Daily Archives: January 22, 2007

January 22, 2007, 11:07 pm

For those of you keeping up with my theming obsession

I’m pretty well sold on this Plaintxtblog theme. Very nice, clean, and simple. I find that having such a clean theme is forcing me to write a little more cleanly too, which is good. But I will be working on a few changes to the basic setup over the next week or so:

  • Replacing the title and subtitle with a logo.
  • Making it so that self-references (links made in an article to a previous article) don’t show up in the “Recent Comments” list.
  • Adding a few, but not too many, graphical and link elements like a del.icio.us links cloud and the little orange radio-type symbols for RSS feeds.
  • In general, I’m not very sure how to edit the sidebars of a blog when you’re using widgets.
  • Editing the Pages for this blog (policies, etc.) and putting those up.
  • Putting up some text widgets on the side for things like email, etc.

I’ll hold off on further theme-blogging until then.

January 22, 2007, 1:02 pm

Things you wish you learned in college

Education finance website NextPath has an article on 13 Things I Wish I Learned in College. The first two items are particularly good:

Getting to the Point – Most of the term papers I did in college were long and had minimal requirements. The last thing my boss wants to read is a 10 page report that could have been one paragraph long. Professors need to teach students to get to the point and not push for lengthy essays.

I’m a big believer in having students write short, content-rich pieces that make their point convincingly and then stop. Read here for more on that.

Making Proper Presentations – I have made a lot of presentations in college, but the professors did not show me how to successfully communicate my ideas. Having cheesy designed slides may have worked well in college, but in the corporate world simple, effective designs are preferred. Now I have learned that slides with…

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January 22, 2007, 10:50 am

And the winner for non-compelling headline of the day goes to…

…our very own Indianapolis Star, for this article:

Colleges are hotbeds of ambivalence over war

I’m a little unclear on how a place can be a “hotbed of ambivalence”. That’s a little like being “radically neutral”. (In fairness, the article itself is pretty revealing about college students’ attitudes toward the GWOT.)