Making a poster out of a great AskMe answer - thoughts? June 1, 2013 6:49 PM   Subscribe

I talk about .kobayashi.'s epic 2010 dissertation model AskMe answer ALL THE TIME. (I am now an assistant professor advising graduate students.) I was thinking about having it made into a cool typographic poster. (Like this). Does this seem like a cool thing to do, intellectual property wise? Other issues?
posted by k8t to Etiquette/Policy at 6:49 PM (32 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

As noted in the footer, posters retain the copyright to their posts. So you'd need to talk to .kobayashi. about it if you're looking for permission. There are many people more qualified than me to talk about the legal issues around making a personal copy if that's what you're wanting to do, so I'll leave that side of it to them.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 6:53 PM on June 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'll leave the intellectual-property questions to the experts, but, other-issue-wise, contacting .kobayashi. before moving forward seems like it would be a cool thing to do.
posted by box at 7:19 PM on June 1, 2013


Oh, wow. I'm glad that this has been useful. I don't want to leave y'all hanging, but it's the 3rd period of the Bruins game; I'll have more to share in just a little bit.
posted by .kobayashi. at 7:27 PM on June 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Okay, with the game over, a few thoughts:

1) Writing a dissertation is a hard lonely process, and I think we all need to encourage anything that makes it easier. If you think that my words on a poster would help to do that, k8t, then you absolutely have my blessing to make that poster, to nail it to the door of the grad student lab space, or even to skywrite it above campus. Whatever you wish. Whatever you think will help. Go for it.

2) Something to keep in mind if you ever want to use this for something more academic than an in-house motivational poster: While the analysis of the sliding scale model and the observations on the possible spaces on that scale are mine, the basic concepts of the "magnum opus" and the "driver's license" model are not. As far as I know, they belong to Random Airplane Guy. Of course, he may well have taken them from some other book or article about writing. In other words, with regard to the germ of the idea which sparked that comment -- I have no clue what its true provenience is. I didn't worry too much about it because, at the time, I thought I was borrowing it for just another comment in just another AskMe. But if it's something you ever want to really use, you might cast about to see if it's actually a roundabout third-hand re-articulation of someone else's concept.

3) My comment got the lion's share of attention in that AskMe, but man oh man, there's a lot of good advice in that thread. I really liked RogerB's comment (which led me to clarify further my original comment). Folks actually grappling with these sorts of dissertation concerns will be well served, in my opinion, if they spend some time with the rest of that thread too.

4) To anyone struggling with a dissertation right now: Be good. Be well. Do good work. Don't be too hard on yourself.
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:14 PM on June 1, 2013 [25 favorites]


5) Oh and I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds here, but since it seems like this is probably pretty well sorted, and since I'll probably never be the subject of a complimentary MeTa again anytime soon, I'd kick myself if I didn't ask: In lieu of closing this up, mods, can we pretty please make this a recipe MeTa, if we all promise to play nice?
posted by .kobayashi. at 8:21 PM on June 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Give k8t a chance to respond and make sure the actual subject is wrapped up, and I'm happy to let this be the Weekend Fun Thread as long as it doesn't turn weird or angry. (But I will remind everyone about Chat anyway!)
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 8:25 PM on June 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


This thread make me feel all warm and schmoopy.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 9:12 PM on June 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is unrelated, but "we have a doctorate in cold rockin it" is a great line.
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:18 PM on June 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Sorry, I've got to go to bed and can't wait for k8t

Amish White Bread

This recipe is notable because of how quickly it rises, which is not unrelated to how much sugar is involved.

2 cups of hot water, ~110°F
2/3 cup of suger
2 tsp of yeast

After about ten minutes, if proofed, add six cups or so of high gluten flour, a tablespoon or so of a light oil, and a teaspoon of salt. Maybe a few tablespoons of dry milk powder if you have it.

Knead on a lightly floured surface, about 5 to 10 minutes, but stop early if the surface of the dough begins to tear a lot.

Drop your kneaded dough into a well oiled bowl, cover it with a damp towel, and keep it cozy and it should double in about an hour.

Knock it down, and then chop in half and put each half in its own a Pam-ed bread pan, 9 x 5.

Rise 'em a second time on a preheating 350° oven for about 30 minutes.

Bake until crust is nicely browned, or for about 30 minutes.
posted by Toekneesan at 10:22 PM on June 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


k8t thank you for posting the link to that amazing comment from .kobayashi.

Sorry, I've got to go to bed and can't wait for k8t

can we pretty please make this a recipe MeTa


I'll see you in Hell.
posted by mlis at 11:00 PM on June 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Tom Haverford quote wasn't food enough?
Will play around and will update once poster draft is set.
Thanks!!!
posted by k8t at 11:27 PM on June 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Grandma Dottie's Easy French Bread

2 cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil

In a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup, add water, yeast, sugar, salt and oil.
Stir with a fork, then let sit for about 5 min until it bubbles.

In a stand mixer with a dough hook, add 6 cups bread flour, mix in 2 cups of flour at a time for about 10 minutes until it looks right (Not too dry or wet - add a little water or flour to correct, if needed.)

Put dough in a big oiled bowl, cover and let raise about an hour or so until the dough doubles. Punch down dough.

Oil and cornmeal a double French pan. Split the dough into each half of the pan. Re-raise them in the pan until they look like full loaves.

Bake 30 minutes or until they look right in an oven preheated to 375.

Let cool (yeah right)

This recipe also makes 2 pizza crusts.

I grew up eating this bread. If there is a heaven, this will be served warm with butter and homemade strawberry jam at every meal
posted by double block and bleed at 11:40 PM on June 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


I'm currently obsessed with this bean salad:

1 tin butter beans, rinsed and drained
[some] crumbled feta, preferably the salty, slightly funky kind
thinly sliced sweet onion, or chopped green onion
minced roasted red pepper (optional)

Combine. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil, and a smattering of rosemary or hot pepper flakes. (If you happen to have garlic oil, use that instead of olive oil. I am lazy and will sometimes add powdered garlic.)

This + toasted flatbread is a wonderful lunch
This + grilled meat (something with rosemary and garlic and smoke and a bit of a bloody middle) + salad is an amazing supper
posted by MeghanC at 12:32 AM on June 2, 2013 [5 favorites]


Mmmmmmmmm.... bean salad. Warm weather recipes are especially welcome right now. I think that just may become lunch.
posted by .kobayashi. at 3:43 AM on June 2, 2013


I'm very happy with this dal recipe. It uses canned lentils and pantry/freezer basics to make something I thought was really delicious. I used veggies that had seen better days and you'd never have known.

1-2 tbsp ghee, olive oil or butter
1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 stick celery - all diced.
3 cloves of garlic, smooshed

2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamon or 3 pods smooshed
1 tsp fresh ginger - grated
2 tbsp tomato paste

1 can undrained lentils
1 1/2 - 2 cups veggie stock
1 cup frozen peas and corn
an overripe tomato if you have it - chopped
1 cup old silverbeet or other greens (eg: frozen spinach) - chopped
Fresh or tube coriander (optional)

Heat ghee and add diced onion, carrot and celery. Cook until onion translucent.
Add garlic and cook a few more minutes.
Add curry powder, cumin, salt, cardamon, ginger and tomato paste.
Cook for a few minutes
Add lentils, stock, peas and corn and overripe tomato
Cook on a low simmer until all smooshy and thickening. 2hrs or to taste.
Add silverbeet about half and hour before the end.
Serve with anything or nothing or topped with chopped fresh coriander, or squirt and stir with tube coriander just before serving (optional).
posted by Kerasia at 3:44 AM on June 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Other plans for beating the hot weather include this cocktail:

In a tumbler, muddle 8-10 blueberries and 3 mint leaves. Add ice. Pour in a generous amount bourbon. Finish with Sicilian lemonade. Stir. Garnish with mint leaf.

Imbibe, enjoy, and if you come up with a good name for this thing, let me know because it does not currently seem to have one.
posted by .kobayashi. at 3:46 AM on June 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'd call it the Blue (Kobayashi) Maru.
posted by jenkinsEar at 3:48 AM on June 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


Yay, the Bruins won! Go Bruins!!
posted by Melismata at 5:03 AM on June 2, 2013


Yay, the Bruins won! Go Bruins!!

Rask had to stand on his head, and there were still a whole bunch of shots catching iron that could've gone the other way. Pens played terrible. I really don't think things are going to go well for Boston if the Pens play a better game.
posted by bfranklin at 5:19 AM on June 2, 2013


I'm going to use that dissertation advice with an advisee this week; great way to put it.
From last night's communal Korean dinner, my dessert cocktail: 1 part decent soju to 1 part Kimchi simple syrup (make the syrup hotter by steeping with extra Korean hot pepper flakes if desired). Serve in a tiny glass with a shard of Kimchi praline (spread the reserved Kimchi from the syrup and some homemade granola on wax paper in a sheet pan, boil brown rice syrup and a bit of water with some more pepper to the hard ball stage, then carefully spread over Kimchi and let cool). if you freeze the soju, this will separate in the glass into layers of weird interesting flavor.
posted by Mngo at 5:21 AM on June 2, 2013


I have 19 days to finish my dissertation (aka - stop reading metafilter, quodlibet!). Thanks for the advice.
posted by quodlibet at 6:24 AM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I think the Penguins are higher ranked, no? *sigh*
posted by Melismata at 6:32 AM on June 2, 2013


This is what you get when they stop teaching Spengler in the academy
posted by thelonius at 6:57 AM on June 2, 2013


This is what you get when they stop teaching Spengler in the academy
(sorry. know that i couldn't help myself.)
posted by .kobayashi. at 7:09 AM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just made this for breakfast:

1 lb sausage, choice of animal is up to you (this morning, deer)
1 pkg cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheese
2 cans crescent rolls

9x13 pan
Oven heated to 375

Fry up sausage. Once done, add cream cheese to sausage to heat and mix in thoroughly in your pan. Lay one whole can of crescent rolls on the bottom of the 9x13, put the sausage/cream cheese mix on top, add the 2 cups of shredded cheese, then put the other can of crescent roll on top.

13-16 minutes, until it looks done, then enjoy!
posted by deezil at 8:45 AM on June 2, 2013


the best homemade wine

3 one-gallon bottles
1 frozen can lime
3-4 lbs sugar
3 balloons
1 pkg wine yeast

warm some water
add 3 cups sugar to each bottle
add enough warm water to dissolve, shake until clear
add water to curve in bottle (this gives yeast some surface air)
add 1/3 can frozen lime juice to each bottle
add a sprinkle of wine yeast (I generally use 1 yeast (70 cents) for 6 bottles)
stretch balloon over each bottle.
Wait 1 month for very sweet, not much alcohol
Wait 2 months for dryer wine
Wait till balloon collapes for dry wine.

Bread yeast is not wine yeast
boiling water will break a glass bottle
It has a fairly wide range of when it's drinkable, but plan on two months in cool weather.
posted by rakish_yet_centered at 11:58 AM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just submitted my IRB documents for my dissertation research, so this is good timing. Hooray.

k8t, I kind of want a copy of that poster. Maybe you'll post a picture of it when it's made?
posted by k8lin at 2:12 PM on June 2, 2013


I had a friend who wrote a Magnum Opus dissertation for his PhD. It took him seventeen years, and required that he learn portions of 100 different languages. His work has had a real effect on his subfield, and he got a nice post at a major research institute. But he will admit he wishes he had written a Driver's License instead, gotten a good job, and then proved that prehistoric Insular Celtic was influenced by North African languages.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 7:22 PM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I'll work on it soon and post here. :)
posted by k8t at 8:19 PM on June 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


This has happened twice to me so far and it was the coolest thing ever both times.

This comment inspired flapjax at midnite to write THE MOST BADASS SONG EVER, flapjax is apparently just that awesome, while this comment, inspired litleozy to write a short play around it.

I can't brag about it to my real life friends so I'm going to brag about it to you.
posted by Blasdelb at 2:54 AM on June 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I really don't think things are going to go well for Boston...

I suppose that's one way of looking at it.
posted by .kobayashi. at 7:38 PM on June 3, 2013


I suppose that's one way of looking at it.

If I was always right on this stuff, I'd have a career in Vegas. Still hoping the Pens pull their heads out of their asses.
posted by bfranklin at 5:45 AM on June 5, 2013


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