Archive for November, 2010

Uncle Ken’s Maxim: “It’s the Committee Work that Kills You”

25/11/2010

Kenneth C. Land

When I think back on my mentors in graduate school, there is no question that I learned the most from Ken Land. I was Ken’s TA for three years in the graduate statistics courses, and he helped me immensely on a couple of papers I published. But, I think Ken’s most enduring impact on me was in how he handled administration, and how he viewed the machinations of academic bureaucracy. I could tell by how he said it that he meant it, even though I didn’t know what he was talking about (until later). “It’s the commitee work that kills you.” I must have heard him say it ten times, and Ken isn’t exactly a guy who gushes forth communication. When he says something, he means it. And he kept repeating this. Now I know why…..

 

Happy Armistice Day….

12/11/2010

The War to End All Wars ended on the 11th day of the 11th  month at the 11th hour….Its commemoration was to signify the victory of peace over war. Now we use it to glorify war, so the war pigs can make money on the dead bodies…