URLs du Jour — 2012-03-08

  • Mayim Bialik from "Big Bang
Theory" with the Gigaset L410 A quick viewing note: The rerun episode of The Big Bang Theory, tonight at 8:30pm (Eastern) on CBS is worth watching just for the very last scene, where our hero Sheldon attempts to get back into the good graces of Amy Farrah Fowler, played by Ms. Mayim Bialik.

    Everyone's excellent in that show, but Ms. Bialik is just tremendous. Should I ever get around to compiling a top-N list of best sitcom episodes ever, tonight's will probably appear, just because of her. (If you just want to see the last scene, it's been YouTubed. But you'll miss the setup.)

  • Yesterday, I approvingly linked to the articles by Steven Landsburg about the Fluke/Limbaugh controversy. Landsburg is an econ prof at the University of Rochester (NY) and his blog posts caused the URoch President, Joel Seligman, to issue an anti-Landsburg screed in response. Landsburg has a response to Seligman here.

    Here's a telling indicator as to who has the stronger argument: Seligman does not provide a link to Landsburg's articles. However, Landsburg provides a link to Seligman's, allowing readers to judge for themselves.

    Instapundit has a good take on the matter:

    You know, it’s going to be harder and harder to sell the notions of universities as places where people pursue knowledge for its own sake.

    And Landsburg has tenure, but don’t you think that a university president going after a professor like this will serve to chill the speech of untenured professors, grad students, etc.? And do you think Joel Seligman was unaware of that?

    Good questions. Wonder how Universities Nearer Here would do if we had a similar professor who failed to follow the party line?

    The MinuteMan has a typically well-thought article too, with links to today's action.


Last Modified 2012-03-09 2:16 PM EST
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