07 décembre 2014

Doxie Portable Scanners Get a Wifi Upgrade

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . For a couple of years now, I’ve been fond of the Doxie line of portable scanners. Three years ago, I looked at the Doxie Go (as did Konrad!), and two years ago I reviewed the second version, the Doxie One. Last year’s model, the Doxie Flip, didn’t really fit into my life very well, but this year’s upgrades to the Doxie Go are pretty terrific. Read more...

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This Transatlantic Life

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I’ll grant that it might have been my location at the time—sitting in a university clinic—that made the phrase “winding up in hospital” jump out at me when listening to a recent podcast of This American Life. But I put the jolt down to the lack of an article. More...

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Will ‘Selfie’ Stick?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Earlier this year I welcomed selfie as a new word that reflected the unselfish selfishness of the currently young millennial generation, epitomized by the Electronic Dance Music song “Selfie” by the Chainsmokers. More...

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A Postcard From Vienna

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Vienna, Austria—I don’t think any lecturing visit has left me quite as awestruck as my visit this week to the University of Vienna. The mind boggles both at the roster of former faculty (Adorno, Boltzmann, Brentano, Freud, Hayek, Kaposi, Lorenz, Luick, von Mises, Schleicher, Schrödinger, Schumpeter…) and at the list of notable alumni (Bettelheim, Doppler, Feyerabend, Gödel, Husserl, Koestler, Mahler, Mendel, Popper, Preminger…). More...

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Super!

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . One of the many casualties of spell checkers is students’ ability to describe their family rituals. Too frequently, recently, they seem to be having super in the dinning room. And from their emails, I infer that the typographical slip comes from the superfluity of the word super, which pops up everywhere, mostly as an adverb: super happy, super hungry, super fantastic. I noticed it particularly when I learned of the passing of a friend’s mother from a mutual friend who wrote to say that he was super sad about it. I do not doubt for an instant the sincerity of my friend’s sympathy. But the oddity of the word choice, to my ears, may stem from an amalgam of at least three influences on our current super craze. More...

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Turkey Talk

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Nobody can explain the turkey. The expression to talk turkey has been with us for a long time. We’re still not sure where it comes from, though, much less how turkeys got involved. You’d think turkeys had enough to worry about besides English usage. Especially this time of year. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:25 - - Permalien [#]

The List Lilt

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I told you about vocal fry. And you know all about uptalk? The inflection that was first discussed by Robin Lakoff in 1976, that was given its name by James Gorman in a 1993 New York Times article, and that continues to rouse the ire of right-thinking people everywhere. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 01:23 - - Permalien [#]

Lawmaker Calls for Investigation of U.S.-China University Deals

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, has called for the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s investigative arm, to examine agreements American colleges and universities have signed with the Chinese government, asking if the institutions had made “quiet compromises” on academic freedom in the process. More...

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The Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Hundreds of college leaders are now heading home, still giddy from Thursday’s White House Summit on College Opportunity. Now comes the hard part: Making good on their varied promises to enroll more low-income students and help them graduate. More...

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Access to Child Care Declines Across Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . A report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows a decline in child-care services across higher education, and particularly at community colleges.
The percentage of two-year colleges that offer on-campus child-care services fell from 53 percent in 2004 to 46 percent in 2013. More...

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