Friday, March 18, 2005

Somebody missed the tragedy of the commons lecture 

In my paper inbox this morning, from the Husky Bookstore:
In order to receive the "Six Foot Sub" from Subway (as opposed to the six foot sub, which is actually six feet and a submarine sandwich--ed.) for the first department to completely turn in their Summer and Fall book orders, please have your adoptions turned in by March 22, 2005.
There are eighteen faculty in my department, plus three faculty lines to be filled by hires this spring. Exactly how much time should I devote to getting my book order in, given that I can only win the award if every other faculty member, including those who haven't even been hired yet!!! has to turn in their order too?

The Garrett Hardin Society will be displeased.