1. Steinhardt LaTeX template

    Given a wretched experience with using Microsoft Word for my Masters thesis 10 years ago, I decided to try LaTeX this time around. One might think that Microsoft Word has improved, but my tinkering has shown it is still quite dangerous. Word’s notions of styles are extremely frustrating, and …

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  2. NYU and Sallie Mae

    Longtime readers will know I’ve been frequently frustrated and puzzled by NYU’s infrastructural choices. When I first arrived I learned they used my SSN as my student identification. I protested, wrote a formal letter, and was eventually issued a new SSN-like number. But, of course, this didn’t …

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  3. Reuse vs. self plagiarism

    Yesterday’s New York Times reported on another case of high profile plagiarism: a relatively young professor who had copied parts of her dissertation from another. Even though she had previously acknowledged as much in private and has now resigned – so there’s no question of ambiguous boundaries – a few …

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  4. Grey literature, stigmergy and priority

    Last week I read a provocative paper by Helen Nissenbaum (2002) where she considers the norms, values, and ends previously served by the convention of scholarly priority, and, now that the contextual landscape is changing because of electronic media, whether intellectual property (patents) can serve just as well in their …

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  5. Broken lists

    I’m presently cursing whoever changed the configuration/names of Wikipedia lists. Identifying emails in archives is sadly a difficult problem, it really need not be, but fortunately the good folks at the aimsgroup MARC also archive the lists and associate the unique identifier of every message with a persistent …

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