TITLE: This and That, from the Home Front AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: November 23, 2005 1:46 PM DESC: ----- BODY: The daily grind of the department office has descended upon me the last couple of weeks, which with the exception of two enjoyable talks (described here and here) have left me with little time to think in the way that academics are sometimes privileged. Now comes a short break full of time at home with family. Here are a few things that have crossed my path of late:
The great thing about explaining something to a non-expert is that you have to actually understand the topic.Content and method both matter. Don't let either the education college folks or the "cover all the material" lecturers from the disciplines tell you otherwise.
If schedule is more important than accuracy, then I can always be on time.Courtesy of Uncle Bob, though I disagree with his assumption that double-entry bookkeeping is an essential practice of modern accounting. (I do not disagree with the point he makes about test-driven development!) Then again, most accountants hold double-entry bookkeeping in nearly religious esteem, and I've had to disagree with them, too. But one of my closest advisors as a graduate student, Bill McCarthy, is an accountant with whom I can agree on this issue!