Academented Christmas, day the twenty-fourth/fifth – Merry Blogmas

There appears to be mixed opinions on whether the Eve or the Day is the most (over? Never!-)hyped day of Christmas, so I am posting somewhere in the middle. There is little left to say but Merry Christmas!/Happy End-of-Hanukkah!/ Happy Wednesday/Thursday! I hope everybody has been swanning about in their place of choice in their … More Academented Christmas, day the twenty-fourth/fifth – Merry Blogmas

Academented Christmas, day the twenty-third – ironic neighbours

I never really think of myself as a historian. Occasionally I do something stereotypically historian (such as ooh and aah over war documentaries, or obsess over getting the year – or day – right on for a particular historical event at a pub quiz), but most of the time I think my not-so-historian-ness is highlighted … More Academented Christmas, day the twenty-third – ironic neighbours

Academented Christmas, day the twenty-second – semantics part two

Apologies for the belated entry! Many people (or maybe it is just me) float through their lives today without thinking about the little details that might make day-to-day life a little better (or worse). Such as funny names. Everybody likes a funny name, no? The other day, a friend and colleague of mine was discussing … More Academented Christmas, day the twenty-second – semantics part two

Academented Christmas, day the twenty-first – semantics

While on the subject of travel, an office colleague, who is rapidly becoming a Scandiphile, was asking me about bureau de change matters – namely, how money is referred to in different countries. This was the resulting list. It could be worth noting that while Hong Kong uses HKD – Hong Kong Dollars for the … More Academented Christmas, day the twenty-first – semantics

Academented Christmas, day the twentieth – Chinese trains

Today’s post is actually a public service announcement. If you, especially if you are an early career researcher who does not have huge budget freedoms, wish to travel to China for work or leisure, I say, excellent for you! The road, rail, and air networks are relatively expansive, and there should be a way to … More Academented Christmas, day the twentieth – Chinese trains

Academented Christmas, day the nineteenth – book review

Granted, this is not so much a review as an excerpt from a review used as a blurb. There are days when the PhD questions their own interests in using clear language to explain complicated scientific proceedings to other people, and the wisdom in choosing to do so in academese (~academic writing, with it’s sometimes … More Academented Christmas, day the nineteenth – book review