Tuesday, December 9, 2008

in praise of intellectual swagger..


Just got done going through all your comments on the top-k ideas you appreciated. Thanks for the many thoughtful

I should probably sign-off on that chummy note and resist my curmudgeon-like urge to kvetch (especially on the eve of teaching evaluations ;-), but I can't.

Despite the semester-long attempts to foster skepticism, there still was a little too much  google-swooning in the reviews for my taste.  While I don't mean to legislate your predilections, I do want to suggest that it would be way much more fun to be path-breakers rather than be groupies.  For the  former you would need  more skepticism and a lot more intellectual swagger.
No one ever changed/improved  anything that they are smitten with.


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