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Facts you wouldn’t want to know

Facts you wouldn’t want to know

During my student years, when the weather was thirsty and the girls were pretty, we used to argue: the more you study, the more you know; the more you know, the more you forget; the more you forget, the less you know…so let’s take a beer instead of our study books. Sound reasoning indeed; visionary I’d even say in retrospect. ...

Non vitae sed scholae

Non vitae sed scholae

When you read this I’ll be gone…to another university. Imbued with this momentum, I feel it’s the right time to express a concern based on the past years at UM/SBE. This is my concern: Education, the raison d’être of academia, has become a nuisance to many. The degradation of education is the result of two factors. First,...

Social hotshot

Social hotshot

In terms of professional networking, I’m a loser. More precise: I lost 6 procent in profile view ranking in the past seven days. LinkedIn informed me about this loss. This online social business network advised me to add a photo and summary to my profile in order to be discovered for my next career step. They’d calculated that this woul...

Charlie

Charlie

The past decades have produced a wealth of video footage on horrific violence against human beings. To name a few: amputations in Rwanda, stoning in Afghanistan, and during the past year heads were rolling like it was France 1794. Last week’s pictures of the slaughter in Paris fit neatly in this rich tradition of brutality. When exposed to s...

LABRADOR!

LABRADOR!

Almost 300,000 square kilometres of rocky tundra and taiga land in the East of Canada. When exploring the shores and inlands of this immense acreage, there is a considerable chance of meeting the Inuit, riding their dog sleighs, fishing in ice-holes or binge-drinking with friends. (By the way, it is strongly advised to abstain from calling them Es...

New Year’s resolution

New Year’s resolution

It is often heard these days that successful academic living resembles to a type of top-level sport. Scientists must perform an increasing amount of tasks and only the best will succeed. At the start of a brand new academic year I was wondering: Are scientists the new athletes? At first sight, this comparison seems ridiculous. I mean, sports are ...