Some great advice by Cosma Shalizi. These are just the footnotes:
* Some branches of the humanities and the social sciences have the horrible custom of reading an academic paper out loud, apparently on the theory that this way none of the details get glossed over. The only useful advice which can be given about this is “Don’t!”…
** … big tables of numbers (e.g., regression coefficients) are pointless; and here “big” means “larger than 2×2″.
The entire post is highly recommended.