Monthly Archives: April 2012

Getting tenure

Via my friend Nick M.:

“Getting tenure is like winning a pie-eating contest, where the prize is more pie.” – U.C. Berkeley professor Chelsea Specht

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Korean

My high school boyfriend G., half Korean, told me Korean was crazy easy to read, and I didn’t quite believe him.

Then my sister A. shared this link with me: Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes.

And y’know, it worked! Slow going, and we’ll see how long it sticks, but zomg it worked!

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Easier said than done

Via a Facebook friend: “Everything is easier said than done. Except for talking, that’s about the same.”

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Matt Yglesias

A quote from an Amazon book review, which has spent quite a long time as my status message:

“While Matt [Yglesias] used many of the words found in more promising works, the order in which they were used was disappointing.”

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Caring for Your Introvert

Caring for Your Introvert is a brilliant article. Read it. It’s illuminating and amusing. And short.

Extroverts are easy for introverts to understand, because extroverts spend so much of their time working out who they are in voluble, and frequently inescapable, interaction with other people. They are as inscrutable as puppy dogs. But the street does not run both ways. Extroverts have little or no grasp of introversion. They assume that company, especially their own, is always welcome. They cannot imagine why someone would need to be alone; indeed, they often take umbrage at the suggestion. As often as I have tried to explain the matter to extroverts, I have never sensed that any of them really understood. They listen for a moment and then go back to barking and yipping.

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Richard Dawkins

A friend’s Facebook status update: “I met Richard Dawkins today AND went shoe shopping!”

As we say in linguistics, that sentence has probably not been uttered before in the history of mankind :)

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