Sunday, November 30, 2008

Italian academia


Parco Burcina
Originally uploaded by tizianoj
A beautiful photo of the place in which I grew up made me think about how messy the condition of Italian academia is. On 11/29, a group of researchers from Bologna started the brilliant initiative of laying down the photos of about 1800 young researchers, most of them in their 30s as I am, so that people would literally walk on their faces while strolling in Bologna. The initiative is meant to indicate that the lack of stability and financial and professional rewards in Italian academia is such that researchers feels like if they are 'walked on' on a daily basis. Good luck to them!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

To bring the tofu, or not bring the tofu?

An article for vegetarians who have family in the States….

Tofurky, the best-known substitute, draws mixed reviews. "Honestly, Tofurky is gross," says Ari Hershberg, who was a vegetarian for eight years. "You try and like it and you say you like it, but you really just want to be eating turkey like everyone else." (This may just be Hershberg: he went back to eating meat six years ago.) Others, like McLean, say that while vegetarian stuffing is well and good, Tofurky would be far too untraditional: "That's way too weird for my family."

Happy Thanksgiving!