Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Three for Friday

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* College Writing Class Assignments with Real-World Applications.

10. Write a cover letter to a bank manager that claims your B.A. in literature gives you advantages that people who have degrees in business, finance or economics simply don’t have.

Damn straight. Alternatively, the literature student might consider getting a quick certificate in banking from Stephen Colbert “University.”

* America’s Ten Deadest Cities. Clocking in at #4: my beloved Cleveland, who population has nearly halved since 1950. (Thanks, Steve!)

* The aim of the Attribution of Climate-Related Events workshop was to discuss what information is needed to determine the extent to which human-induced climate change can be blamed for extreme weather events – possibly even straight after they have happened. Via this post from Kevin Drum talking more generally about adaptation, prevention, and reparation for climate change.

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  1. “all ready”? I’m deeply disappointed, McSweeney.


    August 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

  2. I was trying to figure out if it was an intentional misspelling as some sort of dig at low-quality composition instructors.


    August 27, 2010 at 10:45 am

  3. I think it’s a little premature to put New Orleans on the list of dead cities, no?


    August 27, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  4. Why on why did I move from #4 to #3. I can only hope I’m not destined to temporarily stay in #2 before settling in Buffalo.


    August 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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