ice And Fire is for him to populate the family trees and heraldic crests he invented for his own personal pleasure.
p.917: Yes, Cersei, I tire of this mummer's farce too.(less)
Lots of good advice, including some that my wife hadn't read in the mommy books yet. Nice practical lists of what to consider for your birth plan, wha...moreLots of good advice, including some that my wife hadn't read in the mommy books yet. Nice practical lists of what to consider for your birth plan, what questions to answer about your health insurance, etc.
There's also some pretty bad jokes, and a lot of self-promotion for the author's website... but overall it's a fun, quick read, and the sections of good advice really are worth it.(less)
There's a lot of good material in here, though the overall tone has less humor and more grousing than similar "stunt nonfiction" (like AJ Jacobs' book...moreThere's a lot of good material in here, though the overall tone has less humor and more grousing than similar "stunt nonfiction" (like AJ Jacobs' books). The author sounds like a tough person to live with! Snapping at her kids, nagging her husband constantly to do small tasks and reply to emails immediately... I get the sense that the rest of them must be a patient family.
I did empathize when she talked about being an inveterate note-taker. Even though most of the notes and lists she makes never get used for anything, sometimes they turn out to be the seed of a great new project. It makes me feel better about my own note-taking :P
So, some notes of my favorite parts: p.11: "What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while." Reminds me of Life is a Picture but You Live in a Pixel p.24: "even a quick ten-minute walk provides an immediate energy boost and improves mood" -- I should walk instead of surfing Facebook when I need a break at work :) p.55: "There is no love; there are only proofs of love." (Pierre Reverdy) p.62: "My Quaker grandparents, who were married seventy-two years, said that each married couple should have an outdoor game, like tennis or golf, and an indoor game, like Scrabble or gin, that they play together." p.82: it's worth starting a "goals group" aka "community of aspirants" to share ideas with, and have support from, other people who have similar work/school goals p.97: recommends How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk p.101: "the importance of keeping happy memories vivid" -- I'm a happy person but I don't think I reminisce enough about good times and fun adventures p.120: "What did you like to do when you were a child? What you enjoyed as a ten-year-old is probably something you'd enjoy now." It's hard for me to remember, besides reading and Legos! p.147: "Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating." (Simone Weil) p.153: "The 'fundamental attribution error' is a psychological phenomenon in which we tend to view other people's actions as reflections of their characters and to overlook the power of situation to influence their actions, whereas with ourselves, we recognize the pressures of circumstance." p.167: "the 'expensive-gym-membership-effect,' after the futile tendency to pay a lot for a gym membership with the thought, 'Gosh, this costs so much, I'll feel like I have to go to the gym!'" p.177: "Because money permits a constant stream of luxuries and indulgences, it can take away their savor, and by permitting instant gratification, money shortcuts the happiness of anticipation ... deprivation is one of the most effective, although unenjoyable, cures for the hedonic treadmill." p.179: "The head of Eliza's school told a story about a four-year-old who had a blue toy car he loved. He took it everywhere, played with it constantly. Then when his grandmother came to visit, she bought him ten toy cars, and he stopped playing with the cars altogether. 'Why don't you play with your cars?' she asked. 'You loved your blue car so much.' 'I can't love lots of cars,' he answered." p.213: "Buddhists talk about 'skillful' and 'unskillful' emotions, and this has the right connotation of effort and competence." p.244: great suggestion to change your computer password(s) to be a mantra that you *want* to repeat daily p.288: "You hit a goal, but you keep a resolution." It does make a difference whether you're aiming for a goal (run a marathon -- and then what, once I've run it?) vs. for a resolution (exercise daily -- just keep pushing myself to get better day after day).(less)
Pretty harsh. But you do need to be able to take it if you want to get anything out of grad school. Focused very much on humanities, but still has some...morePretty harsh. But you do need to be able to take it if you want to get anything out of grad school. Focused very much on humanities, but still has some useful points that relate to grad school in STEM and other fields.
p.12-14: clarifies the distinctions between Assistant Professor (just started, still working towards tenure); Associate Professor (tenured); and Full Professor (promotion based on major new credentials beyond those that earned you tenure).
p.29: "Because I will have to write a dissertation, publish, teach well, and serve my department just in order to get a job interview, and since I still have to learn how to do all of those things, I should be working at least as hard as those who already know how to do them. ... Act like your professors, not like your students." (Later he points out his 10 hours/weekday plus 5-13 hours/weekend schedule. Ooof.) p.55: "In an ideal world, you'd wait until your dissertation had been revised for publication (or other major tenure requirements were met) before starting a family." (Whoa. This guy has really low expectations for his "ideal." In a truly ideal world, it would be possible to maintain healthy work-life balance in academia, so you wouldn't need to *worry* about timing children vs. tenure!)
p.72: "But is it really worth it to take a course simply because it might prevent you from having to read The Mill on the Floss on your own? A word of advice on this point: if you find yourself lacking the energy to read a George Eliot novel on your own, leave graduate school now." (That's fair. I didn't feel ready to go to grad school in statistics for a while, until I noticed I *was* reading textbooks & articles and learning new statistical techniques in my spare time.)
A bit dated after these 20 years, but still contains lots of solid advice.
The chapter on Establishing a Research Program is especially helpful. Be "pr...moreA bit dated after these 20 years, but still contains lots of solid advice.
The chapter on Establishing a Research Program is especially helpful. Be "problem-oriented" not "technique-oriented." Start your career by choosing a problem that will lead to several small publishable milestone results ("publons" or small publishable kernels of work) each year, not exclusively one huge result that will take 10 years. Diversify by working on two or three problems at once.
Another good point: Don't be seen as a dilettante. There's a story here about a promising young graduate who lost a job interview when he said he "didn't want to be pigeonholed" by choosing a focus, and would rather be a "generalist" who'd just "look for something interesting" once he landed the job. Prospective employers won't know what they can expect from such a person. You must be able to express your personal interests. Your focus can change over time, but you should be able to express an "inner compass" or "a burning desire to know something."
The career path chapter discusses frankly the many downsides to an academic career, especially early on when you're still an assistant professor trying to earn tenure. Instead, the author suggests working at a governmental or industrial research lab for your first few years after grad school: get a real salary, focus on research without the distraction of teaching, be productive during your 8-9 hour days and then actually have a family/social life outside of work... AND THEN, once you have good research credentials and publications, apply for higher-level tenured faculty jobs. This is a really interesting idea. I wonder whether this is a practical option these days? Do people do this?
Earlier, for choosing a thesis adviser, the author suggests going with a tenured, prominent scientist. Else, if you are a productive student, a young and untenured adviser might see you as a competitor. They might also not get tenure and have to leave before you finish your thesis.(less)
Good book full of helpful examples and exercises. I used this for a class along with Probability & Measure Theory and they complement each other w...moreGood book full of helpful examples and exercises. I used this for a class along with Probability & Measure Theory and they complement each other well. We used this one more later in the course, since it covers less of the underlying measure theory but has more interesting examples in probability theory as such. Some of the notation was a bit nonstandard (compared to the other book and our course notes) but still fairly easy to follow.(less)
Still the same good ol' Dave Barry. Although he seems to be cussing much more explicitly than I remember from his earlier books---and I don't think it...moreStill the same good ol' Dave Barry. Although he seems to be cussing much more explicitly than I remember from his earlier books---and I don't think it really adds well to his style of humor.
But still, plenty of good gems, like "As a general rule, do not wear 'ironic' clothing unless you wish to make the bold fashion statement: 'I'm still living off my parents.'"(less)
Quite a pleasant read. Dick Simnel is a fun character, and it's nice to see more of Harry King and a new side to Drumknott.
But... with all due respect...moreQuite a pleasant read. Dick Simnel is a fun character, and it's nice to see more of Harry King and a new side to Drumknott.
But... with all due respect, Sir Pratchett's latest few books just don't seem to be written by the same person anymore. The writing is not as tight, somehow. I know he's aging, but has Pratchett's editor changed too?
Another reviewer writes about Dodger that "when I started reading the book, I thought that Terry's Alzheimer's had finally progressed to such a degree that it had *really* damaged his ability to write at the sentence-level. About two pages in, I realized he was actually mimicking Victorian prose, which is a lot different than his usual breezy style of writing." I guess I'm not familiar enough with Victorian prose, since I merely found Dodger too clunky to finish. Raising Steam has some of the same effect. It's more palatable here---but still does not flow like the older books.
Footnotes are no longer jokes, just random remarks. Every few pages the characters are either at a loss for words, or pondering the exciting future, repeatedly doing a few things that are more effective when mentioned sparingly. The villains seem tacked on as an afterthought just so it's not merely a story about a train, and there's no real sense of danger, so the climax feels weak.
Also, it's just the latest in a long, long line of Discworld books centered around the fight against racism/sexism/speciesism. Of course this is an important fight in reality, but it gets a bit repetitive on the Discworld. Okay, we respect trolls and dwarfs now, but not vampires. Okay, now we also respect vampires, but not werewolves or golems. Okay, now we respect them too, but not goblins or orcs or gnomes... etc. That vein just feels like it's been mined far enough. I thought for a moment there was a new twist when (view spoiler)[Aeron and the King kiss---is Pratchett going to address homosexuality?--- (hide spoiler)], but I'd forgotten it's just that (view spoiler)[the King is female, so it's simply the same female dwarf emancipation ground that Cheery already covered a long long time ago (hide spoiler)].
Anyway, if you're a Discworld fan, you'll read this and enjoy it. And it's certainly better than Dodger. But if you're not a fan yet, I wouldn't start you off with this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)