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How to Write Reference Letters

Originally published March 31, 2002

I recently wrote a reference letter for someone I supervise. When writing one of these, it can be somewhat difficult to know what to say in the letter. You want to write a good letter (unless you don’t like the person who the letter is for, in which case they were stupid to ask you) so the person gets what they are applying for, but you don’t want to go overboard and sound ridiculous.

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Here we go again

This site has been sitting largely idle for far too long. It’s been well Ship launchover a year now since new content was added. And while there have long been plans to revamp the design, and start adding content regularly again, that hasn’t actually happened.

So with the start of a new year, it’s time for a relaunch. A lot of old content might get rehashed and reposted, and hopefully a lot of new content will be added. This site might look like a bit of a mess for the next while. And it will likely be more like a blog than before, and less of a magazine.