Different sorts of posts can be published on the blog. If we try to distinguish, there are. There was also a post on hours of tweets where I tried to see how long I can survive away from Twitter. Now, I should admit that I will not blog on all topics. For instance, I was involved in some discussions, where a student of mine asked interesting questions, about religion and education.
And I know there are things that I should not post on my blog if I do not want to ruin my career. So for legal issues, there are things that I will not write on my blog. And similarly, I try to avoid libel actions, so when I write that someone published something stupid in a post, or in an article, to try to say that as nicely as I can.
My blog is still a peacefull place, and I want to keep it like that…. Another reason why I will not blog about everything is that I do not have legitimacy to blog on everything. I mean, I know a bit of mathematics, but when I post something about a property in geometry, I feel like an impostor. Similarly when I write something about some history of some statistical concept, about regulation in insurance, about simple game theory result, etc. I try to publish on topics that are either related to my research, or to my teaching activities.
Even tonight, when writing this post, it looks like a big fraud to me, and I find it extremely hard to write some exegesis about my blogging activity.
Finally, I should confess that I do not blog about everything because I try keep some ideas for my research, that will hopefully end up with a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. If we compare a blog post and a standard academic article, it takes more time to write a paper, mainly because full referencing is necessary, because it is necessary to convince the editors, as well as referee s that you wrote something original, that is probably a major contribution. It is much faster to publish a post!
And probably most important, while blogging, you can explore a question, you do not need to answer it. Economics in newspapers has to be related to macroeconomics, and science has to be related…. Their opinions would emerge often mangled and simplified, always truncated, in articles over which they had no final control. Writing a post is an academic blog is neither pretending being a journalist, nor writing an academic article. False starts and heuristics are skipped, because they might appear as un-necessary to get an understanding of the article.
And I truly believe that this is exactly where blogging become interesting. One of the main reason why I am still blogging after 6 years, with enthusiasm, is because it is still a lot of fun. And it is a place that I appreciate all the more that academia is currently a nightmare. I might sound incredibly cynical and I have to confess that I think I am becoming cynical , but I interact with the blogging community because I want to.
I interact with students and colleagues because I have to. There are two important issues in academia, when talking about money: tuition fees rise, and the decrease of public funding for research. I have the feeling that undergraduate students, are consumers. And consumers are the real bosses, you know that, right? And as a professor, I am like the seller in the store.
I can try to give some advice, but I am useless. Most of my students are no longer interested by the story behind a model, they want some recipes for their future job. They want to know what to use, and when. And since universities evaluate their professors, they ask students to fill evaluation forms. And professors do everything to get good evaluations. That is a simple and extremely rational game. And about the colleagues, I can tell you so many stories, that I have experienced, or heard about.
- Juin 12222;
- Oeuvres de La Mettrie (French Edition).
- 21st Century U.S. Military Documents: Air Force E-9A Range Control Aircraft - Operations Procedures, Aircrew Evaluation Criteria, Aircrew Training Flying Operations.
- Juillet 12222.
Everyone is now suspicious. And again, it is rational. The less money there is to do some research, the more competition. This is not only a feeling I have, it is truly something that I observed. With students, it is a commercial world, while with colleagues, it is a world of paranoia most of the time for good reasons. When I arrived in Canada, some colleagues were paternalistic one more time for good reasons and they told me that I had to mention the impact of my research.
Like my research could save the world, or help to cure from some awful diseases… No, what I do is theoretical, probably useless, and I cannot expect too much. Unfortunately, I am not Alvin Roth who proved that mathematics can save lives, literally. And yes, when I have three consecutive hours to do some research, it is probably because either I missed a course, or because I forgot about a meeting….
Compared with those standard academic activities, blogging is fun. Within the blogosphere, I do not see competition, just motivation and stimulation. You can interact with other bloggers, learn from them, and so far, it is still a pleasure to blog. Some bloggers claim that it is a shame that blogging is not recognized formally within academia, but I think it is actually a great opportunity. We do blog because we want to, it is not another required task.
So it can still be fun… And when talking about the impact of my activities, I believe that my blog has much more impact than my teaching in a class room or my research. I have to confess that I blog mainly for myself, in the sense that I do not want to have a readership waiting for me to post something everyday!
I remember when I started blogging. At first, I thought that no one was reading my blog, and then friends, colleagues told me that they were.
Les Daudet et l'Académie Goncourt
It is actually thrilling not to say scary to have 5, readers for a blog post, when you think about the number of readers of academic articles. Somehow, it looks like academic journals try to avoid exposure. If I wanted to be provocative, I would say that research is a social activity, where we need to keep, and to create, interactions with various researchers, reading papers, keeping our mind open. On the other hand, blogging is definitively a personal activity. And since I am an old bear, usually reluctant about standard social activities, blogging is perfect for me.
As mentioned in some previous posts , I use my blog as a note book, to keep traces of ideas, codes.
Liste des articles
So yes, blogging is personal. But it is opened, and anyone can access it. So I use my blog to promote my work, and my scholarship. Blog are great to encourage conversation! In blogs, we connect to other blogs, using comments, reactions, and hyperlinks. But actually, Derek de Solla Price explained in see e. So having informal discussion is probably the best way to work, as an academic. Using blogs, we can develop and connect a network of various people, from PhD students to practitioners in the industry, as well as more experienced academics who might share common interests.
The blog is read by students, former students, colleagues, probably the dean, and even the department secretary. My kids too, someday….
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With a simple cost-benefit analysis, I will probably blog if benefits are more important than costs. One component is related to time issue: is blogging costing, or saving time? Similarly, while teaching, the same question is asked twice a year. The first year, I can write an answer in a blog post, and then, I can integrete it to my notes blog posts can even be more interesting than lectures notes. I cannot believe that blogging is a waste of time, since I see my blog as a long-term memory I do have an extremely short-term memory, unfortunately.
If I write a detailed reply to a specific question because I found the question interesting I find it stupid not to share it. All the more because other people might also be interested in interacting… With blogs, dissemination is immediate, as well as comments and feedback.
Comment structurer un paragraphe ? - Méthodologie
Not serious, I can live with it. I am a big fan of the Ig Nobels prices: yes, we can do serious research without being too serious. Comments are open, and unless you want to sell Louis Vitton bags or Viagra, I publish all of them. In blog, comments can be more constructive than comments you get from referees in a so-called peer reviewed journal. Blog posts are published on the open web, not in some journal so expensive that no one can actually read it. Yes, commenting is not a formal or rigorous as a peer review publication, but having opened comments may contribute to establish quality and credibility of a blog.
Having comments from the community is a great benefit. Further, blogging is interesting since I believe it did improve my teaching. In the sense that writing posts helped me many times to clarify my ideas. And I believe that my lectures are then better. So I guess I will keep blogging for a long long time….
I guess I will stop here, even if I might have tons of other things I would like to add. Based on this post, I now have think of something interesting to share in the panel, next week. And, to be honest, that might be true, and it is a strange felling. The blog is currently migrating, from. The IT is still working on it, and if I still publish on the two blogs until the end of this session, from , all my posts will be on this blog, only.
Please upade your bookmarks…. I have to admit that I am not a big fan of databases that can be generated using standard function to study tweets. The small problem here, is that we have a limitation: we can only get tweets per call of the function. All the information about my own tweets and re-tweets are stored in a nice dataset. Actually, we have even more, since we have extracted also names of people mentioned in tweets,.
Now, let us spend some time with dates and time of tweets it was the initial goal of this post … One more time, there is a small technical problem that we have to deal with: language. On this graph, we can see that I am clearly not online almost 6 hours a day or at least not on Twitter. It is possible to visualize more precisely the period of the day where I might be on Twitter,.
L'électeur et ses papiers. Enquête sur les cartes et les listes électorales (1848-1939)
Note that we did it for my Twitter account, but we can also run the code on almost anyone on Twitter. Consider e. Since Alexandre is tweeting in France, we have to play with time-zones,. I can seen clearly when we might have overlaps,. But it is possible to do much better… for instance, for those who do not ask specifically not to be Geo-located, we can see where they do tweet during the day, and during the night… I am quite sure a dozen posts with those functions can be written….
Je vais donc parler un peu de ma vie en tant que bloggeur. Cette information est publique parue au Journal Officiel mais je voulais une base. Et je dois avouer que depuis je doute…. The practice : how do I blog? The future : why is it still worth blogging, in academia? What the blog looks like? On the right part of my blog, I try to get legitimacy. I entered their judicial courts and legislative halls. But I sought everywhere in vain for the secret of their success, until I entered the church.
It was there, as I listened to the soul-equalizing and soul-elevating principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free, and why France was a slave. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle. The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
This is a variant expression of a sentiment which is often attributed to Tocqueville or Alexander Fraser Tytler , but the earliest known occurrence is as an unsourced attribution to Tytler in "This is the Hard Core of Freedom" by Elmer T. Peterson in The Daily Oklahoman 9 December : "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury.
After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy. In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. It was Joseph de Maistre who wrote in "Every nation gets the government it deserves.
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