30 April 2011

doesn't say anything about leaving your office door open



Starbucks shops are prime hunting ground for thieves who prey on customers distracted by laptops or iPads or, well, standing in line, to extract their valuables.

27 April 2011

non-workshop reminder

there is no workshop tomorrow (thu. 28 apr.)

the workshop that was going to take place tomorrow has been moved to tue. 10 may.

so tomorrow there is only not-workshop.

25 April 2011

Workshop reminder

"Writing the Damn Prospectus"

Tue 26 April
LT 1210

15 April 2011

for the philosohomies

SPEL GSO events:

infamous(ly awesome) end-of-the-year party

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY, May 7th! Save the date!

You deserve a break. Treat yourself right.
Keg beer and merriment will be provided.

Also this year is a THEME PARTY! (woohoooooo) Specifically, it is a CONCEPT PARTY! 

Come dressed up as your favorite concept, and please don't everyone go for Hedonism. ;)

Family, friends, significant others welcome!

Location: Regan (& Aaron) White House. 
It'll be a blasty blast.

End-of-the-year dinner at Moghul! Friday, May 13th, 7pm.

Please RSVP to (rrule1@binghamton.edu) by May 1st, and include the number of non-university affiliated guests who will be in attendance.

We hope to be able to cover all parties (students and significant others), but our ability to do so will be determined by the number of attendees. So it is very important that you RSVP!

Food will be covered, but please bring money for tips and drinks.

Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces together in a non-colloquium environment!

[what's wrong with the colloquium environment?]

14 April 2011

so much for philosophy

from this:

Here is what baffles Mnookin most: How so many caring, well-educated, affluent parents came to buy leaky theories that vaccines cause autism. How 48 states allow parents to exempt their kids from vaccines for religious reasons, and how in 18 states all you need is a philosophical reason. How, in 2010, the journal Pediatrics reported that a staggering 25 percent of parents believed that vaccines can cause developmental disorders in healthy children. How, even after a 2002 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found no link between MMR and autism, the anti-vaccine camp grew stronger.

so I guess the ranking goes:
1) prudential reason
2) religious reason
3) philosophical reason
4) grunt prefaced by "'cuz"

11 April 2011

from the Campus Master Plan Presentation

I skim it so you don't have to, not that you had to anyway.  I think this picture captures it:

10 April 2011

Dissertation defense

Edgar Valdez
"Pre-Postulate A Priori Intuition: Revisiting Kant's Account of Space"

Wed Apr 13th

LT 1310 (note the floor)

08 April 2011

colloquium reminder

                                                                             (not actually talking about this)

Distinguished Speaker

Elizabeth Anderson
University of Michigan

"The Fundamental Disagreement between Luck Egalitarians and Relational Egalitarians"

Thu 14 Apr
UUW 324

new agenda item for Tue open SPEL meeting

1. A brief speech in praise of the world's greatest SPEL memo.

the next SPEL meeting:

Tue 12 April
LT 1210

07 April 2011

yay Shay!


at the home of the other Spelblog

here's the holy hand grenade of Antioch again, even though it's not appropriate in this case

05 April 2011

beware of spear phishing


don't let what happened to Danesh happen to you.


that's open now.

don't forget to check with your advisor.

and register for the colloquium.

Dissertation defense

Lew Trelawny-Cassity

Plato's Legislative Demiurgy: A Study of the Character of the Laws

this Wed! (the 6th)
LT 1210

open to the public


to J Marsh, who is now ABD

SPEL meeting

it's an 'open' one

Tue 12 April, usual time, usual place