I was going to mod you up but decided to reply instead. I am a tenure track asst prof at a top 50 university. My postdoc was at an Ivy League med school and I was totally psyched to get a faculty job at a Big 10 Ag school. I can't speak to engineering/physics, but on the biology side of the fence, PhDs tend to self select. Some colleagues in my postdoc liked the research only aspect of being in a med school. Sure, the grants game is cutthroat, but you never need to speak to an undergrad, and realistically, possibly not even a grad student. Conversely, I left wonderful friends and a city I loved, to move to the middle of nowhere. Why? Because I *enjoy* teaching undergrads and grads, both formally in the classroom and informally in the lab. Like I said, I can't speak for the other STEM disciplines, but in biology, faculty do have a choice and nobody is *forced* to take a job that involves teaching.
That said, you are spot on. It all depends on the benchmarks for tenure. Great teaching evals won't get you there but pubs will. At my school, teaching evals have a step function - you can't totally suck, but as long as they are passable, and your scholarly output is strong, you'll get tenure. Generally, us faculty types aren't stupid - when presented those contingencies, where would you put your maximal effort?
I lived in Syracuse for 19 years and then Ithaca for another 5. Since moving away, I've also lived in California (Oakland Hills) and southern New England. And you are absolutely right - the snow simply isn't a big deal as the municipalities have the knowledge, equipment, budget, and planning to cope.
I've seen CT and RI cities paralyzed by snow that CNYers would laugh at. But here is the critical distinction - it's not that folks are more hardy, it's that the towns deal with it in a timely and appropriate manner. Here in Rhode Island, they do a halfassed job plowing, and then cross their fingers and pray it will melt. Well, that's fine assuming it doesn't then melt and refreeze into sheets of ice, which it seems to do more times than not. In contrast, after a CNY storm, the road is dry and black 1 or 2 days later, even when your lawn still has 6-12 inches of accumulated snow.
Besides, update is incredibly verdant the rest of the year. As I said, I've lived in Northern California, and the 'golden hills' are just a nice euphemism for brown.
Most cities are NOT like NYC, LA, SF, etc. They're usually more like Atlanta. The suburbs are fairly safe, and the downtown is a big ghetto full of crime and drugs. There's a reason white people (or rather, middle-class people) have been moving out of cities: they want to get away from all the crime, or in places like NYC or SF, they want to go someplace where they can afford a decent-sized house on their income because the housing is too expensive.
Density is actually much nicer than the 'burbs when done right - here in Providence, I walk out the door with my kids and within 5 minutes be at 3 playgrounds, 7+ restaurants, a pharmacy, an amazing bakery, a florist, my barber, lots of retail, etc. I also enjoyed living in New Haven and I know plenty of people enjoy Boston and Philly. Now the commonality between all these cities is that their development predates auto-based sprawl. SF and Oakland are the only western cities I know of that share this benefit. If you've only ever lived in the car based 'burbs, you have no idea how nice quality of life can be as a new urbanist.
There is a TED talk by Hans Rosling which demonstrates Africa is actually making insanely rapid progress, but it isn't apparent to us because they started at so far behind.
Here's one: http://www.vcom3d.com/VcomMobile/nate/
Just imagine... a beowulf cluster of cancer cells! Woo!
The mythical software you are looking for doesn't exist. But, as much as it pains me to say it, Endnote and Word will get you 80% of the way there.
As you gather your sources, enter them directly into Endnote (do NOT wait until the end). Then paraphrase the snippets you need in word, and insert the unformatted endnote citation in the word doc. You can easily rearrange the structure of the snippets/citations as you outline your thoughts.
Once all this is done, actually turning the outlined referenced snippets into formal writing is trivial. Essentially, you are just doing the outline plus index card method of term paper writing in electronic form.
(Also, they are OSX only, but you may want to check out OmniOutliner from OmniGroup and Timeline.app from Bee Docs.)
From my sofa, iStumbler shows 15 different networks, all at 2.4Ghz. Switching to an AEBS with 802.11n at 5 ghz made a huge improvement for me. YMMV.
It doesn't have AF One, but the American Hanger at the Imperial War Museum Duxford is truly impressive. No B2, but a blackbird, a U2 and a B52 all under one roof is still amazing.
North American AT-6D Texan (s)
Consolidated B-24M Liberator
North American P-51D Mustang (r)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (s)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (s)
Boeing B-29A Superfortress
North American B-25J Mitchell (s)
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird
Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
Lockheed U2-C (s)
North American F-100D Super Sabre (s)
Bell UH-1 Huey
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
General Dynamics F-111E
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (s)
Blessed be those who initiate lively discussions with the hopelessly mute, for they shall be known as Dentists.