Monthly Archives: April 2007

Subservise, not submissive

A nice tutorial on using subversion for version control: Subversion mini tutorial | Jan Erik Moström

I have never used a formal version control system for manuscripts, replying instead on the ‘ms_v1, ms_v1.1, ms_v2, …, ms_accepted’ type system. But errors always creep in, and I have had some close calls. Right now, we email versions back and forth, causing me to use my email system like a file cabinet.

Perhaps a more formal system will help. We’ll see.

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Visualization methods

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods


swissmiss: A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Talk suggestions

Giving an Academic Talk

Greg Mankiw’s Blog: Good Advice

Here is one place I screw up in class

When you look at your laptop screen, your audience will be distracted; they’ll neither hear what you’re saying nor see what you want them to look at. Try to place your laptop screen where you can’t see it.

Damn that tablet pc!

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Can you have too many co-authors?

I think so. It’s like the Laffer curve – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Adding a few co-authors increases productivity (and the fun in writing papers), but at some point, adding more  co-authors decrease team productivity.

I general, I prefer writing with a co-author or two.

(aside: How did Laffer know the curve was continuous and globally concave?)

Useful advice

APS Observer – Twelve Tips for Reviewers

via: Academic Productivity » 12 tips on how to review journal articles

I especially like the last point: be willing to stand behind your words. I have seen situations in which the reviewer does not do that. People can guess, anyway.

#11 is good too–always make a recommendation. Don’t be wishy-washy.

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Canadian, eh

via: Canadian expatriates blog


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