You've probably noticed that I've been writing more and more on college athletics in general and college football in particular. There's an app a reason for that. I have been reading up on the professional economic literature on college sports for a big project that I am working on. Whenever I start a new project, I dive into the professional literature. That's pretty standard in any field. Because I am not as familiar with the literature on college sports as I am with other papers in sports economics, I have had to do a bit more diving. I've also started writing on the subject.
I'll still be blogging on all the fun topics brought to you by the world of economics, but if you see me blogging sporadically and blogging a bit more on college football or college sports, it's not that I've given up on the rest of the science. I've just immersed myself in one tiny little part of the vast Oceania Economica and am thinking about it a lot. Thanks for bearing with me and, especially, for taking the time to read my blog.
By the way, Jason Whitlock's tweet about the need for a sturdy hotseat to hold Kansas' Mark Mangino and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis was pretty ripe. My cheap shot tweet was that Kansas can't throw Mangino under a bus because he wouldn't fit. They'd need at least a monster truck.
We're bloggers. That means we carry our laptops with us when we travel.
internet access at hotels has been generally improving. It's usually
free, now - a change from even just a year ago. The hotels are also
doing better with the hardware (plugs and ethernet cable connections)
than they used to.
My wife and I stayed at a Westin in Chicago two weeks ago. As you'd expect of a Westin - a hotel that caters to the business traveller who, in turn, is probably using other people's money (i.e. his/her employer's), they charged us for internet access, but they did provide us with a mouse pad. It wasn't just any old mouse pad. It was a round mouse pad. It was about 8 inches in diameter and was plenty big enough. I was afraid that I might miss the corners of a typical rectangular pad, but I didn't miss it in the least.
But I'd rather have internet access at no extra charge than a mouse pad. You see, I always bring a handy dandy fake leather portfolio - nothing but the best - and an optical mouse with me when I'm on the road.
Mouse pad? I don't need no stinkin' mouse pad. Even though I happily used that pad the Westin provided, I can blog without a mouse pad. But I can't blog without an internet connection.
Anyways, my guess as to why they don't provide mouse pads: with optical mice, substitutes that can easily function as mouse pads, and the fact that mouse pads are easy to carry, hotel-provided pads are unnecessary.