Academented Christmas, day the tenth – “office Christmas parties”

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”

Academented Christmas, day the seventh – decorating

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

Academented Christmas, day the sixth – handling stress

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

Academented Christmas, day the fifth – university buildings

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

Academented Christmas, day the first – working companions

“Ringing in” December in the office at this hour. The PhD student (henceforth mentioned as “the PhD” unless otherwise stated) insists that they do not need a large screen at home, meaning to motivate more hours in the office as large, easily “splittable” screens lend themselves better to translation work. Clearly, translation work is also … More Academented Christmas, day the first – working companions