Do your work or you automatically donate to George W. Bush

I love this hilarious technique from an article in the Chronicle for Higher Education on how academics avoid procrastination, using “stick” measures:

Ms. Brick gave the site her credit-card number and pledged to work at least 10 hours per week on her paper. When she fails to meet that weekly quota — as of mid-March, that had happened three times — the Web site sends 50 dollars from her account to the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

A $100K Adjunct

This guy has kind of an abrasive, condescending tone, but I can’t help but think he has a point in the advice he gives to humanities grad students who may want to make a decent living.  The takeaway is: make yourself useful instead of waiting for people to appreciate you

I’m flourishing, making $100,000 a year as an adjunct, working nine months out of 12. This winter, as most of the people I know teaching literature were shivering in the cold and dark of the upper Midwest while eating ramen, I flew to Florida to bask in the sun and drink with Gore Vidal at the Key West Literary Seminar.

Adjuncting is the way of the future. Make no mistake about it: In 20 years, there won’t exist more than a handful of tenured professors. Universities want cheap, cheap labor, as much of it as they can get. While many lament that state of affairs, I embrace it and invite other graduate students and newly minted untouchables to do the same.

The lowly tech guy

I love the dynamic between office workers and tech people, which was perhaps best captured with “Saturday Night Lives”‘s Nick Burns, Your Company’s Computer Guy, so I found this particularly funny, from Chronicle for Higher Education, about IT people feeling beleaguered on college campuses:

Another issue is that academe is full of world-class experts, and many people in the IT department have trouble telling those experts how to run their computers.

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