Friday, November 30, 2007

Finished, part three

Survived yet another NaBloPoMo with soul and senses more or less intact. As I said last time, I enjoyed the discipline of writing every day and was surprised to see how often I wished to write more than once a day. Perhaps there is some inner "Target Number of Words Daily" setting that prompts me, which falls below the often extreme length of my non-NaBloPoMo postings.

This made me laugh this morning. Perhaps I'll give Ralph one for Christmas.

The weather did change yesterday/last night, but no snow: just drizzling rain.

The Little Professor points at an article in which a Harvard Law School professor admits (a) to plagiarism and (b) that he doesn't even read the manuscripts that go into print under his name—but somehow keeps his job. Is it just me, or does anyone else find this vaguely offensive? LP raises two valid points: If the purpose of research is to discover something new, then summarizing the work of others is clearly not "research;" and: If students submitted papers written by another student, they would be reprimanded if not sent down; why then do we permit it in professors?

Today's Friday Favourite is a lovely song from a great album, ten years old already. Regular readers will have heard her voice before, she sang on one of the first Favourites, back in February.

Shabbat shalom, my dears.

Thirty down. Done the bugger!

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Blogger zhoen said...

Not so sure about those stuffed, unstuffed, critters.

But I laughed.

November 30, 2007 at 1:40:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Diana said...

Nothing like a good double standard, hey? Hope the poor students aren't ruined because of it.

November 30, 2007 at 3:18:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Good work, on getting several things done - perhaps we can meet tomorrow. Hope the translations are going as well.

November 30, 2007 at 6:27:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Antonia said...

the only thing about the plagiarising professors that surprises me is why suddenly people are surprised about that this happens. Purpose of research in these days is to earn money for the faculty.
[Come now, don't be so naive....says the former university eployee, correction, even worse, former boardmember]

November 30, 2007 at 8:33:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous Shari said...

I have enjoyed reading your posts
this month.. congratulations!
And Shabbat Shalom to you too.
Its a beautiful day in the Holyland.

December 1, 2007 at 2:35:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Pacian said...

"why then do we permit it in professors?"

I think the key to this issue is that 'we' do not. They permit it of themselves.

December 2, 2007 at 2:01:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Yes but: if so-called moral outrage can cause the sacking of profs who bed their students or espouse non-fascist politics, then intellectual outrage should be as capable of sacking profs who betray the profession (in an ideal world).

December 2, 2007 at 7:53:00 p.m. GMT+1  

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