Sunday, July 24, 2016


I moved out of my office which I have occupied for 22 years. Because I have retired from the Department of Computing to work at the Office of Service-Learning.  I moved the books that I need to my new office, and then, following the good practice of some of my retired colleagues, piled the rest of the books outside my office to pass on to other colleagues and research students.  There were probably ~250 of them.  

The stuff that I threw away - papers, proposals, reports, theses, student assignments, and various documents, etc. - filled 3 big green dumpsters.  That’s how much stuff I have accumulated in those 22 years.  Academic papers deserve special mention.  While you remain an active academic, academic papers in respectable conferences and journals are treasured, indeed, critical for survival and respect - both from yourself and otherwise.  Once you are retired, however, do people still care how many papers you published?  I doubt it very much.  Hence I recycled the hardcopies without a shred of regret.  Of course, that is also because I have practically all of the soft copies in my computer.  

A lot of thoughts and memories came to mind while I was going through my staff.  Right now, I am just relieved I managed to clear out 22 years of stuff in 4 days. 


CARFIELD said...


Anonymous said...

Many thinks to you, professor.