Movements of Fire and Shadow

It’s surreal, and disconcerting, to experience a familiar event from a different perspective. When I’ve attended conferences, even if I’ve been helping out administratively, I’ve always been involved – always gone to the presentations, always been able to attend receptions, … Read More »

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Plato’s Stepchildren

Sometimes, you need a good old-fashioned kick up the backside. I’ve been rather down again about my work situation recently – hello, sense of failure, I’ve missed you these past few months. But this time, instead of wallowing in a … Read More »

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The Menagerie, Part II

The last few weeks have been hectic, and last Friday turned into three days in one. After going for a run – another pleasure of being here is the closeness of meadows, and the ability to get home and shower … Read More »

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The Menagerie, Part I

Well, it’s been a while. I’m sorry about that. As you might have guessed, what with working, it’s become a little more difficult for me to post as regularly as before. I’ll try to do better. The other reason for … Read More »

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Court Martial: Dealing with Negativity

Recently, a few negative things have happened to me: a project that I’ve been hoping would come to fruition for about a year now has, after much see-sawing, been finally axed due to negative references; I’ve made an error with … Read More »

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The Deadly Years; or, I’ll live – and I’ll enjoy it!

It is becoming more widely mooted that the life of a post-doc is no easy one. Every day, on various academic job listings, I see adverts which are either for PhD studentships, or for temporary/part time post-doctoral work: very few … Read More »

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Patterns of Force: Doing things you didn’t expect, beyond the boundaries you set yourself

Sometimes, we end up in situations beyond our control, and which are, perhaps, at the edges of, or well beyond, our normal comfort zones, and perhaps outside of what we might consider ‘academic’ work. But I think that, even as … Read More »

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