Job Announcement: Ethnographer at Pitney Bowes

ETHNOGRAPHER Description The Concept Studio is a customer-centered innovation group with the mission of providing Pitney Bowes with rich customer and market insights to discover new business opportunities and guide decision-making. Our multi-disciplinary team of designers, strategists and technologists collaborate with Pitney Bowes business units in fast-paced projects, to identify unmet needs and market opportunities … Continue reading Job Announcement: Ethnographer at Pitney Bowes

Opportunity to participate in the discussion on the new AAA code of ethics

For those of you that are AAA members, or participate in those conversations: The AAA is posting proposed rewrites to the Code of Ethics, section by section, to their blog for discussion and comment. The first topic being hashed out is "Do no harm." If you want to observe or participate, click on over to … Continue reading Opportunity to participate in the discussion on the new AAA code of ethics

Your professors job is not to be smarter than you.

It is funny how many prof's and students forget this wee detail, but it is true. At the end of the day, you as the student are there to LEARN and to achieve YOUR goals. The job of your instructors is to GUIDE you and show you how to be a better and more rigorous … Continue reading Your professors job is not to be smarter than you.

American Anthropological Association dissolves, decides to start over tomorrow.

APG Newswire WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Anthropological Association (AAA) made the announcement today that its Joint Committee for Publishing and Employment Services unanimously recommended the immediate dissolution of the AAA, stating there was nothing left to study. James Curry, the newly-past President of the now defunct AAA, stated the organization had no choice. "Look, … Continue reading American Anthropological Association dissolves, decides to start over tomorrow.

Undergraduate Seminar: Doing that 1st fieldwork project for class

At some point as an undergrad, particularly if you are taking a social science class you may be asked to do some kind of field project as an assignment.  The kind where you have to go out and talk to live, squishy people... preferably strangers, write down what they say and do some form of … Continue reading Undergraduate Seminar: Doing that 1st fieldwork project for class

Is a single currency for all the world a good idea?

A buddy of mine and I were talking about our favorite conspiracy theories.  Of course, the "one world government" deal is the biggest and bestest of them all. But it led to an economics questions neither of us are skilled enough to answer:  Would a single currency worldwide be good or bad?  Just imagine a worldwide EURO.  How would that work.  OR, does the vary disparity of … Continue reading Is a single currency for all the world a good idea?

Undergrad Seminar: How long should this paper be?

Every student wants to know "How long should this paper be?" I think that's a pretty reasonable question, but for some reason instructors sometimes treat this question like one of the deadly sins. Ironically, when your instructor is asked to present a paper, they are given the answer to that very question at the beginning!  … Continue reading Undergrad Seminar: How long should this paper be?

Undergrad Seminar: Why Incompletes Are So Dangerous

Here we are in the 2nd half of the academic year. If the 1st half got off to a rocky start, maybe this is a good time to talk about time management. Not the "The 7 habits of that smugly overambitious go-getter" variety. This is aimed more at the "How can I squeeze school into … Continue reading Undergrad Seminar: Why Incompletes Are So Dangerous

Blogging is soooooooooo 2006

This is the time of year when blogs talk about their top posts for the 2009, the most important issues in their area of interest and otherwise reflecting with great insight on the past year or decade. I promise this blog will continue its long held tradition to avoid insights at all costs.  So forward, … Continue reading Blogging is soooooooooo 2006

As part of the holiday tradition, we present “Mr. Krewstyscabbe’s Night Before Christmas.”

"Twas the night before Christmas" written by Nicholas Krewstyscabbe* Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. For they had been smooshed and flattened and relieved of their feet By a ghastly young girl that claimed "ADD!" The stockings were hung by the chimney … Continue reading As part of the holiday tradition, we present “Mr. Krewstyscabbe’s Night Before Christmas.”

Johnny Cash, my family witch craft and why it is so ordinary.

My family - mother and father sides - are from the Appalachian regions. We are from, as my father said "Coal miners and dirt farmers." I was the 3rd person in either family to ever get a college degree, my father and older brother being the 1st and 2nd. When dad was younger he worked … Continue reading Johnny Cash, my family witch craft and why it is so ordinary.