Weekend Reading: Early Days edition


I hope that people are having a good start to their semesters, with interesting classes, absorbing projects, and the like. Even when that’s true, of course, one still appreciates the weekend!

In that spirit, here are five links and a video worth watching:

  • Suzie Sheehy ventriloquizes the “anti-academic career voice” that speaks up in the back of her head now and again: Some of these articles are really uplifting… but it only makes a momentary difference. Then the voice in my head says “You don’t have impostor syndrome, you really are an impostor, there’s a difference!
  • Even if you don’t do audio culture studies, Jentery Sayers’s post on “Scaffolding a Series of Assignments” is instructive: thus far I have learned that—even for teachers who are well-versed in sound studies—planning and structuring work in an audio culture course is more difficult than it may at first appear. For instance, to what degree should an audio culture course intersect with visual culture studies? What cultural assumptions about sound inform how students learn about it, not to mention how instructors teach it?/
  • Kirsten at the Jobs@Intel Blog writes about something more people should attend to, “Constructive Confrontation and E-mail Etiquette”: It usually begins when one person sends an email that seems to criticize (rather than offer constructive feedback), and a team of people (who are not necessarily involved or on a “need to know” basis) are CC’d. From a professional standpoint, you don’t want to lose face with your colleagues and/or team. Instead, it’s important that you maintain and continue to build your reputation—to show that you’re knowledgeable, reliable, and consistent—especially as a new hire.
  • Zen Faulkes explains “Why I published a paper on my blog instead of a journal”: The problems I’ve had getting my slipper lobster paper published are far from unique. People talk about the “file drawer” problem: projects that were never published because they were negative results, or weren’t significantly novel, weren’t published fast enough to avoid getting scooped, or any number of other reasons. There might be a single experiment that that the reviewers think is inconclusive, so you take that out of the final manuscript, even though it might be a clue to other researchers. What do you do with all that data?
  • Mike Blum rehearses the five stages of grief “when your favorite tool goes away”: We’ve all experienced it before. Maybe it was that easy-to-use grading application that only ran in Windows 95 or that version of Facebook that actually made sense to you, or in my case, it was Jing, an absolutely perfect screen capture tool that I used for creating all my online tutorials. Sooner or later, with the advance of technology, something you love will get lost in the shuffle, overdeveloped, or just phased out.

In this week’s video, Shyam Sankar hails our new robot overlords explains “The rise of human-computer cooperation”:

Bonus video: Frank Turner’s “If Ever I Stray”

Photo “Fall” by Flickr user ReneS / Creative Commons licensed BY-2.0

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