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Paul Minda
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I've been having some serious difficulty with my office desktop. It's a late 2012 iMac. Although I'll be sending it out for repair, I'm not sure what's wrong. But it's hardware related. If I decide to get a new desktop, I'm considering going with a standard, University-issue PC. I've been running Apples on my desk non stop since 1997...Would I be making a mistake? I no longer tie into the Apple ecosystem. I have an Android. Everything stored in the cloud. If anything I'm tied into Google. 90% of my time is spent with Chrome and MS Word. The rest is Evernote and R with a bit of Python and LaTeX. Is there any reason to buy an apple for my work machine? I still have a 2015 MacBook, of course, but just wondering what the opinions are about a switch like this.
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+Bryce Alexander great insights. I've got a whole stable of Macs, and know it pretty well (going back to the Mac IIfx in my lab as grad student) Several at home, and 10 in my lab. I think it would be far to frustrating to transition to PC. I suppose the main reason I'm even considering is that I just don't have the time to keep up on things as much as I used to. And my University does not provide any support for Mac. But I'm not really sure that getting institutional support for my office desktop would be worth the frustration. I'll be sending the iMac out for repair next week. 
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I can't believe that I am nearly 46, and its 2016, and I just now discovered NRBQ...what was I
wasting my time listening to back in the day?
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Fresh of the press at "Psychology and Aging", work by my senior PhD student Rachel Rabi discovered that, compared with younger adults, older adults can learn some new perceptual categories really well, but struggle with others. Some of these differences can be explained by differences in working memory. Rachel's current work is seeking to understand these effects within the context of current theories of category learning, working memory function, and executive function. She's also looking at ways to reverse the effect and how some older adults show preserved function and others do not. http://psycnet.apa.org/psycarticles/2016-01649-001 The article is behind the paywall, but contact me if you would like a personal reprint.
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Looks very interesting and relevant, Paul. Congrats on the pub! Would you send a copy to jehummel@illinois.edu?
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All three voices are useful tools of the trade...
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The sun rises over Western University's campus and the city of London, ON. The view from my (temporary) new office.
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Such an unusual Christmas Eve. Very warm. I'm on the deck grilling shrimp (which is just bizarre for December Ontario) I can hear street hockey sounds instead of snowblowers, and I saw the full moon ascending in the evening sky. I wish peace and love to all my family and friends. Merry Christmas everyone!
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Fanatastic photo.
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Just discovered this album last night. It's a cool take on Monk's music by Terry Adams of NRBQ. It's all excellent, though this song in particular makes me smile.
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Some actual good news for current doctoral students (in Canada), it turns out that you might be able to get a job as a tenure track professor after all. According to the article and survey "A third of graduates with doctoral degrees from Ontario universities are in tenure-track positions somewhere in the world, with half of them working as professors in Canada"
New research suggests a third of graduates with doctoral degrees from Ontario universities are in tenure-track positions
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A woman walked into a Trump rally wearing her hijab. She listened to his supporters. They listened to her. Maybe some people even learned something about what the other wants...Then she wrote this thoughtful essay, which I really enjoyed. 
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Two linguistics PhD students at McMaster examined geotagged tweets from the US and Canada from 2015 and then looked at the top 10% of words used by Canadians and the top 10 % used by Americans. Conclusions?  Canadian tweets are friendlier. Also, it seems we mostly tweet about sports....
We watch the same TV shows, listen to the same music and wear the same clothes. But when it comes to what we say on Twitter, Canadians and Americans could hardly be more different. After analyzing millions of tweets, McMaster linguists have found that Canadians tend to be a pretty polite, ...
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Now comes the most difficult part of the entire process: Waiting... #homebrew
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I always found that the most difficult part of the enterprise was washing the bottles and equipment. (While waiting, one can always buy other beer :-)
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I'm actually really jazzed about the Beatles discography being available on Google Play Music now. I'm going to listen to the whole catalogue. 
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    BA - Psychology, 1988 - 1992
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    1984 - 1988
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    PhD - Psychology, 1995 - 2000
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Visiting Chicago and stopped in after a concert. Really interesting combinations and much better than average fries. Very friendly service too.
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Visiting Chicago for an conference and enjoyed and great dinner here with my family. Very reasonable price, terrific sauces, mole, tortillas. Nice selection of tequila
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