April 2012

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I am thinking seriously about leaving GMail, despite how the email service itself has been extremely valuable to me. This is because of the following: 1) Irritating interface changes GMail now has two interfaces. There is a maddening ‘modern’ interface that is full of elements that change shapes and sizes annoyingly. Anywhere you might enter […]

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One aspect of starting a PhD program is that I will be responsible for working as a teaching assistant: teaching seminars, grading papers, and so on. I am worried about the inevitable day when I discover that a student has committed plagiarism and when I am in the position of having to decide what to […]

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Braid

2012-04-27

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I bought the game Braid to play during my long subway commutes. While I am not a huge fan of platform games – or any game that relies on precision jumping as a key game mechanic – I have been enjoying Braid. The artwork is sometimes beautiful and impressionistic and the puzzles are usually complex […]

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Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has issued a stark warning about the world’s inaction on climate change and the consequences that may have. The Guardian quotes her as saying that the world is “on track for warming of 6°C by the end of the century” and that this […]

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