Friday Varia and Quick Hits

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Springtime is weird for academics. On the one hand, we all celebrate the return of longer and warmer days, the the first spring flowers peaking up from the melting snow, and the musty smell of the thaw that promises the sunny days of summer. On the other hand, it’s the end for us, the end of a semester, the end of an academic year, the end of the classroom routine and the opportunity to learn from students, and campus goes into its quiet summer reverie.

It not that spring is bad or that summer is bad, but there is something a bit melancholic about the spring.

In the ambivalent spirit of an academic springtime, then, I offer a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:

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