Academic Research

October 9th, 2012 → 6:21 am

“But wonder on, till truth makes all things plain.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I attended a conference at Harvard this past week, where some cutting-edge Big Data research was presented.  Some of the papers I thought had flaws, others were presented as “canonical” and discussed as breakthroughs.  Who knows?!  Isn’t that the beauty of academic research, though?  You get to just wonder on…until, hopefully, the truth wills out…(hopefully)

Filed under: Blog & Other

Let the Debates Begin

October 3rd, 2012 → 8:08 am

“Shall quips and sentences and these paper bullets of the brain awe a man from the career of his humour?” – Much Ado About Nothing

The U.S. presidential debates begin tonight, and the Romney campaign especially is touting this as a game changer for their candidate.  But can quips and sentences and paper bullets of the brain (I love that last phrase) really portray a candidate in a different light than his essential humor?  Or like Nixon/Kennedy and Reagan/Carter does it more often reveal what’s inside a candidate?  We’ll see…


(P.S. I’m out of town for the next few days – not another post till next week.  🙁 )

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Baby Talk

October 1st, 2012 → 5:29 am

“So sweet and voluble is his discourse.” – Love’s Labor’s Lost

My 2 year old son is talking more and more every day, and I love it!!  I love knowing what he is thinking and watching as he processes the world.  My husband is dreading the “why” phase (“but why does Emma have that ball?”; “but why did her mommy buy it for her?”; “but why does she love her so much?”) but in all honesty, I can’t wait for that too!  What mother doesn’t love watching her baby use language for the first time?

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life