No matter how much I’d like to, I can’t put any of Dr. Rabett’s stuff in my reader feed.
The Google reader view invariably shows “title unknown”, which is irritating enough. And poor Blogspot ends up with ugly-as-sin URLs. But those are minor irritations. The problem is with the Shared Items widget, that simply treats the title as “”, which I suppose it duly underlines. This does not give my readers anything upon which to click, and hence does not drive any traffic bunnyward. And it reduces my quasi-daily recommendations to four from the usual five. Rather pointless you’ll admit.
Still, the good doctor has been generous with links hither in the past, and so I take the occasion to point you to his particularly nice submission du jour, entitled (as usual) “”, with the peculiar URL http://rabett.blogspot.com/2009/12/darth-data-destroyer-as-all-good.html:
Dr. Aaserud: Your papers — correspondence, notes, manuscripts, things of that sort — what’s the status of those? That’s another thing we’re interested in.
As all good auditors know destroying data is a sin. They should go tell it to Harold Lewis, one of the Princeton Denial Club and Retirement Party. …
Dr. Lewis: Yes. I really don’t have them, you know. I’ve long since either lost in moving or discarded everything that I had. So I have no papers around from JASON, if that’s what you mean.
Aaserud: No, generally — both JASON and generally speaking.
Lewis: There are lots of things, but they’re scattered in a complicated way. Generally speaking, I throw things away after a few years, so the only things I have are the things that have accumulated over the last few years and are relevant to the things I’m actually doing these days.
Aaserud: That’s another thing that the Center is strongly involved in — just saving papers for historical purposes.
Lewis: Yes, I understand. But I have enough trouble keeping up with current papers.
Aaserud: But if for any reason you wanted help or advice on what to keep and how to keep it and where to go and all that, then we’d be happpy to help on that. But for JASON in particular, you don’t have anything.
Lewis: No, I don’t.
There is shredding going on in Santa Barbara. Data has been destroyed. Where are the auditors when you need them?
Much more worth of note at the link.
PS: Dr R., if you want people to recommend your work, it might be a good idea to use the actual “TITLE” affordance that the blogger interface so thoughtfully provides, rather than simply bolding your title as part of the main text. A hassle I’m sure, but nowhere near as onerous as fastlane or a typical journal submission. I am sure you can handle it.
Thanks in advance.