Princeton established the Institute for Advanced Study in 1930 as a place where some of the world’s greatest minds could pursue their research without distractions like teaching and administrative tasks. Richard Feynman famously criticized the idea, saying: When I was at Princeton in the 1940s I could see what happened to those great minds at […]
From Sunday to next Saturday, I will be in Ottawa for the Canadian Political Science Association conference, and to visit my excellent friends Andrea and Mehrzad. Before I go, I need to submit the final term paper for my Markets, Justice, and the Human Good course. Perhaps predictably, I am writing about economic inequality and […]
By now, I should intuitively understand that the open-looking weeks three or four weeks away in my calendar won’t be an oasis of productivity for major projects. Inevitably, Toronto350.org-related obligations, alongside photography and PhD work, will end up eating much of the open space before it is actually reached. Thankfully, a totally open schedule isn’t […]
I have applied for four TA positions at U of T: three in the School of the Environment and one with a methods course. I am also looking to shoot weddings commercially over the summer. I am working on setting up a website. Since it will mostly be people looking for a last-minute photographer who […]
Hofstadter’s Law definitely applies to packing, both when it comes to packing up my IT system and in terms of books, clothes, and general possessions. At least the stress of packing somewhat distracts from the sadness of leaving Massey, which has certainly been the most stimulating place where I have lived.
I have applied to live in the Innis College residence from May 9th to Saturday, August 29th. This is the maximum range they allow. Rather than go back to Morrison Hall, which has individual dorm-style rooms and no stoves, I am trying a residence where 4-5 people share a suite and kitchen facilities are more […]
During the next few days, I need to grade all of my students’ essays and final exams from this term. On Friday, we are formally presenting our argument to the fossil fuel divestment ad hoc committee. Then, I have a paper to write for my markets and justice course for the 21st. Finally, I need […]
Tonight, we are proofreading the brief update for the final time. On Friday, I am getting copies printed.
Close on the heels of the last period of exceptional activity, another such span is just beginning. Today, I need to write a paper on Ross Zucker’s Democratic Distributive Justice, to be submitted by 6pm. Monday, there is a Toronto350.org board meeting, where we will hopefully be able to finalize our by-laws. There is also […]
This year’s Walter Gordon Symposium was a thought-provoking discussion on public policy. I also got to ask what, despite all the training beforehand, was the most surprising thing about flying in the space shuttle.