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Running legacy Win-only software on Mac OS

One of the headaches of moving to Mac has been that I have one piece of statistical software that is Windows only. I could abandon the software and learn R, but I didn’t want to do anything rash. 🙂 Besides, at the Midwest, Fred assured me that he was able to get everything to run […]

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Moving on up….

… to Maclandia. We’ve replaced our Linux and Windows pcs with Macbooks. The world is a scary but shiny new place. We also upgraded our NAS to 4 TB. It’s taken me a couple of weekends, but I’ve finally gotten all my files moved, various tools installed, and a full range of backup provisions configured. […]

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Follow-up to post about LaTeX, etc.

Yesterday, I provided a rough outline of the steps for installing Emacs + AUCTeX in Windows 7. Upon further reflection, I realized a few things about the process. First, most of the documentation for these tools is outdated and/or poorly written (at least for recent versions of Windows). Second, it’s way easier to install this […]

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Shameless self-promotion

The editorial assistant for the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance just sent me a copy of this book review. Detailed TOC here. Lots of economists at Big Name Schools there. And, my chapter is mentioned for its contribution. 😀

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Doyle, our NAFTA kitty

Earlier this week, we said goodbye to Doyle, our NAFTA kitty. He was almost 17 years old. Doyle was our second pet; we still have our first cat, Pannonica, who is either 17 or 18. We got Doyle in January 1995 from the Austin Humane Society on North 183. I went looking for a cat […]

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Ninja librarians and other forms of surveillance

Consider this just a big link dump for Brian. Now there’s an easy response when people ask what you might do with a Master of Information degree: Information Ninja! The CIA (see also) Ninja librarians Sentiment analysis World mood ring Self-surveillance Tracking DC homicides

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Test post

This is a test post for FB.

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Steve Jobs and iSchools

Nunberg offers a reflection on the “i” prefix, and even mentions the U of T iSchool toward the end of the essay. Now Brian can just point people to that essay when they ask what he’s doing in grad school. 😉

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“UWO + McMaster research team produce new G&M report”

Or at least that’s what you might think if you read this Globe and Mail Canadian University Report. Not only is McMaster Canadian “Ivy League,” [which I suspect many in the social sciences would scoff at…. just go read PSJR sometime, or don’t…] but our undergrads give the University some of the highest ratings among […]

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Regional linguistic affectations, or amateur linguistic analysis

My brother-in-law, who recently relocated from Texas to Western NY for his Ph.D., sent me this rumination on the use of “Y’all”, which I promptly forwarded to my Chair and a staff member, both of whom have either chuckled or LOL’d when I’ve said “y’all.” In response, the staff member admitted that Canadian’s have their […]

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