Around a year ago, I pulled the plug on the PhD because it was, and had been, doing more harm than whatever potential academic achievement I might attain (or not) could justify. I have been raised with the idea that you always keep trying, and you will get there in the end, so quitting did … More One Year into the Unknown
Here’s a thing that turned up in my tumblr feed: This is my would-be response: Another point is that public engagement of STEM is very much a thing that is happening. Dissemination is important to the continuation of research, especially if you are state-funded, because you have to prove what your work can do for … More Arguing with people on the internetz
At the office Christmas sit-down dinner, where do you sit? With the people you usually talk to anyway? With somebody whose research you want to discuss? With somebody who wants to discuss your research? With somebody who you know is competent at discussing research as well as news/life/trivia topics? With people who you know watch the … More Academented Christmas, day the tenth – “office Christmas parties”
Happy second advent, dear reader! Even PhDs want a bit of Christmas cheer in their habitats now that we have less than three weeks to go until the 24th/25th (depending on where you live and how you celebrate, if at all… perhaps you do not observe Christmas? Good for you! Are you Jewish? Happy Hanukkah … More Academented Christmas, day the seventh – decorating
PhDs around the world occasionally feel “ferrety” about their work. By occasionally, I mean a LOT of the time. By ferrety, I mean manically stressed. By work, I mean the thesis that is made out to be their life’s magnum opus. Although, historically it has usually (based on research conducted by my eyes and ears) been the administrative … More Academented Christmas, day the sixth – handling stress
There are many university buildings in this historically enlightened (though some may argue to the contrary) nation that have a number of years on their back. One can occasionally achieve a wind-in-the-hair effect even inside these buildings, with closed windows. I don’t know what the excuse for newer universities is for also having draughty buildings, … More Academented Christmas, day the fifth – university buildings
This PhD is fortunate (depending on how one feels about other human beings) enough to work in an office. This office features, among many other features, the following items: Sometimes, a little goes a long way. It is worth noting that not all PhDs love their coffee… … some prefer wine.