Quote of the day

“Everyone knows what attention is. It is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several possible objects or trains of thought. …It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others.”

— William James (1842-1910)

Is bigger better?

Universities are in an amenities arms race. Our university is no exception. In fact, it may be one of the most effected. Read this brief article. There is no question that we are improving our national reputation as long with the amenities. However, it is not clear that all will end well. Our numerous capital improvements are driving costs up at a time when students and families may be least able to absorb the increase.

Ukraine’s power outage was a cyber attack

I find this cyber attack the cut off power very troubling. Our rapid advance in technology many times seems to be creating less robust versions of the technology.

I’m not a luddite who wants to return to the old.
Sure my grandfather never suffered a “service interruption” at home. But it was because he did have any services.

However, most of us do not realize how fragile our infrastructure is. I hope we wake up to this before we suffer a serious outage.