NASA has some incredible traditions. I was lucky enough to visit the original Apollo Mission Control room and they have one wall where they post the mission plague on the left when the mission starts. At the end of the mission they have a little ceremony where they move the plague to the right wall in remembrance of a… » 1/28/15 4:24pm Wednesday 4:24pm

Tenure is not what it used to be! It is no longer a secure position at all. It does help keep the whims of an administrator from kicking you to the curb for a whim, but it is still very possible to contractually eliminate a faculty member or a whole department of faculty members with or without tenure. » 6/20/14 2:53pm 6/20/14 2:53pm

1) Ambiguity for ambiguity sake is not ok. But the dramatic tension built by the top in Inception was pretty spot on for the discussion about how we perceive reality. It was 'important' to me to KNOW whether the top falls, forcing me to rewatch. I dont think the ambiguity just to be open ended is any fun. » 2/15/14 12:52pm 2/15/14 12:52pm