RIP, Paul the Octopus (Thanks Everyday Tips for relaying the sad news)
This week the academic blogosphere has been abuzz with our annoyance at salary freezes and how they disincentivize effort, especially in service and teaching if there’s no reward. (They have incentivized me to work my rear off and get the cv in shape, but if I weren’t up for tenure, the lack of merit raises would definitely stop my interest in student evals and mind-numbing committees cold.) That buzz has led to even more buzz in which humanities professors complain about their salaries and adjuncts complain about their job prospects. Unionization is tossed around as an idea. Experienced heads disagree with unions as a solution. I still maintain that there’s nothing special about academia– if you don’t like it as much as your outside options, then get another job. But maybe I’m wrong. Are academics special? Or is it just a job?
Also, I may want a unicorn. Not sure if the HOA would allow it.
Also: this video is a wake-up call if you’re considering graduate school in the humanities. (All our academic readers have “already seen it at least twice and have seen it linked 57 times” according to one blogger. Here’s link 58.)
Do want. (Someone’s science fiction/fantasy library.)
And in terms of redecorating… are you more like this, this, or this? We’re more of a molly on money (only we probably would have kept the wood paneling), but in our wildest dreams we would hire squadratomagico to redo everything for us (it’s so not us, but deep down we kind of wish we could be like that, even though even deeper we’re probably ok with our beige personalities). If we went with the punch debt in the face version it would become completely undone in about a day. Just as soon as the guests left. I can’t handle that much organization.
Do credit cards make you fat? Not me! When I have cash it goes straight to the vending machine.
A nice chart illustrating the differences between Health HSA and FSA. A confusing topic!
Children of scientists discuss Halloween costumes.
We were in this week’s Carnival of personal Finance at Cash Money Life.